Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with MedTech, November 13-14

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Syracuse University innovation partner MedTech, an active association of over 100 pharmaceutical, biotech and medical technology companies, their suppliers and service providers and research universities, is presenting a major conference in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The two day event is November 13 and 14 at the OnCenter in downtown Syracuse will connect experts, business and academic leaders, researchers, startups and entrepreneurs to share knowledge, best practices and emerging opportunities.  The Syracuse University community is invited to join innovators from around the world at the event, and the Blackstone LaunchPad at SU is pleased to join as a marketing partner.

Alec Gillinder and Quinn King, co-founders of Syracuse University student startup MedUX, will be featured innovation spotlight speakers on opening day.  Gillinder and King won first place in the Invent@SU competition, and second place in the recent first ever ‘Cuse Tank.

Register here for MedTech 2018:

November 13, 2018

10:00 am – 11:30 am: Registration | OnCenter, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202

11:30 am – 11:45 am: Welcome

11:45 am – 1:00 pm: Keynote – Sean Swarner, young adult cancer survivor, world record holder, adventurer, performance coach, author of “Keep Climbing”

    • Be inspired by Sean’s message of perseverance in the face of adversity and how medical advancements are transforming the lives of millions around the world. Learn more about Sean here.

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1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Networking Break, Tech Showcase and Career Connections

  • Connect with vendors, suppliers and service providers. See the latest products, learn about cutting edge developments, and connect with the companies that will move your business forward.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Targeted Speed Networking©

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  • Easier. Smarter. Targeted. Trackable. Take part in a customized schedule of meetings with other professionals based on your preferences. Learn more here.

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Innovation Spotlight – Hear entrepreneurs and innovators from across the state tell their unique stories.

  • Kelsey Moody, CEO – Ichor Therapeutics Inc. (Syracuse) website
  • Quinn King and Alec Gillinder, Founders – MedUX (Syracuse)
  • Dave Fuehrer, Co-Founder and CEO – GRYT Health (Rochester) website
  • Leslie Kimerling, Co-Founder and CEO – Double Helix Optics (Rochester) website
  • Matthew Colpoys, CEO – Tactiva Therapeutics Inc. (Buffalo) website
  • Kurt Lozier, Co-Founder and CEO – SOMML Health (Albany) website
  • Moderator: Amy Castronova, President and CEO, Novatek Communications

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Maximizing Your Member Benefits

  • Learn about member-only discounts and special programs through Membership Advantage. Receive your customized Savings Report, and ensure you’re getting the most out of your membership and not leaving money on the table.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Networking Break, Tech Showcase and Career Connections

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Plenary Session – New York State Resources for the Bio/Med Industry

  • As companies move beyond traditional industry boundaries, they’re creating new healthcare solutions for patients and providers by combining core technologies, developing new platforms and products that offer improvements in safety, effectiveness, convenience and value. New York State has responded to this changing landscape with a comprehensive package of incentives, programs and initiatives that make this the ideal place to launch or expand your business.
    • Loretta Beine, Life Science Industry Development Director, Empire State Development
    • Matt Watson, Director, Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), Empire State Development

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Cocktail Hour – Connect with your bio/med colleagues from across New York

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Bio, Blues, Bar-B-Que, and Brews @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

  • Enjoy a night of great food, cold beer, and camaraderie at the Original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a Syracuse landmark.

November 14, 2018

7:30 am – 9:00 am: Keynote – John Nosta, Founder, NOSTALAB

      • Be motivated and challenged by the foremost thought leader in science, medicine, and innovation. Learn more about John here.

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9:00 am – 9:30 am: Networking Break, Tech Showcase and Career Connections

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Session 1

Regulatory & Policy
Verification and Validation – Why Group Think Kills Effective Critical Design Transfer
  • Discover the impact of a verification and validation quality management system on the product life cycle of medical devices
    • Moderator: Gina Guido-Redden, Owner; COO and Managing Partner, Coda Corp USA
    • Walt Murray, CSSMB, RAB/QSA/IATCA/IRCA, CTS Facilitator, SPC/SQC; Principal Consultant of PinPoint Consulting
    • Jessie Verna, Director of Regulatory Affairs, CONMED Corporation
Innovation &Technology
Natural Language Understanding for Pharma
  • While pharmaceutical researchers and companies may be comfortable handling structured data, most information lies in unstructured text. Learn the latest research into natural language understanding and the tools and techniques you can use to mine unstructured text
    • Malaikannan Sankarasubbu, VP of Artificial Intelligence Research, Saama Technologies
StartUp & Business Acceleration
How to Spend Your First $100k
  • Hear from CEOs and those responsible for guiding new product innovation to market on what to do and what not to do when commercializing products. Learn from case studies of real-world product development.
    • Jeff Lietzke, President, LaunchPoint Innovation Fund
    • Patrick Polito, Director, Regulatory and Compliance, Indago
    • Warren Goldenberg, President and COO, Kebor Med Inc.
    • Radu Iancu, MD PhD, CEO, Kebor Med Inc.
    • Moderator: Jeff Champagne, Director of Business Development, MPR Associates

