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  • Goal Setting in 2011 - Plan your life for success by Lisa Sasso, free Networking Event, Tuesday Jan. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggots Pond Road, Andover.

    Whether you are professional in-between positions, reentering the work force, or searching for a new career path, finding your way in the current job market can be difficult. This is an evening jam-packed with information and networking opportunities to help your search become more productive.

    Speaker Lisa Sasso is co-founder and President of Medical Development Partners, LLC (MDP). She also coaches individuals either interested or working in the medical technology sector helping them to reach their maximum potential. She is particularly skilled in Sales, Marketing and Customer Relations. Free and open to the public.

    For more information call (978) 470-1356. www.templeemanuel.net

  • Design Trends: Technological Advances in Implantable Devices, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., January 26, 2011. Offered by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry Online, A virtual conference and tradeshow focused on cutting-edge trends in implantable devices, including orthopedic and cardio applications. Session topics include: Power Management, Innovative Materials, Implant Acceptance, Infection Prevention. Register at: www.mddionline/implantable

  • Cogmedix Announces Class 4 Compliant Laser Facility. Cogmedix, a US-based, FDA compliant contract manufacturer for medical devices, formally announces its registered Class 4 laser facility, compliant with the requirements of American National Standards Institute Z136 Guidelines and 105 CMR 121.000.

  • Judy Isaacson of Vital Now! has been added to the Board of Advisors at Diavibe (www.diavibe.com) a start-up at Brown University with a novel Class I device for pain management. Products will benefit those receiving acute medical treatment, as well as those self-administering injectable medication for chronic conditions. For more information, contact Judy directly at (401) 461-8059.

  • Vital Now! and Minuteman Governance Join to Assist Health Care Vendors with Dramatic HIPAA Expansion. Read More...

  • Joyce Chiu Achieves CPIP Certification
    Powder Bulk Solids She has also organized or served on events at Babson, as well as MDG (Medical Development Group) and WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology). Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional Credential™

  • Mark Dallmeyer of DALLMEIER electronic wrote a review on the 2010 New England – Israeli Business Council's Life Sciences Summit that was held October 18 and 19 at Brandeis University. To read the review, please click here.

  • Sulo Musyaju (www.musyaju.com) will hold a Quickbooks Workshop on Thursday, August 26, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, 14th Floor, Cambridge. Register at http://quickbooks08262010.eventbrite.com. First four MDG members who register receive a discount at the following code : MDG08262010

  • MDG Board Member Ralph Grabowski will deliver an invited presentation for the Boston Product Management Association (BPMA) Thursday, June 17, 6:15 p.m., Oracle facility, 10 Van De Graff Drive, Burlington. He will address how product managers justify their time to management, acquire sufficient resources, and develop a budget for front-end marketing. He will also reveal surprising, counterintuitive data and a unique formula for the significant investment required to hear the Voice of the Customer, for budgeting and staffing front-end marketing, and achieving business success. Details and registration at www.bostonproducts.org

  • May 20, 21: Judy Isaacson will be speaking at the upcoming 2nd Annual MDD Exec Sales & Marketing Excellence 2010 Conference in Minneapolis.
    For information click here.

  • May 1: Judy Isaacson, Executive Consultant at Vital Now!, has just launched a new website.

  • Cogmedix Reprint: Outsourcing Outlook: “Cleanroom Manufacturing and Assembly” in MPMN.

  • Farm Blog: Making the Most of Networking in the Medical Device Industry.

  • MDG and MLSC Announce in-kind Collaboration. 2010 Summer Internship Challenge

  • Barbara Bix, Principal, BB Marketing Plus, wrote about The Secret to Success in a Down Economy: Market Intelligence and was featured in the MarketingProfs on February 23.

  • David Comeau, President, Founder and CEO of Albright Technologies, will speak at the Eastern New England Section, Umass Lowell, ENE & PV SPE Plastics Engineering Series, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5:00 p.m., Ball Hall 214 North Campus, 1 University Ave., Lowell.

