Alumni Startup Wins Health Care Safety Prize

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Lumis, a healthcare simulation and data startup company founded by Pitt alumni, recently became one of the winners of a competition sponsored by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Innovation Works. This competition, the Healthcare Safety Challenge, sought to award promising startups in the fields of patient safety and innovation. Lumis won $5,000 in kicker prize money to aid in the application of their proprietary technology to issues of patient safety. 

Lumis was spun out of Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Joseph Samosky’s research group, the Simulation and Medical Technology R&D Center.

Doug Nelson, the cofounder, CEO and president of Lumis, earned his doctorate in engineering from Pitt in 2017. Samosky (ENGR ’85, A&S ’86), Nelson’s PhD supervisor, is cofounder and director of innovation and engineering for Lumis. John O’Donnell, their director of curriculum and customer engagement, earned a doctorate in public health from Pitt in 2009. Likewise, one of Lumis’ software developers, Alexandra Gales, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Pitt in 2011. The company has also hired current Pitt students as interns.