Founders & Core Team


Amy Belt Raimundo

Amy Belt Raimundo is the Chief Business Officer for Evidation Health where she leads all commercial and business development activities. Previously, Amy focused on venture investing is the medical device sector as a Vice President at both Covidien Ventures and Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV). Before joining ATV, Amy was at Guidant Corporation (later Abbott Vascular) where she led the international launch of the Xience drug eluting stent and managed product lines in the US, Europe and Asia. She began her career as a Management Consultant for APM/CSC Healthcare, optimizing clinical guidelines and operations for major hospital systems. Amy is a Kauffman Venture Fellow and holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Deborah Kilpatrick, PhD

Deb Kilpatrick is the CEO of Evidation Health, a digital health company backed by B Capital, GE Ventures, Asset Management Ventures, and Rock Health. Evidation quantifies outcomes in the digital era of medicine through machine learning and analytics of medical and behavior data in connected populations. Previously, Deb was Chief Commercial Officer of genomic diagnostics company CardioDx, a past winner in the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards and the Edison Awards. She formerly held multiple roles at Guidant Corporation, including Research Fellow, Director of R&D and Director of New Ventures. She chairs the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Advisory Board and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Deb has been named to FierceBiotech’s Top Women in Biotech, FierceMedicalDevice’s Top Women in Medtech, and Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 100 Women of Influence. She holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in engineering from Georgia Tech.

Jacqué Ashby

Jacqué Ashby is an Executive Assistant, Certified Sommelier and a Volunteer Event Manager. Prior to Cutera, she spent a year at Credence MedSystems, three and a half years at Aptus Endosystems, four years at FlowCardia/BPV, five years at Kyphon, and two years at Arthrocare, where her various roles included Executive Assistant, Physician Training Coordinator, Sales Support Supervisor, and CSR. Through these various roles, a passion developed for Event Planning and Management of all meeting types, domestically and internationally: industry tradeshows, board meetings, sales meetings, incentive trips, physician advisory board, etc. Jacqué is multi-lingual, holds a BA in French with a German minor from SJSU, a Culinary Arts Diploma from PCI (now ICC California), an Intensive Sommelier Program Diploma from ICC California, a Court of Master Sommelier’s Certified Sommelier Certification, and is the recipient of the Bert Cutino Award for Culinary Excellence.

Jennifer T. Beedon

Jennifer Beedon is a healthcare executive and creative thinker who brings 20 years of operational, consulting and general management experience to her clients. She partners with early stage CEOs and entrepreneurs to develop business plans to attract investment and build market entry strategies. Fortune 500 companies seek Jennifer’s expertise to evaluate compelling business opportunities, providing the foundation for strategic investment. Prior to founding her own firm, Jennifer held international and domestic leadership roles in business development, marketing and manufacturing operations at Guidant Corporation (now Abbott Vascular) and 3M. Jennifer is a co-founder of MedtechWomen. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Amanda DePalma

Amanda DePalma is the Vice President of Global Marketing at Endologix. Her responsibilities include global marketing, strategic planning, new product development, and brand management. Ms. DePalma has more than 19 years of medical device marketing and sales experience. Prior to joining us, Ms. DePalma held the position of Senior Director, Global Strategic Marketing at Edwards Lifesciences where she led the global strategy, business development and branding efforts for the Critical Care business unit. From 2005 to 2011 Ms. DePalma had positions of increasing responsibility at Kimberly-Clark Healthcare (now Halyard Health) including General Manager and Director of Global Strategic Marketing. Prior to that, Ms. DePalma held marketing positions at Guidant Corporation and Abbott Vascular. Ms. DePalma holds a B.S. in Marketing and an M.B.A. from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business.

Virginia L. Giddings

Virginia Giddings heads Advanced Technology & Innovation at Stryker Neurovascular, leading technology strategy and innovation to treat stroke. Previously at Abbott, she led Strategic R&D for the Nutrition division, with global responsibility for early-stage research and science partnerships. Also at Abbott, she played a key role in US approval of XIENCE V drug eluting stent and led the technical strategy for ABSORB, a novel bioabsorbable stent, resulting in first of kind CE Mark approval and EU launch. A patent agent, she had IP strategy roles with J&J and Advanced Stent Technologies. She serves on the Cornell Engineering Council, President’s Council of Cornell Women, Georgia Tech-Emory Bioengineering Board and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. She is a co-founder of MedtechWomen. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford.

