Wednesday, September 23 • 7:00pm - 7:45pm
A founder's story: A conversation with Marie Johnson and Manny Villafana

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Marie Johnson's path to entrepreneurship was set by the death of her husband from a sudden heart attack from coronary artery disease at the age of 41.  Johnson, a doctorate student and mother of two young children, turned her grief into a mission to find out why a seemingly healthy man in the prime of his life would be strken by a prevenatable death. Thirteen years later, Johnson's Aum Cardiovascular's CADence device, which uses sensors and algorithms to identify blockages in arteries is on the market in Germany and soon the U.S. In an intimate interview we'll learn all about Johnson's journey. 

And as a bonus interview, medtech legend Manny Villafana, founder of St. Jude Medical, Guidant, AMS and more will talk to us about what happened at Kips Bay Medical, which recently closed its doors after running out of cash. Vilafana will speak frankly about the company and why it failed to succeed where so many others did. 

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Brian Johnson

Publisher, Co-Founder, DeviceTalks, MassDevice, Medical Design & Outsourcing
Brian grew up in the medical devices industry -- as a child, he and his older brother used the surgical staplers his father sold for U.S. Surgical Corp. as toy guns. One episode involving about $10,000 worth of surgical staples earned him an early lesson about medical technology and... Read More →

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Marie Johnson

CEO, Founder, AUM Cardiovascular, Inc
Dr. Marie Johnson’s vision for the CADence, a revolutionary cardiovascular diagnostic test, landed her on the “Most Creative People in Business” list by Fast Company magazine in 2015.  CADence is a handheld, noninvasive, fast, inexpensive test which has the potential to disrupt... Read More →
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Manny Villafana

Founder, Former Chairman & CEO, Kips Bay Medical, Inc.
With more than 50 years experience in the medical device industry, Dr. Villafaña's contributions to the cardiovascular field are numerous. They include the first lithium pacemaker, the first all-pyrolytic carbon heart valve, as well as, further important refinements to central-flow... Read More →

Wednesday September 23, 2015 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Science Museum of Minnesota

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