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Founders & Core Team

 
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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.

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Deborah Kilpatrick, PhD

Deborah Kilpatrick is the CEO of Evidation Health, a digital health company held by GE Ventures, Asset Management, and Rock Health. Evidation Health helps health care purchasers demonstrate evidence-based value of digital health solutions through novel approaches to behavior analytics and health outcomes. 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. Earlier in her career, Deb held multiple leadership roles at Guidant Corporation, including Director of R&D and Director of New Ventures. She serves on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Deb has been previously named to FierceBiotech’s Top Women in Biotech as well as Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 100 Women of Influence. She holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering with a bioengineering focus from Georgia Tech.

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Jacqué Ashby

Jacqué Ashby is an Executive Assistant, Independent Event Manager, and Personal Chef. Prior to Aptus, she spent four years at FlowCardia/BPV, five years at Kyphon, and two years at Arthrocare, where her various roles included Executive Assistant, 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 w/ a German minor from SJSU, a Culinary Arts Diploma from PCI, now FCI California, and is the recipient of the Bert Cutino Award for Culinary Excellence.

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Jennifer T. Beedon

Jennifer Beedon is an interim executive and advisor to medical device companies. She partners with early stage CEOs and entrepreneurs to develop business plans to attract investment, and build market entry strategies. Senior leaders at Fortune 500 companies seek Jennifer’s expertise to evaluate compelling business opportunities, providing the foundation for strategic investment.

Jennifer’s insight stems from 20 years of operational, consulting, and general management experience. Prior to founding her own firm, Jennifer held domestic and international 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.

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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.

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Tamara Elias

Tamara Elias, MD, recently joined Becton Dickinson as Head, Corporate Strategy and Business Development – Medical Segment. Prior to BD, Tamara spent over 8 years as a Partner at Essex Woodlands, a global healthcare-only growth equity firm, where she served on the Boards of Millennium Pharmacy Systems, a technology-based, long-term care pharmacy which sold to Pharmerica in 2014, BreatheAmerica which oversees outpatient clinics focused on the management of chronic airway diseases, Influence Health, the leading provider of online strategic patient engagement solutions for hospitals, and ATS Medical, which sold to Medtronic in 2010. Prior to Essex Woodlands, Tamara spent six years at McKinsey as a senior engagement manager and was a general surgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital after receiving her MD at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Tamara is also a Kauffman Venture Fellow.

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Virginia L. Giddings

Virginia is an accomplished healthcare innovator, with leadership roles in medical device, pharma and nutrition businesses. Currently, she heads the Global Strategic R&D organization at Abbott Nutrition, responsible for acceleration of innovation through early-stage research and global partnerships. At Abbott Vascular, she led development of ABSORB, a bioabsorbable vascular scaffold, which received the Wall Street Journal 2011 Medical Device Innovation Award. She has had a number of IP strategy roles, including with J&J. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory at the University of Illinois, the Cornell Engineering Council, the Georgia Tech/Emory Biomedical Engineering Ad Board, and the President’s Council of Cornell Women. She is a co-founder of MedtechWomen. She received BS and MEng degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and PhD in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Laura Parmer-Lohan

Laura is a commercial leader with experience in diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices spanning cardiovascular, diabetes and oncology.

As founder of Ruckus Partners, she helps emerging companies with their go-to-market strategies to ensure a path to payment at the time of launch.

Prior to this she was the head marketing and commercial services at diaDexus, Inc.- makers of a test for heart attack risk assessment. As vp of marketing for Sequenta, she introduced the company to potential researchers – collaborations nearly tripled.

At Genoptix–a Novartis Co., she served as the head of marketing and led the company’s entry into the solid tumor space. While at Amylin, she led the direct to patient efforts for the launch of BYETTA®, a medicine for type 2 diabetes. Laura began her career in healthcare with Guidant (now Abbott Vascular).

