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Michael Froehlich receives Young Scientist Award

Photo credit: Vivian Lam

HITLAB was pleased to present several awards to staff members at its annual holiday luncheon, held at the Faculty Club of the Columbia University Medical Center on December 15, 2014. We’re proud of their work and grateful for their contributions!


Awardees include:
•    Keerthi Prasad, Above and Beyond Award.

Keerthi Prasad, who serves as our manager for product development and research, received the “Above and Beyond Award” for his outstanding contribution to innovation and research. 

Keerthi has displayed unmatched commitment to HITLAB, consistently producing high quality deliverables. Despite his short tenure at HITLAB, Keerthi has displayed exemplary performance across a diverse range of innovation projects. This is in addition to his being informally designated as HITLAB’s “Happiness Manager!” 

•    Vivian Peng, Young Innovator Award.

Vivian Peng, who directed both the HITLAB Innovators Summit and the HITLAB World Cup, received our “Young Innovator Award” for her outstanding contribution to innovation within healthcare.

Vivian directed the first ever healthcare innovators summit powered by HITLAB in the short span of two and a half months. She was responsible for conceptualization, design, and delivery of the event, which was attended by 150 healthcare change makers and participants from all over the world. Vivian’s ability to drive forward change combined with an eye for detail and aesthetics is one we have rarely witnessed. 

•    Michael Froehlich, Young Scientist Award.

Michael Froehlich, who works as a research assistant for HITLAB, received our “Young Scientist Award” for his outstanding contribution to research. 

Michael has worked diligently over the past year and a half on path-breaking research regarding wearable devices. His cheerful demeanor combined with his commitment to the success of the project is commendable, especially for a young researcher.

•    Yvonne Bokhour, Outstanding Publication Award.

Yvonne Bokhour, who is a communications manager HITLAB, received the “Outstanding Publication Award” for designing and producing Innovation Highlights, HITLAB’s e-newsletter, for close to a year.

The newsletter, which contains a variety of interesting columns on healthcare innovation and also offers HITLAB news and opportunities, has achieved an average open rate of 26%, which is well above the industry average of 18%. As a result of Yvonne’s efforts, readership has increased substantially. Yvonne’s enthusiasm and commitment to producing a high-quality product every month deserve applause and special recognition.

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