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Date Title/Speakers



Oct 3 2018  Forum: MedTech Solutions to Opioid Epidemic  
Nov 1 2017 Forum: Medical Device Single Use Disposables



Rahul DhandaSr. VP, Corporate Development & Marketing, T2 Biosystems


Jon McIntyre, VP of Product Development, BridgeMedica
  • Design Considerations for Manufacturing and Automation 

Chris Nother, VP of Business Development, Nypro Healthcare
  • Single Use Disposables: Design, Development & Scale-Up

Steven Zappala, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer at OPKO Urology, Founder of Andover Urology
  • Reflections on Surgical Innovation

Mike MagliochettiPh.D., M.B.A.Operating Partner, Riverside Partners

  • Improving Patient Care and Safety: Medical Device Single Use Disposables 

Oct 4 2017 Forum: Augmented and Virtual Reality - From Games to Game Changing Developments


Jeffrey KargManaging Director, Boston Innovation

Brian Geisel, President & CEO, Geisel Software



Albert Kwon, MD, AUGMENTx Co-Founder 
  • Augmented Reality in Medicine [availability not yet determined]
Chen-Ping Yu, PhD, Phiar Co-Founder 
  • [TBD]
Brent Glover, NovaRad, Director of Software Engineering 
  • Novarad OpensSight  [availability not yet determined]

Gavin Bauman, MicrosoftTechnical Evangelist, CSE

Sept 13 2017 Forum: Brain and Spinal Cord Injury - Current Status and the Future Hope for Concussion, Encephalopathy, Dementia and Paralysis 




Bernie Gordon, PhD, Chairman, Bernard M Gordon Charitable Trust and Member of MDG Boston Advisory Board
  • [No slidedeck]


Robert Cantu, MD, Clinical Prof in the Dept of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Clinical Diagnostics and Therapeutics Leader AD and CTE Center, at the BU School of Medicine, and Medical Dir and Dir of Clinical Research, Cantu Concussion Center, Emerson Hospital. 

  • Acute And Chronic Effects of Concussion-Role of Age

Grant Iverson, PhD, Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Mass General Hospital for Children Sport Concussion Program, Associate Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Program for Home Base, a RedSox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program.

  • Concussion: From Football to Falujah [slide deck not made available]

Kyle Lamson, Director of New Product Innovation for Xenith, LLC

  • Perspectives on Helmet Testing

SESSION 2 -Spinal Cord Injury



John Pracyk, MD, PhD, MBA, Franchise Medical Director, Spine Strategic Medical Affairs Center of Excellence Research & Development | Global Orthopedics DePuy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies. 
  • Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury


Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD, Senior Lecturer on Neurology, Harvard Medical School Neurologist, Mass General Hospital, Prof of Engineering, Brown University Investigator, Rehabilitation R&D Service, Dept. VA.
  • [Slide deck not made available]
Charles Vacanti, MD, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School. Internationally recognized as a founder of the field of tissue engineering. 
  • Can autologous neural stem cells be  effective in reversing paralysis associated with SCI?
Aug 16 2017

Networking: Transitioning Into and Within the Medical Device Industry


Lisa SassoMBA, CPCC, ACC, President & Exec. Coach at Medical Development Partners, Inc.



Darcy Martin, Sales Account Manager, Clariant Plastics & Coatings USA, Inc., Masterbatches Division


Maggie Pax, VP, Strategy and Marketing Thermo Fisher Scientific, BioPharma Services Division


Christina Demur, MS, GM, Cardiology IT Group, GE Healthcare and MDG Boston Board Member

June 12 2017

Forum: Collaborating for Progress: What Engineers and Entrepreneurs Need to Know to Work with Doctors


Scott Stropkay, Partner and CoFounder, Essential Design
  • Introduction


Jessica Schenck, Principal R&D Engineer, Surgical Division, Hologic Corporation
  • Design Control process, when and how do we involve physicians, and idea from concept to product launch

Peter Rosenblatt, MD, FACOG, FPMRS, Director of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge; Assistant Professor of Ob/Gyn, Harvard Medical School

  • The Surgeon’s Role in the Evolution of New Techniques

Richard J. Cohen, MD, PhD, Whitaker Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT; Harvard - MIT Health Sciences and Technology. [MDG Boston Advisory Board]
  • Evidence Trumps Common Sense

