Dr. Erika Dillard received her medical and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN where she focused on the development and characterization of a cancer-killing virus for the treatment of malignant brain tumors. She then completed five years of neurosurgical training in Philadelphia where she became interested in skull base surgery, neuro-oncology and patient safety and quality improvement. As a surgical resident, she witnessed first-hand how patient outcomes are influenced by factors outside of the actual performed procedure. Her combined research and clinical background coupled with a genuine concern for patient safety has led to her recent venture. Dr. Dillard is currently a 2nd year post-doctoral fellow in the Patents-2-Products (P2P) fellowship at the University of Memphis. P2P is a collaboration between the FedEx Institute of Technology and Epicenter Memphis, which offers a two-year funded position for research entrepreneurs that serves as a launching pad to turn innovative ideas into successful startup companies. During this fellowship, Dr. Dillard launched PopCheck Technologies, an early-stage healthcare technology company creating AI-driven remote monitoring biosensors for postoperative patients with an emphasis on those at highest risk for surgical complications such as venous clots. PopCheck was selected to participate in the 2021 Cohort of the University City Science Center Launch Lane Digital Health Accelerator program along with 7 other Philadelphiabased companies. Dr. Dillard was also selected to participate in the very first cohort of the UC Science Center OnRamp Program under the guidance of Founder in Residence, Thom Webster. In addition to her clinical and entrepreneurial endeavors, Dr. Dillard is passionate about diversifying representation in the healthcare field and serves as a mentor from high school to medical school students who hope to pursue careers in the surgical specialties. She is also the current President of BioTN Academic Alliance in Memphis whose mission is to advance and grow the life science workforce by providing career development and industry exposure for local life science students and postdoctoral fellows.