  • Barbara Bix, Principal, BB Marketing Plus of Newton, will be presenting "Social Media Marketing" to The Wharton Boston Alumni Club on Wednesday, January 27, 6:00 p.m., Pizzeria Uno, 287 Washington Street, Newton. Marketing Profs recently published Barbara Bix's article entitled "Marketing is So Much More Than Promotion".

  • Steve Porcaro, ACC, has created a new teleclass to provide answers and solutions on transitioning within the medical device industry. Contact him at steve@14allcoaching.com, www.SurgicalSalesCoach.com.

  • December 1, Sherry Alpert, Principal, Sherry Alpert Corporate Communications, LLC, will present "Launching PR for Your Startup" as part of the panel on "Acquiring Customers", Boston Entrepreneurs Network, 7:00 p.m., Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, 1000 Winter Street, Waltham. $20. Register at www.Boston-ENET.org.

  • December 9, Bruce A. Horwitz of TechRoadmap Inc. will present "Intellectual Property Value - Are patents worth the cost?", noon-1:30 p.m., Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center, 151 Martine Street, Fall River, as part of its Fall 2009 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Free. Boxed lunch optional for $10, or bring your own lunch. RSVP to Amit Basnet, 508-910-9815/9867 or abasnet@umassd.edu.

  • Barbara Bix, Principal, BB Marketing Plus of Newton, presented "Using Social Media for the Job Search", to the Tufts Alumni Career Services on November 5 at Tufts University.

  • Sherry Alpert, Principal, Sherry Alpert Corporate Communications, LLC, guest lectured October 19 on “How Businesses Can Use Public Relations" at the "Introduction to Public Relations" course at Kent State University.

  • August 11, 2009, Coghlin Companies’ Cogmedix Achieves Recommendation for Continuation of ISO 13485:2003 Certification

  • August 2009: Brian Shoemaker (ShoeBar Associates) and Nancy Van Schooenderwoert (Lean-Agile Partners) will present "When it just has to work: Agile Development in Safety-Critical Environments" at the Agile 2009 Conference in Chicago, IL.

  • June 2009: Brian Shoemaker (ShoeBar Associates) appeared as a panel member at the Drug Information Association annual meeting, in a session titled "Town Meeting: Validation Experts Respond to Your Questions and Concerns – OQ, IQ, PQ, and Testing Practices" (with Teri Stokes and Richard Chamberlain).

  • May 2009: Martin Sklar, President of Automated Medical Instruments, Inc., presented his firm's innovative, minimally invasive surgical instrument to treat Atrial Fibrillation at the May 21st M2D2 Company Showcase Event.

  • May 2009: Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, founder of Lean-Agile Partners (www.agilebazaar.org) will present "A Jet Engine On Your Pinto: When HyperSpeed Agile Teams Pull A Slow Organization" on Thursday, May 28, 2009. If you've piloted successful agile software teams, you might try to convert the whole company. But it can badly strain the organization - like installing a jet engine in a car. Van Schooenderwoert will examine what support structures are needed at companies for their agile journey. Program 6 p.m., presentation 7:30 p.m., Pizzeria Uno, 287 Washington St., Newton. No charge, but donation toward food cost is welcome. Register on her web site.
  • May 2009: Martin Sklar, President of Automated Medical Instruments, Inc., presented his firm's innovative, minimally invasive surgical instrument to treat Atrial Fibrillation at the May 21st M2D2 Company Showcase Event.

  • May 2009: Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, founder of Lean-Agile Partners (www.agilebazaar.org) will present "A Jet Engine On Your Pinto: When HyperSpeed Agile Teams Pull A Slow Organization" on Thursday, May 28, 2009. If you've piloted successful agile software teams, you might try to convert the whole company. But it can badly strain the organization - like installing a jet engine in a car. Van Schooenderwoert will examine what support structures are needed at companies for their agile journey. Program 6 p.m., presentation 7:30 p.m., Pizzeria Uno, 287 Washington St., Newton. No charge, but donation toward food cost is welcome. Register on her web site.

