MedTech Color Collaborative Community

on Diversity and Inclusion in Medical Device Product Development and Clinical Research

Working together to advance the representation of persons of color in medical device product development and clinical research

Our Mission

MedTech Color has convened this Collaborative Community to create a forum where medtech professionals and other stakeholders can address minority health issues in medical device product development and clinical research.

Our Focus

We Develop STRATEGIES, RESOURCES, BEST PRACTICES AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP TO INCREASE AWARENESS AND MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF UNCONSCIOUS BIAS, SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AND LACK OF INCLUSION OR CONSIDERATION OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES IN CRITICAL ASPECTS OF THE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT LIFECYCLE. We ARE WORKING TO ADVANCE SOLUTIONS AND AWARENESS ON:

Disease State Awareness

  • Symptom presentation
  • Disease prevalance
  • Disease pathways

Recruitment and Retention

  • Subject recruitment and retention
  • Researcher/Investigator recruitment and retention
  • Pipeline strategies and resources

Product Development and Clinical Research

  • Patient-centered design
  • Reducing bias in clinical trial design
  • Inclusive product development strategies

Evidence Development

  • Advancing research on minority health issues
  • Resources on minority health research and clinical trials

Our Leadership

Executive Planning Committee

Nada Hanafi

Chief Strategy Officer, Experien Group, LLC
Board Member, MedTech Color

Vernessa Pollard

Partner and FDA practice Leader, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Board Member, MedTech Color

Jaime Wheeler

Vice President of Global Clinical Affairs, Edwards Lifesciences
Board Member, MedTech Color

Kenita Barrow

Deputy General Counsel, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Board Member, MedTech Color

Get Involved

Participants

Who participates in the MedTech Color Collaborative Community?

The Collaborative Community is open to all who are working in the medtech industry or other healthcare fields who wish to join, including representatives from the FDA and other government entities, industry and academic organizations, investors and VC firms, patient groups, payers and healthcare organizations, professional organizations, the media, and sponsors of MedTech Color and the Collaborative Community. Participants are expected to attend virtual meetings and provide input on matters discussed.

Review our charter for more information
Who manages the MedTech Color Collaborative Community?

Governance of the Collaborative Community is comprised of members from a variety of medtech industry professions including:

  • Clinicians/Healthcare Providers
  • Medical Device/Technology Companies or BioTech Companies
  • Patient Representatives
  • Legal Professionals
  • Industry Professional Societies
  • Academic Organizations
  • Members at Large (i.e. IRB members, Research Coordinators, etc.)
  • Nonprofit / Patient Organizations
  • Other Governmental Agencies
  • MedTech Color Representatives

Collaborative Community Charter Members

Regina Deible
Medical Science Manager
Abbott Vascular
Leslie Wise
Principal Consultant
Evidence Matters
Andrea Baer
Executive Director
Medical Hearts and Mended Little Hearts
Medell Briggs-Malonson, MD, MPH, MSHS
Chief, Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
UCLA Health
Shon (Anjan) Chakrabarti
MD, MPH, FACC
Director, Clinical Research and Medical Affairs
ABIOMED, Inc.
Celine Marquez, MD
Digital Health Technologies (DHT)
Personalized Healthcare (PHC)
Genentech, A member of the Roche Group
Bray Patrick-Lake
Patient Representative
Kendal Whitlock, MPH
Metasite Strategic Engagement Lead
Boehringer Ingelheim
DeChane Dorsey
Executive Director
AdvaMed Accel
Patrick Gee, PhD
Patient Advocate, Founder
iAdvocate, Inc.
Stella Safo, MD
Physician
Mark Veich
Executive Director
Deerfield Foundation
Karey Sutton, PhD
Director of Health Equity Research Workforce
Association of American Medical Colleges
Nada Hanafi
Chief Strategy Officer
Experien Group, LLC
Representative - MedTech Color
Kenita Barrow
Deputy General Counsel
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Chevon M. Rariy, MD
Enterprise Program Director of Telehealth Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Medical Director of Endocrinology - Chicago,
Comprehensive Care and Research Center, Chicago
Vernessa Pollard
Chair FDA Practice
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Representative - MedTech Color
Meredith Barrett
Vice President, Population Health Research
ResMed Corp.
Jaime Wheeler
VP Global Clinical Affairs
Edwards Lifesciences
Jessica Ritcher
Representative
MedTech Women
Brittany Jones, MAS
Medical Affairs Coordinator
ResMed Corp.
Nell Marshall
Senior Manager
Health Outcomes Research
Evidation Health
Xavier Lefebvre, PhD
Global VP, Medtronic Core Clinical Solutions
Medtronic Inc.
Leanne Kaye, PhD, MPH
Behavioral Health Scientist
Propeller Health
Charisse Sparks, M.D., FAAOS
VP, Medical Affairs, Clinical Research,
Pre-Clinical Affairs
DePuy Synthes Companies, Johnson & Johnson
Anil Shanker, MS, PhD
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation
Professor of Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Meharry Medical College
Meg Barron, MBA
Vice President, Digital Health Strategy
American Medical Association
Ashley N. Southerland
Senior Assistant General Counsel, Digital Technology & Innovation
American Medical Association
Chelsea Hanson, MBA
Director, Health Equity & Innovation
Center for Health Equity
American Medical Association
Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO
NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health
Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
F. Diane Barber, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, AOCNP
Manager, Advanced Practice Providers
Dept. of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics
Division of Cancer Medicine
MD Anderson
Rachel Chasse
Director of Innovation
Digital Medicine Society (DiMe)
Matt McMahon
Director
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
Tracy Dooley
Partner
Avestria Ventures

FDA Liasions

Michelle Tarver, M.D., Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation
Program Director for Patient Science, Digital Health Center of Excellence
RADM Richardae Araojo, Pharm.D., MS
Associate Commissioner for Minority Health Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

Interested in participating, donating, or sponsoring?

Contact us to learn more about how to participate, donate or sponsor.

Thank you to our current sponsors and supporters!

About MedTech Color

MedTech Color is a non-profit organization that advances the representation of persons of color in the medtech industry. The medtech industry serves hundreds of millions of people globally but suffers from the lost learnings and insights from persons of color who are largely absent from high-level decision making. There is immense, untapped potential from people of color, and MedTech Color is committed to providing and promoting opportunities for them to make a meaningful contribution to the industry.

To learn more about MedTech Color and our other projects, please check out our website and follow us on our social media channels.