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Iowa Connect: Medical Technology Symposium 2017

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Iowa City, IA

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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?",and "How do I find funding?"

UI Ventures presents 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:

12:00 Welcome

12:30-1:10 Luncheon

Panel discussion: Strategies that work for high tech startups in low profile geographies

1:15-1:40 Special topics 1, Round table discussions:

Developing a strategy for protecting intellectual property

Navigating the regulatory process

How do I find public funding?

What are medtech investors looking for?

Commercialization strategies for medtech companies

Preparing for an exit from Day 1

1:45-2:10 Special Topics 2, Round table discussions


2:15-2:30 Networking Break

2:30-3:15 Keynote: Adapting to the every-changing medtech landscape

Mike Mahoney, Chairman, & CEO Boston Scientific

3:20-4:20 Pitch competition

4:20-5:00 Networking Reception, announcement of pitch competition winner, closing remarks



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