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Join MedtechWomen at BIOMEDevice!

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Join MedtechWomen at BIOMEDevice!

Finding and working with great suppliers takes on a whole new level of challenge when you are growing your company along with your product. This session offers insights for both startup teams and the companies that want to work with them.

Moderator Kate Stephenson, Phd will be joined by panelists Kelly Ashfield, Xina Quan, PhD and Greta Meyer to discuss how they navigated design and manufacturing strategy decisions, as well as what mattered the most when it came to selecting partners.

Tuesday, November 29

3:15-4:15pm

Santa Clara Convention Center

Join us for networking immediately following the panel discussion. 

View Full BIOMEDevice Agenda  HERE

Date: November 29, 2022

Recap:

On Tuesday the 29th of November, MedtechWomen sponsored the last and best-attended panel of the day at BIOMEDevice Silicon Valley. Kate Stephenson, PhD moderated a panel of three amazing start-up executives: Kelly Ashfield (COO of Materna Medical), Xina Quan (cofounder and CEO of PyrAmes) and Amanda Calabrese. (Co-Founder and COO of sequel). Over the 45-minute panel, they shared insights for finding partners to build a start-up.

1)      Educate Yourself

Amanda Calabrese can claim one of the best Spring break stories ever. Starting Sequel as an undergraduate in college, she and her Co-Founder Greta Meyer used their holiday to travel to Miami, where they donned blazers and attended a women’s hygiene industrial trade show. The experience was critical to learning the limits of the fiber processing technologies that create modern tampons. With a product that needed to be produced for fractions of a cent, on equipment that costs millions to set up, Sequel has steered a very different path from most high-value medical device startups.

2)      Done is Better than Perfect

While there is always the possibility of an “ideal” partner to do a job, the reality of running a startup involves constant compromise. Xina shared how business students redid her out-of-date marketing deck and a future product idea that was run as a capstone project for a master’s program. While not ideal, work progress was made, and capital was then available to cover more critical expertise, such as professional legal help.

3)      Spell out the Expectations

Kelly is a master of communicating her expectations to potential partners. After being on the other side, at a medtech service provider, for over 10 years, she’s seen a lot of projects veer off from what a client expected and needed. She recommends clear deliverables, milestones and contingency plans on the contract, and regular meetings throughout the term of the project. A good partner is one who asks a LOT of questions and keeps asking them throughout a project. As Kelly shared, “Phase 1 in a design project can mean many different things to different people.”

4)      Seek Cultural Compatibility

New medical device development is a long road, with many opportunities for missteps and changed plans. Feeling comfortable talking about difficult subjects and having a positive response to change is just as important to a long term partnership as the words and numbers in the contract. For Xena, it was one potential partner’s stodgy response to her team’s loose, irreverent joking that waved her off. If they couldn’t laugh at the jokes, how would they manage the difficult conversations?

5)      Have an exit strategy

Even the most perfect partnership can be outgrown and having a plan for a relationship that goes bad can be critical to keeping a startup alive afterwards. What happens to a down payment when your work gets dropped for a bigger client? Will you still meet a critical clinical milestone if your partner’s principal engineer gets sick? If your partner can only make a hundred a week, can they refer you to another partner when you’re ready to scale to 10 times as many? Make sure this is written up clearly in the contract.

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Your Journey to (and in) the Boardroom Part 4 – A Hybrid Event

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Interested in board service? 

Join us in person or virtually for the fourth event in a series on “Your Journey to (and in) the Boardroom,” curated by MedtechWomen’s Board Development Committee and presented in partnership with Edwards Lifesciences.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 

  • 4:00-5:00pm PT – In-Person Networking at Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine, CA
  • 5:00-6:30pm PT – Presentation with guest speaker Robin Toft
  • 6:30-7:00pm PT – Additional Networking

Join us as Robin Toft shares her unique insights into identifying board opportunities, interviewing for those roles and understanding compensation. To demonstrate how board interviews differ from other interviews, illuminate best practices and illustrate the varying paths to board service, Robin will conduct brief mock interviews with a few amazing board-ready women in medtech with varying experiences and backgrounds.

Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. Registration closes at midnight Sunday, December 4.
Day of / on-site registration will not be allowed, so sign up today! 

