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Mara Aspinall

7 Podcast Episodes

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The Zero (Half) Hour - Mara Aspinall Is Back To Discuss Testing Mandates!

The Zero (Half) Hour

We've got Mara Aspinall back this week to discuss President Biden's new testing directive, how it all works, why's important, and what challenges we'll face as we try to implement these new guidelines.


23 Sep 2021

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Ep98: Mara Aspinall on Diagnostics and COVID-19

The Long Run with Luke Timmerman

Mara Aspinall of Arizona State University on diagnostics and COVID-19.

1hr 7mins

13 Sep 2021

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The Zero (Half) Hour with Roslyn Stone - Featuring Mara Aspinall

The Zero (Half) Hour

Today’s guest is Mara Aspinall. Mara is a faculty member at Arizona State University and an industry leader in health information technology, diagnostics, and testing. Leading large organizations in the private sector, to serving on the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council on Genetics, Health & Society (SACGHS) in the Obama and Bush administrations, Mara has a truly unique perspective on the path forward in the ongoing pandemic. This conversation was fascinating and will surely change how you think about how your org should be handling COVID. Enjoy!


26 Aug 2021

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COVID 19 Myth Busting with Mara Aspinall (Episode 12: It's Been a Wild Ride)

Accumen's Healthcare Performance Insider Podcast

In this final episode of 2020 Mara reflects back on all of the myths discussed in this series and what we could have done better. It really all comes down to testing, policy and going back to work, safely. Tell us what you'd like to know about diagnostics in the New Year at HPIpodcast@accumen.com!


4 Jan 2021

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Investor Corner: Diamond in the Desert with Mara Aspinall, Bluestone Ventures Managing Director

Old Pueblo, New Economy

Did you know that there is more than $100 million worth of capital available to Arizona entrepreneurs right now?  Were you aware that Tucson ranks as one of the Top 5 Cities for entrepreneurs, according to Entrepreneur magazine, but it has been a long, hard road.  I find it incredible that within the last few years, Tucson has gone from only one or two venture capital firms to over five.  One of those firms is BlueStone Venture Partners where managing partner Mara Aspinall and team are utilizing their “Noses in, fingers out” approach to invest in regional digital health, medical devices  and medical diagnostics startups.  Their Fund primarily focuses on companies that reside within five key verticals including: Medical Devices, Advanced Materials, Healthcare IT, Diagnostics, and Biopharma Platforms.As an entrepreneur, I really appreciate Mara’s hyper-focus on startup teams over technology.  To create an A-Team (insert theme music here) you must:Know your strengths and most importantly your weaknesses.  If you can’t articulate these, how will you be able to build a team that has strengths to counter-balance your weaknesses? Find the right team,: these should be people you trust, and that can consistently be intellectually honest with you.   These team members should also be highly adept at navigating ambiguity as it’s likely to be all your startup will be facing for the first few years.After building your A-Team,  go “do your homework”. Your goal should be to understand your situation and potential future scenarios enough to anticipate what’s coming.  This will help you and the team mitigate the foreseeable errors, and hopefully not worry about the ones you could not have known.   Most importantly, get moving and keep moving.   About MaraAspinall is a healthcare industry leader and pioneer committed to active civic involvement. She is Managing Director and Co-Founder of BlueStone Venture Partners, a venture fund investing in life sciences technology companies in the US Southwest. She is also Managing Director of the Health Catalysts Group, a consulting firm dedicated to the growth of health information technology and diagnostics firms, publishing the popular Health Catalysts Diagnostics Year in Review. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Abcam plc (ABC), Allscripts (MDRX), Castle Biosciences (CSTL), Orasure (OSUR), and Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona. Most recently, Aspinall was certified in Cybersecurity Oversight from Carnegie Mellon University.As President and CEO of Ventana Medical Systems, a billion-dollar division of The Roche Group, (now Roche Tissue Diagnostics) Aspinall led her world-class team to new financial success, more than two dozen major instrument and assay launches as well as global leadership in companion diagnostics.  Previously, Aspinall spent 13 years at Genzyme Corporation where she served as President of Genzyme Genetics and Genzyme Pharmaceuticals. Genzyme Genetics was a leading provider of diagnostic testing and genetic counseling in the oncology and reproductive markets. Aspinall transformed the business from a small specialized player to one of the top five laboratories in the country while setting the industry standard for quality testing. The business was sold to LabCorp for nearly $1billion. Previously, she led Genzyme Pharmaceuticals and its transformation to an international leader in specialized pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing. 


6 Aug 2020

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Mara Aspinall: Diagnostic Evangelist on a mission to keep the spotlight on diagnostics after the pandemic

Accumen's Healthcare Performance Insider Podcast

A study that found 20-30% of patients at autopsy were treated for a disease that they did not have changed the course of this thought leader's career. Mara Aspinall has been on a mission to raise the profile of diagnostics in healthcare ever since. Find out why.


12 Jun 2020

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Faces of Leadership in Diagnostics: Mara Aspinall

Mendelspod Podcast

Guest:Mara Aspinall, Founder, DxInsightsBio and Contact Info Listen (2:43) DxInsights and EPEMED Listen (3:53) Diagnostics 5.0

20 Nov 2014