MedTech Strategist Innovation Summit DUBLIN 2018 – Apr. 17-19 — Agenda

April 17th - 19th, 2018 The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin — Dublin, Ireland

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists



Sponsor Presenter: Vicki Anastasi, Vice President and Global Head, Medical Device and Diagnostics Research, ICON Plc

Vicki Anastasi provides leadership to create and foster priority relationships in the medical device and diagnostic marketplace, developing customized programs to meet medical device client needs. She has over 25 years of experience in the medical device industry, with over 15 years specifically focused on global medical device strategic consulting.


Panelist: Stephen Atkinson, CEO, Atlantic Therapeutics

Stephen Atkinson has a career in medical devices spanning 28 years, including various CEO and senior leadership positions. Steve spent 10 years at Johnson & Johnson and 6 years at CR Bard, and was part of the senior leadership team at Zeltiq Aesthetics noted for groundbreaking targeting of medical devices at consumers, with a successful IPO exits.

Sponsor Presenter: John Babitt, EY Americas Medtech Leader

John Babitt is the EY MedTech leader for the Americas and is also the Life Sciences Leader for Financial and Accounting Transaction Advisory. John has over 20 years of experience, all in the healthcare industry, and originally joined E&Y in 1995. John’s corporate clients include but not limited to: Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson (including DePuy), Fresenius, GE Healthcare and Bayer, and significant PE clients including, Apax, Warburg Pincus, Avista Capital, Linden and Altaris.

Panelist: Serge Bernasconi, CEO, MedTech Europe

Serge Bernasconi has more than 30 years of experience in the world of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, working in companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Schering Plough in US and Europe, and more recently Medtronic. In his capacity as President & International Regional Vice President of Medtronic France, he was elected President of APIDIM (The French Association for the Promotion of Innovation in Medical Devices), and Vice President and Treasurer of SNITEM (French Medical Technology Industry Association).


Panelist: Alessio Beverina, Founder & Managing Partner, Panakes Partners

Alessio Beverina co-founded and manages a new VC firm, Panakes Partners, that finances medical innovative companies, with extremely promising products and great ambition, in Europe and Israel.

Alessio has 9 years VC experience in Sofinnova, one of the largest European VCs, grown internally from Analyst to Partner positions, with European and American exposure, focused in energy, IoT, cleantech, hardware and semiconductor sectors.

Panelist: Yuval Binur, Chairman, Mitralign

Dr. Binur is a managing partner of Orchestra and has over 29 years of venture capital experience in the United States, Europe and Israel. He is co-founder of Accelerated Technologies, Inc. and served as its Chairman of the Board since its inception. He was founding Managing Partner of Medica and while there helped raise its first two venture funds and is a pioneer in the field of interventional pulmonology.

Panelist: Eamon Brady, CEO, Neuravi

Eamon has over 25 years MedTech experience and is founder and CEO of Neuravi Ltd. a stroke interventional company that exited to J&J in April 2017.  Over the course of Neuravi he raised €41m over a number or funding transactions.

Prior to Neuravi  Eamon led international teams as both Global Director of R&D and Director of New Ventures at Abbott Vascular.  He was a member of the founding team of MedNova Ltd., a company that pioneered embolic protection for carotid stenting and helped lead the company to a $100M exit to Abbott Vascular in 2005.  Eamon has an engineering background and is a prolific inventor with over 220 US patents, granted or pending.

Conference Host and Panel Moderator

David Cassak, Co-Editor-in-Chief, MedTech Strategist and Managing Partner, Innovation In Medtech, LLC

David Cassak has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry. Cassak co-founded Windhover Information Inc., and also served as Vice President, Content, and Managing Director, Medical Devices for Elsevier Business Intelligence, a Reed Elsevier Company which included the publications In Vivo, Startup, RPM Report, Medtech Insight, The Gray Sheet and The Pink Sheet.


Panelist: Thierry Chignon, Senior Partner, Merieux Developpement

Thierry Chignon has more than 25 years of experience in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Trials with particular focus on the medical device sector, including a first experience as Head Pharmacist with Institut Mérieux (10 years). Thierry also worked for 5 years as an expert of the Commission of the European Union drafting Guidelines and Regulations for medical devices.


Panelist: Adelaide Cracco, Head of Life Sciences, European Investment Fund (EIF)

Adelaide Cracco is the Head of Life Sciences at the European Investment Fund (EIF), institution that supports entrepreneurship and innovation across Europe, providing financing to SMEs as a cornerstone investor in venture and growth capital funds.