Cost to attend in person:

  • $15 for MedtechWomen Standard Members, $35 for Non-members

Cost to attend virtually:

  • $10 for MedtechWomen Standard Members, $25 for Non-member

Want the member discount? Join MedtechWomen today and receive registration discounts on MedtechWomen programs and events throughout the year!

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Date: December 6, 2022

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MedtechWomen Networking Happy Hour in Minneapolis

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Post – Covid networking skills a bit rusty post?

Infuse your professional development with new energy, tasty brews and fruitful networking with MedtechWomen.

Thursday, November 10, 2022 

5:00pm Casual Networking
6:00-7:00pm Fireside Chat with special guest Ravyn Miller
moderated by Heather Hudnut Page

Location: Utepils Brewery 225 Thomas Ave N #700, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Cost: Free for MedtechWomen Members, $20 for Non-Members

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*Pre-registration is required! Space is limited so register today!

*To get the MedtechWomen Member discount price, please login to your member account, select “Upcoming Events” from the dropdown menu and register! 

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Date: November 10, 2022

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Optimizing Mentorship with MedtechWomen and Beyond

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Join us for Optimizing Mentorship with MedtechWomen and Beyond. 

Join us for a discussion on what makes a good Mentor-Mentee relationship. Our panelists will discuss what they have learned from their own mentorship experiences throughout their careers, provide guideposts on what and what not to expect from mentorship relationships, and explore best practices for successful mentorship engagements. An introduction to the MedtechWomen mentorship program will also be shared.

Friday, October 21 from 12:00-1:00pm PT – A Virtual Event

Panelists: 

  • Amy Belt Raimundo, Managing Director, Kaiser Permanente Ventures
  • Kathryn Zavala, Chief Operating Offier, MedTech Innovator
  • Jessica Richter, Executive Vice President, Regulatory, Clinical & Quality Servies, Veranex Solutions
  • Kristin Havranek, Partner, Goodwin Procter, LLP, MedtechWomen Mentorship Program Committee Co-Chair

Cost: Free for MedtechWomen Mentorship Program participants and MedtechWomen Members

  • Not a MedtechWomen Member? Join MedtechWomen today to register for this event and to receive registration discounts on MedtechWomen programs and events throughout the year!

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Date: October 21, 2022

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Exploring Health Inequities in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Perspectives from a Diverse Panel of Survivors, Providors and Innovators

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This October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, join MedtechWomen and MedTech Color for a collaborative webinar focusing on the lived experiences of women who are survivors or work directly with breast cancer presentation, treatment, and diagnosis. The discussion featuring perspectives from a diverse panel of survivors, providers, and innovators, will explore the barriers women, especially women of color, face in terms of access, treatment options, and equitable care. The goal of the webinar is to provide an honest patient perspective and dialogue to raise awareness and identify specific actions to increase access and reduce inequities.

Tuesday, October 4 from 12:30-2:00pm PT – A Virtual Event

Co-Moderators: 

  • Ashley Libby Diaz, PT, MBA, ACC, Executive Coach, MedTech Strategist, Grow Mode
  • Jamie White, Health Science Strategy and Relations Lead at The National Institutes of Health

Panelists:

  • Kristin Crosland, Founder, abreast
  • Swapna Ghanta, MD, FACS Clinical Assistant Professor & Breast Surgery Oncology, NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center
  • Niyati Tamaskar, Engineering Manager, Cummins Inc., Author, TEDx Speaker

Want the member discount? Join MedtechWomen today and receive registration discounts on MedtechWomen programs and events throughout the year!

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Date: October 4, 2022

Summary:

The conversation included a practitioner (Dr. Swapna Ghanta), a caregiver (Jamie White, Health Science Strategy and Relations Lead at The National Institutes of Health) and three breast cancer survivors (Kristin CroslandAshley Libby Diaz, and  Niyati Tamaskar).

Breast cancer shares the same health equity challenges of any other disease state. Dr. Swapna Ghanta presented (among other informative slides about the state of the disease) the statistic that breast cancer death rates were 40% higher in Black women than in white women. However, breast cancer is also unusual in that the rapid change in clinical understanding about the disease has itself become a barrier. Each of the three survivors on the panel received their cancer diagnosis before the age of 40, the date at which most women would expect to have their first mammogram. The panelists were young professionals, new mothers and paragons of physical and nutritional fitness. Each of them, throughout their journey to a diagnosis, were repeatedly and (ultimately) falsely reassured that “It wasn’t cancer”. This was not based on the latest scientific study, but on the general observations of the care team that they were “too young” and that their symptoms “didn’t look like cancer.” 

