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OCTANe’s MTIF 2017

October 30, 2017


DAY ONE:  Monday, October 30, 2017

7:30 – 8:30 am

Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits (Exhibits will be open for the entire conference & will feature:)

Innovation Showcase:
30+ exhibitors will showcase their technologies, provide demos, & be available for Q&A

LaunchPad SBDC Showcase:
OCTANe’s Accelerator, LaunchPad, will highlight its 8 presenting companies & top medtech alumni

Edwards Lifesciences Health Pavilion:
Complimentary flu vaccinations, health screening & education

International Pavilion:
Organizations to help accelerate innovation on a global scale

8:30 – 8:45am

The MedTech Powerhouse: Southern California Closes the Gap as a Leading Innovation Ecosystem

Bill Carpou, CEO, OCTANe

8:45 – 9:45am

Keynote: Value Based Healthcare

The CEO of Medtronic, Omar Ishrak, will provide a keynote on value based healthcare, followed by an interview with the Senior Vice President & President of Brain Therapies at Medtronic, Brett Wall.

Omar Ishrak, CEO, Medtronic
Brett Wall, Senior Vice President & President – Brain Therapies, Medtronic

9:45 – 10:15am

Keynote: Staying Ahead of the Curve – Update from the Hill

Jeffrey J. Kimbell, a leading representative to top companies in the life science community regarding legislative and policy remedies, and Congresswoman Mimi Walters, will provide an election update and the latest news from capitol hill and the State of California.

Jeffrey J. Kimbell, President, Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates

Congresswoman Mimi Walters, U.S. Representative (R-CA 45th District)

10:15 – 10:45am

Exhibit & Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:30am

Panel: What’s Next in MedTech Innovation

This panel will highlight the future of medtech innovation, including the latest technologies in neurovascular and cardiovascular medicine, ophthalmology and cancer from Orange County’s leading academic health system, UC Irvine Health.

 Michael Artinger, Managing Director- Research Translation Group, UCI Applied Innovation

Steve Small, Professor of Neurology and Chief Scientific Officer- Medical Innovation Institute, UCI School of Medicine

Dr. Richard Van Etten, Director, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCI

– Dr. Baruch Kupperman, Chair- Department of Ophthalmology, & Director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Insitute, UCI

11:30 – 12:15pm

Panel: Anatomy of Success

This panel will focus on Orange County startup success stories. Medtech CEOs will share their individual paths taken, lessons learned, and identify opportunities to increase the rate of success.

Sabing Lee, Partner, Knobbe Martens (Moderator)

Bob Rosenbluth, Co-Founder, Sequent Medical; President, Inceptus Medical

Brian Cox, Co-Founder, Sequent Medical; Vice President, Inceptus Medical  

Tom Wilder, Former CEO, Sequent Medical; CEO, Neuros Medical

12:15 – 12:45

Keynote: Human Interest Story from a Patient Perspective

This keynote will feature an Allergan patient’s personal story, and incorporate perspectives from both the company and physician that helped transform their lives.

Sara, Breast cancer survivor and Allergan patient

– Carrie Strom, Vice President of Aesthetic & Regenerative Medicne, Allergan

12:45 – 1:45

Lunch & Exhibit Break

1:45 – 2:30

Industry Track: Healthcare Reform, Regulation & Reimbursement: Where Are We Going & How Will it Work?

This session will feature a panel discussion on the status of healthcare reform, regulation and reimbursement from government agencies, such at HHS, FDA, CMS, and industry. It will also highlight local companies that have been impacted and their learnings.

Michael Lawhead, Shareholder, Stradling

Scott Whitaker, CEO, AdvaMed

Brendan Benner, CEO, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, MDMA

Anna Abram, Deputy Comissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation and Analysis, Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Dr. Josh Luke, Healthcare Futurist &Professor, Price School of Public Policy, USC


Innovation Track: Panel: Inventor to Entrepreneur – How to Monetize Your Inventions

This panel will discuss the difference between innovation and entrepreneurship, and provide the roadmap to monetize your inventions. It will also further explore the relationships between physicians (product users), engineers (product innovators and innovators), and field sales and marketing teams (often the liaison between the two), and how collaboration can be leveraged for new product innovation.

Tom Mitro, President & COO, Aerie Pharmaceuticals (Moderator)

Andy Corley, Founder, Yelroc Consulting & Co-Founder, Flying L Partners, Former Co-Founder, Eyeonics

Ron Bache, President & CEO, Bache, Inc. Former President & CEO, AqueSys, Inc. (Acquired by Allergan in 2015)

– Chris Calcaterra, COO, Glaukos

2:45 – 3:30

Panel: The Race to Develop Molecular Diagnostic Technologies

Orange County is emerging as a hotbed for company formation and growth in the $6.5B molecular diagnostics market. The molecular diagnostics panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges in commercializing breakthrough technologies including regulatory approval, clinical adoption, and reimbursement. This panel will also address the unique role of medical societies as a gatekeeper in commercial adoption.