She holds a BA from UC Santa Cruz and and MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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Natalie Shlafman

Natalie Shlafman is Vice President of Marketing 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 leads 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.

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Susan Stimson

Ms. Stimson has wide-ranging expertise in the medical device business in both large and start-up companies. She currently runs Marketing & Customer Service for Intersect ENT and has played a key role in building the company from its early stage to a commercial business.  Prior to that, she served as Director of Marketing & Clinical Research for start-up heart valve company Mitralign. In her many years at Guidant, Ms. Stimson impacted top-priority products from the aspects of marketing, sales and R&D, effectively leading teams to design best-in-class products and launching them successfully in worldwide markets.  Ms. Stimson holds a BS in biomedical engineering from Marquette University.

Organizing Committee

 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Debbie Donovan

Debbie Donovan is a medical device digital marketer and is focused on developing revenue-generating digital marketing programs for medical technology companies that include the integration of social media strategy.

Currently, Debbie is the Director of Corporate Communications at EndoGastric Solutions. Previously, she was a Director of Marketing at Avantis Medical Systems and established a robust digital foundation for Third Eye Colonoscopy. At Intuitive Surgical she was the Senior Manager focused on market development programs and e-marketing initiatives supporting Gynecology and Oncology surgery specialties. In addition, she has experience serving Ob/Gyn, Orthopedics/Spine and ENT physicians at Conceptus, Kyphon and Somnus. Her expertise is in developing effective strategies and leading teams in marketing communications, public relations and event programs.

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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.

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Stephanie Jones

Stephanie is currently a Project Manager at Abbott Electrophysiology (AEP), creator of a novel diagnostic catheter and mapping software for cardiac arrhythmias. At AEP, she is responsible for launching the next iteration of RhythmView software and spearheading next-generation RhythmView System development. 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 of increasing responsibility for Abbott Vascular Structural Heart, manufacturer of the MitraClip System, a novel catheter-based heart valve implant. Stephanie holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Technology and Management from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Aparna Kapur

Aparna Kapur is Group Marketing Manager at Stryker, with global franchise responsibility in the Neurovascular division. Aparna previously held marketing and product management roles 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, where she held various product development positions in the coronary and endovascular divisions. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Rebecca Lai

Rebecca Lai has more than 15 years of global experience in the medical technology industry. She currently partners with start-up and growth med device and digital health companies providing expertise in product, market development and commercial strategy and execution. Previously, Becky held leadership roles at Medtronic in the cardiac rhythm, patient data management, and atrial fibrillation businesses. At Medtronic, she worked as a change agent through times of growth and decline introducing over 40 products to global markets. Becky brings authenticity and focused energy to any organization and is passionate about leading teams to bring breakthrough solutions to new markets. She earned a BSE and MSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Ann Luk

Ann Luk is currently the Digital Marketing Program Manager at CardioDx, a cardiovascular genomic diagnostics company in Redwood City, CA, where she leads all 0nline marketing initiatives. Prior to CardioDx, she held product marketing and communications roles for McKesson Specialty Health where she led 28 drug distribution launches and promotion and education for the iKnowMed EHR, among many other projects. She also spent some time in legal marketing prior to becoming interested in healthcare. Ann holds a BA in both Psychology and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Nancy M. Lynch, M.D.

With more than 25 years experience in the clinical and business elements of orthopedics, Nancy Lynch, M.D., president of Advisorthopædics Inc., provides consulting services to the orthopedics industry. After spending 8 years as a practicing surgeon, she joined the venture capital industry after which she founded her firm. Most recently, she served as Chief Medical Officer for a startup where she supervised the execution of its U.S. Phase 3 trial. Additionally, she was instrumental in the company’s 2014 Initial Public Offering.