The reality (as shared by Kristin Crosland) is that “Breast cancer (singular) is a misnomer. There are many different kinds of breast cancer.” Kristin’s own cancer had rapidly metastasized throughout her breast via long tendrils, never forming the classic “hard, pea-sized lump” women are advised to self-screen for. The survivors were told they had muscle inflammation, mastitis or even (as one primary care doctor postulated) a broken rib. With cancer presenting in so many different forms, Dr. Swapna Ghanta calls it “the great imitator”. Finding a health team that was not fooled by conventional wisdom but was willing to push through to an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, was an integral part of each survivor’s fight.

The panelists also shared about the many social and cultural stigma that complicate cancer treatment. Niyati Tamaskar has given TEDx talks and authored a book about her experience as a cancer patient, a technical professional, a breastfeeding mother, and as an individual of Indian heritage. All disparate parts of her identity came into direct conflict when she started her own cancer journey. Even without a strong stigma, the transfer of potentially key medical data is not straightforward in family relationships. Ashley lost her grandmother as a child to what she thought was lung cancer. It was only after she received her own diagnosis that a family member clarified that the cancer had been metastasized from the breast. Dr. Swapna Ghanta pointed out how these cultural and social challenges need to be addressed by doctors when planning effective patient care. Many patients have a difficult choice between maintaining their privacy and self-identity and getting the resources they need for effective treatment. 

Some new challenges have appeared from earlier successes. Earlier diagnosis and better treatment have created a growing population of cancer survivors. Not “cured” but survived. Cancer, as several panelists described it, is now a spectrum, with many women finding themselves along it at some point in their lives. Early diagnosis and treatment will mean fewer lives cut short, but more lives lived under cancer’s own unique rules. Niyati shared about the lost “luxury of not being a hypochondriac”. Dating, marriage, having children and building one’s career have not been part of the “typical” breast cancer patient’s lifestyle. Part of improving breast cancer care will mean providing solutions for cancer survivors to live their lives as fully as their non-survivor peers. These may be clinical (such as options for preserving fertility), financial (maintaining solvency under treatment) to social (finding support in peers with shared experiences). For Jamie White, whose mother and late grandmother were both survivors, mental health support is as critical a need as the physical treatment. Survivorship along the breast cancer spectrum takes a heavy toll on the mind. As Kristin soberly shared, “I am perpetually in treatment, I will be in treatment until it stops working”. 

 All the women survivors have now found themselves actively involved in advocating and educating other women about breast cancer. While Ashley mentioned that this “is the club none of us wanted to be part of”, she also spoke positively of how the experience has made her a stronger advocate for herself and other women.

MedtechWomen and MedtechColor are extremely grateful for the stories and insights shared by this amazing group of women. 

All event proceeds will be donated to The Sister Network

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DeviceTalks West

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Join MedtechWomen at DeviceTalks West, October 19-20 at the Santa Clara Convention Center to better understand how medical device manufactures, suppliers and innovators are finding success in a challenging economic market.

Critical tracks that will be covered:

  • Innovation & Investment
  • Prototype & Product Development
  • Manufacturing & Supply Chain
  • Regulatory & Reimbursements
  • Better Tools & Technologies

View the speaker lineup here.

Keynote Speakers: Leslie Trigg, Chair & CEO of Outset Medical and Deborah Kilpatrick, PhD, Co-CEO & Executive Chair at Evidation Health

Leslie will walk us through the future plans for the developer of the revolutionary Tablo dialysis system during her presentation and Deborah will be explaining how Evidation Health is helping device companies make better sense – and us – of patient data.

MedtechWomen has partnered with DeviceTalks to get our members 25% off full conference passes to the show!

Use code MEDTECHWOMEN at checkout to save! Register here.

Early Bird Registration Ends August 20! 

 

Date: October 19-20, 2022

 

 

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Your Journey to (and in) the Boardroom – Board Bio Speed Review with Egon Zehnder

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Join us for the third event in a series on “Your Journey to (and in) the Boardroom,” curated by MedtechWomen’s Board Development Committee.

