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Wednesday, September 23 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Innovation through convergence: A workshop on disruptive partnerships

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Medtronic’s Steve Oesterle said in 2014 that the next great competitors his company won’t be Boston Scientific or St. Jude Medical but tech giants like Google. Stockpiled with cash and willing to take on the biggest healthcare problems, Google is both pushing medtech into deeper blue ocean and forging a path for a new era of innovation.


Through its high profile partnerships in the diabetes space with recent partnerships in the diabetes space with companies like DexCom, Sanolfi or its robotic surgery efforts with Johnson & Johnson, Google is signaling that it believes the future of medtech innovation will be forged through strategic partnerships with companies outside of the industry.


While this paradigm is not new in biotech and pharmaceuticals, convergence is still new to medtech. However, the industry must continue look for new pathways to expand care without sacrificing quality.


In this mini “hackathon”  (A 2-hour brainstorming and networking workshop) led by experts from MPR Product Development and Halloran Consultants, we will: 


  • Examine the landscape for convergence opportunities that will change medtech now and in the future


  • Highlight the challenges and opportunities for cross industry convergence


  • Identify the challenges that must be solved by the industry in the short term to compete in the changing business landscape from the product development, regulatory and quality standpoint


  • Learn about industry partnerships and mergers that will reshape the landscape of healthcare. What has worked and what has not


  • Establish an understanding of the innovative technologies created by the merger of current technologies and best practices


  • Brainstorm with peers to evaluate and co-create potential industry changing concepts


  • Energize your business ecosystem by collaborating with potential partners



Wednesday September 23, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Science Museum of Minnesota

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