Sept 15: LIfe Sciences (incl Med Dev) SIG - Mobile Medical Apps (click to register)
innocuous data kept in Runkeeper to more medically relevant data kept
in FitBit or personal health records kept on your smartphone, health
information has gone mobile. These
are no longer a novelty and have moved to the mainstream, for both
clinicians and consumers. There is also a convergence between medical
devices and apps to monitor and collect data in real
time. Come hear a distinguished panel of speakers shedding light on
this topic including discussion on FDA’s approach to regulate mobile
Then we have a special treat for everyone:
three life science startup companies will do fast pitches and get feedback from the panel with audience Q&A.
Briefs, Infobionics, Alisa Niksch, Tufts, and Alex Ryu, Wellapets. Moderated by Kartik Shah.
Niksch is the Director of Pediatric Electrophysiology and the
Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Exercise Lab at Tufts University Medical Center,
providing pediatric cardiology expertise to 7 regional hospitals in
Massachusetts. Her training in pediatric
cardiology was completed at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York at
Columbia University Medical Center, and she continued her electrophysiology
training at Stanford University and UCSF Medical Centers. She is an active researcher in the fields of
pediatric medical devices and the digital health space, and serves as advisor
to Sproutling and Genetesis, LLC, startup companies developing innovative
technologies with pediatric applications.
She has served as a fellow at Doximity, where she provided leadership in
engaging physicians to integrate mobile health into their practices.
Ryu is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wellapets - educational mobile pet games for
healthier kids. He has taken a leave of absence from Harvard Medical School to
develop Wellapets. Previously, Alex developed an mHealth application,
addressing maternal health issues, which was deployed in 14 hospitals in
Karnataka, India. Alex is passionate about kids' health and mobile
Ms. Nancy Briefs' background includes 30+ years in the medical device
industry. She is a serial entrepreneur and has been an integral team
member responsible for successfully developing and commercializing innovative
paradigm shifting technologies with five (5) prior med-tech startups.
Having raised over $200M in venture capital and four successful liquidity
events (including an IPO with Goldman Sachs) she has proven the ability to lead
teams from concept thru commercialization and value creation. She was
awarded: with the Ernst & Young (EOY) New England Entrepreneur of the Year
Award for Emerging Companies in 2003; received the "Spirit Award" in
2009 from NH Biotech Council and in 2010 was honored with a "Leadership
& Inspiration: Award from WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and
Technology). She currently serves on the Boards of: MDMA (Medical
Device and Manufacturers Association), CardiAQ Valve Technologies, and InfoBionic.
An entrepreneur inventor she is listed on seven issued and two
pending US patents.
Nancy has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Golden Gate
University and a BA and BSB from Emporia University.
5.30-6pm – Networking (registration and food)
6pm-7pm – Panel talk
with a moderator on “Mobile Medical Apps”
7pm-8pm – Pitch from
3 mobile medical startup companies (will confirm the names later this week)
Committee: Kryngle Daly, Patricia Durr, Ari Giaya, Alan Gonsenhauser, Andrew Halpert, Kartik Shah, Jerry Shapiro, Jeff Tingle
Committee Co-Chairs, Kryngle Daly, Jerry Shapiro
Thanks to past Chair, Ed Ross!
June 16: A Healthy Tweet, Social Media in the Life Sciences
Social media has
proven critical for in bound marketing across a variety of markets, but
how can it be applied to the life sciences. A panel of social media
experts will present social media 101, and its application to the life
sciences, followed by two companies presented as working examples
- Erin O'Malley : Social Concierge at SocialMadeSimple, a startup social media marketing company
- Judy Isaacson : executive consultant for VitalNow!Vital Now! , a medical marketing, communications and event management company
- Peter Alberti : CEO of PetChance.org, a nonprofit that helps pet owners raise money online for veterinary expenses
Matthew D. Phaneuf, cutting-edge proprietary nanotechnology to
construct the next generation of biomaterials for use in devices ranging
from wound dressings to artificial blood vessels. In 2013, EmergStat
Technologies spun-out from BioSurfaces, Inc. to commercialize the
advanced wound care technology.