May 1 2017

Forum: Emerging Models for Elder Care Through Technology and Innovation


Dr. John Libertino, Sr VP, Clinical Business Development, Emerson Hospital, MDG Boston Advisory Board Member


Kate Sutherland, VP, Graduate Student Affairs and Enrollment at Regis College



Dr. Alan "Chip" Teel, Full Circle America and Eastern Maine Health System


  • Full Circle America - Empowered Aging

Dr. James Rudolph. Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Practice, Brown University and Director, Center of Innovation in Geriatric Services at Providence VA Medical Center

  • Implementing Systems to Improve Care for Elders
Patty Seybold, Patricia Seybold Group, Inc.
  • Innovation = Customer Ecosystem
Apr 25 2017

Networking: How to Effectively Network in the 21st Century


Joe Berkowitz, Senior Business Development Executive, Insperity

Michael Mills, Certified Professional Business Coach Business Coaches and Associates



Judy ParisellaPrincipal Cloud Marketer in Social Media & Search | Speaker | Trainer | JP Marketing

  • Networking Effectively in the 21st Century

Bill ScherSMS Consulting

  • [No slidedeck]
Apr 5 2017

Forum: Valuing (And Pricing) Positive Outcomes And How it Impacts The Therapies That Patients Receive


Jessica Homes, MJ, Executive Director of Reimbursement, Argenta Advisors, Inc.


Michael Sherman, MD, MBA, MS, Senior VP, Chief Medical Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • [No slidedeck]

David Mok, Senior Director, Pricing Strategy & Analytics, DePuy Synthes

  • Perspectives on Value Capture
Dr. Maxwell Scott Hauser Laurans, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery; Chief and Director, Perioperative Services, Yale-New Haven Hospital  
  • Physician Governance of Medical Device Utilization and New Technology

Mar 1 2017
Forum: Wearables for Patient Driven Healthcare       


Jeffrey Karg, CEO/President at Boston Innovation Inc


Joshua Drew, Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft for Startups  
  •   [presentation not yet available]
Roozbeh Ghaffari, Ph.D., CTO and Founder, MC10 
  • [presentation not yet available]
Geoff Gill, M.S., President, Shimmer Sensing USA 
  • [presentation not yet available]

Eric Hensen, M.D., President and Founder, Hear Gear Inc. 
  • [presentation not yet available]

Feb 1 2017
Forum: Game Changing Technology - It's Less Complicated Than You Think        


John Libertino, MD, Sr VP, Clinical Business Development Emerson Hospital
MDG Boston Advisory Board Member
Board Member, MedicaMetrix



Christopher Grant LaFarge, President & CEO of MedicaMetrix
  •  Murphy's Law Meets a Medical Device: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

J. Mathieu Massicotte, M.D., Co-Founder Toroid Surgical

  • The Toroidal Foley Catheter [presentation not yet available]

Hadi Shafiee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

  • A smartphone-based point-of-care semen analyzer [presentation not yet available]

Jan 18 2017 Forum: Breakthroughs in Breast and Ovarian Cancers        


Sarah Kalil

COO of Boston Micro uidics 



Jennifer Barton, Ph.D.

Interim Director of the BIO5 Ins tute and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Arizona 

  • Optical Imaging Endoscopes for Early Ovarian Cancer Detection

Janet Baum, M.D.

Radiologist, Harrington Memorial Hospital 

  • Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis: Then, Now and in the Future

Allene Diaz

SVP of Global Commercial Development Tesaro, Inc. 

  • Breast and Ovarian Cancer Overview of Epidemiology and Treatment Paradigms

Valerie Palmieri

President and CEO, Vermillion and ASPiRA Labs 

  • Changing the Ovarian Cancer Survival Paradigm
  • Video

Dec 13 2016 Forum: Global Health: Healthcare Innovation for Developing Countries        


David Barash, MD
CMO & Exec Director, GE Foundation



Elizabeth Bailey
Director, Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech)
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health
  • We Can Do Better
Meg Wirth, MPA
CEO and co-founder of Maternova
  • A Trusted Women’s Health Solutions Ecommerce Platform

Timothy Prestero, SM

Founder and CEO of Design that Matters


Nov 2 2016 Forum: Counterfeit Medical Devices: A Threat To Your Business & Your Health        


John L. Brooks, III, MSBA, CPA,
Managing Director of Healthcare Capital, LLC, Member of MDG Boston Advisory Board


Roy Albiani, MBA

Global Director of Brand Protection, Johnson & Johnson
  • [Slide deck not made available]
Mark Schonfeld, JD
Partner,  Burns & Levinson, LLP
  •  [No slides presented]

Maura Rooney, MS

FDA Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer New England District


  •  [Slide deck not made available]

Petro Arvanitis

International Market Development Executive

  • [No slides presented]
Oct 5 2016 Forum: Medical Device Security in a Connected World


Eric Soederberg, MSEE

President, Sunrise Labs, Inc. 