  • May 2009: Alan Lucas, Co-Founder of CEO MedTech Resources, LLC (www.ceomedtech.com) has launched its pioneering Virtual VP program, providing interim expertise in all aspects of the commercialization of medical devices. The company enables early stage companies to meet their investors' demands for efficient use of their scare capital while still having access to the expertise they need, including market analysis
    and research, product specification, launch planning and execution, and product development. The Virtual VPs have operating experience in interventional cardiology, radiology and neuroradiology, orthopedics, laparoscopy, endoscopy, electrophysiology, ophthalmology,
    and radiation oncology.

  • April 2009: Ed Berger, Principal of Larchmont Strategic Advisors of Chestnut Hill and MDG’s Vice President, is now a regular contributor to The Massachusetts Medical Devices Journal, a newly launched online resource (www.massdevice.com) providing comprehensive day-to-day coverage of the entire New England device industry. Ed’s column "Reimbursement Row" is in the blogs section of the MassDevice site.

  • April 2009: Ed Berger, Principal at Larchmont Strategic Advisors of Chestnut Hill and MDG’s Vice President, has formally launched his new blog, “Life Science Reimbursement and Policy Frontiers” (www.larchmontstrategic.blogspot.com).
    Ed will be writing on issues of interest to life science entrepreneurs, directors, managers, and investors, from major policy innovations coming out of the Obama administration or Congress to specific Medicare reimbursement policy changes and FDA regulatory initiatives. He will focus on
    how the evolving policy environment affects the future prospects for classes of life science technology.

  • April 2009: Martin Sklar, President, Automated Medical Instruments, Inc., will be giving a presentation at RoboBusiness "Improving Healthcare Outcomes & Reducing Costs through Medical Automation", April 16
    and 17, at the Hynes Convention Center.

  • March 25: Barbara Bix, Principal BB Marketing Plus, will lead a workshop "Turning Your Value Proposition from a ‘so what’ to a ‘must have’" at the March 25 meeting of the Society of Professional Consultants.

  • February 2009: MDG Board Member Barbara Bix will be a panelist at the February 3 IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs' Network (Boston-ENET) program entitled "Marketing Equals Money".

  • January 2009: Barbara Bix and Olga Taylor
    co- authored the article, "Customer Success Stories Speed the Sale", which appeared in the January issue of Marketing Professionals.

  • October 2008: Steve Porcaro, founder and owner of 1-4 All Coaching, LLC in Windsor, CT, has been named a facilitator and coach for The Alternative Board®. Porcaro will lead the new Key Executive Board program focused on advice, training and support for key executives and managers. The Alternative Board organizes peer advisory board meetings of owners, CEOs and presidents of privately owned companies.

  • October 2008: Brian Shoemaker (ShoeBar Associates) and Tony Raymond (New Harbor SQA) will present a workshop titled "Requirements of Change Management for Medical Devices Safety" at the 11th Software Design for Medical Devices Conference in San Diego, CA, October 27-29, 2008.

  • October 2008: SBIR/ STTR Workshop: Strategies For Success, October 28, DOT Volpe Center, 55 Broadway, Cambridge. Wondering how to address the funding gap? Federal funding may play a crucial role in starting & growing a small business without diluting ownership. Have you considered applying for a SBIR, STTR or RO1? Learn what constitutes winning grantsmanship. Gain valuable insights into the peer review process. Understand what homework, financial & IP strategies are necessary to compete successfully as a faculty member or small business. Workshop: Dr. Anthony M. Coelho, Retired Review Policy Officer, NIH. Visit: http://wpiventureforum.org/Programs/sbir.html. Organized by Irene Walczak, consultant in Business Development & Technology Commercialization.

