In this talk, Andrea Palmer, Founder and CEO of Awake Labs will share her commercialization journey from a university entrepreneurship course to product-market fit: balancing impact and economics, finding the signal through the noise, and making decisions with imperfect and incomplete information.
Awake Labs, is a digital health platform working to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live healthier and more independently. Awake Labs works in the areas of care coordination, mental health, and personalized care.
Andrea spends her time at the intersection of big data, wearables, and AI to solve healthcare challenges for the most underserved communities. This includes incorporating social determinants of health and human-centred design to transform how individuals manage their own outcomes.
Andrea has a background in engineering and business from UBC, where she led a team to design and build autonomous soccer-playing robots, leading them to competitions around the world. In 2015, she completed the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University where she focused on leveraging AI to democratize healthcare globally.
Andrea serves on the Board of Life Sciences Ontario and on the Canadian Federal Economic Strategy Table for Health and Biosciences.