  • Introduction

Timothy Russell,

Supervisory Special Agent, Criminal Cyber Squad, FBI

  • [slide deck not made available]

Seth D. Carmody, Ph.D.,

Cybersecurity Project Manager, Emergency Preparedness/Operations & Medical Counter-measures, CDRH, FDA

  • Comprehensive Cyber Security Risk Management: Know, Assess, Fix 

Penny Chase

IT & Cybersecurity Integrator, The MITRE Corporation


  • Medical Device Cybersecurity Stakeholder Engagement Study 

Joseph Burgoyne

Director, Product Security & Services for the Diagnosis & Treatment Business Group at Philips Healthcare

  • Here's An Example of How It Is Done
Sept 28 2016 Networking Event: Transitioning and Within the Medical Device Field


Lisa Sasso, MBA, CPCC, ACC

President & Executive Coach at Medical Development Partners



Nancy Briefs, MBA 

CEO & Co-Founder, Infobionic


Vincent Barry

Director of Mechanical Engineering, AbioMed


Dave Buzzeo

Senior Manager for Global Contract Manufacturing, Haemonetics 

Sept 14, 2016  Forum:  
Reading Your Mind - 
Understanding Your Brain Through Physical Responses

Moderator for Scientific Breakthrough Session 
Bertha Madras, PhD 
Professor of Psychobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School 


Panelist Presentations

Ed Boyden, PhD, Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute and leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group 

  • Tools for Mapping and Repairing the Brain
Emery Brown, MD, PhD, Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School 
  • Rethinking Anesthesiology: Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain under General Anesthesia 

Michael E. Hasselmo, PhD 
Director of the Center for Systems Neuroscience at Boston University
  • Memory for Space and Time  [Note: PDF is very large: ~21 Mb]

Moderator for Applied Science Session

Bernie Gordon, PhD 

Chairman, Bernard M Gordon Charitable Trust


Panelist Presentations 

Eric Gordon, AMP (finance), Founder, CEO and President Atentiv Inc.

  • Atentiv website link

Piali De, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO of Senscio Systems

  • Overcoming Cognitive Barriers to Improve Self-Management

Jodi Gilman, PhD, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director for Neuroscience at the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine

  • Overcoming Cognitive Barriers to Improve Self-Management

June 1, 2016  Forum: Surgical Navigation Systems for Image Guided Surgery  

Moderator & Keynote

Henry Feldman MD,  
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Surgical Robots: That's Not How Any of This Works

Panelist Presentations

Arvind Agnihotri, MD, Chief of the Steward Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center 

  • [Presentation Not Available]
Russell Singleton, PhDSr. VP. of R&D at Medrobotics
  • Enabling Surgical Navigation Through Direct Visualization

Brett Prince, VP of Marketing, Corindus Vascular Robotics 
  • CorPath Robotic-Assisted PCI
 May 4 2016 Forum: Keeping Informed - Working Together: A Perspective from FDA's WEAC Laboratory


Jonathan C. Bretz, OT/L, MBA, RAC, President & Founder, RSQM Associates, LLC
  • Introduction

Panelist Presentations

Joseph Matrisciano Jr., District Director,  FDA's New England District Office

  • Winchester Engineering and Analytical Center (WEAC) New England District (NWE-DO) Partnering to Protect Public Health [presentation not made available]

Thomas Gilmore, Engineering Supervisor, FDA/WEAC

  • WEAC is a Medical Device Specialty Lab [presentation not made available]

Gerard (Gerry) Desany, Principal Research Engineer, FDA/WEAC

  • A Quick Journey of the FDA-MIT Collaborative Stent Program Team’s Research Effort on Stent Fracture [presentation not made available]

Emir Galevi, Sr. Electronics Engineer, FDA/WEAC

  • ONE ANALYST’S PERSPECTIVE [presentation not made available]

April 13 2016
Networking: How to Effectively Network in the 21st Century


Joe Berkowitz, Senior Business Development Executive Insperity & VP of Business Development for MDG


Panelist Presentations

Stephen Melanson, President of Melanson Consulting

  • Verbal Branding [No PPTX]
Judy Parisella, Principal Cloud Marketer in Social Media & Search 
  • How to Effectively Network in the 21st Century – a virtual perspective 

Bill Scher, Vice President Sandler Training/Salefish

Sandler [No PPTX]


 April 6 2016
 Forum: How to Enter and Expand in China's Medtech Double-Digit Growth Space?