  • October 2008: MDG will be exhibiting again at the upcoming Medical Product Outsourcing Symposium East 2008, Nov. 12 and 13, Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham. Join your peers at this symposium with an MDG member discount. MDG is a silver sponsor of the event. A special rate of $395 is available exclusively to MDG members and affiliates. Contact Howard Revitch at howard@rodpub.com or call 201-825-2552 x 343. Full details online at www.mposymposium.com.

  • September 2008: Olivier Giuliani has been appointed Purchasing Manager at Medica Corp in Bedford.

  • Attention, MDG Members. Bio-IT World is offering speaking opportunities at its 7th Annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, April 27-29, 2009 at the World Trade Center in Boston. Topics of interest include best practice case studies and joint partner presentations relevant to the technologies, research, and regulatory issues of life science, pharmaceutical, clinical and IT professionals. For more information, visit: www.bio-itworldexpo.com.

  • September 2008: Martin Sklar , co-founder and CTO of Medical Development Partners, LLC in Reading, served as both moderator and panelist on ‘Robotics in Healthcare’ at MEDi2008, a conference held in Hartford, CT, on September 9th and 10th and hosted by Beacon, an MDG alliance partner. Sklar has been asked to host a similar panel for MEDi2009.

  • September 2008: MDG Vice President Edward E. Berger, Ph.D., of Larchmont Security Advisors in Chestnut Hill, is serving as a member of the National Program Committee for the BIO Intenational Convention to be held in Atlanta, GA in May 2009. He will be reviewing and helping to select presentations in the area of clinical trials / clinical research.

  • September 2008: MDG Vice President Edward E. Berger, PhD., of Larchmont Strategic Advisors in Chestnut Hill, was an invited participant at a September 10 Expert Panel on The Future of Adult Cardiovascular Services sponsored by The Health Technology Center (HealthTech), based in San Francisco, CA. Health Tech is a non-profit research and education organization that develops objective technology forecasts, innovative decision-making tools and facilitates a learning network of experts and health system leaders for the exclusive benefit of its more than 40 partner organizations: healthcare systems, hospitals, safety-net providers and government agencies.

  • August 2008: Regina Au has launched BioMarketing Insight, which creates markets and marketing strategies in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry, with a focus on market development and product development. BioMarketing Insight ensures clients of a thorough market analysis and assessment of the competitive landscape prior to a product launch.

  • MedDev Group has adjusted its dues and meeting fees. See our Membership page for details.

  • July 2008: Barbara Bix (BBMarketingplus) has been invited to speak to Wharton Alumni on “Spend less time developing new business and more time generating revenue.”

  • The November 2007 issue of Journal of Validation Technology features an article by Brian Shoemaker entitled “Lessons Learned in a Non-Regulated Software Validation Project” (click title for link to article).

  • Corum Medical (whose key players are Alan Kivnik and Olga Cherniavsky) has been selected as one of the three finalists in the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Venture Forum Business Plan Competition, from a group of more than 20 entrants.

  • A Pain Management device which Marty Sklar helped develop for Biowave was recently featured on CBS News (click title to open news article). As a consultant for Biowave, Marty designed and worked with an excellent vendor to fabricate the metal electrode microarray (the metallic circular disc on the electrode pad).

  • Nov. 30, 2007: MDG Vice President Edward E. Berger, Ph.D. presented a Center for Business Intelligence Webinar: Medicare Reimbursement for New Technologies: Standards and Strategies for Securing Add-on Payments (click title for details)

  • October 2007:Brian Shoemaker recently presented at QA&Test 2007, the 6th International Conference on Software QA and Testing on Embedded Systems (http://www.qatest.org/en/), in Bilbao, Spain. The talk, "Test-first Practices for Safety-Critical Development: An Agile Approach", derives from talks Brian has co-presented with Ron Morsicato at Agile Software Development conferences in November 2006 and August 2007.

  • October 2007: MDG Vice President Edward E. Berger, Ph.D. presented a Center for Business Intelligence Webinar: “Reimbursement Strategy for Companion Diagnostics: Emerging Models and Unresolved Issues” (click title for link to announcement).

