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Starting up a medical device company is an exciting career choice. It can offer tremendous personal growth, pride in contributing valuable innovations to society, and financial reward. But the risk of failure is high. Come to learn about beating the odds. This forum will explore the challenges faced by medical device startup companies.

When: Wed April 4, 2018
5:30-8:30 PM
Where: Regis College, Fine Arts Center
235 Wellesley St
Weston, Massachusetts  02493
United States
Contact: Bill Munger

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April 4 MDG Forum

Successful Strategies 
Medical Device Startups   
Starting up a medical device company is an exciting career choice. It can offer tremendous personal growth, pride in contributing valuable innovations to society, and financial reward.

But the risk of failure is high. Come to learn about beating the odds.

Program Description:
This forum will explore the challenges faced by medical device startup companies. An interactive panel discussion will include:
  • Translating technology into the private sector through licensing
  • Reviewing the importance of establishing a solid intellectual property strategy
  • Discussing winning funding approaches
  • Highlight a successful case study
Many startup companies originate from technologies developed in universities and licensed through their technology licensing offices.


You Should Attend If You Are: 
  • Considering working for a startup company
  • Working for a startup company in need of funding
  • Moving a technology from academia to the private sector
  • Creating high-value Intellectual Property for a startup
April 4, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Regis College Fine Arts Center
Weston, MA

   Member/Alliance Partner - $30 
   Non-member - $45 
   Student Member - $10
   Student Non-Member - $15

   Event Sponsorship - $500
   (contact Hank Allard for details 

Event Sponsors



Our Distinguished Panel


Ben Rockney, PhD
Technology Licensing Officer at MIT
Alexander Adam, JD, PhD 
Associate at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds 
Richard Anders, JD 
Founder and Executive Director Mass Medical Angels
Andrew McGillicuddy 
CEO of Endocellutions
Ibraheem Badejo, PhD
Senior Director - New Ventures (Med Devices) 
Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center, Boston 

Panel Bios
Ben Rockney, PhD
Technology Licensing Officer at MIT

For the last three years, Ben has been MIT's Licensing Officer for Medical Devices, leading patenting and licensing of a portfolio of medical and life science innovations spanning 750 cases, 70 active licenses, and hundreds of principal
investigators and inventors.

Prior to that, he was VP of Product Development at SRU Biosystems and then X-BODY Biosciences. Though he has a PhD in physics and worked for years leading engineering teams in medical, industrial, and consumer imaging, he transitioned into the life sciences 15 years ago and has never looked back.

Alexander Adam, JD, PhD
Associate at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Alexander is an IP attorney who advises clients on U.S. and international patent strategy. He specializing in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of medical devices, biotechnology and life sciences, computer systems, electronics, imaging software, control systems, mechanical devices, robotics, mobile telecommunications, and clean energy.

Alex's work on patent applications includes wearable sensors, laboratory devices for the pharmaceutical industry, 3-D modeling for surgical planning, computer-controlled prosthetic devices, needle-free injection devices, and drug infusion pumps. He also has experience in trademark oppositions, patent litigation, due diligence, and providing invalidity and non-infringement opinions.

Richard Anders, JD
Founder and Executive Director Mass Medical Angels

Richard is an investor/entrepreneur. He founded Jurisoft (acquired by Lexis/Nexis), published Boston Digital Industry. He is currently managing director of Rubin/Anders Scientific, which places scientists as consultants. Richard founded two angel groups: Launchpad, and MA Medical Angels, one of the country's leading medical angel groups, which he runs.

He created the nationally renowned Science on Screen at the Coolidge Corner Cinema, serves on the boards of Pykus Therapeutics, the Museum of Science and the Forsyth Institute, is a member of the UVM Spark grant Committee, an overseer at the Brigham hospital and Gardner Museum and teaches at MIT.

Andrew McGillicuddy
CEO of Endocellutions

Andrew McGillicuddy has extensive experience in the medical device and stem cell fields. He has over 25 years of experience in finance, including large companies such as Primark, and smaller companies such as The Yankee Group, Primark Decision Economics, and Harvest Technologies. He has been involved in over $1 billion worth of M&A activity. Andrew is also a member of the Board of Directors. He earned his BA in Economics from Bates College, and is a CPA and CFA.

Ibraheem Badejo, PhD - Moderator
Senior Director - New Ventures (Med Devices)
Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center, Boston

Ib leverages his expertise in smart materials and biomaterials to support the medical device sector of Johnson & Johnson. From 2010 to 2013, Ibraheem was a Research Fellow at Global Surgery Group of Johnson & Johnson, where he was responsible for external and front-end innovations and intellectual property for Ethicon Biosurgery. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Director of Applied Research & New Technology Assessment of novel biomaterials. Prior to that, he was the Chief Scientist of Closure Medical Corp (acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2005).

5:30 - 6:15PM Arrival, Networking & Dinner
6:15 - 6:30PM Announcements and Introductions
6:30 - 8:00PM Speakers and Q&A
8:00 - 8:30PM More networking
Program Co-Chairs
Geoffrey Moodie, PhD
Principal Scientist 
Acute Care Therapies, Getinge Group 
Alexander Adam, JD, PhD
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds 
Fees - (Light dinner included)
Fee Category Early Registration
(By March 28)
Week Prior
(March 28 - April 4)

At the Door
(April 4
Member/Alliance Partner: $30 $35 $45
Non-Member: $45 $55 $65
Student Member $10 $12 $15  
Student Non-member w/ a valid ID $15 $18 $20
Event Sponsor - $500 -  (contact Hank Allard for details -

Location (Free Parking)
Regis College, Fine Arts Center
235 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493


About MDG
The Medical Development Group (MDG) is a community of individuals professionally committed to the Medical Device and other Medical Technology Industry segments united by the belief that innovation and advances in technology lead to substantial improvements in health care. MDG pursues this mission through the organization of educational programs and forums: the facilitation of cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration; the creation of venues for networking and information sharing for current and aspiring professionals, clinicians, and entrepreneurs; and the development of alliances with complementary organizations.

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