Rick Toren Named as One of NFTE's 2013 Locally Grown Honorees

Top Quote QPID, Inc. CSO and Health Care IT Innovator Will Be Honored at 16th Annual Dare to Dream Gala on April 10. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 28, 2013 - The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater Washington Region today announced that Rick Toren, Chief Strategy Officer of QPID Inc., a new intelligence system for EHRs, has been selected as a 2013 Locally Grown Honoree. Toren and four other entrepreneurs were chosen by NFTE's executive committee following a substantial nomination process. Honorees serve as NFTE ambassadors and will be formally recognized at the 16th Annual Dare to Dream Gala on April 10 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The event's purpose is to raise funds that will enable over 900 youth from low-income communities in the metropolitan area access to entrepreneurial training and practical business curriculums.

    The Locally Grown title is bestowed upon entrepreneurs who build companies in the Washington region and make significant contributions to their individual communities. Toren's is the quintessential entrepreneurial story. He began his career installing pinball machines in college fraternities and went on to invent the EpiPen at Survival Technology, Inc. Toren has successfully started and sold five businesses in health care over 25 years, returning more than $575 million to investors. For years he has volunteered his time in NFTE classrooms and regularly speaks on education and entrepreneurship at local universities. His commitment is above reproach - Toren maintains contact and mentoring support with NFTE students long after they meet him.

    "Rick has made significant contributions to the Greater Washington community, promised strong mentorship for our students, and inspired us with his entrepreneurial endeavors and successes. We are thrilled to engage him in NFTE's mission to provide programs that inspire young people to stay in school, leverage business opportunities and plan for their futures," said Tricia Granata, Executive Director of NFTE, DC Region.

    Toren is now bringing the reality of better electronic health records to the market via QPID, an innovative provider of health record acceleration and intelligence solutions that was developed within Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare in Boston. QPID is venture backed by Matrix Partners, Partners Innovation Fund, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) and Cardinal Partners.

    Toren was formerly Chairman & President of CodeRyte, Inc., an industry leader in clinical natural language processing (NLP) technology and computer-assisted coding solutions for health care outpatient providers, which was acquired by 3M in 2012. Mr. Toren was also former President and COO of QED; Former Founder and President of e-Medx, and a founder and executive management leader of many other health care service, device and software companies. He holds a BS from Penn State University.

    The other 2013 Honorees include Geoff Allen, ZipList, Inc.; Theresa Daytner, Daytner Construction Group; Alka Dhillon, Technalink, Inc.; and Christopher Hertz, New Signature.

    About the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
    Too many young people today drop out of school and struggle to break the cycle of poverty. Since 1987, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has been inspiring young people to pursue educational opportunities, start their own businesses, and succeed in life. By providing entrepreneurship education programs relevant to the real world, NFTE empowers students to own their educations in and out of the classroom and to find their own path to success. NFTE is the only global nonprofit organization solely focused on bringing entrepreneurship education to low-income youth. To date, NFTE programs have reached more than 500,000 young people. Currently, programs are active in 12 countries and 21 U.S. states and NFTE impacts the lives of nearly 50,000 young people annually. Specifically, NFTE DC Region is on the cutting edge of entrepreneurship education, having set a goal to train 5,500 students between 2011-2015 while bringing more relevancy to classrooms in the districts served. For more information, visit www.nfte.com.

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