About Us
The Smart Health Innovation Lab began in 2017 as a partnership between like-minded healthcare leaders who recognized that to innovate healthcare, new technologies would need a more efficient, more effective path to market adoption and insurance reimbursement. To meet the challenge, founding members Aspire Ventures, Capital BlueCross, Clio Health, and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health designed a unique lab and certification program to give startups mentorship from a network of experts, a testing environment to validate their products, and access to enterprise-level opportunities with a network of providers and payors. The Smart Health Innovation Lab is now helping startups accelerate their growth and fast-track their innovations to transform healthcare.

“The Smart Health Innovation Lab will help launch new and imaginative technologies that will redefine the healthcare experience and improve the health status of patients around the world. We are proud to be a founder of an entity that is forward-thinking and focused on bringing game-changing ideas to the healthcare market locally, nationally, and globally.”
– Jennifer Chambers, MD, MBA, FACP;
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer,
Capital BlueCross
Founding Members
Aspire Ventures, an Aspire Universal Company, is a venture capital firm focused on transforming industries and impact investment with breakthrough technologies. Aspire Ventures leverages its capital, intellectual property and domain expertise to help bring innovations to market faster and more cost effectively for the benefit of people worldwide.

Aspire Ventures has developed A2I, an adaptive artificial intelligence platform, to help its portfolio companies offer innovative mobile, cloud, and machine learning solutions for a variety of industry sectors, most notably healthcare. Aspire Ventures is leading several initiatives to create a patient-centered model in healthcare powered by precision medicine technologies.
Capital BlueCross, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., is the leading health solutions and insurance company in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. A partner in the community’s health for over 80 years, Capital BlueCross offers health insurance products, services, and technology solutions that provide peace of mind to consumers and promote health and wellness for our customers.

More than a health insurer, the company delivers innovative solutions through a family of diversified businesses that is creating a healthier future and lowering health care costs. Among these solutions are patient-focused care models, leading-edge data analytics, and digital health technologies. Additionally, Capital BlueCross is growing a network of Capital Blue health and wellness centers that provide in-person service and inspiration to help people reach their health goals. Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association.
Clio Health is a digital health network, using apps, AI, and revolutionary devices to improve healthy life expectancy and impact population health.
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health (LG Health), a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, is a 663-licensed bed not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), Women & Babies Hospital and the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (in partnership with Kindred Healthcare). LG Health’s membership in Penn Medicine joins the strengths of a world-renowned, not-for-profit academic medical center and a nationally recognized, not-for-profit community health-care system. Outpatient services are provided at more than 30 centers and express and urgent-care locations; more than 400 primary and specialty providers participate in our employed-physician network
Our Team
Kim Ireland
Venture Partner,
Aspire Ventures
Corey Meyer
Vice President, Health System Strategy
Director, Strategic Acceleration,
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Stacy Balaban
Vice President, Payor Strategy
VP, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships,
Capital BlueCross
Jan Ninnasopha
Health System Strategist
Project Manager, Strategic Acceleration,
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Jennifer Bordner
Payor Strategist
Business Development Consultant,
Capital BlueCross
Ben Faesel
Payor Strategist
Senior Business Development Consultant,
Capital BlueCross
Kelsey Unger
Program Coordinator
Aspire Ventures
Essam Abadir
Board Member
Founder and CEO,
Aspire Ventures
Aji Abraham
Board Chairman
Senior Vice President, Business and Network Development,
Capital BlueCross
Robert Drummond
Board Treasurer
Executive Director Corporate Partnerships,
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Steve Dailey
Board Vice Chairman
Clio Health
Todd Bartos
Corporate Secretary and General Counsel
General Counsel,
Aspire Ventures
Robert Macina
Board Advisor
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel,
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Fred Rahmanian
Board Advisor
Chief Technology Officer,
Scott Schell, MD
Board Advisor
Chief Medical Officer,
Clio Health
Jeff Haley
Board Advisor
Chief Commercial Officer,
Clio Health