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HEALab Director: Rick Hall, PhD, RDN, FAND

Kati Martinez
Development Officer
Health at ASU

Location: Taylor Place Residential Community, First Floor

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Health Entrepreneurship Accelerator Lab

In partnership with ASU’s E+I programs, the development of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Health Entrepreneurship Accelerator Lab (ASU E+I @ HEAL) is the first-ever accelerator for students, faculty and the community at ASU to launch initiatives that focus entirely on health and healthcare solutions.  Through outreach, programming, networking, strategic partnerships and mentorship, the lab supports startup activities by connecting students to its own resources, the knowledge base of the expert faculty and the resources of the university and community.


  • Monthly Speaker Series (LIVE @ HEAL)
    • Guest Innovators and Entrepreneurs
  • Weekly networking and Idea-generation meetings for students
  • Co-working / shared workspace
  • Pitch competitions (co-host with Entrepreneurship + Innovation @ ASU)
  • Mentoring meeting space and office hours
    • Expert Faculty
    • E+I’s mentor network
  • Proposal prep assistance for funding and mentoring opportunities (partial list)
    • Changemaker Challenge
    • ASU Innovation Open
    • Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative o Venture Devils Funding Network
  • Student Health Club meetings

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Advisory Board


Chris Asterino
Chief Executive Officer,

Christopher Asterino is Chairman & CEO of Asterino & Associates, Inc., d/b/a, a leading provider of comprehensive medical billing and medical coding services to physicians and healthcare systems nationwide.  He has extensive experience and expertise in the management of physician practices and healthcare receivables. Founded in 1985, his Scottsdale Arizona based company currently provides services to over 125 physicians representing 14 different medical specialties in 10 states. 

Andrew Burns
Managing Director, Confideo

Andrew Burns is an experienced senior executive who has successfully built and operated numerous early stage digital health businesses throughout his 20-plus year career in healthcare technology.  Andrew was the Chief Executive Officer of Gobiquity Mobile Health, where he built the organization and led the commercial launch of an innovative smartphone-­‐based diagnostic solution that enables early detection and treatment of vision disorders. Currently, Andrew is a Managing Director for Confideo, focusing on advisory and investor opportunities with emerging healthcare technology companies, for its venture unit, and leading the strategy and operations for its digital media unit.

Joe Hitt
CEO, GoX StudioCO
O, FITT Scientific
Executive Director, Wearable Robotics Association

Joe Hitt is the CEO of GoX Studio, COO of FITT Scientific and Executive Director of the Wearable Robotics Association. He is a highly successful executive who took his company from 2 to over 270 employees in 36 months. He is recognized nationally as an expert in robotic technologies and human performance, starting the only wearable robotics trade association and participating on multiple government, private and academic boards. His team created the world’s first bionic running leg showcased on the DISCOVERY CHANNEL with a Special Forces amputee running at 8 mph four months after losing his limb. 

Paul Johnson

Co-founder and CEO Redirect Health

Paul Johnson is co-founder and CEO of Redirect Health and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Arrowhead Health Centers. Widely known as a healthcare visionary, Paul has helped these organizations develop innovative care models that increase the level of care while still reducing costs. Paul also served on the Phoenix City Council from 1985 to 1990 and as Mayor of the City of Phoenix from 1990 to 1994.  He currently serves as Chairman of the City of Phoenix Bond Commission and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Commission. Paul is a Past Chairman of the Arizona Tech Council and Past Chairman of the Mayors Substance Abuse Commission.

Jeff Osborne
CEO, Accumen

Jeff Osborne is the President and CEO of Accumen, where he leads the vision and execution of strategic solutions integral to assisting hospitals and health systems achieve exceptional performance in a dynamic healthcare environment.  Mr. Osborne has made culture excellence a top priority at Accumen and regards their benchmark engagement and culture as one of his proudest achievements.  Prior to joining Accumen, he was Chief Performance Officer at Accenture, responsible for the company’s disciplined approach to performance excellence and delivering client quality.  Formally, Jeff held performance and operations roles at Honeywell Aerospace.

Gregory Sanders, MD
Founder and CEO, HybridChart
Cardiologist, Arizona Cardiology Group

Dr. Greg Sanders is the Founder and CEO of HybridChart, a hospital rounding software solution. Dr. Sanders is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. He practices all aspects of non-invasive cardiology and has a special interest in Information Technology. Frustrated by the inefficiencies seen during his hospital rounding efforts and being aware of other product’s short-comings, Dr. Gregory Sanders set out to develop a Hospital Rounding Software solution from the ground up and one that other physicians would actually use. He is a designated Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC). He has been recognized as one of Phoenix Magazine's TOP DOCs. 

Stephanie Schull, PhD
Founder, Matter|Mission

Stephanie Schull, PhD, is an academic researcher-turned-inventor-and-entrepreneur. She founded Matter|Mission with a focus on creating things that should have always existed. She invented her first product in response to her mother's debilitating health problems that had been created by traditional approaches to pelvic floor issues. Her research helped her identify a blindspot in what the marketplace was offering the public, and she continues to use the same method of research to discover other disruptive inventions. She is on a mission to make things that matter by reimagining a health and wellness experience that’s simple, natural and radically effective. 

Andrew Steele
Co-founder and CEO, BeckonCall

Andrew Steele is a serial entrepreneur, and currently the CEO of BeckonCall, a clinical communication technology platform he founded with Dr. Jeffrey Becker.  After almost two decades building technology enabled businesses in the Silicon Valley, Andrew moved to Arizona in 2014 and has become very active in the local startup and technology community.  

Russ Yelton
President and CEO
Yelton and Associates, LLC

Russ Yelton is President and CEO of Yelton and Associates, a consulting firm that provides community development services to municipalities and scaling businesses.  He has extensive business incubation experience and he was previously the CEO of Pinnacle Transplant Technologies. Prior to that, he was the President and CEO of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET). Yelton has also served as President and Vice President of the North Carolina Business Incubation Association (NCBIA), Chair of the Mountain South Incubator Alliance, past Founding President of the AzBIA, and former Chair of AzBIO from 2015-2017. He currently serves as Past Chairman of the Board of AzBIO, Chair of the Flinn Bioscience Entrepreneurship Committee,  and is a member of the Arizona District Export Council (DEC), and Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee.

Chris Yoo, PhD
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Systems Imagination

Dr. Yoo is a leader in the latest biomedical and information-based technologies. He was instrumental at IBM in the formation of the Information Based Medicine group and continues as a serial entrepreneur to create partnerships that accelerate adoption of personalized medicine through genomics and cognitive computing. Dr. Yoo received his PhD from Yale and was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.