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Wednesday, September 23

3:30pm CDT

Registration, networking reception
Check in, choose the session you would like to attend and grab a refreshment. 

Wednesday September 23, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Science Museum of Minnesota

3:30pm CDT

Innovation through convergence: A workshop on disruptive partnerships

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

4:00pm CDT

Putting On Your Legal Cap – Hot Legal Topics That Can Influence Your Medtech Company?

·         What every medtech company needs to know about products liability litigation  

·         M&A trends from the perspective of both acquirer and seller

·         IP protection is key to a successful exit

avatar for Roman Fayerberg

Roman Fayerberg

Shareholder & Patent Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Roman Fayerberg is a registered patent attorney, who focuses his practice on the development and management of strategic patent portfolios and counseling clients on patent issues, primarily in technologies related to medical devices, drug delivery systems, biodegradable polymers and... Read More →

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John Dinusson

President & CEO, OrthoCor Medical
John Dinussonis President and CEO of OrthoCor Medical. John brings 18 years of leadership in diverse areas, including venture capital, finance and operations. John’s primary experience was at Blumberg Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm that specializes in leading Seed... Read More →
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Matthew Hemsley

Principal, Healthcare Investment Banking, Piper Jaffray & Co.
Matthew Hemsley is a principal in the Piper Jaffray healthcare investment banking group. Hemsley has more than 10 years of client service experience. He joined Piper Jaffray from McKinsey & Company, a global strategy and management consulting firm, where he was an engagement manager... Read More →
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Cliff Merrell

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Cliff Merrell focuses his practice on products liability litigation, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. As national counsel for many pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, Cliff has a wide range of experience managing products liability litigation... Read More →

Wednesday September 23, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Science Museum of Minnesota

5:30pm CDT

Networking/dinner reception
Wednesday September 23, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm CDT

7:00pm CDT

A founder's story: A conversation with Marie Johnson and Manny Villafana
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 CDT
Science Museum of Minnesota

7:45pm CDT

DeviceTalks CEO panel: Growing from good to great
Shaye Mandle, President/CEO, LifeScience Alley leads a panel of CEOs from the Minnesota community that are at exciting moments in their development. We'll discuss the challenges and opportunities that face these firms including: 
  • Deciding when/where to go public when raising funding
  • Managing the commercialization challenges 
  • Positioning the company for growth
  • Managing the mergers and acquisitions game from the perspective of the acquired and the acquirer. 
  • What's next for these companies


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Shaye Mandle

President, CEO, LifeScience Alley
Shaye Mandle has served as the President & CEO for LifeScience Alley since May 1, 2014. Previously, Mr. Mandle served as the Association's Executive Vice President & COO and was responsible for aligning internal operations with organizational strategy and overseeing advocacy efforts... Read More →

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Kirsten Harrison

President and CEO, Rotation Medical, Inc.
Martha Shadan is chief executive officer of Rotation Medical, a medical device company focused on improving the treatment of rotator cuff disease with technologies that biologically heal tendons. Shadan joined Rotation Medical in 2013, bringing more than three decades of marketing... Read More →

Dave Rosa

Chief Executive Officer, Sunshine Heart
Dave Rosa is Sunshine Heart’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rosa has spent the past 19 years in a variety of positions in the medical device industry. He was appointed CEO in October of 2009. Prior to joining Sunshine Heart, he was President and CEO of Milksmart, Inc., a privately... Read More →
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Bob White

Chief Executive Officer, Entellus Medical
Mr. White joined Entellus Medical in November 2014 as President and Chief Operating Officer and has been responsible for Sales, Marketing, International, R&D, and Manufacturing Operations. From January 2010 to March 2014, Mr. White served as President and CEO of TYRX, Inc. which specialized... Read More →

Wednesday September 23, 2015 7:45pm - 8:30pm CDT
Science Museum of Minnesota

8:30pm CDT

Evening Adjourns
Wednesday September 23, 2015 8:30pm - 8:31pm CDT