Innovator Community Expansion Initiative

Opportunity for the Innovator Community Expansion Initiative

The Innovator Community Expansion Initiative (ICEI) seeks to grow and diversify the innovator community. Programming focuses on building the innovator pipeline and providing our diverse and distinguished faculty the resources (educational programs and development opportunities) they need to succeed.

Educational Programs and Resources

Commercialization & Inclusive Leadership Program

A structured one-day program on commercialization application and inclusive leadership for new and early innovators. This supports ICEI’s goal of growing the innovator community and providing tools and resources to drive excellence in commercial outcomes.


  • Early career clinicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals with a focus on women and diversity
  • Individuals who are motivated to start their commercialization journey, have not yet executed a license at Mass General Brigham, and want to be a part of the Innovator Community at MGB

Pilot Objectives:

  • Provide understanding of organizational resources and networks to foster commercialization at MGB
  • Develop and foster self-awareness, influencing and entrepreneurial skills
  • Support participants to see themselves as innovators who can lead in a complex environment
  • Encourage participants to not just develop opportunities for themselves, but to influence others at MGB

Information about the application process for our upcoming cohort (March 2024) will be available soon.

The Innovation MESH Network

An On Demand learning and networking platform for clinicians and researchers to understand the fundamentals of innovation.  The platform also offers advanced curriculum. It is open to all employees at Mass General Brigham and allows each participant to set their own course schedule.

Development, Networking, and Advancement Opportunities

Aimed at Senior Clinical, Research and Executive leaders with a focus on women and building diversity, the Board of Director Diversity Program is designed to provide the education, knowledge and networking experience that will allow the participants to develop skills complementary to their clinical skills and expertise.

Outreach and Building Connections

Get involved with ICEI and learn more about the program.


Diana Schwartzstein

Managing Director, Administration and Strategy

Casey Frazier

Marketing and Project Specialist

Anu Gupte

Project Manager, Innovation Diversity

‘Barriers to Innovation’ Survey Shows Improvement in Underrepresented Faculty’s Perception as Innovators

By Casey Frazier | February 22, 2023

Findings inform educational programs like CILP, next slated for May 15   Progress is being made in boosting the number of underrepresented groups that consider themselves as innovators, based on the latest survey results from the Mass General Brigham Innovator Community Expansion Initiative. Conducted in September, the survey set out for a second time to…

Ten Projects Advance at 4th Annual MESH Innovation Teams’ ‘Problem Day’

By Casey Frazier | January 30, 2023

Top Finalists to Enter Yearlong Program Guiding Their Innovations Aimed at Enhancing Patient Care   It’s surely a misnomer because “Problem Day” is no problem, at least for the 10 teams (13 participants) that earlier this month succeeded in the annual competition to learn from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and…

Innovation Grand Rounds: Genetics, Signaling, and Academic Discovery as Gateways to Drug Development

By Casey Frazier | January 10, 2023

Innovation Grand Rounds is a monthly live series with talks by innovators and executives from across the Mass General Brigham system. Paul Yu, MD, PhD, recently spoke about his ALK2 small molecule innovations spanning from discovery through IPO.   On Sept 14, 2022, Paul Yu, MD, PhD, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) at…