Grace Fu PalmaCEO, China Med Device, LLC
  • Overview

Panelist Presentations

John P. Iwanicki, Esq, Patent Attorney, Principal Shareholder, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Pei Wu, Ph.D, EsqPatent Attorney, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
  • Foreign Company Patent Filings in China
Gary WoolfFounder and the Chief Executive Officer of Shiboomi LLC
  • Creating a bridge for Western companies to bring novel technologies into the Chinese market [spoke without a PPTX]

 Mar 2 2016
 Forum: Nanotechnology in the Healthcare Industry


Michael Cima, Ph.D. David H. Koch Professor of Engineering, MIT
  • [Presentation not made available]

Panelist Presentations

David P. Harding, Chief Commercial Officer, T2 Biosystems, Inc.

  • [Presentation not made available]
Jarret Wright, Lab Manager, Thermal, Physical and Microscopy Group, Polymer Solutions Inc.

  •  Nanocharacterization Methods & Specialized Sample Preparation Techniques

Stephen Zale, PhD, VP of Discovery and Research at BIND Therapeutics
  • [Presentation not made available]
 Feb 3 2016
 Forum: New Technologies for Unmet Medical Challenges


Dennis Leiner, PhD, Founder and Chief Technology Officer Lighthouse Imaging Corporation

Panelist Presentations

John Callahan, PhD, Vice President of Engineering for SemiNex Corporation

  • High-powered Diode Lasers for Medical Applications  

  • Sonogram movie  

Timothy C. Stucchi, Director of Operations, Agiltron
  • Technology Development for Unmet Medical Needs

Maria Shepherd, Founder, Medi-Vantage (rebranded from Data Decision Group)

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Best Practices on Bringing a Device to Market Successfully the First Time
 Dec 2 2015  Forum: Building Intelligent Mobile Health Applications for Today and the Future

Jeff Karg, MSME, Director,Program Development at TechEn, Inc.

Kevin Franck, Bose Corp, New product management and channel marketing


Jeremy Dalnes, Co-Founder of Pulse Insights

  • Building Intelligent Mobile Health Applications for Today and the Future

Jay Althoff - CEO of Modus Health
  • Mobile Health Apps: We Need One, Right?

Deborah Hernandez, Independent Healthcare Consultant

 Nov 4 2015  Forum: Medical Technology Product Development - From Concept to Commercialization

Roy J Coleman, JD [Moderator], Partner,  Iandiorio Teska & Coleman 


Richard Gill, PhD, President & CEO, TruTouch Technologies

  • The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of Lifesciences Investing or How to Navigate the Life Sciences Commercialization Process

Eugene A. Gregerson, MS, Cofounder and CEO, Mobius Imaging, LLC
  • The “Unconventional” Path for Medical Device Startups 

Dirk Smith, MS, Chief Technical and Human Resources Officer, Minnetronix, Inc. 
  • Case Studies in Medical Device Innovation
 Oct 21 2015  Forum: 3D Printing - It's Changing Everything
Mark Schonfeld [Moderator], Partner, Burns & Levinson
  •  The 3D Printing Revolution: Legal Aspects

Michael Gaisford, Director of Marketing, Stratasys 

  • Driving Innovation and Adoption

Adam Hayden, SVP Marketing, Conformis
  • [Not Available]--Please see this video link

Forrest Fuller, PhD, CLP, VP, Business Development, Organovo
  • 3D Printed Human Tissues: A platform for predictive toxicology, drug discovery, and transplantation
Jeffrey Morgan, PhD, Professor of Medical Science & Director of Biomedical Engineering, Brown University
  • Can We Build Organs?

 Sept 16, 2015  Forum: Diabetes Today - Discipline, Devices & Development

Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, FACE, Medical Director of the Obesity Clinical Program, Director of Inpatient Diabetes Management, clinical investigator and senior endocrinologist at Joslin Diabetes Center

  • Diabetic Nation: Where We Are?

