Travis Whitfill is an academic researcher, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur in healthcare and biopharma. He is an Associate Research Scientist in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Yale University and focuses on health policy and health systems in pediatrics and emergency care. He has co-founded several biotech and healthcare startups companies, including Azitra Inc., which is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that is using living medicines to treat skin diseases. Travis is a Partner at Bios Partners, a healthcare-focused venture capital fund based in the United States that has approximately $130 million USD assets under management. He serves on the board of several companies, including Incysus Therapeutics Inc., 410 Medical Inc., Azitra Inc., and Immusoft Corporation (observer), as well as the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research and Education (INSPIRE). Mr. Whitfill received degrees from Yale University (MPH) and Dallas Baptist University (BS in biology), and is currently working on his PhD in health policy and economics at University College London.
I am a UK-trained Neonatologist working in Starship NICU in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a member of the Douglas Starship Simulation faculty and lead the simulation programmer in NICU. My key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2011, member of the Education Committee since 2012, am a past Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2017-2018) and a current member of the Board of Directors. In collaboration with others, I established the IPSS-INSPIRE Fellowship in 2018 and am on the working group leading this initiative. My vision for IPSS is to continue to support collaborative knowledge sharing and research development in the pediatric and perinatal simulation community. My wish for IPSS is to see an increasing number of non-physician members and to support and develop the ability of those still at the early stage of simulation.