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Innovate State, with Kavita + Omari Bouknight

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Gaynor Entrepreneurship Lab

651 N. Shaw Ln

Rm. M025 Business Pavilion

East Lansing, East Lansing 48824

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Innovate State is a collaboration between the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the MSU Innovation Center.

Hosted at the Gaynor Entrepreneurship Lab, Innovate State welcomes successful Spartan alumni back to campus for a fireside chat. Guests share their perspectives on everything from launching start-ups to experiencing success and failure to building dynamic and nurturing work cultures.

Join us for Innovate State, with Kavita + Omari Bouknight on Mon., Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Gaynor Entrepreneurship Lab.


Kavita is an entrepreneur, digital health maven, patient health advocate, investor and speaker with a mission to connect people to targeted health innovations, enabling them to lead healthier lives.

She is the co-founder and CEO of Match Health, a digital health platform that brings greater awareness and accessibility to transformative health innovations. Match Health has developed and maintains a vast video library that reviews various medical conditions and different innovations that have been developed to treat them.

Prior to starting Match Health, Kavita served as a Marketing Director for two medical device startups, Biomerix Corporation and FoxHollow Technologies. In these roles, Kavita drove the introduction of health innovations targeting tissue repair and peripheral arterial disease.

Kavita also has significant experience, working as a consultant to both startups as well as larger organizations providing strategy and go-to-market expertise introducing novel medical device technologies to the market in the fields of cardiovascular health, orthopedics, general surgery, and women’s health.

Kavita grew up in Rochester Hills, MI and graduated from Michigan State University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management (Eli Broad College of Business) and earned her MBA from the University of Michigan (Ross School of Business) in 2004. Kavita lives in the Boston area with her husband Omari and their twin boys.

Find Kavita on LinkedIn.


Omari is a medical technology executive, entrepreneur, author and investor with substantial experience launching novel cardiac medical technologies globally. Presently he is the President and Chief Commercial Officer of CardioFocus, an innovator and manufacturer of a leading atrial fibrillation ablation technology.

Prior to joining CardioFocus, Omari held the role of Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Cardiac Dimensions, an early-stage cardiovascular company with a pioneering mitral valve repair system. Earlier in his career, he led the highly successful launch of the HeartMate II® Left Ventricular Assist System®, a breakthrough artificial heart technology, serving in the role of Business Unit Director at Thoratec Corporation.

Omari is the co-author of Your MBA Game Plan: Proven Strategies for Getting into the Top Business School, which became a leading book on MBA admissions strategy. He along with his co-author established an MBA admissions services firm in 2004, which was subsequently purchased in 2006 by Veritas Prep the largest privately held test preparation and graduate school admissions consulting company in the world.

A proud Spartan, Omari grew up in East Lansing and graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in Supply Chain Management (Eli Broad College of Business), International Relations (James Madison College) and German (College of Arts & Letters). In 2004, he earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. Omari currently lives in the Boston area with his wife Kavita and their twin boys.

Find Omari on LinkedIn.



You can find the full list of Innovate State events here: https://entrepreneurship.msu.edu/innovate-state/

If you are interested in other entrepreneurial events at MSU, please go to the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation's calendar at eship.msu.edu/calendar.

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