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Successfully introducing innovation in critical care requires a tight, systemic approach involving multiple disciplines to address clinical need, develop compelling product, then sell into care settings particularly as value based care begins to take hold. This session will talk about introducing innovation using advanced life saving pump technologies as context.

When: Wed May 16, 2018
5:30-8:30 PM
Where: Constant Contact
1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA 02451
Watham, Massachusetts  02451
United States
Contact: Bill Munger

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"Jan 17" MDG Forum

Now MAY 16

Delivering Innovation
In Critical Care


Advanced Life Saving
Pump Technologies
Successfully introducing innovation in critical care requires a tight, systemic approach involving multiple disciplines to address clinical need, develop compelling product, then sell into care settings particularly as value based care begins to take hold.

This session will talk about introducing innovation using advanced life saving pump technologies as context.

Featured Panelist
Todd Astor M.D., M.B.A.
Medical Director, Lung & Heart-Lung Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

"The Team Approach to
Addressing Clinical Need"

Wednesday May 16, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Constant Contact
Waltham, MA
[If you registered for Jan 17
and cannot attend, let us know]


Member/Alliance Partner - $30 (early discount)
   Non-Member - $45 (early discount)
   Student Member - $10 (early discount)

   Student Non-Member - $15 (early discount)


   Event Sponsor - $500

   (contact Hank Allard for details -


Who Should Attend
  • Clinical specialists  seeking insights on multi-disciplinary approaches to introduce therapeutic advances and emerging technologies.
  • Sales executives looking to improve their understanding of uncovering need and improve their batting average selling into critical care settings.
  • Engineering professionals addressing the design and development of critical care equipment.
  • Entrepreneurs, venture capital / growth equity, and product strategists looking for guidance when formulating or funding their go to market playbooks.
Our Distinguished Panel



Bill Boardman
Managing Director
The StratOps Group

Todd Astor M.D., M.B.A.
Medical Director,
Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

Jeffrey Borenstein, Ph.D.
Laboratory Technical Staff,
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc.

John Pantano
Regional Director, 
Healthcare Alliances,
Philips Health Care

Program Description
Temporary mechanical circulatory and pulmonary support devices are essential technologies for patients in urgent need of heart and / or lung support emergently before, during, and post-surgery. Each year, more than 725,000 hospital discharges related to heart procedures are performed in the U.S. In addition, there are more than 450,000 cases involving lung transplants and hospitalizations for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders and acute respiratory failure. The successful outcome of critical interventions are the result the skill and care of the surgeon assisted by the rapid pace of innovation related to advanced pump technologies.

This session will cover current and emerging technologies related to advanced life saving pump technologies employed in critical care settings sharing lessons learned from the care delivery, engineering, and the go to market perspective. 

Key topics to be addressed include real world stories covering multiple topics which also have carryover to other critical care technologies.
  • How to address unmet needs and the clinical criteria employed to select critical care technologies.
  • Engineering approaches to advance critical care innovation considering cost parameters and design constraints such as temperature control, pressure regulation, and managing flow rates.
  • How to approach business expansion and overcoming sales challenges from the first sales call to developing and nurturing relationships.
  • And, the importance of employing a systemic approach engaging clinicians, engineers, sales, business development, and finance professionals particularly with the emerging mandates of value based care.
Panel Bios
Bill BoardmanManaging Director, The StratOps Group
"Go to Market Realities-Formulating then Delivering on the Playbook"

Bill specializes in strategy development, market positioning, and the Go to Market execution for the commercialization of emerging technologies.  He brings 25 years of operations and business development experience supporting Fortune 1,000 companies and emerging companies through critical stages of turn-around, rapid growth, and transformation. Bill has directed client engagements across multiple industries.  His health care work has addressed multiple modalities that have included diabetes, orthopedics, imaging, and critical care to HCIT and IoT Platforms. Bill formerly was a part of Arthur D. Little's Technology and Innovation Management team, a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young and program management roles within Honeywell Aerospace.

Todd Astor M.D., M.B.A.Medical Director, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program, MGH
"The Team Approach to Integrating Innovative Technologies into Clinical Practice"

Dr. Todd Astor is the Medical Director of the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Prior to coming to MGH, Dr. Astor started a novel lung and heart-lung transplant center with a focus on the transplantation of patients with advanced congenital cardiopulmonary disease at the Nationwide Children's Hospital/ Ohio State University Medical Center. Todd did his undergraduate work at Colby College and received his MD degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine. He recently received an M.B.A. degree from M.I.T. Todd is passionate about combining innovative diagnostic and therapeutic technologies with novel systems of healthcare delivery, and forging more collaborative pathways between academia and industry.

Jeffrey Borenstein, Ph.D., Laboratory Technical Staff, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc.
"The Engineering Behind Breakthrough Critical Care Technologies"

Dr. Borenstein is a Technical Director and the Principal Investigator for several of Draper's programs in artificial organs, tissue engineering and implantable devices. His expertise is in MEMS fabrication technology, biological microsystems and the development of microdevices for therapeutic clinical applications.  He is also Program Leader for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering with the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT), a consortium of the Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals, Draper Laboratory and MIT.
Dr. Borenstein holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University at Albany and holds 55 issued patents, as well as 80 published patent applications and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings.

John Pantano, Regional Director, Healthcare Alliances, Philips Health Care
"Selling into Critical Care Settings"

John leads a team of Account Managers and Sales Specialists chartered to drive the growth of Philips' Healthcare portfolio to IDNs. His role involves formulating sales strategies, engaging with clinicians to uncover needs, facilitate and support the procurement process, serve as a product knowledge and training resource to clinical customers, and deliver training support to advance the professional development of team members. Previously he held positions at General Electric as Enterprise General Manager where he was responsible for managing business development for many of the largest IDNs in New England. John holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, and a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut, where he graduated from the Honors Program Magna Cum Laude.

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

Bill Boardman, 
Managing Director, The StratOps Group
(See bio above)

Anthony Souza, President, 
BenchTop Devices, LLC

Anthony Specializes in Product Testing Devices (Leak/Flow/Force) in both the Lab Environment and Manufacturing Production Environment utilizing customer requested ISO and CFR Standards. He brings 30 years' experience to the Test and Assembly Arena as Owner of BenchTop Devices. LLC and President of KSI Corporation. 18 of those years include a close contract relationship with Cincinnati Test Systems, Inc., A Worldwide Leader in the Test Industry.

Fees - (Light dinner included)

Early Reg.
(By May 9)
Week Prior
(May 9 - May 16)

At the Door
(May 16
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)
Constant Contact
1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA 02451

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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