Board Bio Speed Review with Egon Zehnder
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
5:00 – 6:30 PM PT

For our third event in MedtechWomen’s Journey to the Boardroom series, board and executive search firm Egon Zehnder will be reviewing board bios for those actively seeking or seriously considering a board role. Space is limited to the first 60 registrants, filled on a first come, first served basis.

Participants will receive a 1:1 session with an Egon Zehnder board recruiter and have the opportunity to as questions and receive feedback on submitted board bios. In addition, participants will join smaller group networking sessions to learn from a sitting board member and network with other women on their own board journeys.

Cost to attend:

$20 for MedtechWomen Standard Members, $40 for Non-members

Want the member discount? Join MedtechWomen today and receive registration discounts on MedtechWomen programs and events throughout the year!

Space is limited! Register HERE

Date: September 21, 2022

 

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Your Journey to (and in) the Boardroom – Part 2

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Interested in board service? 
Join us in person or virtually for the second event in a series on “Your Journey to (and in) the Boardroom,” curated by MedtechWomen’s Board Development Committee.

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 

4:00-5:00 pm PT – In Person Networking at Cala Health, San Mateo, CA

5:00-6:15 pm PT – Hybrid Panel Discussion at Cala Health and on Zoom

 

Before embarking on your boardroom journey, you need to know why you want to serve. Knowing your “why” is fundamental to positioning yourself for the boards that can leverage your expertise and to building your network of the right people who can introduce you to the best opportunities for you. Our dynamic and interactive panel will share their insights based on their experience and expertise.

 

Speakers include:

  • Ashley Libby Diaz, PT, MBA, ACC [Board of Directors: BRAVE (Breast Restoration Advocacy & Education) Coalition, Colorado Cancer Coalition, Cancer Support Community SWCO (past president)]
  • Mika Nishimura [Board of Directors: SI-Bone (NASDAQ: SIBN), Accuray (NASDAQ: ARAY), Bay Area Cancer Connections, Japan Society of Northern California, MobileODT (past); Board Advisor, Tristel plc (LON: TSTL)]
  • Renee Ryan [Board of Directors: Cala Health, Neuropace (NASDAQ: NPCE), RefleXion Medical]

 

Cost to attend in person:

  • $15 for MedtechWomen Standard Members, $35 for Non-members

Cost to attend virtually:

  • $10 for MedtechWomen Standard Members, $25 for Non-member

 

Want the member discount? Join MedtechWomen today and receive registration discounts on MedtechWomen programs and events throughout the year!

 

Masks are required for in person attendees unless actively eating or drinking.

Register to attend IN Person HERE

Register to attend Virutally: HERE

 

Date: June 28, 2022

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Innovative Approaches to DEIB: How Medtech Leaders are Hiring and Retaining Talent with DEIB Initiatives

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Join us virtually for  “Innovative Approaches to DEIB: How MedTech Leaders are Hiring and Retaining Talent with DEIB Initiatives”.

Monday, June 6, 2022

11:30-1:00pm PT

Diversity and Equity (DE) has been an area of focus in medtech recruiting and hiring for some time, but companies are now starting to emphasize Inclusion and Belonging (IB) to retain their top diverse talent.

Join MedtechWomen for a timely discussion on why and how medtech leaders are driving DEIB in their organizations in 2022. Our Moderator and panelists will shine a light on what’s possible by sharing actionable success tactics they’ve implemented within their organizations that have helped create strong DEIB-focused cultures.With the competitive nature of the job market today and the importance of DEIB now more than ever, learn how medtech companies are infusing DEIB into their organizations and how we can all change our interactions to foster a sense of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging every day.

To drive change, we recognize it is critical to engage with all members of the medtech community. This event is meant for anyone in medtech community, and we are seeking a diverse audience! You do not need to be a member of MedtechWomen to attend.

Moderator:

Stephanie K. Johnson, PhD – Associate Professor of Management, Leeds Business School, University of CO Boulder

 

Panelists:

Sumi Shrishrimal – Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, iRhythm

Ingrid Ellerbe – Executive Director, Diversity by Doing

Chris Eso – Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Medtronic

 

Cost: $10 for MedtechWomen Members, $25 for Non-Members

  • Want the member discount? Join MedtechWomen today and receive registration discounts on MedtechWomen programs and events throughout the year and EARLY BIRD registration for MedtechVision!