  • October 2007: MDG Vice President Ed Berger was a panelist discussing clinical trial coverage and reimbursement under Medicare’s revised Clinical Research Policy at “Emerging Issues in Clinical Research,” a day-long program in Washington, D.C. co-sponsored by The American Health Lawyers Association and AdvaMed. (click title for link to program)

  • August 2007: The July/August issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare includes Howard Perlstein's article entitled "Executive Primer: Solving User Adoption" (click title for link to reprint)

  • August 2007: The July/August issue of MX Magazine: Business Strategies for Medical Technology Executives features an article by Mike Gram entitled "The Road to Electronic Medical Device Reporting" (click title for link to article)

  • August 13, 2007: Richard Halpern (http://halperninfoservices.com) authored an article in the peer-reviewed Medical Device & Diagnostics Industry entitled "The Essentials of Research in Successful Product Development" (click title for link to article).

  • Partners HealthCare has established a fund to provide seed money for healthcare technology startups, including medical devices. Discussion of the fund, including its targets and potential ethical issues, is featured in a Boston Globe article titled “Hospitals create fund to boost inventions; Ties to business draw criticism” (click title for link to article).

  • Marty Sklar and others are requesting a meeting with Governor Patrick to address small business concerns with the life sciences legislation, and are inviting small business owners to sign the letter to Governor Patrick requesting a meeting. (click link to article)

  • Allan Weeks' article “Testing tips when hospitals try out new software” appeared in the June 15, 2007 issue of Mass High Tech. Allan discusses legal and contractual issues that hospitals and IT or software companies enter into beta or evaluation testing arrangements.
    (click title for link to article)

  • Medical devices form one of the fastest-growing segments of the Massachusetts export economy, according to a study commissioned by MassMEDIC (the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council). The study, as reported in Boston Business Journal, finds medical devices comprised 10.5 percent of the Bay State's total exports in 2006 and brought in approximately $2.5 billion. (click title for link to article)

  • The Bagazo Energy team (whose mentor is John Carlton-Foss) won the Development Track of the 100K competition at MIT. The SaafWater team (for which John is advisor) was one of two runners up.

  • April 11, 2007: Howard Perlstein (http://www.howmanagement.com) appeared on the Coach DQ radio show, WNRI 1380 AM, to speak on the common pitfalls encountered by business owners and senior executives when dealing with rapid growth and transformational change. He also provided helpful tips on what to do in a complicated change situation.

  • March 21, 2007: David Kaufman, Jerry Shapiro, Ralph Grabowski, and the Hemetrics Development team (which also includes Major Luis Alvarez, Joshua Lake, and Irina Shklyar) were selected as semifinalists in the 2007 MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Contest. About 142 teams from MIT competed in the Venture Track for one of 22 positions as a semifinalist, and the opportunity to submit a full business plan by April 25 for a chance to become one of 7 finalists and three winners at the awards ceremony on May 16th.

  • John Carlton-Foss and the Bagazo Energy team were selected as semifinalists in the Development track of the 2007 MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Contest. As semifinalists, Bagazo will have the opportunity to submit a full business plan by April 25 for a chance at being selected one of the winners on May 16th. The Bagazo Energy team was featured in a Boston Business Journal on May 12, 2006 (click here to view). Further information about their project is available here.

  • Joe Kalinowski, founding Principal of Trilogy Associates, authored an invited article in the February 9-15 issue of Mass High Tech, entitled "Internal Due Diligence: Key to Product Success"

  • Jan. 14, 2007: MDG member Ralph Grabowski was featured in a Boston Globe business section article entitled “Why Good Products Fail: Skimping on market research can prove a fatal flaw”

  • Dec. 12, 2006: MDG members Jerry Shapiro, David Kaufman and Ralph Grabowski won the MIT $1K business plan contest award in their category for their team, Hemetrics Development.

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