Bridget Hurley

Bridget has over 16 years of US and International experience in product development and clinical trial management. She currently heads up Clinical and Regulatory for Element Science, a medical device company focused on developing a wearable therapeutic device for treatment of sudden cardiac death. Prior to this role, Bridget was the VP of Clin/Reg for Pulmonx and has held several management roles in R&D and Clinical at Abbott Vascular and Guidant. On the R&D side, Bridget played an integral role in the design and development of the XIENCE V drug-eluting stent program and the MitraClip percutaneous mitral valve repair system. On the clinical side, Bridget was based in Brussels as the Director for the EMEA Clinical and oversaw the international clinical operations for coronary and endovascular applications. Bridget holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Azadeh Nasibi

Azadeh Nasibi is a Director of Business Development & Strategy at Medtronic’s Brain business unit, covering Neurovascular and Brain Modulation. Her responsibilities include market opportunity analysis, target landscaping, and deal execution across the continuum of care of Brain diseases. Prior to joining Medtronic, Azadeh was a Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Life Sciences practice, specializing in Strategy and Operations, consulting for biotech and medtech clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. She holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to her MBA, Azadeh worked in the high- tech industry as an IT consultant and software engineer. She received her BS in Information and Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine.

Leslie Oley

Leslie Oley is the Head of Growth Product at Evidation Health, where she is responsible for product vision and user growth. Evidation quantifies outcomes in the digital era of medicine by applying data analytics to medical and behavior data in connected populations – and she’s excited about the significant opportunities at the intersection of technology, outcomes-based medicine, and consumer design. Previously, Leslie was the Director of Marketing at ApniCure, where she led product strategy and marketing for a consumer sleep apnea therapy, which has been awarded IDEA and Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards. She formerly held multiple roles working on the development and commercialization of new medical therapies at Boston Scientific, Voyage Medical, and as an independent consultant. Leslie earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, and a master’s degree in M.E. (Biomechanics) from Stanford, where she conducted NSF-funded research in cardiovascular mechanics.

Nicole Osmer

As founder of her own firm, Nicole works closely with companies and physicians to highlight innovation and leadership in the field of health care. Her targeted public relations and social media programs have brought life-transforming medical technologies to the forefront for millions of Americans. Based in Menlo Park, Calif., Nicole’s clients include Abbott, CardioKinetix, Ceterix Orthopaedics, Intersect ENT, NeoTract, Outset Medical, Pelvalon, Shockwave Medical. She was named a 2015 PR Executive of the Year by Business Intelligence Group.

Laura Parmer-Lohan

Laura is a seasoned commercial leader with experience in diagnostics, digital health, pharma, and medical devices. At Ruckus Partners, she provides on-demand commercial leadership to help start-up to Fortune 500 companies develop marketing and pricing strategies. Prior to establishing Ruckus Partners with, Marijka Annis, she led marketing for several health care companies including Diadexus, Sequenta, Genoptix (Novartis), and was a brand director at Amylin Pharmaceuticals. Her efforts resulted in increased annual sales growth, development of KOL relationships and collaborations and the launch of nearly two dozen products.

Laura serves as an advisor to LaunchPad Digital Health, CLSA FAST Program and is on the core team of MedtechWomen. She holds a BA from UCSC and and MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Natalie Shlafman

Natalie Shlafman advises medical technology companies on product strategy, commercialization and marketing. Natalie was Vice President of Marketing until 2015 at CardioDx, a cardiovascular genomic diagnostics company in Redwood City, CA. She joined the company in 2006 with responsibility to build out the company’s marketing capabilities. She led product marketing, strategic and managed care marketing, communications, and market research. Prior to joining CardioDx, Natalie was in the Vascular Intervention Division of Guidant Corporation, where she worked in market development within the New Ventures unit and in product marketing within the Angioplasty Systems group. Natalie received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to her MBA, Natalie worked in the high-tech industry and held product marketing roles at LogicTier and at SGI. Natalie received her BA in psychology with a business specialization from UCLA.

Susan Stimson

With 20 years of experience in the healthcare arena, Susan is recognized as a respected leader and expert in commercialization of new medical technologies. Joining Intersect ENT as the 10th employee in 2007, Susan has played an instrumental role in building the company from R&D stage to a high growth commercial business leading the areas of Marketing, Customer Service and International Expansion. Susan has impacted top priority products from the aspects of marketing, sales, R&D, clinical research, and manufacturing at both start-up and large companies including many years at Guidant. Ms. Stimson holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University.