Dr. Lynch is a Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. She earned her M.D. from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and pursued her training at the Mayo Clinic and the Indiana Hand Center. After entering practice, she continued her surgical studies in Europe with the AO Foundation. Subsequently she earned her M.B.A. at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Ariel MacTavish

Ariel MacTavish is the VP of Global Marketing within the Respiratory and Monitoring business at Medtronic. In this role she is responsible for the global commercialization efforts for the Airway portfolio of products. Before joining Medtronic, Ariel was at Johnson & Johsnon for 15 years in various commercial and strategic roles. She has experience in an array of technologies including cardiac rhythm management, stents, surgical wound closure and diagnostics. Ariel has a passion for bringing the voice of the customer into all aspects of the product development & commercialization process as well as recruiting and developing effective marketing teams. She holds a BA in History from Dartmouth College and a Masters of International Business from University of South Carolina.

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Janie Mandrusov, PhD

Janie Mandrusov, PhD, is a director of Preclinical and Clinical Development at SinuSys Corp., an early-stage start-up that develops new therapies to improve the sinus health of patients. Before joining SinuSys, Janie was a Director of Preclinical and Emerging Clinical Research at ArthroCare Corp., a multibusiness medical device company that develops products for ENT, Sports Medicine, and Spine Therapies. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Preclinical and Clinical Development at Synvascular Inc., a start-up anastomosis company. Janie joined the medical devices industry more than 15 years ago as a scientist with Guidant Corp. (now Abbott Vascular). Here she spent 10 years in roles of increasing leadership responsibility in R&D department, developing novel technologies for the treatment of Heart Failure and Vulnerable Plaque. Janie also works closely with the SJSU Biomedical Engineering Department as an industry student advisor and a member of the organizing committee for Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference. Janie holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and a BS degree in Bioengineering from UCSD.

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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.

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Reena Mishra

Reena Mishra is a marketing professional with over 12 years of line marketing experience in medical device companies in both high growth and development stages. As the Senior Director of Marketing at VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Reena currently leads the company’s global marketing, practice development and CentraSight® Access case management programs. Prior to joining VisionCare, Reena held various marketing positions with Pivot Medical, Spinal Modulation and ArthroCare Corporation. Reena holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, a MA in Kinesiology from San Jose State University, and a BA in Kinesiology from Occidental College.

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Azadeh Nasibi

Azadeh Nasibi is a Director of Strategy and Business Development at Medtronic’s Neurovascular division. Her responsibilities include market opportunity analysis, identification of acquisition targets, deal evaluation, and due diligence for the Neurovascular business, located in Irvine, CA. 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.

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Leslie Oley

Leslie Oley is currently the Director of Marketing at ApniCure, a venture-backed company developing a novel therapy for sleep apnea. At ApniCure, she has responsibility for product strategy, marketing, and customer service activities. Previously, Leslie applied her cross-disciplinary experience in marketing, clinical, and product development as a consultant with several early-stage medtech companies. She was formerly a Senior Marketing Manager for Voyage Medical, where she played a key role in the development of a direct visualization cardiac ablation system and the execution of an OUS clinical feasibility trial. Leslie began her career working with Boston Scientific’s Electrophysiology division in both R&D and Product Management roles. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where she conducted NSF-funded research in cardiovascular mechanics.

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Amaza Reitmeier

Amaza Reitmeier is the Senior Director of the Restorative Therapies Group (RTG) Medical Education and Training team at Medtronic, plc. Amaza and her team lead global efforts to educate HCPs and the field organization with a single, aligned, best-in-class approach to medical education and training.

Amaza was most recently the Sr. Director of Global Marketing, Emerging Therapies & Strategy for the Brain Modulation Business. She and her team were responsible for product portfolio strategy, upstream product management, new therapy development, global commercial strategy & execution, and overall business strategy. In her 13 years with Medtronic, Amaza has also had roles of increasing responsibility in corporate strategy, field finance, and sales operations.

Amaza is a passionate advocate for career development and serves as an active mentor for emerging leaders at Medtronic. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamline University and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.

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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.

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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.