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#98 Meilin Howard, D.D.S.: Reflecting on Innovations in Dentistry

Innovate Fort Worth

Release Date: 08/22/2023

#125 Jenny McDonald: Greasing the Skids for Fort Worth Businesses show art #125 Jenny McDonald: Greasing the Skids for Fort Worth Businesses

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Jenny McDonald is tackling policy on behalf of entrepreneurs across the country. She is the Assistant Director of Activism and Special Projects at The Institute for Justice (IJ) and IJ’s Cities Works program, where she is meeting entrepreneurs, getting to the root of business struggles, and helping local government find solutions to those problems. Jenny shares the discoveries from the 2023 IJ report for Fort Worth around local entrepreneur’s biggest hurdles and recommendations for the city on how to overcome those challenges. Find the IJ Fort Worth report here:  Learn more about...

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#124 Kartik Krishnan, M.D., PhD: Killing Cancer with Luminescence show art #124 Kartik Krishnan, M.D., PhD: Killing Cancer with Luminescence

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Explore the future of cancer care with Dr. Kartik Krishnan, CEO of OncoNano Medicine, a biotech company revolutionizing treatment with a new technology targeting solid tumors with high precision. Dr. Krishnan will discuss their innovative approach, leveraging the immune system and CPRIT grants to fast-track impactful therapies, while highlighting the supportive role of the Fort Worth entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learn more about OncoNano here:  Learn more about HSC Next at 

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#123 Wade Myers: Freedom Through Funding show art #123 Wade Myers: Freedom Through Funding

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Wade Myers is looking for entrepreneurs who are solving some of the world’s toughest challenges. He is the CEO of Eagle Venture Fund, a venture studio and investment firm, and they focus on opportunities that will positively impact other people. He sees innovation to tackle tough problems, like creating economic opportunities for entrepreneurs, fighting against human trafficking, and broadening healthcare access. Eagle Ventures is also innovating tools to support founders, through their Pro Forma pitch competition which allows founders to use their proprietary software to help entreprneurs...

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#122 Jamie Erwin, M.D.: Birthing Innovation in Fort Worth show art #122 Jamie Erwin, M.D.: Birthing Innovation in Fort Worth

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Remember that baby gorilla that was born at the Fort Worth Zoo earlier this year? Meet Dr. Ja#122 mie Erwin, the human OB/GYN that performed the rare procedure to birth a gorilla, alongside a team of experts, that made national news. Dr. Erwin shares the story of her work at the Fort Worth Zoo consulting on several different medical issues that need assistance at the zoo, and she talks about her all-female obstetrics and gynecology practice called Vivi Women’s Health. Her practice is exploring an idea to develop one of the first birthing centers that is connected to a hospital in the state....

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#121 The Big Picture: Peter de Silva: Taking Stock of Entrepreneurship show art #121 The Big Picture: Peter de Silva: Taking Stock of Entrepreneurship

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Peter de Silva is sharing his secrets on business and community leadership. After an extensive career in the banking and finance industry, Peter shares his experience on how he served his local community and helped establish Kansas City as “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City.” He also overcome the effects of a debilitating disease that he is now working to treat and raise money for research that can lead to a cure. Peter shares advice and observations in his latest book “Taking Stock: 10 Life and Leadership Lessons From My Seat at the Table” for...

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#120 Cindy Weston, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC: The Next Generation of Nursing show art #120 Cindy Weston, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC: The Next Generation of Nursing

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When it comes to innovating the future for nurses, Dr. Cindy Weston is on the front lines. She is the dean of The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s new College of Nursing, launching in the fall of 2024. She shares her experience as a nurse and what it takes to build out a new nursing program to meet the statewide nursing shortage. Weston also shares how the nursing profession has changed in the past years as well as how she plans to support nurses in identifying problems in healthcare and thinking innovatively to find solutions.  Learn more about the HSC...

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#119 Chris Rawley: A Different Kind of Seed Investment show art #119 Chris Rawley: A Different Kind of Seed Investment

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Chris Rawley is finding innovative ways to invest in local farmers. Through Harvest Returns, people can micro invest to support farmers buying new equipment or services to grow and scale their farms. With Rawley’s unique background in the military and witnessing how the agricultural industry can be improved, he is introducing new ways to invest in securing our food supplies and getting involved in their local agricultural communities. To learn more about Harvest Returns, visit: To learn more about HSC Next, visit:

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#118 Kelly Cloud: Convergence of Life Sciences Companies in DFW show art #118 Kelly Cloud: Convergence of Life Sciences Companies in DFW

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When it comes to life science innovation in DFW, Kelly Cloud has a front row seat to it all. Kelly is the vice president of life sciences at the Dallas Regional Chamber, the organization that champions economic growth and development in the North Texas region. She shares the innovation happening with biotech companies, the future vision of the region’s economic growth, and what they are doing to foster and recruit companies in life sciences and biotechnology ecosystems.  Please visit the Dallas Regional Chamber at  Please visit the DFW Economic Development Guide at  Please...

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#117 Mark Lambright: Flying Freight via Airships show art #117 Mark Lambright: Flying Freight via Airships

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The future of transportation is taking to the skies. Meet Mark Lambright, the CEO of Trident Airships, the cargo transportation company that is innovating how we move products efficiently. Utilizing a hybrid lift system, Trident can enter remote locations using unseen maneuverability capabilities. Not only showcasing cutting-edge technology, Trident is reducing operating costs and carbon emissions in comparison to other cargo logistics options on the market. To learn more about Trident Airships, visit:  To learn more about HSC Next, visit: 

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#116 Maëlle Gavet: The Big Picture: The Global Investor show art #116 Maëlle Gavet: The Big Picture: The Global Investor

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Maëlle Gavet, CEO of Techstars, shares insights into the world of entrepreneurship and startup investing. Techstars has invested in over 4,000 startups globally, making them the largest seed investor in the world for the second year in a row. She was recently named as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance in 2024 by Barron’s. Maëlle discusses the diverse industries ripe for disruption and Techstars' ethos of "give first." Reflecting on her entrepreneurial journey and the global economic landscape, she offers practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and highlights the role...

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Local dentist, Meilin Howard, was experiencing a problem. When it came to her dental mirror, it was hard for her to keep it clean during dentist appointments. She decided to solve her own problem and began looking into innovating her traditional dental tools. What she discovered was a larger problem than she suspected. Now she is looking for ways to fix the problems she and many other dentists face in the dental industry. Listen to how she is maximizing local resources to support her innovations in dentistry, how she identifies problems worth innovating, and how Fort Worth became her home.