Organizing Committee


Katie Arnold

Katie has 20 years of experience in healthcare and has worked with a variety of medical technology companies ranging from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Katie founded and leads SPRIG Consulting LLC, providing strategic marketing services. Katie and team work closely with clients on the entire spectrum of marketing needs: from early stage market development strategies to downstream launch execution and commercialization efforts. Prior to founding SPRIG, Katie’s career included sales and marketing roles with Guidant Corporation and Kensey Nash Corporation. Katie holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA from the University of Vermont. Katie is currently a lecturer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business, where she teaches medical product commercialization.

Noelle Bagnall

Noelle Bagnall is VP of Marketing/Business Development at eLüm Technologies, an early stage endovascular device company. Prior to eLüm, Noelle spent 10 years at Medtronic (previously ev3 Neurovascular) holding various commercial positions both domestically and in Europe.

Debbie J. Baker

Debbie has 30+ years of financial experience in the healthcare industry and is responsible for originating financings for life sciences companies in western North America. Before joining Oxford, Debbie was executive VP for Capital Advisors Group, providing investment management services to life sciences and medical device companies. She has held positions as business development director for Questpoint, treasurer for MFS Intelenet, assistant treasurer at ASK Computer Systems, VP of Corporate Finance & Debt for Sierra Capital Companies and treasurer for Consolidated Capital. Debbie received her BA in speech communications and an MBA from University of Denver.

Shannon Bergstedt

Shannon Bergstedt is focused on commercial and business development activities at Evidation Health. Previously, Shannon spent time in venture capital focused on digital health opportunities at both GE Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She began her career at CardioDx, where she helped to launch the company’s first commercial product, accelerate provider adoption and secure payer coverage. Shannon holds a BA and MA from Stanford University where she was a Mayfield Fellow, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Amie Borgstrom

Amie Borgstrom, Global Vice President of Marketing for Zimmer Biomet Spine, has more than 15 years of leadership experience in healthcare focused on strategic planning, product development, and successful commercialization of innovative technologies. Prior to Biomet, she was Vice President of Marketing of Baxano Inc, a venture-backed medical device company, through its acquisition in 2013. Amie also ran a successful marketing consulting business, Borgstrom Consulting Group LLC, with clients ranging from an early-stage medical device company to a public Chinese healthcare firm, and held various leadership positions at Johnson & Johnson. She received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, MS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University, and BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked closely with leading physicians worldwide to develop and successfully launch eight new medical technologies and is an inventor on 42 issued or pending patents.

Terri L. Burke

Terri Burke leads Marketing & Business Development for Edwards’ $800M Heart Valve Therapy business. Her experience spans more than 15 years of marketing, business development, venture capital and consulting. Terri’s innovative marketing campaigns have garnered praise across industries and were featured by the Corporate Executive Board at Google’s 2013 ThinkB2B summit. Terri previously led Strategic Marketing for Edwards’ beating-heart structural heart disease initiatives.

Prior to joining Edwards, Terri sourced, evaluated and participated in medtech investments with a venture capital firm. Terri also held a variety of positions in global and U.S. marketing with Guidant and as a consultant with Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services. Terri holds a B.S. in biology from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. While at Duke, Terri was a member of the nationally ranked Division I Field Hockey Team and an ACC Honor Roll Recipient.

Kathryn Cavanaugh

Advising CEOs of early stage companies in healthcare, technology and consumer goods on business model, fundraising, business development and go-to-market strategy. Leverages global network to source and facilitate introductions to targeted venture capital, family office and crossover investors for financing.

Liz Cumby

Liz Cumby is president of Cumby Consulting, a med-tech training and education group delivering optimal performance for staff and surgeons on emerging medical technologies. Her engaging, team-oriented style comes through clearly in her approach to training. Liz works with the company executives to understand the strategic business goals, and then, using her custom methodology, builds a relevant, innovative and targeted learning system that includes all learners and brings the team efficiently to the desired goal.

For the last ten years, Liz has developed world-class, highly scalable training systems, sometimes even starting from essentially no training programs and a brand new salesforce to building effective, engaging learning programs using various modalities (online learning, hands-on, in-person, and distance learning). Her passion is educating medical professionals by making complex material easy to digest and learn quickly to meet strategic objectives and ensure patient safety.

Lynn Edwards

Lynn Edwards is Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing for Transcatheter valves at Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, CA, where her responsibilities include strategic planning, business development, and day-to-day program management for the transcatheter business unit. Prior to joining Edwards in 2006, she was Vice President of Business Planning and Development at Walt Disney Imagineering and spent over 10 years as a management consultant with Corporate Decisions and Accenture, working primarily with clients in the pharma industry on pre- and post-merger integration. Lynn received a BA from Wheaton College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Angela Gillespie

Angela is a senior integrated marketing and communication strategist with 20-years of experience helping medical device companies accelerate market adoption and sustain growth. With a clear focus on the rapid changes occurring in healthcare today, Angela spends her time at W2O Group gathering insights from across the healthcare continuum to help her clients understand how to evolve and thrive in the new value-based healthcare environment.

