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2013 Conference Agenda
as of November 14, 2013


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pre-Conference Day: International Business in Life Sciences
Hyatt Regency Hotel – Minneapolis


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Dual Track Seminars on International Business

Track #1 – “Hot Topics & Trends in the U.S. Life Science Market”

Track #2 – “Global Life Science Opportunities Outside the U.S.”

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. World Café Networking Event – Buffet Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Unstructured Partnering Time

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. “Voices of Influence” Leadership Panel

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. International Happy Hour 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2013 Agenda

IP Theater

Please check back for more information about the 2013 IP Theater. 


Plenary Sessions

Morning Keynote: “Controlling Costs in the New Healthcare Environment – Effectively Managing the Global Supply Chain”


Randy Berger, Managing Director, Worldwide Services, FedEx Healthcare Solutions
Aaron Jorgensen, Senior Director, Medtronic Global Supply Chain Logistics, Transportation, Trade, & License Compliance
Brian T. Melchiori, MBA, Director, Lean Six Sigma & Supply Chain, 3M Health Care
Karen Wolfe, System Analyst SCM ERP, Mayo Clinic

Top leaders in the life science and healthcare world – 3M, FedEx Life Science, and Medtronic – deeply understand the business value of logistics and supply chain management. As comprehensive healthcare reform imposes new rules and government regulations, options for businesses to manage costs the old way are increasingly limited.  Global supply chain management presents a unique opportunity for companies to internalize solutions.  This session provides a glimpse into how globally leading experts address cost control and enhance customer satisfaction.  Their insightful approaches can be applied to any size organization that aims to improve performance and compete globally.

Luncheon Keynote: “The 3D Printing Revolution Applied to Human Health”


Jon Cobb, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Stratasys

From customized medical devices and printed personalized organs to efficient manufacturing of components and systems, see how 3D printing – considered one of the top disruptive, exponential technologies of our time – is beginning to radically change the medical landscape.


Afternoon Keynote: “The Olin College Experiment – Re-Designing Engineering Education for Our Next Generation of Innovators”


Richard K. Miller, PhD, MSc, President & Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

The engineering challenges of the 21st century will require leaders capable of addressing the large and complex Grand Challenges of our time: Global Security, Health, Sustainability and Enhancing the Quality of Life. In addition to solid preparation in traditional STEM subjects, these leaders will need a deeper understanding of non-technical issues surrounding technological invention to achieve the desired systems outcomes and avoid unintended consequences. This requires preparing students early on for integrative systems thinking across academic disciplines, political boundaries, and time zones.


Click here to watch videos of the 2012 Keynote Sessions.


Breakout Session Descriptions

The 2013 Conference will feature three (3) Breakout Session Tracks: Policy/Regulatory, Innovation, and Business/Finance.


Learn more about the Breakout Session speakers here.


Policy/Regulatory Track

 Sponsored by:

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Breakout Session 1: “Going Beyond Regulatory Approval and Getting Back to the Science”

The newly formed Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) is a public-private partnership between the medical device industry and the U.S. FDA, aimed at supporting a rigorous, patient-centered and predictable regulatory framework for the medtech innovation pipeline.  This session will introduce you to some of the key players at the helm of the MDIC and guide you on how this critical partnership will transform your work – from the R&D process to regulatory approval to end-user interface. 

Speakers: Susan Alpert – William A. Hawkins, Immucor, Inc. – Michelle McMurry-Heath, FDA/CDRH - Bill Murray, Medical Device Innovation Consortium (Moderator) - Randall Schiestl, Boston Scientific Corporation
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Breakout Session 4: “Comparing Cost, Time, and Complexity – Regulatory and Reimbursement Global Case Studies”

As regulatory and reimbursement regimes in the U.S. and abroad continue to shift, leaning on the experience of others can help you make more informed decisions about new target markets.  This session will feature case studies presented by leaders of medical device, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies that have explored various global markets, providing you with actual examples of obstacles they have encountered and opportunities they have discovered.

Speakers: Trevor Gunn, Medtronic, Inc. (Moderator) – Mark Speers, Health Advances, LLC – Lisa Wipperman Heine, Covidien Vascular Therapies
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Innovation Track

Sponsored by:

 Basic CMYK


Breakout Session 2: “Engineering Around the Data”

This session takes Big Data to the next level and explores how companies developing medical devices, health IT apps, and therapeutic medicines can better understand and treat patients at the individualized level.  This region is at the crossroads of some of the nation’s top healthcare providers and payors, as well as medtech product companies, making it a fertile home to innovation in the data integration space. Learn how companies are making smarter solutions to drive adoption of advanced technologies. 

Speakers: Dave Anderson, Optum Labs - Darrell Johnson, Medtronic, Inc. - Richard Tanler, Mill City Innovation & Collaboration Center - Kai Worrell, Worrell Design Inc. (Moderator)
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Breakout Session 5: “How to Pitch Your Great Idea”

This topic is universal to engineers and inventors, and applies not just to start-up firms, but to “intra-preneurs” working in large technology companies as well.  A panel of advisors will offer their best advice to help you analyze your ideas, more clearly articulate your best ones, and develop a strong value proposition for others.  All this will help you most effectively attract resources and gain support in moving it through the innovation pipeline. 

Speakers: Ralph Cardinal, Boston Scientific Corporation, CRM - Christophe Echeverri, Cenix BioScience USA, Inc. - Tom Hektner, Entrepreneur - Craig D. Markovitz, University of Minnesota (Moderator)
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Business/Finance Track 

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Breakout Session 3: “Alternative Funding Options in a Challenging Market – Keeping Your Eye on the Ball”

In an ever-tightening economy, there is still money available to support life-improving ideas and great companies in the healthcare arena.  However, the funding models are rapidly shifting.  This session will focus on new ways to attract meaningful capital for your medical device, biotech, pharmaceutical, or health IT company.  It will highlight sources of non-dilutive government grants and shed a light on the new face of venture capital funding – sometimes coming from unlikely places.

Speakers: Doug Freitag, Bayside Materials Technology - Brian Lawrence, Seryx Biomedical, Inc. - Barb Rummel, Lindquist & Vennum LLP (Moderator)- Conrad Wang, Medtronic, Inc.
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Breakout Session 6: “Where in the World – Creating a Virtual Global Company”

One way to highlight international hotspots is to use mock case studies that answer the question “Where would you go first in the world to…find the most promising new technologies, find the best talent, manufacture product, conduct the most cost effective yet rigorous clinical trials, access the highest potential markets.”  Examples will be in the areas of medical devices, diagnostics, research tools and reagents, and pharmaceuticals.  Whether you agree with the panelists or not, this interactive session will be highly thought-provoking and informative.


Speakers: Martin Emerson, Galil Medical - Vincent Miles, Abingworth – Frank Mortari, Techne/R&D Systems - Barbara Nelsen, Nelsen Biomedical, Inc. (Moderator)
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