Spectrum Health Innovations
Spectrum Health Innovations is guided by a team of experienced professionals who can help assess innovative ideas and bring them to life.
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Dr. Brent Mulder
President, Spectrum Health Innovations
Dr. Brent Mulder serves as President of Spectrum Health Innovations LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spectrum Health, a $5 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan.Read More
He is a leader, scientist and business professional with expertise in management, and interpersonal and organizational communications. His experience spans the academic, startup and corporate sectors. Dr. Mulder’s focus at Spectrum is on developing Spectrum Health Innovation’s strategic initiatives, which explore health care problems, inspire idea generation and build community relationships. His goal is to harness talent and engage resources to develop promising new health care technologies.
Prior to joining Spectrum Health in 2013, Dr. Mulder served as director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Van Andel Research Institute. There he worked directly with researchers to identify, protect and commercialize new technologies. He also served as a biotech consultant with the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center’s tech team, where he assisted with the growth of Michigan-based biotechnology startups by applying his diversified skillset encompassing technology evaluation, intellectual property, business plan and grant writing, venture capital, as well as structure and negotiation of complex license agreements. Additionally, Dr. Mulder’s research in the field of DNA replication and repair, combined with his passion to invent, led him to assume a lead role as senior scientist and member of the board of directors at Visigen Biotechnologies, a University of Houston biotech startup focused on the creation of a novel, next-generation, DNA sequencing technology; acquired by Life Technologies.
Dr. Mulder graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Houston in 1996 and a doctorate in biology in 2002. His doctoral thesis was entitled “Improvements in the fidelity of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase with gamma-phosphate modified nucleotides.” He earned a Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University in 2008. He currently serves on the Invest Michigan Investment Review Committee, Wayne State University’s MTRAC Review Committee, and the University of Michigan MiKickstart Review Committee.
Clinical Innovation Specialist
Kris has been with Spectrum Health for 24 years in various nursing roles throughout Butterworth and Blodgett Hospital units including the emergency department, observation, oncology, short stay surgical services and the nursing resource center.Read More
Kris held several leadership roles including charge nurse, supervisor of the short stay surgical unit, and nurse manager of the observation unit, admission/intake unit and chest pain center. Kris successfully transitioned the surgical short stay unit to an emergency department observation unit and managed a $1.2M unit renovation. She opened and closed the admission/intake unit during flu seasons and challenging census peaks. Kris is completing PI bronze certification and has participated in and led a number of VSAs, RIEs and A3s within the system.
Kris joined the Spectrum Health Innovations team in January of 2015 as a clinical innovation specialist, leveraging her nursing and leadership experience to help develop new healthcare products and technologies.
Kris is a BSN graduate of Ferris State University. Kris has been trained in human centered design at the Luma Institute and has a certification in Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Duke University.
Kris is a member of the American Nurse Association and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.
Eric Van Middendorp
Eric is a Biomedical Engineer with experience in product design and manufacturing. He has led the design and development of medical devices ranging from class II rehabilitation and interventional devices to life-saving class I securement devices. He is an inventor on several patents, including one issued patent and three pending applications.Read More
In addition to engineering, Eric has had success as the CEO and founder of a startup, having won several business plan competitions and raised grant and private funding. He has earned MSE in Mechanical Engineering and his BSE in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University.
He serves on the industry advisory board for MSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) and the KCTC Health Science Early College Academy’s Biomed program. In addition, he is a member of the RSNA 3D Printing in Medicine Special interest Group.
Clinical Innovation Specialist
Mike has 13 years’ experience as a registered nurse in many clinical areas. His nursing specialty areas include medical/surgical, progressive care, intensive care units, burn unit, pediatrics, and leadership.Read More
His progressive leadership experience ranges from Supervisor to Manager, and then Director of Nursing. Mike also completed travel nursing assignments to experience different health systems in the cities of Boston, MA and Laguna Hills, CA.
Mike has a Bachelors of Science in Health Science from Grand Valley State University (GVSU), a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from GVSU, and Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) in nursing administration from Ferris State University (FSU). His professional certifications include Certified Nurse Manager Leader (CNML) and Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP).
He also serves on the nursing advisory board for FSU where he is also an adjunct professor. Mike has a publication in the Journal of Burn Care and Research and has presented on Nursing Innovation at the American Association of Critical Care Nurse’s NTI conference. The Carol Health team just presented at the Post Acute 360 conference as an Innovation Spotlight session.
Anthony Lazzaro has been around healthcare his entire life. Since he can remember, his mom would drag him into the hospital when she would get called in the middle of the night, spending many nights in an open hospital bed. It was only until recent Anthony got back into the healthcare world, coming from a tech startup background, because he saw the opportunities to create change through technology and have a positive impact on people’s lives. He entered into healthcare working for Spectrum Health Innovations, which eventually led to the creation of Carol Health, which he now focuses on full-time..Read More
Anthony earned his Bachelor’s from Central Michigan University in Entrepreneurship with a focus in Business Information Systems, Management and Marketing and earned a Master’s in Healthcare Innovation from Arizona State University. Anthony is active in volunteering his time outside of work within the Grand Rapids area, as well serving on Central Michigan University’s Young Alumni Board and Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Council.
Project Specialist- Public Relations and Marketing
Jessica is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in marketing, public relations, event, and strategic planning. She has a great attention to detail and accuracy, and enjoys working in a fast-paced environment to make a difference in Innovations.
Jessica was awarded her Associate degree in Business Administration from Muskegon CC and Bachelor degree in Business Science Management from Cornerstone University.
As a product specialist, Andrew is able to combine his experience in healthcare market research, product development, and business development, with his passion for entrepreneurship and innovation in the healthcare industry.Read More
Andrew earned his Bachelor’s in clinical exercise science, with an emphasis in physical therapy, and supplemental curriculum in entrepreneurship from Grand Valley State University and earned a Master’s in Entrepreneurial Transactions from Central Michigan University. Andrew is also the founder and president of the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Alumni Association at Grand Valley State University.