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Rosewood Hotel
2825 Sand Hill Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94025

2017 Theme Description: The Evolution of Medtech
The medtech sector has been in flux in recent years. Corporate consolidation, pricing pressure, rising regulatory requirements and salesforce constraints have all played a role. Venture funding for medtech is out of favor, perhaps for good, leading some to conclude that “medtech is dead”. Simultaneously, new innovations and new entrants have emerged from the tech and retail sectors that may represent competition or opportunity for medtech to take advantage of data, connectivity and partnerships that will enable medtech to reinvent itself. The conference will approach this debate head on with examples of where traditional medtech is alive and well and where it has faltered alongside examples of where the new opportunities have been successful and where they have failed and why.

Breakfast & Registration

Welcome & Introduction

Patient Keynote – Dr. Sarah Kimball, Physician & Clinical Advisor

Panel 1: Is Medtech Dead?

  • Moderator:
    Nada Hanafi, Chief Strategy Officer, Experien Group
  • Panelists:
    Laura Parmer-Lohan, President & Founder, Ruckus Partners, Inc. – Product Launch Strategies & Execution for Medtech Innovation
    Kim Bridges Rodriguez, President & CEO, Acessa Health Inc.
    Gwen Watanabe, Vice President of Global Corporate Development & Strategy, Teleflex Inc.

Panel 2: Opening the Healthcare Tent: Will New Entrants Distract or Disrupt?
10:30-11:30AM Panels

  • Moderator:
    Amanda DePalma, VP of Global Marketing, Endologix
  • Panelists:
    Dr. Jo Carol Hiatt, Chair, National Product Council; Chair, Inter-Regional New Technologies Committee, Kaiser Permanente
    Suzzette Jaskowiak, Senior Director, IT Pharmacy Delivery; Executive Sponsor, Walgreens Women in Technology (WIT)
    Nikki Gainey, VP, Global Strategy and Business Development, Siemens Healthineers
    Sara Kuethe, Head of Global Health and Pharmaceutical Marketing, Microsoft


Executive Interview – Angela Macfarlane, Managing Member and CEO, ForSight Labs

  • Moderator:
    Susan Stimson, General Manager, SINUVA, Intersect ENT

Panel 3: Smart Devices and Data in Medtech


Ferolyn Powell Leadership Award

Panel 4: Enabling New Care Paradigms – Outside the Clinic Walls

End of day Keynote – Deborah DiSanzo, General Manager for IBM Watson Health

Closing – Deborah Kilpatrick

Networking Wine Reception & Dinner

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