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The unmet need for low cost technologies across the globe is huge. This creates significant business opportunities for entrepreneurial companies. Learn from experts on how to bring products to these challenged regions, and make an impact on global health.

When: Tues Dec 13, 2016
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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December MDG Forum
Global Health:
Healthcare Innovation for Developing Countries        

The unmet need for low-cost technologies across the globe is huge. This creates significant business opportunities for entrepreneurial companies.

Learn from experts on how to bring products to these challenged regions, and make an impact on global health.



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Tuesday Dec 13, 5:30 - 8:30 PM


Regis College Fine Arts Center
Weston, MA


Early registration fees

Member-$30, Non-member-$40, Student-$15


Who Should Attend
  • Entrepreneurs wanting to learn of viable business models and funding opportunities to address global market. 
  • Engineers and manufacturers interested in seeing how cost reduction challenges have been addressed. 
  • Caregivers wanting to learn how their global ideas can be turned into reality. 
  • Company executives interested in expanding into emerging markets. 
  • Business people and government representatives from developing countries wanting to learn how to contribute to development of healthcare solutions to address needs in their place of origin.
Our Distinguished Panel

Elizabeth Bailey, MPP
Director, Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) 
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health
Meg Wirth, MPA
CEO and co-founder of Maternova

Timothy Prestero, SM
Founder and CEO of Design that Matters


David Barash, MD, CMO & Exec Director, GE Foundation



Program Description
This forum addresses the challenges and opportunities for developing and disseminating practical, low-cost technologies that can have a significant impact on the healthcare of those living in poverty around the world.

Speakers will address the unmet needs, funding opportunities, examples of novel developments, and the pathways and barriers to introduction of these technologies on a global basis.

Dr. David Barash of GE will moderate the session and will introduce the global unmet needs and innovation process challenges.

Elizabeth Bailey of MGH will provide insights into navigating funding sources and accelerating technology development.

Meg Wirth of Maternova will address challenges and strategies for raising awareness and marketing global solutions.

Tim Prestero of Design that Matters will talk about how to create a business that targets global health challenges, and lessons learned in developing global solutions.

In addition to the talks, there will be a moderated panel discussion and the opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

A number of organizations with an interest in global health will be exhibiting and will be available for discussions with audience members.
Panel Bios
David Barash, MDCMO & Exec Director, GE Foundation
Dr. Barash joined the GE Foundation in 2013, combining simple interventions with strong partnerships and leaders to address some of healthcare’s most complex problems. Dr. Barash was Chief Medical Officer of Life Care Solutions and Executive Medical Director of Health Care Services for GE Healthcare. He was Founder and President of Concord Healthcare Strategies, where he provided strategic and operational expertise to investors and medical technology companies. David is a graduate of Cornell University.

Elizabeth Bailey, MPP, Director, Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech)
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health
In 2012, Ms. Elizabeth Bailey joined MGH as the Director of CAMTech, catalyzing and accelerating medical technology innovation to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to MGH, Ms. Bailey she was an investment partner at Commons Capital, a venture capital fund, managing the fund’s health care and education portfolios, and leading the fund’s global health initiative supported by the Bill & MelindaGates Foundation.

Ms. Bailey earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BA from Brown University.
Meg Wirth, MPACo-founder of Maternova

Meg Wirth is the CEO and co-founder of Maternova, Inc. a women's health solutions company that is the trusted resource for cutting edge medical innovations in newborn, obstetrics and reproductive health. She has worked on women’s health throughout her career, from a home visiting program for teen mothers in Appalachia to a major Safe Motherhood initiative in Jakarta and Indonesia. 

As a member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Health Equity team she co-edited Challenging Inequities in Health: From Ethics to Action. She was co-author of the UN Millennium Project’s report on child and maternal health.

Ms. Wirth has a BA from Harvard and an MPA in international development from Princeton.

Timothy Prestero, SMFounder and CEO of Design that Matters
Tim is the founder and CEO of Design that Matters, a nonprofit that collaborates with social entrepreneurs and volunteers to design products for the poor in developing countries. He is a Martin Fellow at the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, and was named an Ashoka Affiliate in 2004. His has received numerous awards for his work.

Mr. Prestero has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and graduate degrees from MIT and WoodsHole.

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

Paul Hartung, MS
President & CEO, Sonivance 
MDG Board Member
Christina DeMur, MS
VP of DigitalHealth RedpineSignals
MDG Board Member
Prakash Manandhar, MS, Ph.D. 
Multi-disciplinary engineer/scientist
MIT System Design and Management Fellow

(Light dinner included)
Registration Fee: Early Reg.
(By Dec 6)  
Wee6k Prior
(Dec 6 - Dec 13)  
At the Door
(Dec 13)
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
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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