Panelist: Matthew Dodds, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, LivaNova

Dodds joined LivaNova in January 2018 with more than 25 years of medical device experience, most recently serving as Vice President, Strategic Planning at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices. At J&J, Dodds led the strategic planning process for the Medical Devices business and worked closely with the business development and investor relations teams. Prior to joining J&J, Dodds spent more than 20 years as a medical device equity analyst.

Panelist: Nick Dunster, Investment Manager, European Investment Fund

Panelist: Chris Eso, Vice President Corporate Development, Medtronic

Chris Eso is Vice President of Corporate Development for Medtronic, specifically covering the Cardiac and Vascular Group business units, including Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure (CRHF), Coronary and Structure Heart (CSH), and Aortic, Peripheral Vascular and endoVenous (APV). Chris has more than 18 years of successful professional experience with the majority of his experience in a business/corporate development and strategy capacity within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, in addition to Medtronic, including Allergan, Watson, Agilent Technologies and Peregrine Pharmaceuticals.

Panelist: Mike Favet, Managing Director, KCK Group

Mike Favet joined KCK as a Managing Director, Medical Technologies in 2016. Prior to joining KCK, he served in senior management positions for a variety of medical technology companies including Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, Sonitus Medical, Ventus Medical, Boston Scientific and Guidant. KCK Group is a large, single family, evergreen fund that invests in multiple sectors including through a team focused on medical technology.

Panelist: Dr. Anita Finnegan, CEO, Nova Leah

Anita Finnegan founded Nova Leah (and SelectEvidence) and is the Author and International Project Leader of IEC 80001-2-8 and IEC 80001-2-9. As an internationally recognized expert in Medical Device Cybersecurity she also has a strong background in software quality processes, engineering and quality engineering roles across multiple highly regulated domains.

Panelist: Joseph Gatewood, Vice President, Global Strategy & Analysis, AdvaMed

Joseph Gatewood has primary responsibility for AdvaMed’s policy and advocacy work in the United Kingdom, Germany, other EU-15 initial member countries, and Korea. He leads our patient and trade group advocacy in the UK and Germany along with EU’s regulatory reforms relating to medical device and IVD. He also heads the Global Department’s efforts on global reimbursement, health technology assessment (HTA) and procurement issues, which encompasses challenges in China and other emerging markets.


Panelist: Claudio Giuliano, Managing Partner & Founder, Innogest

Claudio Giuliano is a player in the venture capital industry since year 2000. Claudio co-founded in 2007 Innogest Capital, a Venture Capital firm with about € 200 Mln under management, and a partner in the Healthcare and Cardiovascular practice at Innogest. Prior to Innogest, Claudio was Associate Director at The Carlyle Group (London), Strategy consultant at Bain & Co (Italy), and Supply Chain Manager at Hewlett-Packard (California and France).


Panelist: Townsend Goddard, VP/GM, Surgical Group, Olympus EMEA

Townsend Goddard is currently leading a commercial organization across the EMEA region delivering above market growth in five surgical business units. Additionally, he is the executive sponsor for Olympus’ business development efforts in the region. Prior to joining Olympus, he held international leadership positions at both Covidien and Stryker.

MedTech Innovator Host: Paul Grand, CEO, MedTech Innovator

Paul Grand is MedTech Innovator’s CEO. He founded and has managed MedTech Innovator as a program within RCT Ventures for the past four years. In 2016, with the financial support of RCT and other sponsors, Paul left to run MedTech Innovator as a stand-alone company. He has spent the last 11 years as Managing Director for RCT Ventures, the investment arm of Research Corporation Technologies, Inc.

Panelist: Laurent Grandidier, CEO, Xeltis


Laurent Grandidier joined Xeltis from medical device company Endosense, where he was vice president in charge of global commercialization and portfolio management. Grandidier previously held leadership positions at a number of brand name global medical device companies, including Teleflex Medical, Boston Scientific and Guidant.

Panelist: James L. Greene, CEO, MedLumics

James Greene is a serial entrepreneur and has founded and served as CEO for four medical device start-ups and currently serves as a member of the Wallace Coulter Oversight committee where he participates in the translation of innovative technologies from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia into successful new commercial ventures.


Keynote Speaker: Annika Grosse, Executive Partner, Global Business Services, Watson Health Practice Leader, Europe, IBM Watson

Annika Grosse has been with IBM since 1997. She has a background in Business and IT Consulting, becoming an Executive Partner in 2011. Three years later, Annika began her current responsibility as Consulting Leader for Watson in Europe, now the Cognitive Health Leader in Europe.