Cost: $10 for MedtechWomen Standard Members, $25 for Non-Members

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Date: June 6, 2022

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Shop Floor to Top Floor: Advancing Female & Diverse Leadership from Within

Join us for a virtual event:  Shop Floor to Top Floor: Advancing Female & Diverse Leadership from Within
Building strong female and diverse leaders in manufacturing can start within the company on the manufacturing line. This session will focus on sourcing, retaining and developing key female and diverse talent throughout manufacturing operations using a moderated format with female leaders across the medical device industry.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 12:30-2:00pm PT

Moderator:

  • John Taylor, Sr. Director, Supplier Outreach, Medtronic

Panelists:

Cost: $10 for MedtechWomen Standard Members, $25 for Non-Members

  • Want the member discount on your registration? Join MedtechWomen today and receive registration discounts on MedtechWomen programs and events throughout the year and EARLY BIRD registration for MedtechVision!

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Date: May 19, 2022

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Start-Up Shake Up: What it’s like to be an Industry Disruptor

Join us for Start-Up Shake Up: What it’s like to be an Industry Disruptor – Now A Virtual Event!
Start-ups are known to pull to the forefront of their industry sector with disrupting products and business models. We’ve rounded up the most exciting female healthcare start up leaders in the Twin Cities to share their perspective on “a day in the life’ charting new territories – pushing boundaries and bringing new and important therapies to the market.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 5:30-7:00pm CDT
  • 5:30-6:30pm Panel
  • 6:30-6:45pm Audience Q&A
  • 6:45-7:00pm Closing Statements, Panel End

Moderator:

  • Mary MacCarthy, Sr. Program Manager, Venture Center at the University of Minnesota

Panelists:

Cost: Free

Register HERE

Date: May 24, 2022

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MedtechVision 2022 Expanding Horizons

MedtechVision 2022 Expanding Horizons will take place both In-Person at the Stanford Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center and virtually on Friday, September 9, 2022.

Visit the MedtechVision event page for all the details and to register!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Your Journey to (and in) the Boardroom – Board Service 101: What You Need to Know Before You Serve

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Join us virtually for the inaugural event in a series on “Your Journey to (and in) the Boardroom,”curated by MedtechWomen’s Board Development Committee.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

12:00-1:00pm PT

Speakers include Stacy Hostetler [Board Recruiter and Consultant], Deborah Kilpatrick [Board of Directors, Sleep Number (NASDAQ: SNBR); Board of Directors, The Task Force for Global Health; Board of Directors, EMME (acquired by SimpleHealth); Board of Directors, MedtechWomen] and Alissa Hsu Lynch [Board of Directors, Pulmonx (NASDAQ: LUNG); Board of Trustees, American Ballet Theatre]

Our dynamic speakers will discuss and share their own experiences related to:

  • The purpose and roles of boards
  • Differences between public, private and non-profit boards
  • Obligations and responsibilities of board members
  • Recent trends in board composition

Cost: $10 for MedtechWomen Standard Members, $25 for Non-Members

Register HERE

Date: March 30, 2022

 

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DeviceTalks Boston

Join MedtechWomen at DeviceTalks Boston, May 10-11 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center where medtech’s most innovative professionals unite. Explore the trends and technologies that are shaping the future of the medical device industry. DeviceTalks Boston is an essential meeting for entrepreneurs, engineers, and other professionals developing the latest tools used to treat patients and cure disease. View the speaker lineup here.

MedtechWomen has partnered with DeviceTalks to get our members 25% off full conference passes to the show!

Use code MEDTECHWOMEN25 at checkout to save! Register here.

 

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Innovative Medical Device Development for Dynamic Market Segments

Join MedtechWomen on Tuesday, April 12th at 4:00pm as we present the keynote panel discussion entitled “Innovative Medical Device Development for Dynamic Market Segments” at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA.

New ideas, new scientific discoveries and new manufacturing technologies not only drive new products, they change how those products are designed and developed. The Covid-19 pandemic placed intense challenges on design and engineering teams, tasking them with rapid product pivots while simultaneously reinventing team work via remote access. Meanwhile, the growth of connected and data driven products is expanding the range of skills and resources needed to produce the average medical device.

This session will be moderated by Kate Stephenson, Principal & Founder, Dyad Engineering. Panelist include Denise Forkey, Human Factors Manager at UserWise Consulting, Kelly Ashfield, COO at Materna Medical, Dorota Shortell, CEO at Simplexity Product Developement, Inc. and Myra Fabro, Principal at Beacon Launch Partners.