Francis C. Manganaro, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of NOVA Biomedical, an international medical device manufacturer

  • Medical Devices Used By People With Diabetes

Ed Damiano, PhD, Professor, Boston University BioMedical Engineering 

  • TBD

Jeff Valk, CEO & Co-Founder of Admetsys 

  • Artificial Pancreas System for Hospital

June 3, 2015 Forum: Keep It Agile - Keep It Legal

Mike Attili, President at Amaxo, Inc.

  • Agile for Medical Device Software

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, President and Managing Director of Agile Development Practice at Lean-Agile Partners

  • Agile Beyond Software:  in Hardware and in Management

May 20, 2015 Marketing & Sales SIG ISA Event - Develop a Go-To-Market Strategy: Making Med Devices in Miniature

Tim Stucchi, Director of Operations, Agiltron

  • MEMS Foundry Business Making MED Devices in Miniature
May 6, 2015 Advances in Women's Health:  Gender Centered Treatments for What Worries Women

Anthony J. DiSciullo, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School

  • Uterine Fibroid Morcellation

Monica Mallampalli, PhD, VP of Scientific Affairs at Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR®)

  • Society for Women's Health Research

Sujat Sukthankar, PhD, VP of R&D for Urology and Women's Health, Boston Scientific Corporation

  •  "Targeting" Innovation

Valena J. Wright, MD, Director, Gynecologic Oncology, and Director, Robotic and Laparoscopic Gynecologic Surgery at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

  • Advances in Ovarian Cancer
April 29. 2015 MDG Special Event: Connecting Medical Products to  the Internet of Things (IOT)

David Pierson, Partner at Foley Hoag -Moderator

Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D. Director, Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare

  • The Smartest Thing in the Room: How the Internet of Healthy Things Will Make us Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Teo Forcht Dagi, MD, DMedSc, Director and Chief Medical Officer at Prismic Pharmaceuticals, Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School

  • Healthcare and the Internet of Things

Piali De, A Founder and the CEO of Senscio Systems

  • IoT at Home Optimizing Complex Care Management

Delia Vetter, Senior Director of Benefits and Programs, EMC Corporation

  • The EMC Story

Colin Zick, Partner at Foley Hoag, Co-Chair, Healthcare Practice and Co-Chair, Privacy & Data Security Practice

  • Legal and Related Challenges for Connected and Mobile Medical Devices
April 16, 2015 CEO SIG: GROWTH STRATEGY II - Product & Market Diversification  
April 1, 2015 The Surgical Suite Responds to the New Business Model of Healthcare

Richard L. Trembowicz, Principal, Paragon Health Consulting; President, MedicaMetrix, Inc. (Moderator)

  • Comparative Effectiveness Analysis, Go-to-Market Strategy, Pricing & Codes and Value-Based Purchasing

Arthur Mourtzinos, MD, Director of the Continence Center and Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Urology, Lahey Clinic

  • Use of Cost Analytics in Hospitals

Dennis Crowley, Vice President of Corporate Development & Licensing, Covidien

  •  [Presentation not available]

Michael S. Sherman, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

  • Payor Perspective: The Surgical Suite Responds to the New Business Model of Healthcare
Mar 18, 2015 Networking: How to Effectively Network in the 21st Century

Jason Hartz, President, JDH Ventures

  • [No Presentation]

Judy Parisella, Principal, JP Marketing

  • Enhance Your Networking Skills - Build a Referral Network through Social Media
Mar 4, 2015

Forum: Combination Products - Diversity in Type and Application

Jonathan C. Bretz (Moderator), OT/L, MBA, RAC, President & Founder, RSQM Associates, LLC

  • Combination Products: Diversity in Type and Application


Matthew Phaneuf, President and Chief Technical Officer of BioSurfaces, Inc.

  • Artificial Blood Vessels: Does One “Little” Change Really Mean That Much?


Rosalyn Año, Business Development Manager - Medical Devices, Toxikon Corporation

  • Combination Products: Designing a Regulatory Testing Program


Michael Drues, Ph.D., President of Vascular Sciences

  • [Presentation not available]
Feb 4, 2015

Devices And Combination Products For Neurodegenerative Diseases

Paul Hartung, Cognoptix President and CEO (Moderator)

Jim Wessler, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter

  • Understanding Alzheimer’s: Its Impact on the Workplace, our Families and Community

Cornelia B. Reininger, MD, PhD, Senior VP & Chief Medical Officer, Navidea Biopharmaceuticals

  • Molecular-Targeted Imaging in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other Dementias

Anil K. Nair MD, Chief of Neurology at Quincy Medical Center & directs the Alzheimer's Center

  • Dementia Diagnosis
Jan 7, 2015

Making Medical Technology More Human: Can Future Technologies Make Our Lives Better?