Angela has held leadership positions across both large cap medical device companies, mid-stage startups and several key marketing firms across the country leading go-to-market and commercial strategies for these organizations. Angela has deep category expertise in cardiovascular medicine, chronic disease management, diabetes, oncology & respiratory medicine to name a few.

Laurie Gomer

Laurie Gomer is Director, Health System Partnerships at Syapse, where she is focused on building partnerships with leading health systems to deploy precision medicine programs. Previously, she was the Director of Business Development at AppMedicine, a healthcare mobile app and communication platform improving patient access to medical care outside of the doctor’s office. Prior to AppMedicine, Laurie worked in Pipeline and Portfolio Planning at Genentech, including streamlining companion diagnostic development alongside drug development, and in Business Development at Navigenics (acquired by Life Technologies/Thermo Fisher), a personal genomics company which was venture-backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Procter & Gamble. Before joining Navigenics, Laurie worked as a Research Manager in the Healthcare & Biomedical Practice at Gerson Lehrman Group, a primary investment research firm for institutional investors, venture capital and private equity firms.

Jessica Hudak

Jessica Hudak, a registered patent agent, specializes in working with medical device start-up companies. Prior to founding Hudak Consulting Group LLC, Jessica served as Sr. Intellectual Property Manager for Baxano, Inc. (to be acquired by TranS1 Inc.) from 2008 to 2012. Prior to moving in house, Jessica worked as a patent agent for ShayGlenn LLP where her practice focused on medical device technology in multiple clinical areas for early-stage companies. Jessica was also Schox Patent Group’s Senior patent agent from 2004 to 2008. In September of 2006, Jessica graduated from the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship Program. Jessica currently serves as President of The Biodesign Alumni Association. Jessica received her MS in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University and her BS (magna cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. As a mechanical engineer, Jessica interned for IDEO in 2006, Ethicon Endo-Surgery in 2004, and Stryker Instruments in 2003.

Heather Hudnut Page

Heather Hudnut Page is a marketing executive who most recently was the Vice President of Global Marketing for Interventional Lung Solution, part of the Early Technologies business at Medtronic. In her over 20 years at Medtronic she has held various marketing and business leadership roles across the company including pacing, cardiac surgery, cardiovascular and philanthropy.

Heather has a BA in Economics from the Colorado College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. Her interests include hiking, biking and volunteering locally and globally. She has served on numerous boards and committees, including a current Board position with Camp Odayin, a camp for children with heart disease. Heather is also actively involved in the Wayzata Public School District and Light of Hope Girls School in Naivasha, Kenya.

Stephanie Jones

Stephanie is currently working in Clinical Engineering at Element Science, a medical device company focused on developing a wearable therapeutic device for treatment of sudden cardiac death. Prior to joining Element Science, Stephanie began her career in Abbott’s Professional Development Program where she held various roles across Global Pharmaceutical Operations, Hematology and Abbott Vascular. From there, she led design and development programs within Abbott’s Structural Heart and Electrophysiology divisions where she worked on the MitraClip percutaneous mitral valve repair system and the RhythmView mapping software for cardiac arrhythmias. Stephanie holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Technology and Management from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Rebecca Lai

Rebecca Lai currently leads growth, product, and marketing strategies at iRhythm, a digital healthcare company, redefining the way cardiac arrhythmias are clinically diagnosed. Her experience spans over 16 years in medical technology, services, and solutions. Prior to joining iRhythm, Becky founded her own consulting practice advising executives at start-up and Fortune 500 med tech and digital health companies on portfolio planning, market development, and commercialization initiatives. Previously, Becky held sales and marketing leadership roles at Medtronic in the cardiac rhythm, patient data management and atrial fibrillation businesses, introducing over 40 products and services worldwide. Her global work involves both developed and emerging markets, including a two-year assignment in South Africa. She holds a BSE and MSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ann Luk

Ann Luk leads digital marketing at CardioDx, a company creating genomic cardiovascular diagnostics. She creates digital marketing programs that convert patients and physicians into product users and advocates. Prior to CardioDx, she held product marketing and communications roles at McKesson Specialty Health where she promoted an oncology EHR and launched new drug and technology product lines. She also spent a short stint in legal marketing. Ann holds a BA in both Psychology and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley.