Topics will include:

  • Designing products moving into new contexts (home use, public health, workplace health, remote care)
  • Managing the complex requirements, documentation and resources needed to develop “smart” products
  • How to help your design team adapt through workplace changes and changes in client priorities
  • Using your design team as part of your reimbursement, regulatory and supply chain strategy

Join us after the presentation for a networking Happy Hour sponsored by Goddard from 5:00-6:00pm in Room 213. 

Please RSVP for the Happy Hour HERE

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MedtechWomen is proud to partner with Life Science Intelligence for #LSIUSA22

MedtechWomen is proud to partner with Life Science Intelligence for #LSIUSA22

Join MedtechWomen for the third annual Life Science Intelligence (LSI) USA ’22 Emerging MedtechSummit taking place March 15-18 at the Monarch Beach Resort.

Come meet the MedtechWomen leadership team and hear how they are advancing healthcare at the MedtechWomen sponsored networking breakfast on March 17th at 7:00am (open to all registered attendees).

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Industry Leaders Talk Innovative Product Development in the Move from Hospital to Home

Join MedtechWomen on December 8 at 12:15pm as we present the keynote panel discussion entitled “Industry Leaders Talk Innovative Product Development in the Move from Hospital to Home” at BIOMEDevice Silicon Valley Smart Event.

This session will be moderated by Kate Stephenson, Principal & Founder, Dyad Engineering. Panelists include Nicole Winokur, Senior Director Strategic Marketing, Exo, Archana Dubey, M.D., Chief Clinical Officer, AliveCor, Inc., and Shena Park, Vice President of R&D, Nēsos.

Prior to the keynote panel, we will be hosting a special Coffee Social in the Titanium Lounge from 11:00am to 12:00pm for MedtechWomen to connect and network face-to-face.

About BIOMEDevice Silicon Valley
By registering for BIOMEDevice Silicon Valley Smart Event, not only will you get access to the MedtechWomen Coffee Social, but your free expo pass will give you exclusive entry to expert-led sessions focused on 3D printing, digital health, surgical robotics, and much more. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with over 200+ suppliers and 40+ industry speakers and thought leaders.

Here are some show features:

  • Center Stage: Check the full schedule of expert-led panel discussions and presentations for the latest innovations in award winning medical device design, digital health, and Software as a Medical Device (SaMD).
  • Tech Theater: Learn from industry leaders with thought leadership and technical expertise in the biomedical tech field and take part in a Q&A session.

Your free expo pass will grant you access to our Smart Event, our digital platform, that will allow you access to digital education four weeks before and after the event, as well as allow you to create your own personalized event agenda and make appointments with other attendees and exhibitors onsite to customize your experience.

Register today to claim your free expo pass, and we will see you December 8-9!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

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Shop Floor to Top Floor: Advancing Female and Diverse Leadership from Within

Join MedtechWomen at the Midwest’s most comprehensive medical design and manufacturing event, MD&M Minneapolis, November 3 & 4, 2021 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and on Thursday, November 4 as we presents a panel discussion entitled “Shop Floor to Top Floor: Advancing Female & Diverse Leadership from Within”. Building strong female and diverse leaders in manufacturing can start within the company on the manufacturing line.

This session will focus on sourcing, retaining, and developing key female and diverse talent throughout manufacturing operations using a moderated format with female leaders across the medical industry. The panel will be proceeded by complimentary breakfast and networking and is sponsored by Robins Kaplan LLP.

This session will be moderated by John Taylor, Sr. Director, Supplier Outreach at Medtronic. Panelists include Allison Issa, Director, Manufacturing Engineering at Boston Scientific; Tammy Lee, Founder & CEO at Xena Therapies; and Minerva Martinez, Director Global Supply Chain Program Management at Edwards Lifesciences.

It’s all part of the 26th annual Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis, bringing together MD&M, ATX, Design & Manufacturing, MinnPack, and Plastec all under one roof! The five-in-one design and manufacturing expo brings you a comprehensive view of the product lifecycle on one show floor. Don’t miss your chance to explore solutions from hundreds of suppliers spanning medtech, packaging, automation, plastics, and design.

Register today with promo code MTW15 to save 15% on an MD&M conference pass and receive a free expo pass.

