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Iowa Connect: Medical Technology Symposium

Faculty innovators and the medical technology community often have common challenges and questions: 

  • I want to learn from someone who has done it already.
  • I've heard it's difficult for startups to be successful if they're not on the coast.
  • Where can I find a business mentor/clinician/engineer?  
  • How do I find funding?

The University of Iowa Ventures team will present a half-day event focusing on the challenges of developing university research-based medical products by providing education, and networking opportunities.

The event will kick off with a panel discussion featuring business leaders and investors in the medtech space. Round table discussions will follow to cover fundamental areas as participants build the foundation of knowledge necessary to move their companies from the research lab into the commercialization phase of their discovery.

The second half of the afternoon will feature a keynote talk by Boston Scientific CEO Mike Mahoney discussing the ever-changing landscape of medtech. The event will conclude with a pitch competition featuring regional startups competing for a cash prize and a networking social mixer. 

Tentative agenda:

12:30 p.m. Welcome, Networking, Luncheon

1:00–1:45 p.m. Panel discussion: Identifying unmet clinical needs and developing marketable solutions

1:55–2:25 p.m. Special topics 1, Round table discussions:

  • Compensating early employees and advisors
  • NDAs and confidentiality-- How to protect your company while networking
  • Developing a strategy for protecting intellectual property
  • Navigating the regulatory process
  • How do I find public funding?
  • What are medtech investors looking for?
  • Current Trends: Medical devices with lower FDA classification

2–3 p.m. Special Topics 2, roundtable discussions:

  • Dilution and Deals—structuring a startup to protect founders without hampering investment
  • How do I find public funding?
  • What are medtech investors looking for?
  • Current Trends: Wearable medical devices
  • Preparing for an exit from Day 1
  • Developing a strategy for protecting intellectual property
  • Navigating the regulatory process
  • Commercialization strategies for medtech companies

3–3:20 p.m. Networking Break

3:30–4:15 p.m. Keynote: Adapting to the ever-changing medtech landscape

Mike Mahoney, Chairman, & CEO Boston Scientific

4:20–5:20 p.m. Pitch competition

5:30–6 p.m. Networking Reception, announcement of pitch competition winner, closing remarks

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact UI Ventures in advance at economicdevelopment@uiowa.edu.

Tuesday, July 18 at 12:30pm to 6:00am

Hotel Vetro 201 S Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Event Type

Conference/Workshop

Audience

Alumni/Friends, Faculty/Staff, Graduate Students

Departments

Research & Economic Development, College of Medicine, UI Research Park

General Interest

Economic and Community Development

Cost

Free

Contact Name

UI Ventures

Contact Email

economicdevelopment@uiowa.edu

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