Panelist: Tim Haines, Managing Partner, Abingworth

Tim Haines has more than 25 years of international management experience in the life sciences industry in both public and private companies. During his time at Abingworth, Tim has taken board roles in a number of companies including Astex, Fovea, GammaDelta Therapeutics, MEDIAN Technologies, PowderMed, Proteon Therapeutics, Sientra and VirionHealth.

Panelist: Jason Hannon, CEO, Mainstay Medical

Jason Hannon joined Mainstay Medical as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director in October 2017. Mr. Hannon has extensive experience in the medical devices industry; he previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of NuVasive a leading medical device company focused on transforming spine surgery with minimally disruptive, procedurally integrated solutions.


Panelist: Justin Klein, Partner, NEA

Justin Klein joined NEA in 2006 and is a Partner on the healthcare team. He focuses on medical device, healthcare technology, and biopharmaceutical company investments. He serves as a director of Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, Cartiva, ChromaCode, FIRE1, Intact Vascular, Personal Genome Diagnostics, PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Relievant Medsystems, Senseonics (NYSE: SENS), VertiFlex, Vesper Medical, and VytronUS.

Panelist: Piergiulio Lauriano, Project Manager, Alira Health

Piergiulio Lauriano is a strategist and innovator that spent his early career working for a management consulting firm in the US and Italy where he specialized in Healthcare and Biotech Industries advising multinational and midsize companies on corporate strategy and restructuring, organic growth, portfolio innovation and M&A. Prior to joining Alira Health, he was Director of Market Strategy and Innovation for a leading Italian Healthcare conglomerate where he also informed M&A and organic growth strategy.

Keynote Speaker: Paul LaViolette, Managing Partner, COO, SV Health Investors

Paul LaViolette brings over 35 years of global medical technology management experience to SV and heads SV medical device investments. Paul built and ran medical device businesses for 29 years before joining SV Health Investors and was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Boston Scientific. Paul integrated two dozen acquisitions and led extensive product development, manufacturing and worldwide commercial organizations.


Conference Host and Panel Moderator

Stephen Levin, Co-Editor-in-Chief, MedTech Strategist and Managing Partner, Innovation In Medtech LLC

Prior to co-founding Innovation In Medtech, Stephen Levin served as Executive Editor & General Counsel at Windhover Information followed by Editor-in-Chief of Medical Devices for Elsevier Business Intelligence, where he directed the company’s editorial coverage of the medical device industry. Prior to joining Windhover, Stephen was Senior Counsel to the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations while also participating in other Senate investigations including the Whitewater inquiry.

Panelist: Justin Lynch, Partner & CFO, Fountain Healthcare Partners

Justin Lynch is a Partner in Fountain Healthcare Partners and also serves as the CFO of the firm. He joined the team prior to the launch of Fund I in 2008. Justin has a BA in Accounting & Finance from Dublin City University, an MBA from Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has over a 25 year experience in capital markets, corporate finance, entrepreneurial and venture investing across multiple sectors, the latter half in life science.


Sponsor Presenter: Peter Markham, President & CEO, CBSET, Inc.

Peter Markham is a well known and accomplished executive with 25 years of management and regulatory experience in the field of GLP contract research. Prior to joining CBSET, Mr. Markham served as General Manager of the Worcester/Southbridge division of Charles River Laboratories where he had P&L responsibility for a multi-disciplinary pre-clinical business unit which serviced the Toxicology, Pharmacology, Surgery, Metabolism, Pharmacokinetics, and Bioanalytical Chemistry markets.



Panelist: Bruno Montanari, Partner, Seroba Life Sciences

Bruno Montanari is a Partner at Seroba Life Sciences. He has a background in venture capital and in investment banking, with a focus on the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Bruno was a Partner at Omnes Capital (Paris) in charge of the life sciences investments for the venture capital team.


Panelist: Evan Norton, Divisional Vice President, Abbott Ventures

Evan Norton joined Abbott in 2010, as Director of Abbott Ventures and took over primary responsibility for the organization in 2014. Prior to joining Abbott, he was a Principal at ONSET Ventures. He also held positions at Acclarent, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Stryker Corporation, JPMorgan and PwC.


Panelist: Daniel O’Mahony, Partner, Seroba Life Sciences

Daniel O’Mahony is a Partner at Seroba Life Sciences and brings a wealth of experience in product development, strategic planning, licensing, corporate venturing, intellectual property management and commercialisation.