Sprile : Biju Kalissery
is the co-founder and president of Sprile, software as a service that
helps users who are struggling to manage and collaborate with large data
files (example: scientists with large Excel / CSV files etc.)
MAY 19: Effective Partnerships &
Alliances and partnerships are a
critical part of business relationships in life sciences, particularly for
young companies and research institutions. An understanding of the tools
available effectively to manage conflict and disputes before they derail
important relationships is a must for entrepreneurs and others involved in the
- Conna Weiner,
Independent Mediator and Arbitrator and longtime strategic counselor in the
life sciences, will present on the alliance management and dispute resolution
tool box along with experienced dispute resolution and alliance management
- Jeremy Ahouse, Director, Alliance Management, Novartis
- Matt Hurley, Partner & Life Sciences Litigation and Alliances at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC
- Moderated by: Howard Zaharoff, Partner, Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton PC
APRIL 21: Preserving Equity: Finding Non Dilutive Financing
While most interest in startup funding revolves around
capitalization via angel or VC sources or perhaps via new online accredited
crowdsourcing vehicles, enormous progress can be made in life science startups
using non-dilutive funding. Often it is this kind of capital which facilitates
attainment of key milestones such as prototypes or proof of concept, key
achievements which will improve valuation and attract equity sources for later
funding – all without giving up precious equity. However, this arduous approach
may not be as easily understood, navigated or appreciated by most
- Elizabeth Asai,
CEO, 3Derm, an innovative dermatology
diagnostic company, winner of Healthbox 2013 and youngest recipient of a SBIR
Ohlsson-Wilhelm, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, SciGro, Inc., expert in
non-dilutive funding sourcing and process management
Rudolph, founder and president, Rudolph Biomedical Consulting.
MARCH 17: THREE MUSKETEERS OR THREE STOOGES? Integration of
Regulatory, Clinical & Reimbursement in Medtech
Although not readily apparent to some, the critical
importance of a well-defined, focused and integrated regulatory, clinical and
reimbursement strategic plan is ultimately critical to successful approval,
coverage and commercialization of new technologies in medtech and biotech.
While business plans focused on product specifications, sales channels and
marketing strategies, the collaboration of the aforementioned key functions is
fundamental in early stage strategy and following executable plans. Our
panelists will share their definitions of these individual functions and how
they must combine to generate success – or face tragic consequences. Moderated by Ed Ross wit panellists:
Ed Berger, Principal &
Founder, The Larchmont Group; Mike Drues, PhD, President, Vascular Sciences; Whitney Kent, Clinical
February 17: We look at the importance of the right Team and how to attract them
people get excited by a hot technology and value proposition in a startup,
particularly in life sciences. However, most investors are really betting on
the “jockey” more than the “horse”.
This night, we will focus on the critical
nature of building a very strong founding leadership team for your startup –
from founders and core executive management, to first tier and support
Speakers: Mike Fahey, Co-Founder and former
President, InfoBionic; Pattie Hunt Sinacole, CEO and
Founder, First Beacon Group, and featured
Boston Globe career columnist and Yael Schwartz, Ph.D., President
and Director, RestorGenex & Founding CEO and President, Hygeia Therapeutics.
January 20: Commercializing Your Product Around the Globe
a medical device outside the US is quite different because of different
regulatory requirements,clinical trials rules and
requirements,reimbursement schemes in different healthcare systems,sales
channels,promotion limitations, and intellectual property.
Our panel will update us on the current state of the World:
- Janet Kwiatkowski, President of the MAE Consulting Group LLC in Deerfield, NH
- Stephen Hull, Principal at Hull Associates in Rockland, MA
- Ilka Bijoux, Global Market Manager - Shoulder Arthroscopy,Smith & Nephew Endoscopy, Andover, MA
- Sandy von Stackelberg, founder of MedLaunch International
- Moderated by Jerry Shapiro, CEO, FemMedical
with other entrepreneurs, latent entrepreneurs and others related to
life sciences. Come learn about TechSandBox, created specifically for
local technology entrepreneurs, providing office space, mentoring,
educational programs and networking opportunities.
November 18:“WOUND UP!” Insights Into and Lessons From A
Join us for an informative overview into today’s approaches to
wound care and a case study discussion regarding a very disruptive wound care
technology and service company. Come learn and find out how things “wound up”. Also, pitch your startup
at our “StartUp StandUp!”