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Networking Break, Tech Showcase and Career Connections

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Session 2

Regulatory & Policy
Transitioning to New EU MDR and EU IVDR
  • The European Union’s MDR and IVDR protocols will be implemented soon. Is your organization prepared?
    • Linda Chatwin, Esq, RAC, Sr. Customer Solutions Consultant, Health Sciences Division – Emergo, a UL Company
    • Michelle Bonn, President, Guideline Medical
    • Adin Potter, Director of Corporate Compliance, Angiodynamics
Innovation & Technology
Encouraging Innovation Through Intellectual Property
  • More than just patent ownership, intellectual property can be a powerful tool for innovation. Learn how to leverage intellectual property rights to catalyze creativity
    • James Muldoon, Partner, Harris Beach, PLLC
    • Alice Li, Executive Director, Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University
    • Jeff Dunbar, Director, Technology Transfer at University of Buffalo
    • Matthew Mroz, Director, Enterprise Technology Transfer, The Research Foundation for SUNY
    • Moderator: Denis Sullivan, Partner, Barclay Damon, LLP
StartUp & Business Acceleration
When Things Go Sideways…
  • We would all like for product development projects to go smoothly and predictably, but…there are many things that can go sideways, and recovering form these situations involve tough choices. However, failing early can sometimes help avoid pitfalls down the road. Join this interactive session to discuss situations gone sideways and how to get back on track fast.
    • Jeff Champagne, Director of Business Development, MPR Associates
    • Eric Claude, Vice President, Product Development, MPR Associates
    • Patrick Polito, Director, Regulatory and Compliance, Indago
    • Warren Goldenberg, President and COO, Kebor Med Inc.
    • Radu Iancu, MD PhD, CEO, Kebor Med Inc.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Networking Break, Tech Showcase and Career Connections

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Navigating the International Regulatory Environment featuring representatives from FDA and Health Canada

  • Nicholas Mendiola, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Public Health Service, Medical Device Specialist, U.S. FDA
  • David Boudreau, Executive Director, Medical Devices Bureau, Health Canada / Government of Canada

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Networking Break, Tech Showcase and Career Connections

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Session 3

Regulatory & Policy
Cyber Security/Data Integrity
  • Ensuring data integrity and protecting your products, company, and users from cyber mischief is of critical importance. Learn strategies to remain ahead of the curve.
    • Mickey Garcia, Director of Product Management, MasterControl
    • Wayne Stewart, Director, EWA-Canada, an Intertek Company
    • Bryan Marlatt, Director Advisory, Cyber Security, KPMG LLP, Life Sciences
    • Moderator: Kevin Szczepanski, Partner, Barclay Damon, LLP
Innovation & Technology
  • Since its invention barely a decade ago, blockchain has become a seminal disruptive technology with important implications for the bio/med industry. Learn where we’ve been and where we’re headed.
    • Blockchain Basics Online: A Top-Ranked Course Available for All
      • Lisa Stephens, PhD, Asst. Dean, Digital Education, UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • Blockchain Ledger Technology: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
      • Chuck Fried, President and CEO, TxMQ
Start Up & Business Acceleration
Finding Help and Resources
  • Starting a company can be a lonely process, but there are resources and teams available to lend a hand. Learn about resources available to start ups, include how to connect with the incubator, venture capital, manufacturing and economic development communities.
    • Marc Alessi, Executive Director – Business Incubator Association of New York State (BIANYS)
    • Noa Simons, Executive Director, Upstate Capital Association of New York
    • Ryan Silva, Executive Director, New York State Economic Development Council
    • Julianne Clouthier, Industry Engagement Manager, FuzeHub

4:00 pm: Adjournment