Clay Wilemon, CEO & Chief Strategy Officer, DevicePharm (Moderator)

Dr. Franklin Libenson, Vice President of Global Marketing, Agendia

Nigel Clarke, VP of R&D, Quest Diagnostics

Bob Terbrueggen, CEO, DxTerity Diagnostics

3:30 – 3:45

Exhibit & Refreshment Break

3:45 – 4:30

Industry Track: Panel: Orange County – The Affordable, Attractive & Preferred Destination

This panel will address how to retain and attract companies in Orange County. It will also identify challenges, discuss myths, and review the current infrastructure of medtech ecosystem resources such as investment capital, real estate, manufacturing, education, and talent.

Jim Mazzo, Global President of Ophthalmic Devices, Zeiss (Moderator)

– Bill Carpou, CEO, OCTANe

Jim Doti, Professor & President Emeritus, Chapman University

Doug Holte, President, Irvine Company


Innovation Track: Panel: Successful Expansion in Europe & Asia

This panel will discuss the global innovation environment in both Europe and Asia. It will feature experts that know the markets as well as companies that have successfully launched and scaled medtech bsuinesses in the US, Europe & Asia. 

K&L Gates, Representing Europe & Asia* (Moderator)

 Grant Schick, Business Chief of Staff, 11 Health & Technologies Limited

4:45 – 5:30

Panel: Machine Learning Technologies and the Impact on Companies & Patients

This panel will highlight the convergence of technology and medical technology by providing tangible examples and applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Big Data. It will also discuss how these technologies impact both industry and patient experiences.

Bill Ayres, Director, Health Care Advisory Services, RSM US LLP (Moderator)

Rahul Soangra, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy, Harry & Dianne Rinker Health Sciences Campus, Chapman University

Frances A. Ayalasoayajula, MHP, MSMIS, PMP,  Global Healthcare Solutions Industry Solutions Organization, HP Inc. 

Cavan Canavan, CEO, FocusMotion


Innovation Track: Panel: Global 101- International Expansion

This panel will discuss the global innovation environment and opportunities that exist throughout various countries, such as launching a company internationally, clinical trial accessibility, tax credits, manufacturing and product development. It was also highlight attractive funding opportunities, like increased access to capital from Asia, Europe and the Middle East. 

 Ireland: Michael Storan, Vice President, IDA Ireland

Canada: Mohammad Kondri, International Business Development Officer, Trade Commissioner, Life Sciences & Medtech, Consulate General of Canada

Holland: Marianne van der Steen, Chair of Entrepenuership in Health Care, Maastricht University

– UK: Ravi Chana, Sector Specialist- Medtech, Department for International Trade

5:45 – 6:30

Panel: The University Impact – Preparing the Talent Pool

This session will harness the power of local universities, which produce the greatest amount of engineers in the nation, to prepare the next generation of the medtech workforce.

Gregory Washington, Dean, Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine (Moderator)

Yannis Yortsos, Dean, Viterbi School of Engineering, USC

Jayathi Murthy, Dean, Samueli School of Engineering, UCLA

– Albert Pisano, Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD

– Guruswami (Ravi) Ravichandran, Division Chair- Engineering, CalTech

6:30 – 7:30

Cocktail & Networking Reception

6:30 – 8:30

Private Reception (by invitation only, please)


DAY TWO:  Tuesday, October 31, 2017


7:30 – 8:50am

Chairman’s Breakfast (by invitation only, please)
This exclusive, intimate breakfast will connect conference speakers, sponsors, industry CEOs and investors, and will include a special keynote presentation by Geoff Tabin, MD, Founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project, which works to eradicate blindness in the developing world.

Geoff Tabin, MD, Founder, Himalayan Cataract Project

Jim Mazzo, Global President of Ophthalmic Device, Zeiss


7:30 – 9:00

Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits

9:00 – 9:45

Keynote: The Future of Healthcare

This keynote will highlight the future of healthcare and its affect on entrepreneurs to big industry.

– Joshua Newman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Salesforce

9:45 – 10:30

Keynote: Investment Opportunities

This panel will focus on investment opportunities in the medtech sector.

Albert Cha, MD, PhD, Managing Partner, Vivo Capital

Scott Whitcup, MD, CEO, Akrivista & Whitecap Biosciences

10:30 – 10:45

Exhibit & Refreshment Break

10:45 – 12:45

LaunchPad Company Presentations

LaunchPad, OCTANe’s award-winning, high-tech accelerator, will select eight of its top medtech companies to give presentations. 

David Mildrew, Managing Director, BioQuest (Moderator)

12:45 – 12:50

LaunchPad Company Presentation Award

LaunchPad Company Presentations will be judged by top medtech investors. Their respective scores will be tallied, and the company with the highest score will receive the LaunchPad Company Presentation Award.

        Sponsors include: BioQuest, DevicePharm, Fuel Source Partners, K&L Gates, Knobbe Martens, ROTH Capital, and RSM US LLP

12:50 – 1:25

Keynote: Tying it All Together

This closing session will highlight the main themes discussed during MTIF 2017 and identify actionable takeaways attendees can directly apply to their businesses.

Bill Carpou (Moderator)

Jim Mazzo, Global President of Ophthalmic Devices, Zeiss

Dr. Michael Stamos,  CEO, UC Irvine School of Medicine

Michael Hedge, Administrative Partner, K&L Gates

Sabing Lee,  Partner, Knobbe Martens

Tom Mitro,  President & COO, Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Clay Wilemon, CEO & Chief Strategy Officer, DevicePharm

1:30 – 3:30

Lunch & Entertainment


Conference Concludes


October 30, 2017
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