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Digital Health at UMB

Thursday, June 1, 2023

A new Digital Health Advisory Board, formed by the UM Ventures, Baltimore team, is helping strengthen digital health innovation and commercialization at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

Digital health technologies – which include everything from wearable devices to health information technology (IT) to telemedicine to personalized medicine – are changing the way healthcare is delivered and received. This increasingly important industry has strong enthusiasm from inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, businesses, and individuals. The current global market size is estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars, and it is expected to grow substantially over the next ten years.

To support the growth of digital health technologies at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), the UM Ventures, Baltimore team – UMB’s technology transfer and commercialization arm – surveyed faculty about their interest and work in digital health technology development. The survey was intended to identify critical resources that would increase support of such technologies, which may require different support than more traditional therapeutic and device technologies. The results exposed a wealth of potential.

One of the top requests was connecting and fostering collaboration between faculty members heavily invested and interested in digital health technologies. In response, the UM Ventures, Baltimore team created the Digital Health Advisory Board (DHAB) to provide guidance and insight while also building the digital health community at UMB.

Comprised of academic leaders spanning many of UMB’s key academic units and specialties, as well as  Santosh Venkantesha, one of UMB’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and a successful healthcare IT entrepreneur, the DHAB and the UM Ventures, Baltimore team are working together to promote and advance digital health initiatives at UMB.

To help build the digital health community at UMB, the UM Ventures, Baltimore team and the DHAB are developing targeted resources, including networking events, seminars, funding opportunities, and training and education programs. Future initiatives will work to expand collaboration across UMB and among other University System of Maryland campuses, including University of Maryland, Baltimore County and University of Maryland, College Park.

Join the DHAB and UM Ventures, Baltimore for the first digital health event on Tuesday, June 13 at 4 p.m. Led by Phil Robilotto, the associate vice president for technology transfer at UMB, and Chris Meenan, an experienced digital health entrepreneur, the event will focus on moving digital technologies out of the lab and into the market. Register here.

Meet the Digital Health Advisory Board

Joga Gobburu, PhD
Professor, Department of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research
Director, Center for Translational Medicine
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Chief Executive Officer
Pumas-AI, Inc.

Founder and President
Vivpro Corp


Alexander Ksendzovsky, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer
NeuroRPM, Inc.




Anup Mahurkar, MBA
Executive Director, Software Engineering and Information Technology
University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute for Genome Sciences




Paul Yi, MD
Director, University of Maryland Medical Intelligent Imaging (UM2II) Center
Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine