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Wearables are now being used to monitor human biometrics including motion, heart and respiratory health, brainwaves, and a myriad of other parts of our bodies. Our panel will discuss wearable medical product development from feasibility to cloud data management.

3/1/2017
When: Wed Mar 1, 2017
5:30-8:30 PM
Where: Regis College, Fine Arts Center
235 Wellesley St
Weston, Massachusetts  02493
United States
Contact: Bill Munger
617-620-4161


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March 1 MDG Forum
             

Wearables for Patient Driven Healthcare
   
     
Wearables are now being used to monitor human biometrics including motion, heart and respiratory health, brainwaves, and a myriad of other parts of our bodies.

Our panel will discuss wearable medical product development from feasibility to cloud data management.


 
Early registration fees
 
 
Member-$30, Non-member-$40, Student-$15

Wednesday March 1, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Regis College Fine Arts Center
Weston, MA

 

Event Sponsors    

 

               
Who Should Attend
 
•  Medical development entrepreneurs

•  Organizations looking to serve the needs of entrepreneurs

•  Engineers and data scientists

•  Medical technology and product management professionals

•  C-level management from established companies to startups


 

Our Distinguished Panel




Joshua Drew
Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft for Startups  


Roozbeh Ghaffari, Ph.D. 
CTO and Founder, MC10 

Geoff Gill, M.S.
President, Shimmer Sensing USA 

Eric Hensen, M.D.
President and Founder, Hear Gear Inc. 

Moderator




Jeffrey Karg

CEO/President at Boston Innovation Inc

 




Program Description
Wearable personal medical devices are increasingly introduced into the market.

Many devices provide instant user feedback and send data to the cloud to uncover trends. They often employ analytics to interpret and present data to the user in a way that is meaningful and improves outcomes.

Doctors use data to check on their patients. Parents monitor their child's health with local "mHealth" products such as wireless body temperature sensors.

The possibilities are endless. However, to create a successful, FDA approvable, reliable product for the masses is a difficult path with many obstacles.

Geoff Gill, Shimmer Sensing, will introduce some of the wearable application research topics that have become more focused on understanding the links between physical parameters and specific disease states.
We will explore the beginning, middle and end of the product development process, from research and technical feasibility to development and cloud data management.

Dr. Eric Hensen, FreeWayz, will focus on developing a consumer healthcare product which is challenging on many fronts - from design and engineering to determining user preference and project funding.

Roozbeh Ghaffari, MC-10, will discuss their approach to novel mechanics and designs for emerging classes of biosensors and microelectronics, which mechanically match the curvilinear shape and softness of soft  connective  tissues.

Joshua Drew, Microsoft, will discuss living in a mobile-first, cloud-first world that is more than devices and apps.  And that it is the power of technology that moves further out of sight.

Lastly, Keith Kowal, will present a brief overview of wearable technology from CES 2017.

Panel Bios
Moderator
Jeffrey Karg
Jeff is a career product development professional with demonstrated success in technology creation and product introduction.  Prior to Boston Innovation, Jeff started nAscent Biosciences, resulting in its sale to ThermoFisher Scientific.  As CEO of nAscent, Jeff developed the core technology, negotiated pharma corporate funding and led the sales effort.  He is a prolific inventor accumulating 23 patents in areas including mechanics, fluidics and electro-mechanics.  More recently, he has focused on developing, implementing and managing processes for technical innovation, formal product development and quality management systems. 
 
Speakers    
Joshua Drew, Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft for Startups
Josh is responsible for the growth of Microsoft Services within the startup ecosystem in Greater Boston. His expertise in managing teams of developers and architecting client engagements helps startups understand and solve their back end cloud needs. Through Microsoft, he can provide programs to offset the cost of tools and services for the startups. Working in the digital agency field for over 15 years, Joshua’s technical background in application and cloud development helps startups build and scale their products. As an evangelist, Joshua finds these startups and promotes them in 3 key areas, services & software, support and storytelling.

Dr. Roozbeh Ghaffari, CTO and Founder, MC10
Dr. Ghaffari is co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at MC10 Inc where he leads advanced research, developing soft bioelectronics systems for medical applications. He also served as a founding editor of the MIT Entrepreneurship Review and is a Research Scientist in the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics. Dr. Ghaffari has published over 50 academic papers and is inventor on over 60 patent applications and awards. He received his B.S. (2001) and M.Eng. (2003) degrees from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the MIT and obtained his Ph.D. (2008) from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in biomedical engineering with a focus in auditory neuroscience.

Geoff Gill, MS, President, Shimmer Sensing USA
Geoff joined Shimmer in March 2016 as the President of Shimmer Americas. He leads the U.S. commercial operations and the global product and business strategy for the consumer neuroscience and medical markets.  Prior to Shimmer, Geoff has taken a wide variety of roles in both startup and established technology companies.  Most recently he was the CFO/SVP of operations at Innerscope Research, Inc., a leading consumer neuroscience company. Other experience includes work as the VP of R&D for Bayer Diagnostics Critical Care division and the Global Market Manager at Weidmann Electrical Technology. Geoff has a AB in Applied Math and Physics from Harvard University and an MS in Management of Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Dr. Eric Hensen, President and Founder, Hear Gear Inc.
Dr. Hensen is board certified in Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Orofacial Plastic Surgery. He brings a physician’s unique perspective in hearable products/technology. He developed FreeWavz Smart Earphones with fitness monitoring. His device streams music, has a patented ergonomic design allowing a comfortable and secure fit during exercise; and monitors health biometrics such as heart rate and oxygen levels.  His company has raised private funds and was successful in a KickStarter campaign that raised over $325K. FreeWavz has won numerous awards from CES, SXSW, NASA and Red Herring.  FreeWavz is heading to production as the final technical hurdles are overcome. Eric will share the successes and obstacles of his journey in the hearables industry.

Agenda
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


Keith Kowal, Control Systems EE Manager, Applied Materials
Keith has been a VP Engineering at 2 start-up companies including AT/Comm, a predecessor to “E-ZPass” and also a VP Engineering at Ergo Computing, the maker of the “Brick” computer and polycom. Keith has worked at several medical companies, including Philips and has many patents. Keith has published technical articles in several magazines and has been a presenter at many technical conferences. Keith owns electronic design consulting service and has also taught at MIT as an electronic technical instructor. Currently, Keith is an Electronics technology expert and manager for Applied Materials, in Gloucester.
Jeffrey Karg, CEO/President at Boston Innovation Inc

Jeff is a career product development professional with demonstrated success in technology creation and product introduction.  Prior to Boston Innovation, Jeff started nAscent Biosciences, resulting in its sale to ThermoFisher Scientific.  As CEO of nAscent, Jeff developed the core technology, negotiated pharma corporate funding and led the sales effort.  He is a prolific inventor accumulating 23 patents in areas including mechanics, fluidics and electro-mechanics.  More recently, he has focused on developing, implementing and managing processes for technical innovation, formal product development and quality management systems. 



Fees 
(Light dinner included)
Registration Fee: Early Reg.
(By Feb 22)  
Wee6k Prior
(Feb 22 - Mar 1)  
At the Door
(Mar 1)
 
Members: $30 $35 $40
NonMembers: $40 $47  $55
Students with a Valid ID
$15  $15  $15 
  
Location (Free Parking)

Regis College, Fine Arts Center
235 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493
 
  
              
  
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