Panelist: Rajan Patel, CEO, iO Life Science

Rajan Patel is a medical device executive with extensive experience in diagnostics, critical care, patient monitoring, imaging, and lab products. During his 30+ year medical device-focused career, he led numerous Research & Development and manufacturing teams, successfully launching products to aid laboratory and health care professionals and improve patient care.


Panelist: Anne Portwich, Partner, LSP

Anne Portwich, PhD, has been with LSP since 2001. She is a Partner in LSP’s Amsterdam office. Her prime focus and responsibility within LSP is to invest in unlisted securities. Over the years, she has been responsible for investments in numerous portfolio companies of LSP. She also played an essential role in raising LSP Health Economics Fund 2 in 2017, the largest European fund dedicated to medical technology with a fund size of EUR 280 million.


Panelist: Stan Rabinovich, VP, Discovery Advanced Technology, Edwards Lifesciences

Stan Rabinovich joined Edwards Lifesciences in 2004 when Edwards acquired Percutaneous Valve Technologies, Inc. (PVT) of which he was co-founder, Executive Vice President and COO. PVT has pioneered the development of transcatheter heart valves. Prior to PVT, Stan was Corporate Director of Business Development for Datascope Corp.


Panelist: Thom Rasche, Partner, Earlybird Venture Capital

Thom Rasche has been a partner at Earlybird Venture since 2007 where he focuses on the healthcare technology sector. Mr. Rasche joined Earlybird Venture Capital GmbH & Co as a Venture Partner in 2003. Since he joined Earlybird, he has been responsible for the medical device portfolio and for making new investments in this area.


Panelist: Josep Sanfeliu, General Partner, Ysios Capital

Josep Sanfeliu focuses on medtech investments and on structuring transactions. Josep serves on the board of MedLumics, Dermalumics,CVRx , Corwave, Anaconda Biomed, Babyscripts and Xeltis. Josep has over 15 years of experience in law, corporate finance and business development in connection with entrepreneurs and with intellectual property related companies.


Panelist: Daniel Sheehan, Vice President Ventures, Medtronic

Dan Sheehan manages the activities of Medtronic/Covidien Ventures. Dan is passionate about working with the managers of entrepreneurial companies and understands the complexity of commercializing new medical technologies with extensive background within venture capital investing and operating company management roles in the healthcare sector. Prior to Covidien, Dan was a General Partner with Affinity Capital Management, a healthcare-oriented venture capital firm in Minneapolis.


Panelist: Aneta Sottil, Director, Life Sciences, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners



Panelist: Reinhilde Spatscheck, Partner, SHS Capital

Reinhilde Spatscheck, founder of SHS Capital, has spent eight years as management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Inc., most recently as senior engagement.

Panelist: Dr. Rainer Strohmenger, General Partner, Wellington Partners

Dr. Rainer Strohmenger has over 20 investments in start-up companies. Rainer is one of Europe’s most experienced venture capitalists in Life Sciences. His 19 years of investment activity have involved financing of some of the most successful European biotech, medtech, diagnostics and healthcare IT companies.


Panelist: Damien Tappy, President & Managing Partner, Endeavour Vision

Damien Tappy with more than two decades of Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital experience has developed a solid experience in creating, building and exiting businesses in a number of sectors including Information Technologies, Telecom and Medical Technologies. On behalf of Endeavour, Damien currently serves on the Board of CeQur and was previously board member of Symetis (acquired by Boston Scientific), Chairman of Bitplane (acquired by Andor Technology), Chairman of GeneSystems (acquired by Pall Corp) and Director of Cirpack (acquired by Thomson).


Panelist: Chas Taylor, CEO, Veryan Medical

Chas Taylor has over 20 years’ experience in the medical device industry. He has been involved in successful medical device start-up companies since 1996. He co-founded embolic filter and carotid stent specialist MedNova which was acquired by Abbott in 2005. Before this he worked with CR Bard for 12 years in various sales, marketing and general management roles. During this time he was based in the USA for eight years in senior positions including Vice President for Bard Cardiovascular.

Panelist: Zeev Zehavi, Vice President Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Development Corp. (JJDC)

Zeev Zehavi is Vice President of Venture Investments for Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC) and joined in 1999. Mr. Zehavi’s background covers an extensive array of healthcare and related businesses. He spent over 10 years with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd., including a five-year assignment as President of the bulk chemical business in North America.

Panelist: Yu Zhang, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Yu Zhang is a head of unit at the European Investment Bank (EIB) in the Equity New Products and Special Transactions department, with a focus on venture debt financing of life science companies across Europe. Since 2015, EIB has built a portfolio of over EUR 500m with more than 20 venture debt investments in the life science sector.