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How organizations have pivoted efforts to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic

Many MedTech companies have responded to the overwhelming demand for additional tools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and combat the devastating clinical impact of COVID-19, both in the U.S. and around the globe.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have enabled organizations to leverage the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority to allow specific unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases. Join us virtually as we highlight and discuss the experience of medical device companies and physicians that have navigated bringing COVID-19 devices to market in this unique environment and treating patients with COVID-19. 

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MedtechVision 2019: Precision Health

Precision health holds the rising promise for improved prevention, detection and treatment of disease. Join 200 attendees and our speakers as they discuss how, with continued advances in technology, the practice of a one-size-fits-all imprecise approach to treatment is fading—and in its place, precision healthcare is quickly taking shape.

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Everyone Else Knows Something You Don’t: Why Mentoring and Networking Matter

Having a well-established network is an important factor in creating opportunities for career shifts, career advancement, and professional fulfillment. Whether you are just starting out in the Medtech industry or are the CEO, it is important to create connections with women all around you – those that you aspire to follow and those climbing the ladder behind you.

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MedtechVision 2018: Medtech Disruption: The Impact of AI on Medicine

Is AI going to replace doctors?…We don’t think so either. But 75% of executives believe it’s going to transform their business in the next 3 years. What is AI? How is it impacting healthcare and the medtech industry? Join us to learn what’s real, what’s hype and how AI might affect your business in the digital era of medicine.

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Strategic Networking for the Future

A solid professional network is essential for staying in touch with investors, strategic partners and other industry leaders as well as being on the lookout for new talent and creating career opportunities. What is the right network and how do you approach it in a way that produces connections that are mutually beneficial and stick? This event will bring together women leaders across disciplines who will dispel the myths and perceptions that ‘everyone except me is well-networked’ and provide empowering lessons and advice on how to actively build that broad network, not just for today but for the future.

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Financial Acumen for Medtech Entrepreneurs

Building a Medtech company requires more than just great technologies. Financial acumen is critical to successful fundraising, strategy development, operational management, and exit. In this panel, we will hear from experienced leaders in venture capital, M&A and entrepreneurship about the language of finance, the stumbling blocks they have seen and the most important concepts to master in delivering economic success. What is the right amount of money to raise, and when? How do you resolve and negotiate disagreements on valuation? What does success look like for each member of the Medtech ecosystem? Well explore all these questions and more.

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Fearless Leadership

What does it mean to lead? What does it mean to be a fearless leader? In today’s dynamic business landscape, the need for impactful leaders is increasingly important to engage and drive high-performing teams. Please join us for a lively discussion on personal characteristics and frameworks used by Twin Cities MedTech leaders to help them effectively guide their teams, execute on strategies and deliver business results.

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Fearless Leadership

What does it mean to lead? What does it mean to be a fearless leader? In today’s dynamic business landscape, the need for impactful leaders is increasingly important to engage and drive high-performing teams. Please join us for a lively discussion on personal characteristics and frameworks used by Southern California MedTech leaders to help them effectively guide their teams, execute on strategies and deliver business results.

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Non-Traditional Investments in Medtech

Join us for a discussion on how the medtech investing landscape is evolving. Expert panelist will share insight on who is investing, what they are investing in and how it will change medtech in the future.

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Where are the Women?

Scientists have found that gender differences have significant impact on the results of research studies. With less than 50% of study participants being women, the applicability of scientific research is biased toward males. Please join us for a lively discussion on the impact and opportunities to improve gender equity in clinical studies.

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MedtechVision 2017: 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.

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MedtechWomen: Austin

MedtechWomen, an organization focused on highlighting and inspiring women leaders in the medtech industry, is kicking off an Austin chapter! Come join the inaugural event to hear about the recent explosion of medical device and life sciences companies in Austin from the women who are leading the way.

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Fueling Innovation: Perspectives on Driving a Start-up from Funding to Acquisition

Start-ups have become an industry standard for driving innovation in medical devices. Regardless of whether you work in a start-up or in a big company, the funding trends and influencers driving the acquisition of start-ups is likely affecting the way you approach novel device solutions. Come hear from a panel of leaders representing venture, corporate business development and acquired start-ups to hear about the latest themes and adventures in fueling start-up innovation.

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Career Development: Navigating Your Career Strategically

There are many paths to leadership. Come learn how our panel of successful women manage their careers. They will share their insights and practical tips that can help you create a thoughtful career strategy and achieve your full potential.

