Shawna Butler

Nurse Economist
Singularity University

Trend spotter. Quantum collaborator. Discovery Engine. EntrepreNURSE.

As part of the Exponential Medicine team at Singularity University, I bring my clinical and practical sensibilities as a nurse to work with early-stage ventures, large-scale enterprises, and emerging and converging technologies. I listen, learn, and find the mavericks and projects with a serious chance of delivering better health outcomes and making society stronger.

At Exponential Medicine, we focus on the opportunities presented by robotics, AI, VR, machine learning, supercomputing, genetic sequencing, blockchain, 3D printing, drones, crowd + cloud solutions, and other technology advances; convene the community experimenting with them; and accelerate the distribution of adoption and impact.

Projects I've helped shape and launch include the EntrepreNURSE-in-Residence role at Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, an enterprise-wide digital radiology solution, an international emergency medicine training rotation between a US medical school and a New Zealand hospital system, and the Cancer XPRIZE focused on early detection.

I'm grateful to serve as an advisor to a variety of initiatives including Food+City, End Well, Dutch Health Innovation School, MassChallenge Texas, Impact Pediatric Health, Nursing Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University, and Austin Chamber Music Center.

My clinical nursing experience includes emergency, cardiac, critical care, international medical flight transport, and workplace wellness.

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