MaineHealth is pleased to welcome Susan Ahern as Vice President of Innovation, a new systemwide role responsible for planning and development of the MaineHealth Innovation Center.
Ahern is a respected innovation strategist and diplomatic collaborator from the Boston area, bringing years of progressive entrepreneurial experience to her role. She most recently led a first-in-the-nation statewide program to connect academic and scientific innovators from the 34 Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ research institutes as the Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center. At the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, Ahern led Canada’s first-in-the-nation international accelerator, awarded #1 in the world by the International Business Innovation Association. Her entrepreneurs were featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Time, and the Associated Press. As Trade Commissioner, she executed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Entrepreneurial Boston Roundtable in 2018.
Ahern’s successful career as an entrepreneur speaks to her visionary, hands-on approach to innovation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Colby College.
“We are delighted to have Susan join our team on March 30. She brings tremendous experience to MaineHealth and will help us redefine our core value of Innovation and its importance to our success as an academic health system,” said Doug Sawyer, MD, PhD, Chief Academic Officer & Interim VP of Research at Maine Medical Center.
About the MaineHealth Innovation Center
As the largest health care system north of Boston, MaineHealth is positioned to be a leader in patient care, education and research amidst the unique healthcare needs of our service area. The MaineHealth Innovation Center, a system-wide initiative, is committed to fostering a culture of innovation at all levels of our organization and among our community partners. Operating across the clinical, academic and research areas of MaineHealth, The Innovation Center identifies and propels “big ideas” down the innovation pipeline. At its core, The Innovation Center supports the best interest of our patients, our providers and our community by leveraging tomorrow’s creative solutions to solve today’s complex problems.