Applicable to non-life science startups too.
- Guest Speaker: Cameron McKennitt, Principal at Axia Ltd., Corporate Executive, Advanced
Wound Care Technologies
- Moderator: Ed Ross,
Excelerate Ventures LLC, Wound Care & Therapeutics Entrepreneur
October 21: I've Fallen and Everybody Knows. The Market for Seniors
Creating and Commercializing Disruptive Technologies Assisting Seniors
are new robust technologies and business models to keep seniors safer,
healthier, and improve secure access to Protected Health Information
(PHI). With the tsunami of baby boomers reaching maturity and the
largest growth area of the population 80+, we need to keep our seniors
living independently at home for as long as possible. Come hear CEOs of 3
innovative MetroWest companies describe their business models and value
propositions, disrupting healthcare to improve peace of mind and the
quality of life for seniors. Alan Gonsenhauser moderates, with panelists:
Piali De, CEO of Senscio Systems will
describe how their Ibis system uses sensors and Artificial Intelligence
(AI) to helps users follow their daily home care plan and manage their
chronic diseases interactively.
Yogendra Jain, Founder and CTO of Senticare
will discuss Pillstation, their unique approach to medication
adherence, driving complex medication regimen self-administration of
Michael Neece, CEO of FlowLogic
will outline their unique approach to paper and EHR integration,
avoiding costly and time consuming efforts of traditional systems
implementations to address the three challenges of interoperability,
security, and privacy of medical records.
Following our panel discussion, join us to hear – or even present – at our STARTUP STANDUP!,
the 2-minute pitch opportunity to describe your company, technology and
value proposition to attendees and solicit help feedback and help!
Networking and light dinner begin 5:30.
September 16: Med Tech Serial Entrepreneur Larry Jasinski
Launching a medtech startup with a game-changing innovation?
Considering foreign partnerships or owner relationships? Learn from one
of the area’s most experienced sector entrepreneurs, Larry Jasinski, CEO of Argo Medical Technologies, makers of the groundbreaking exoskeleton technology Rewalk.
Larry will share practical insights and stories from experience leading
innovative spinal and vascular medical device startups (Soteira, Target
Therapeutics), the unique relationship with Israeli founders and
developers associated with Argo Medical as well as advantages of
MetroWest for your startup. Need some inspiration, information and intellectual stimulation? It's here and not just for medical devices folks either.
July 15: Life Sciences and IT SIGs join together for Taming the HIPAApotamus in the Room: Healthcare IT
Can Big Data improve healthcare
while keeping the individual protected
Digital health records are creating unprecedented databases of
confidental patient information; in response the HIPAA regulations have
been created to protect the individual. While exacting the HIPAA
regulations, is it possible learn from these databases to better the
standard of health care? Can "big data" techniques be applied to
generalized and patient specific records to improve the overall standard
of care and ongoing care for an individual? How are patients being
engaged and empowered to be active participants in their care? Come find
out and discuss these important concerns!
Pat Rioux, Product Manager, Elsevier
Jeff Tingle, Founder, TheraVid
Norbert Kremer, Data Warehouse Expert
Tim D'Auria, iQuartic Co-Founder
June 17: Tech Transfer Tips
all ideas are home-grown by a solo entrepreneur – nor developed and
taken to market on their own. The power of academia and industry offer
significant opportunities for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs in
terms of assets via licensing and partnering, spanning the gamut from
basic science and clinical development to regulatory assessment and
commercialization. Come learn the basics, inside tips and some valuable
stories from experienced experts in understanding some options and how
to make it happen effectively.
- Otto Prohaska PhD, CEO, TransCytos
- Todd Keiller,
Director, Tech Transfer – Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI),
University of Maine, Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (Steward
Imran Nasrullah, MS, JD, CLP, Head of Strategic Alliances, T1D Exchange
don’t miss “START-UP STAND-UP!”, the opportunity for attending startup
entrepreneurs to pitch the audience on their value proposition and
connect to contacts, connections and maybe (gasp!) capital!
May 29: Let's go: Putting Life Sciences Startups in MetroWest