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Money and Medical Devices: Taking the First Steps Towards Funding Your Medical Startup

May 25, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT



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Finding your first investment funding requires building connections to the innovation ecosystem and learning how to talk about your idea as a company. Turning an idea into a product isn’t easy in any industry, but in the medical device industry innovators face challenges barely imaginable to innovators in other sectors.
How does anybody make it work? Join this MDG program to learn how to take your first steps on the way to turning your medical device idea into a product. 
This MDG program will:
  • Introduce you to some of the experts shepherding innovators into the innovation ecosystem
  • Teach you best practices for approaching and becoming involved in the innovation ecosystem
  • Provide an introduction to technology incubators, university-based innovation centers, corporate partner innovation/development centers, and angel investors
  • Help you to begin building your support network for seeking investments for your idea
  • Help you determine the first step for turning your idea into a plan and then a product
  • Prepare medical device innovators to identify the steps to grow an idea into a real plan and product that interests investors. 
    Mary Ann Picard, MS

    Mary Ann Picard, MS

    Director of Operations at M2D2 @ UMass - An Incubator for Med Device & Biotech start-up cos.

    Ms. Picard has ~20 years of business development experience establishing and maintaining long-term corporate relationships, including project management and funding. At M2D2, a joint project between UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School to advance the entrepreneurial business ecosystem in Massachusetts, she fosters interactions among entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, students, industry, investors, state agencies, and others.

    Shayan Bhattacharyya, MBA

    Shayan Bhattacharyya, MBA

    Venture Partner, Strategic Advisor, Healthcare Executive

    Mr. Bhattacharyy has deep operational expertise across the healthcare ecosystem and currently serves as a Venture Partner at Zoic Capital where he supports investment and advising startups on commercial and acquisition strategy. He has held leadership positions at United Health Group, the Blue Cross Blue Shield spin-out, Blue Health Intelligence, as well as Medtronic and Boston Scientific.
    Wendy Slone, PhD

    Wendy Slone, PhD

    CEO/Founder of bTECH

    Dr. Slone invented the Halycon SMART Patch, reflecting her experience in nanotechnology and in developing biopolymers for biomedical applications in treatment of chronic non-healing wounds as with diabetic foot ulcers. She has led bTECH’s participation in the REDIZone Incubator and Commercialization Program at the Northeast Ohio Medical University, gBETA MedTech for Black Founder’s Accelerator Program and much more.
    Jeff Champagne, MBA - MODERATOR

    Jeff Champagne, MBA - MODERATOR

    Medical Technology and Life Science Product Development, Business Development, Product Marketing Executive, Creative Director, Angel Investor

    Mr. Champagne’s background in R&D and Marketing underlies his product development consulting work in Life Sciences, which crosses over multiple industries, including Biotech, Medical Device, Energy, Advanced Materials, Specialty Chemistry, Food & Beverage, and Consumer Products. He is able to help guide clients in their efforts to commercialize new products and launch startup companies.
    Kristofer Munroe, JD - CO-CHAMPION

    Kristofer Munroe, JD - CO-CHAMPION

    Market Access Strategy and Insight

    Mr. Munroe has nearly 20 years of experience in advocacy. He works with patients and medical device manufacturers to solve problems related to access to care. He provides expertise in the design of, implementation of, and training of personnel in strategies for commercialization, reimbursement, and compliant healthcare provider interactions and support services. Through his work at Argenta, he has supported a range of clients, from large multinational medical device manufacturers to early-stage innovators.

    Jeff Karg, MS - CO-CHAMPION

    Jeff Karg, MS - CO-CHAMPION

    President, MDG Boston; Managing Director, Boston Innovation

    Mr. Karg’s professional experience encompasses technology development, entrepreneurship, and business leadership. Successful in technology creation and product development in both startup and corporate environments, he has been through multiple development and funding cycles and is expert in navigating complex projects with large teams.


    May 25, 2022: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT

    • 4:30 – 5:00 General Networking
    • 5:00 – 6:00 Panelist Forum
    • 6:00 – 6:30+ Meet the Speakers & More Networking

    All Zoom links for the Forum and Networking sessions
    will be sent upon registration and again just prior to the event.


    May 25, 2022
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
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