Aparna Kapur

Aparna Kapur is Group Marketing Manager at Stryker, with global franchise responsibility in the Neurovascular division. Aparna was previously in marketing and product management at Acclarent (Johnson & Johnson) and Medtronic, developing and commercializing therapies in the ENT and endovascular fields. She also spent some time in the energy industry in business development, where she performed due diligence and negotiated renewable power deals. Aparna began her career at Guidant in product development for the coronary and endovascular divisions. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Jaime LaMontagne

Jaime LaMontagne is Vice President of the Infusion Systems business unit of Smiths Medical. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the business including, driving functional organization alignment, identifying new market and product opportunities, directing the product roadmap and introducing new products and services. Prior to Smiths, Jaime led a successful career in marketing at Medtronic for over ten years. Jaime held a variety of marketing roles with increasing responsibility including product marketing and market development.

Jaime was the 2012-2014 co-chair of the Smiths Medical Women’s Leadership Network. Now, she is excited to expand outside of Smiths Medical and be a part of the MedtechWomen Minnesota organizing committee.

Anna McVittie Szafranski

Anna leads New Product Planning, Strategy and Market Development within Medtronic’s Peripheral Vascular division, and is based in Plymouth, MN. In this role she partners closely with healthcare professionals, engineers and other cross functional partners to bring new products and solutions to life. Anna previously worked in engineering, clinical and marketing at Medtronic, Covidien, Percardia, Fox Hollow and Heartport. She holds engineering degrees from Stanford and MIT and an MBA from Kellogg.

Suzanne O’Brien

Suzanne O’Brien has been a Director at the Toft Group’s San Francisco office since 2014. Suzanne has over 10 years’ experience working with executives, including 5 years working with growing high-tech, SaaS companies and executive teams. Her deep knowledge of the unique commercialization challenges for SaaS companies has helped numerous Toft Group clients build the right technical teams to thrive in the digital health world.

Prior to joining the Toft Group, Suzanne was a Director for an executive search firm in Silicon Valley, where she effectively reduced search execution time and received 100% client satisfaction. Suzanne was also the Senior Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), where she built and managed the US-based board for the NZ government, comprised of top-tier, C-level executives in technology, consumer products, strategy and finance. She has previously served as a Board Member for MBA Women International, Los Angeles Chapter.

Jessica A Richter

Jessica Richter is the Pacific Regional Manager for Medtronic GI Solutions where she leads sales and market development activities. She is passionate about patient-centric commercial advancement and specializes in driving the adoption of paradigm shifting technology. Jessica is a health care leader with experience in both medical devices and diagnostics, specializing in surgical, oncology and gastroenterology. Jessica holds a BA in Communications and Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

Sanaz Saatchi, PhD

As an R&D Engineering Manager at Medtronic, Sanaz Saatchi focuses on cardiovascular medical device innovation and development. After leading a global research effort, she successfully gathered organizational support to launch 5 ongoing product development programs. She is the technical lead for two products on a cross-functional and cross-company team driving the program from needs finding, to concept generation, through product development, and commercialization. Sanaz was also selected to be a MDT Global Innovation Fellow, an immersive program that expands healthcare access for underserved populations. As the team lead, she developed a multi-tiered approach for Diabetes South Africa to expand their outreach programs in a financially sustainable manner. Sanaz completed a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Stanford University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and a B.S. in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley, with prior experience at BD and consulting at a start-up and venture capital firm.

Jessica Volchok

With more than 15 years’ experience in healthcare public relations, Jessica has worked with clients of all sizes, from VC-funded start-ups to some of the largest companies in the industry. Her experience spans the healthcare spectrum across disease categories such as cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, pulmonology, optometry, infectious disease and diabetes.

Prior to joining Nicole Osmer Healthcare Communications, Jessica was a senior manager at WCG, where she worked with a variety of clients, including Medtronic plc, Boston Scientific, iRhythm Technologies, Volcano Corporation and ZS Pharma, among others.

Prior to joining WCG, Jessica was part of the Medical Devices & Diagnostics practice at FischerHealth/Porter Novelli.

Jessica received a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton.

Krissy Wright

Krissy Wright is currently a Corporate Development Senior Director at Medtronic where she works on the evaluation, negotiation and execution of corporate development opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, minority investments and technology licenses.

She joined Medtronic in 2010 and previously was a Finance Director before moving to Corporate Development.

Prior to joining Medtronic, Krissy began her career as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers in both audit and transaction services where she worked with a number of healthcare clients and private equity firms doing financial due diligence.

Krissy graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Accounting and has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

When not working on deals, Krissy enjoys yoga, cooking and running after her two small children.