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Digital Health Data: Engaging the Patient Consumer

With over 7.1 million patients and healthcare professionals connected on digital platforms, it is clear that technologies, patient behavior and expectations are changing and innovation is thriving as a result. Please join us for a lively discussion on the opportunities and risks present in the vast variety of digital engagement platforms on the market today.

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Gender Specific Clinical Evidence

Whether you are a business leader, financial investor, researcher, physician, or expert in new product commercialization, this dynamic panel discussion will challenge the industry truths that are universally accepted and provide a new perspective on the important role women play in healthcare innovation.

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The Impact of Chronic Stress on Women’s Health

Join us for a discussion on how chronic stress impacts women’s long term health and how to prevent the preventable. Expert panelists will share insights on current research, clinical opinion, and tools and technologies that help to address the chronic stress that women face on a daily basis.

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MedtechVision 2016: Global Medtech

On September 13th, 2016, the sixth annual MedtechVision conference was held, bringing together 240 women in medtech, medicine, venture capital, and related fields. The interactive discussion focused on Global Medtech.

Increased focus in the medtech industry on global markets in recent years has led to exciting innovation and evolution in product development, commercialization models and even funding strategies. MedtechVision2016 explored opportunities for medtech to continue to thrive globally.

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Inaugural event in Minneapolis

What Leading Women at Payer, Provider and Medical Device Organizations are Doing to Shape How Healthcare is Delivered.

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Evening with AxoGen CEO Karen Zaderej

Join us as we extend the conversation from November’s IPO panel to a discussion of some nontraditional paths to market. Karen Zaderej, CEO of AxoGen, Inc., will share insights from the process of becoming and being a public company through a reverse merger and the pursuit of the BLA (Biologics License Application) path to market in a medtech world. Additionally, she’ll discuss her passion around maintaining an entrepreneurial culture in a growing company. Register today.

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Evening with Shawn Covell, VP Government Affairs at Qualcomm

Let’s connect for an evening of networking and a unique occasion to hear about the opportunities and challenges of implementing Digital Health in Emerging Markets. Please join us for a fireside chat with Shawn Covell, VP Government Affairs at Qualcomm. Shawn will share experiences from Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiatives.

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Going Public

Let’s meet for an evening of networking and a unique opportunity to hear about life inside the IPO process from those who have experienced it firsthand. Join us to hear from UBS investment banker Holly Sheffield, IPO veteran and Veracyte CEO, Bonnie Anderson, E&Y Audit Partner Fran Schulz, and Pillsbury Law Partner, Gabriella Lombardi for some fascinating discussion of the year’s hottest topic!

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MedtechVision 2014: Medtech in the Digital Age

Healthcare in the Digital Age poses many new challenges and opportunities. MedtechVision 2014 is dedicated to drawing out what is relevant and actionable to the medtech industry as digital health advances. Join us to play a part in defining how the medtech industry will remain a solution provider, leveraging and even participating in the evolution.

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MedtechVision 2013: Value in Healthcare

This year’s interactive discussion will focus on value in healthcare, the current challenges we’re facing in this industry and how the medtech community can create products and services that provide positive change in the healthcare system.

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An Evening with Joy Anderson: A Gender Lens in Investing

What would be possible if investment decisions incorporated a gender lens? What new opportunities would be imagined if gender were positively factored into how we move capital? And, if those with power and capital saw gender as an integral part of analyzing financial value, how would this shift the way women were valued, overall? Investing with a gender lens is about fundamental systems change. We envision a world in which analyzing gender when making an investment is as normative as, for example, assessing political stability or considering competition in an industry. It changes how financial markets value women and girls. By shifting the rules of financial markets we can reduce the insidious and entrenched gender inequity that diminishes the potential of the world’s women and girls and, subsequently, constrains the potential of our economies and our communities.

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MedtechVision 2012: The Empowered Patient

This year’s interactive discussion will focus on the power that patients possess to bring change to our industry, and how we as a community of business leaders, physicians, policymakers, and investors can channel this spirit into solutions.

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MedtechVision 2011

The first-ever conference to highlight women on the forefront of medical innovation, MedtechVision  brought together business leaders, inventors, investors, physicians and policymakers for an interactive discussion of real-world solutions to the most challenging issues facing our industry.

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