Michael Wiklund (Moderator) General Manager - Human Factors Engineering, UL-Wiklund R&D, Professor of the Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

  •  [Presentation not available]

Rosalind Picard, Sc.D, FIEEE, Founder, Professor and Director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab and co-director of the Things That Think Consortium

  •  Wearables for Wellbeing

Jeffrey Gerlach, UX envisioner, Product & Experience team at Zipcar

  • [Presentation not available]
Dec 17, 2014  Holiday Party  
Dec 3, 2014

The Radical Transformation of Healthcare: The Rise of Virtual Care Delivery

Shankar Krishnan, Ph.D., (Moderator) Chair/Professor, Dept of Biomedical Engineering Wentworth Institute of Technology (Moderator)

Kevin Fickenscher, MD, President/Chief Medical Officer, AMC Health

  • Healthcare Transformation: An Imperative

Jon Shankman, MBA, MPH, Senior Vice President – Clinical Innovation, AMC Health

  • The Case for Virtual Care Delivery: A Literature Review

John Moore, MD, PhD, Co-Founder/CEO, Twine Health

  • The Transformative Relationship: Consumer-Provider Collaboration [No PDF]
Nov 5, 2014 In Vivo Optical Cancer Detection: 20 years of Lessons Learned & 20 Years of Future Promise 

Randal Chinnock, CEO of Optimum Technologies Inc. (Also Moderator)

  • Background & history of in vivo optical cancer detection

Melissa Suter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School

  • Current research and clinical applications

Joseph Williams, Vice President of Global Marketing for Caliber Imaging and Diagnostics Inc. 

  • Challenges facing commercialization of in-vivo optical cancer detection over the next 20 10 years from an industry standpoint
Oct 30, 2014
Joint MDG-FDA Medical Device Workshop: Working Together - Keeping Informed


Mary Yebba (Moderator), FDA Public Affairs Specialist for New England District Office

Maura Rooney, FDA Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer New England District

  • Overview: Working Together – Keeping Informed

John Sciacchitano – Investigator, FDA New England District Office 

  • QSIT  - An Investigator’s Perspective

Tamara Rosbury, Investigator, FDA New England District Office 

  • Complaint Handling & Medical Device Reporting (MDR) 

Pamela L. Ogonowski, Recall Coordinator, New England District Office

  • Recall Overview - Medical Device

MDG Experts

Jonathan C. Bretz, President & Founder, RSQM Associates, LLC

  • Implementing UDI to meet FDA requirements

Richard Nadeau, President and founderof eComp-Electronic Components Inc

  • The Effect of Counterfeiting on the Medical Industry

Al Cruz, Senior Product Quality Engineer III, Hologic

  •  Counterfeit Medical Device Parts

Larry McIntosh, Director of Sales, Applied DNA Sciences

  • Protecting the Medical Supply Chain with Forensic DNA

Oct 22, 2014

Keys to Successful (And Sometimes Not) Medical Device Startups

Entrepreneur & Clinical SIG
  • [No flyer/handout]

Bill Helming, Managing Director of ARRYVE


  • Medical Device Product Development for Start-ups – Keep Your Balance
John Shambroom
  •  Keys to Medical Device Startups
Oct 1, 2014

Intellectual Property Approaches To Safeguard Value

Roy Coleman (Moderator), Biomedical engineer and patent attorney practicing at Iandiorio Teska & Coleman LLP

Robert Adelson, Business and tax attorney and partner at the Boston law firm of Engel & Schultz LLP

  • Trademarks and Service Marks

Kirk Teska, Managing partner of the law firm, Iandiorio Teska & Coleman LLP

  • Medical Device Patent Case Study

Stanley F. Chalvire, Registered Patent Attorney at the law firm Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton

  • The Power of Trade Secrets: When Not to Patent Your IP

Sept 23, 2014

Transitioning Into & Within The Medical Device Industry

Lisa Sasso (Moderator), MBA, CPCC, ACC, Executive Coach 


·    Barbara Finer, Founder/CEO at TechSandBox, Inc.

