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We bring together the private sector, public sector, non-profit organizations, and academia to accelerate the pace of change in the health landscape and move businesses forward.

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idea hub envisions a world where public health researchers and private sector partners collaborate to address global public health challenges and improve the health of all.


idea hub connects private sector partners and Boston University School of Public Health’s unique research assets, world-class faculty, extraordinary students, and public health leadership to initiate ambitious projects, incubate innovative solutions, and integrate those solutions to address global public health challenges.

About Boston University School of Public Health

Boston University is America’s fourth-largest research university and the School of Public Health has one of the largest research portfolios at the university. Our award-winning faculty actively engage in cutting-edge research that informs not only public policy and scientific understanding but also our curriculum. From large, epidemiologic studies to behavioral science, our research and scholarship is focused on having an impact and improving population health. Ranked as a top 10 School of Public Health in the country by US News and World Report, Boston University School of Public Health puts special focus on the following topic areas:

  • Climate change, the planet, and health
  • Cities and health
  • Health inequities
  • Mental health and substance use
  • Health systems
  • Infectious diseases (including COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS)
  • Women’s health

BUSPH is committed to igniting and sustaining positive change that leads to health and well-being around the world. We strive for a respectful, collaborative, diverse, and inclusive community within our school. We aim to promote justice, human rights, and equity within and across our local and global communities.

Meet the management team


Vanessa Boland Edouard, MPH, MBA
Leyla Dincer
Relationship Manager

Meet the advisory board


Gary A. Cohen (chair)
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Humatics Corporation
Cris De Luca
Global Head, Digital Investments, Sanofi Ventures
Mary Jane England
Clinical Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health
Susan Sarin Garfield
Principal/Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Bob Knox, Jr.
Travis McCready
Principal, TAM Consulting
Edward Melia
Co-Founder & General Partner, Evolution Global Growth Partners
Azin Nezami
Director of Innovation and External Research, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Philip Raymond Reilly
Venture Partner, Third Rock Ventures
Michael J. Taylor
Principal, MT Healthcare Consulting
Sandro Galea (Ex-officio Member)
Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Michael McClean (Ex-officio Member)
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Advancement, Boston University School of Public Health

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