The Medical Alley Innovation Summit Minneapolis 2017 – Sept. 18-19 — Agenda

September 18th - 19th, 2017 Marriott Hotel City Center — Minneapolis, MN


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A Special Thank You to Our Platinum Sponsors

Fox Rothschild LLP is a national law firm with more than 800 attorneys practicing in 22 offices coast to coast. Our MedTech team includes recognized leaders who advise medical technology companies of all sizes. Our attorneys are proud to partner with clients every step of the way as they continue to fuel innovation, drive growth and improve the lives of others.

Created in 1979 by the healthcare technology industry, Medmarc’s purpose is to be the superior provider of liability insurance and related risk management solutions and to support the development, testing and delivery of medical products that save lives and improve the quality of life.  Through collaboration with our parent company, ProAssurance, and our clinical trial industry experts, we provide a single source of innovative healthcare liability insurance solutions to the life sciences companies we serve.   From ideas and prototypes to the reality of commercialization and success – We can Meet Your Changing Needs.

Call me to discuss the cost of insurance coverage, what coverages are needed and when for your business plan.  George Ayd (703) 652-1309


Gold Sponsors

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) is a trade association that leads the effort to advance medical technology in order to achieve healthier lives and healthier economies around the world. AdvaMed’s membership has reached nearly 300 members and more than 80 employees with a global presence in countries including Europe, India, China, Brazil, and Japan. AdvaMed’s member companies range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies. The Association acts as the common voice for companies producing medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems.

Deloitte’s Life Sciences and Health Care industry group strives to support clients in addressing the challenges that impact today’s industry. Deloitte member firms’ global network engages with clients to develop innovative solutions to help them achieve their business missions.

With over 150 years of hard work and commitment to making a real difference, our organization has grown in scale and diversity—approximately 245,000 people in 150 countries and territories, providing audit, tax, legal, financial advisory, risk advisory, and consulting services—yet our shared culture remains the same.

For us, good isn’t good enough. We aim to be the best at all that we do—to help clients realize their ambitions; to make a positive difference in society; and to maximize the success of our people. This drive fuels the commitment and humanity that run deep through our every action.

“Build it and they will come” is an anomaly in today’s cost-conscious healthcare environment. Launching a new medical technology or expanding markets for an existing technology is challenging in the current reimbursement-focused environment. As companies continue to emerge, invent, and innovate, it is absolutely critical to ensure that there is an appropriate reimbursement pathway for any new technology. Companies that take a proactive approach to reimbursement, with a well-designed strategy incorporating the needs of all key stakeholders, will be well positioned for success. Since 2003, Emerson Consultants has been successful in obtaining positive reimbursement for both new and existing technologies. Our consulting team develops and implements strategic plans that will have an impact on our client’s bottom line. We don’t just advise – we engage, we collaborate, we PARTNER.

As a specialized medical device CRO, genae is involved in the development and commercialization of investigational products and therapies that change medical practice. Our expertise helps you in obtaining predictable outcomes, on time, and on budget.

genae’s mission is to improve health and quality of life by innovating and accelerating high quality research – with a zealous dedication to safety and ethics.

genae is a catalyst between the health care authorities, investigators in clinical practice and the medical industry. We set up and support development processes and orchestrate communication with civil servants in ministries of health, regional and local healthcare authorities, healthcare associations, healthcare technology assessment bodies, health insurance funds and other relevant parties.

IMMR is one of the leading European preclinical laboratories. Strategically located in Paris, France, we are specialized in large animal surgical research.

We are a team of professionals, dedicated to the projects of our customers, with more than 30 years of experience in surgery and research. We have validated procedures, cutting-edge equipment and state of the art surgical suites.

Our team includes surgeons, veterinarians specialized in surgery and interventional radiology, quality assurance managers, research associates, in vitro specialists, medical writers, laboratory technicians, veterinary technicians and support staff.

MedTech Affiliates Europe (The Netherlands) is a unique partnership of four highly recognized, specialist companies, which have joined forces with the aim to support medical device companies to gain access to, or expand into the European healthcare market, by providing a plethora of highly specialized support & consulting services:

– Clinical Investigation: European clinical research, site selection & qualification, investigator coordination

– Quality & Regulatory: Notified body selection, EC & CA submissions, Technical Files, ISO 13485 certification, authorized representative

– Marketing: European healthcare market analysis, reimbursement strategies, go-to market strategies

– Sales & Distribution: Distributor selection & management, manufacturers’ representation, direct sales structures, agency sales

– Supply Chain: On-time & cost-efficient physical distribution across Europe, European warehousing, value-added logistics

– Legal, Tax & Finance: Incorporation, tax optimization, financial management, HR management, legal validation

Musculoskeletal Clinical Regulatory Advisers, LLC (MCRA) is an integrated advisory firm and CRO that provides strategic direction and excellent operational delivery to bring emerging technologies to market. MCRA provides “first-in-class” services through its superior knowledge base, global surgeon and physician relationships, and deeply experienced management team in regulatory, reimbursement, clinical research, compliance, and quality assurance.

As a Contract Research Organization in business since 1983, PMI has developed a reputation for quality science and quality service based on professional management and technical expertise. We are committed to helping customers succeed in their work, to the ethical treatment of our laboratory animals, and to furthering the commercial and humanitarian applications of the biotechnology and medical device industries.

Since its inception, PMI has established a reputation for excellent science, strong surgical and clinical skills, and customized, timely service. Built initially on word-of-mouth recommendations, our business has expanded rapidly based on our ability to respond quickly and strategically to the needs of a variety of clients, primarily medical device companies developing Class III medical devices.

Clients come to PMI for our fast, efficient and flexible approach to managing research projects. Experienced in working with both start-up and established companies, we understand the need to reach client milestones that are being monitored by the financial community. To that end, we are accustomed to expediting our review of novel protocols and accelerating our research schedule.

Applying its expertise in comparative medicine, PMI guides clients in adapting the product concept to an in vivo setting, advising on such variables as vessel size, anatomical locations and organ structure. Assistance in selecting a comparable animal model for a particular clinical indication is also provided.

PMI works hand in hand with biomedical engineers and physicians/surgeons to conduct in vivo pilot studies and fine-tune the adaptation of the prototype device, helping to optimize the product’s ease of use and clinical utility. Results can be produced quickly to help clients meet important business milestones.