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MedtechVISION 2023 | MedtechWomen


Tuesday, September 12

Join us for the MedtechVISION 2023 Annual Conference that brings together business leaders, inventors, investors, physicians and policy makers to discuss real-world solutions to the most challenging issues facing the medtech industry today.

MedtechVISION 2023


Driving Health Equity

Our zip code can be a better predictor of our health outcomes than our genetic code. Social determinants of health like access to care, labor market conditions, and environmental factors, plus the clear healthcare gender gap that still exists in the U.S. and around the world, can play a huge role in physical and mental health. Medtech companies have the power to address disparities and improve access through inclusive innovation, while simultaneously expanding the market potential of life-altering medical devices and technologies. Join change agents in our industry who are leading the charge towards equitable healthcare solutions and join us in driving health equity.

Date & Time

Tuesday, September 12, 2023
7:30am – 7:00pm PDT


The Rosewood Sand Hill
2825 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025


$300 for the virtual meeting
$1,250 for In-Person


In Person Event Registration SOLD OUT

Virtual Event Registration is closed
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*This is a working agenda and subject to change.
*Exclusive livestream engagement with panelists noted in red.

7:30am - 8:30am

Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 8:45am


8:45am - 9:00am

A word from our Board

9:00am - 10:00am

Patient Keynote

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Hafeezah Muhammad – Founder & CEO, Backpack Healthcare

10:00am - 10:30am


10:00am - 10:15am

Patient Keynote Livestream Q&A

10:30am - 11:30am

Women’s Health: A critical investment in Healthcare

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Colby Holtshouse – Global MedTech Commercial Lead, Organon


Catherine Liao – Chief Strategy Officer, CardieX Limited

Lauren Opoliner – VP Marketing, May Health

Mia Keeys – Director, Federal Affairs, Hologic, Inc.

Although women face unique health concerns such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, menopause, and pregnancy, they still experience the highest rates of preventable and maternal mortality compared to 10 other wealthy nations in the US. Moreover, women’s health issues are not limited to reproductive health; female patients are more susceptible to heart attack deaths, depression, and anxiety than their male counterparts. Despite these challenges, women’s health remains an under-financed area of healthcare investment. To improve the health of women, we need to prioritize and course-correct our approach to women’s healthcare. How can we allocate more resources and attention to address the pressing health needs of women?

11:30am - 1:00pm


11:30am - 11:45am

Panel 1 Livestream Q&A

1:00pm - 1:15pm

Ferolyn Powell Award

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Driving Inclusive Design as the New Gold Standard

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Kate Stephenson, PhD – Founder & Principal, Dyad Engineering


Vernessa Pollard – Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP

CL Tian – CEO, Phiex Technologies, Inc

Kathryn Zavala – Chief Operating Officer, MedTech Innovator

Nivi Arumugam – VP R&D, Digital Healthcare Products, Becton Dickinson

Leeda Rashid, MDFDA Digital Health Center of Excellence

Despite being designed for large patient populations, medtech solutions often overlook the needs of specific individuals due to various factors such as poverty, homelessness, lack of education, advanced age, immobility, rural location, limited English proficiency, or belonging to different ethnic or racial groups. Fortunately, the medtech industry has the tools and resources to create flexible solutions that address these needs from the outset. This entails developing AI-guided diagnostics, digital platforms, wearables, and other non-traditional healthcare technologies. To achieve inclusive design, medtech must make it a top priority. Fortunately, innovators and designers in the medtech community are leading the way by developing new policies, protocols, and solutions. Meet these trailblazers who are transforming medtech design and innovation.

2:15pm - 2:45pm

Executive Interview

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Jyoti Gupta – President & CEO, Women’s Health & X-Ray, GE HealthCare


Jill Canada – VP, Corporate & Enterprise Sales, Avail Medsystems

2:45pm - 3:15pm


2:45pm - 3:00pm

Executive Interview Livestream Q&A

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Better Healthcare Access = Attractive ROI

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DeChane Dorsey, Esq. – Executive Director, AdvaMed Accel


Mandi B. Walters – EVP, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Hawthorne Effect

DD Johnice – CEO, The Wonder Guild

Marisa Fayer – CEO, HERhealthEQ

Y.J. Oh – Sr VP Global Marketing, Transcatheter Heart Valve, Edwards

According to a new Deloitte report, America will pay a staggering $1 trillion for its barriers to healthcare access by 2040. The US healthcare system is facing significant hurdles such as staffing shortages, inadequate insurance coverage, and stigma and bias within the medical community. Unfortunately, many socio-economic groups are unable to access healthcare services due to the high cost. However, leaders in medtech are taking on these challenges by developing innovative solutions that cater to previously unmet needs or markets. These solutions are designed to not only improve health access and equity but also provide an attractive ROI.

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Closing Remarks

4:30pm - 7:00pm

Networking Reception

4:30pm - 4:45pm

Panel 3 Livestream Q&A

5:00pm - 5:15pm

Panel 2 Livestream Q&A

Hafeezah Muhammad


Backpack Healthcare

Catherine Liao

Chief Strategy Officer

CardieX Limited

Mia Keeys

Director, Federal Affairs

Hologic, Inc.

Kathryn Zavala

Chief Operating Officer

MedTech Innovator

Vernessa Pollard


McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Mandi B Walters

Executive Vice President, Head Strategic Partnerships

Hawthorne Effect

DD Johnice


The Wonder Guild

Marissa Fayer


HERHealthEQ; DeepLook Medical

Y.J. Oh

Sr VP Global Marketing, Transcatheter Heart Valve

Edwards Lifesciences

DeChane Dorsey, Esq.

Executive Director

AdvaMed Accel, a division within the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)

Dr. Kate Stephenson

Principal & Founder

Dyad Engineering

CL Tian


Phiex Technologies, Inc

Colby Holtshouse

Global MedTech Commercial Lead


Jyoti Gupta

President & CEO, Women’s Health & X-Ray

GE HealthCare

Lauren Opoliner

VP Marketing

May Health

Leeda Rashid, MD

Digital Health Center of Excellence


Niveditha Arumugam

VP R&D, Digital Healthcare Products

Becton Dickinson

Jill Canada

VP Corporate & Enterprise Sales

Avail Medsystems

Moderators will be added as bios become available.