Innovators in Health and Wellness 2017

Every year Minnesota Business celebrates the excellence of the companies and people that make up Minnesota’s world-renowned health care industry. This year we've changed the name and scope of the awards to give greater emphasis to the roles of wellness and health technology. We look forward to the participation of a wide range of med-tech, wellness and healthcare companies throughout Minnesota. The finalists in this competition will be highlighted in the December issue of Minnesota Business and winners will be announced in the December issue.

About the process
Nominations were collected over a two-month period and reviewed by an external judging panel consisting of industry experts across all professional platforms. 


Innovators in Health and Wellness 2017 Finalists

Startup Award

Activated Research Company 
Geneticure LLC
POPS! Diabetes Care, Inc.

Software/Web Application Award

Fitness Formulary LLC
Zipnosis, Inc.

Health and Wellness Campaign Award

Ask About Aspirin - Minnesota Heart Health Program - University of Minnesota
Charter House - Mayo Clinic Retirement Living
Chef Marshall O'Brien Group

Excellence in Facility Design

St. Francis Regional Medical Center
University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital 

Health Care Executive Award

Siyad Abdullahi, President and CEO, Informed Health Systems
Joel Theisen, Founder and CEO, Lifesprk
Andrea Walsh, President and CEO, HealthPartners

Medical Breakthrough Award

NxThera, Inc.

Wellness Advocate Award

Nickie Carrigan, Owner, NC Fitness The Warehouse
Deborah Delaney, Founder, CEO and Consultant, Touching Lives Adult Day Services
Cindy N. Kaigama, MA, Multicultural Initiatives Director, American Heart Association

Emerging Leader Award

Michael Auge, Founder and COO, Advanced Medical Home Care, LLC
Chef Marshall O'Brien, Founder, Chef Marshall O'Brien Group
Joselyn Raymundo, Pharm.D., Founder and Owner, Rochester Home Infusion, Inc.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael D. Resnick, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health and Director of Research in the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, University of Minnesota

Excellence in Data Analytics Award

Ambient Clinical Analytics 
Modal Technology Corporation

Best Supplier/Vendor Award

Bellmont Partners
Chef Marshall O'Brien Group
Russell Herder GBC

Wellness or Fitness Center Award

Alchemy365 LLC
Anytime Fitness LLC
YWCA Minneapolis

Wellness Program

CentraCare Health
Fairview Health Services
Stoneridge Software

Mental Health Innovator 

Aris Clinic
HabitAware Inc.
Learn to Live, Inc.

Excellence in Professional Services

DS+B | CPAs + Business Advisors
Elite Medical Scribes
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Excellence in Professional Services — IT

Imagine IT
SUCCESS Computer Consulting, Inc.


Meet the Emcee

Roshini Rajkumar

Roshini is a presence engineer and professional speaker. She is managing editor and host of News & Views with Roshini Rajkumar on WCCO Radio and an analyst for media outlets around the country, including Twin Cities Live on KSTP-TV, Breaking the News on KARE-TV, and Business for Breakfast on KDMT in Denver


Meet the Judges

Thompson Aderinkomi, Cofounder, Relate

Thompson is the founder of Relate and serves on the board of directors for MNsure and the Minnesota Business Editorial Board. Past endeavors include co-founding RetraceHealth and co-founding


Adam Berry, Chief Executive Officer, Summit Orthopedics

Adam is CEO of Summit Orthopedics, one of Minnesota’s top orthopedic groups, and works to make dramatic changes to the way orthopedic healthcare is delivered.


Dr. John Blank, Chairman, TreeHouse Health

John Blank has extensive experience in the healthcare both as a practicing physician and a senior executive in the managed care and services sectors of the healthcare industry.


Daniel Zismer, Co-founder and Managing Director, Castling Partners

Castling Partners serves health systems and clinics in the areas of strategy design and performance, physician services strategies performance improvement and ambulatory strategies innovations. 


Jon Moon, PhD, President and Owner, MEI Research

Jon is a biomedical engineer with decades of academic research and industry experience creating and commercializing medical technologies.


Michael Morris, Director of Business Development, St. Francis Regional Medical Center

Michael leads the hospital’s strategy and business development, marketing and communications, community outreach, public relations, guest services and employee wellness programs.


Kathleen Motzenbecker, Senior Vice President, Medical Alley Association

Kathleen is Senior Vice President of Medical Alley Association which champions and facilitates health technology and care organizations to innovate, succeed and influence the evolution of healthcare.