Day 1

Wednesday, May 8, 2019  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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6:30 - 7:00PM

Registration & Welcome Reception

Register and enjoy a welcome reception to meet fellow members of the medtech community in a relaxed environment.

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7:00 - 9:00PM

Welcome Dinner & Fireside Chat with Bill Hawkins

From his days at Guidant through his stint as CEO of Medtronic, Bill Hawkins has proven himself to be one of the most important medical device executives of the past 30 years. His leadership at large multi-nationals and promising start-ups alike have distinguished his career. Today, Bill is again playing a leadership role, helping to nurture the medical device community in RTP. In this one-on-one fireside chat, Bill will reflect on his career, the insights gained, the lessons learned, and how medtech companies today can succeed in a complex world.

Day 2

Thursday, May 9, 2019  7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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8:00 - 9:05

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Register and enjoy a continental breakfast before a full day of networking and panel discussions with fellow members of the medtech community. Directly following breakfast, The McGeever Family Office and MedTech Strategist would like to welcome you to the inaugural MedTech Forum.

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9:05 - 10:05

Commercialization Strategy in the Modern Era

There is increased pressure upon corporate leaders to accelerate speed to market with new and innovative products while simultaneously satisfying the need to optimize product portfolios. Technological advances continue to drive the healthcare landscape, creating new opportunities for success. Today’s discussion focuses on commercialization in the modern era of healthcare and the new business models and competitive dynamics required for companies to stay relevant.

  • Randy Barko, CEO & President, Ximedica

  • Jamie Condie, President Business Development US & Canada, Becton Dickinson

  • Peter Hoehn, Co Diagnostics Commercial Strategy Group, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

  • Brian Wagner, Chief Digital Marketing & Operations Officer, GE Healthcare

  • Moderator: Pat Morris, Vice President, Business Development, SalesForce4Hire


10:05 - 11:05

Financing Best Practices: A Series of Successes and Failures

The best approach for raising capital continues to be a debated topic. Determining the right amount of capital to raise, who to target, aligning on valuation and picking the right investors is a challenge for MedTech companies today. This conversation will provide an expert perspective by investors and individuals who have successfully raised capital.

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11:05 - 11:35

Networking Break

Join your fellow attendees and meet members from all sectors of the global medical device community.

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11:35 - 12:20

Defining the Role of Family Offices in Healthcare

Virtual family offices, single family offices, and multi-family offices are consistently at the forefront of the investment community yet often keep a low profile. These groups are actively investing in healthcare for both financial and philanthropic reasons. This discussion will highlight the unique approach of a family office and what makes an investment interesting to this group of investors.


12:20 - 1:45


Join us for a sit-down lunch and meet your fellow medical device community members.


1:45 - 2:45

Choosing the Right Investment Partner: Where to Find Funding Sources

Angels, Venture Capital, Family Offices, Strategics and Grants - there are so many ways to get funded. Engaging with these funding sources and understanding their strengths and weaknesses will allow you to become a candidate for investment. Today's conversation will discuss the various approaches to investing and the panelist’s unique experiences.

  • Michael Cain, Wilmington Investor Network

  • Matt Dunbar, Co-founder & Managing Partner, VentureSouth

  • Randy Myer, Managing Director, Carolina Angel Network

  • Alexander Roe, Director of New Business Development, Intuitive Surgical

  • Sam Tetlow, Founder & CEO, Grant Engine; Board Member, RTP Capital

  • Moderator: Merrill Mason, Partner, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell, & Jernigan

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2:45 - 3:15

Networking Break

Join your fellow attendees and meet members from all sectors of the global medical device community.

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3:15 - 4:15

Cause & Effect: Analyzing Healthcare Trends and Their Impact on Our Community

Nearly halfway into 2019, the healthcare industry is seeing the impact of political, economic and social changes set in place at the beginning of the year. As we have seen some of the biggest mergers in healthcare over the past decade, there has also been been a heightened interest in strategic partnerships. This discussion will analyze these trends and how they are shaping the healthcare community.

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4:15 - 5:00

An Academic Springboard: Leveraging Strategic Partnerships to Accelerate Growth

Academic institutions have become the incubators of technological innovations and discovery. A strong academic ecosystem creates avenues for entrepreneurs to grow ideas into a commercial reality, including a focus on the intellectual property process and tech transfer. This discussion focuses on the importance of research taking place at major universities in the Triangle region, and how they provide a support system for both budding entrepreneurs and established corporations.

  • Ibraheem Badejo, Sr. Director, New Ventures (Med Devices), Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center

  • Leah Burton, Partnership Developer, North Carolina State University

  • Bryan McGann, Sr. Lecturing Fellow and Director Startup Ventures, Duke University

  • Joyce Tan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Moderator: Bryant Moore, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of Technology Commercialization, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


5:00 - 6:30

Closing Reception

Join us for a relaxing closing reception and enjoy complimentary beverages, appetizers, and ample networking opportunities.