·    Alan Gonsenhauser, Principal and Managing Partner, Demand Revenue

·    Peter Fuchs, Finance Executive & MDG Treasurer

·    John O'Gara, R&D Project Manager at Hologic Corporation

Sept 10, 2014

Bringing Bionics To Life

Kevin Franck [Moderator], Business Developer at Ear Machine

  • Bringing Bionics To Life: Introduction

Sam Silberman, Senior Area Manager at Cochlear Americas

  • My Mission, My Direction… An Overview of My Sales Strategy

Jonathan Kuniholm, President at Shared Design Alliance/Open Prosthetics

  • Prosthetic Arms as Modern Medical Devices: The vexing problem of
    medical device orphans and our challenge to channel the hype
    and deliver a sustainable solution

Brian Frasure, Director of Clinical Education at BiOM

  • BiOM Personal Bionics:

June 11, 2014

MDG Special Event: 'Year of the Brain'


Advances in Imaging, Diagnostics and Therapeutic Delivery
David Pierson [Moderator], Partner, Foley Hoag, LLC


Bertha Madras, PhD, Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

  • Neuroimaging: Applications for Diagnosis, Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Conditions

Xue Han, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Joint Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Boston University

  • Technologies for Analyzing Neural Circuits of Brain Disorders

Miles Cunningham, MD, PhD, Neuropsychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, Laboratory Director at McLean Hospital, Co-founder and Medical Advisor, Atanse, Inc.

  • Novel Instrumentation for Three-Dimensional Restorative Neurosurgery

John Gabrieli, PhD, Director, Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT

  • Neuromarkers and Neuroprognosis to Predict the Future of Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Responses to Treatment

Teo Forcht Dagi, MD, DMedSc, Director and Chief Medical Officer at Prismic Pharmaceuticals,Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School

  • Summary and Context

 June 4, 2014
Tissue Regeneration: Regenerative Medicine & Materials: 

Replacing Damaged Tissues and Organs with Lab Grown Biological Materials

Ed Berger (Moderator) - Principal, Larchmont Strategic Advisers

  • Handout - PDF

Al Correia - VP of Sales & Marketing Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, Inc.

  •  Cell / Tissue / 3D Organ Engineering for Regenerative Medicine in Research and Clinical

Jonathan Garlick - Professor and director of the Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

  • The Potency and Potential of Human Stem Cell Certainties and Uncertainties

Pamela Layton, CTBS - Founder and CEO Parcell Laboratories, Inc.

  • Better Cells. Better Therapies, Infinite Possibilities
 May 7, 2014
Medical Device Innovation Under the ACA:Where are the Biggest Opportunity Areas for Growth?
Robert DeNoble (Moderator) Principal, RDA Healthcare Consulting, LLC
  • Introduction

Richard Trembowicz, President of Medicametrix and Principal of Paragon Health Consulting

  • Medicametrix & Paragon Health Consulting

Dr. Michael Sherman, Sr. VP and CMO - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

  •  Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Maria Stewart, Director, Health Economics & Reimbursement, Boston Scientific Endoscopy

  • Boston Scientific

Dr. Bridget Stewart, Vice President Clinical Operations at Joslin Clinic

  • Joslin Diabetes Center
 Apr. 2, 2014

Cardiac Disease: From Algorithm To Product

Richard Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., (Moderator) Whitaker Professor in Biomedical Engineering, MIT

  •  Introduction

Alisa Niksch, M.D., Director, Pediatric Electrophysiology & Exercise Stress Lab, Tufts University Medical Center

  • Implantable Cardiac Devices: The Unmet Needs

Ravi Kuppuraj, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Infobionic, Inc.

  • Infobionic MoMe System

Richard Sanders, MS BME, VP Scientific Affairs, Boston Scientific Corporation

  • Commercializing a New Therapy: The S-ICD 
 Mar. 25, 2014

How to Effectively Network in the 21st Century and Beyond

Jason Hartz, President, JDH Ventures
  • Ineffective Networking Can Shrink The Size of Your Paycheck

Judy Parisello, Principal, JP Marketing

  • Making the Most of LinkedIn: Sharing Your Voice of Authority
 Mar. 5, 2014

Advances in Human-Robotic Interaction: Present and Future Impact on the Medical Field

Scott Stropkay, Partner, Essential Design

  • Design Process Case

Marienne Sanders, Director of Product Development Corindus Vascular Robotics

  • CorPath Vascular Robotics

Ingolf Tuerk, M.D., Chief of Urology, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

  • Robot Assisted Surgery: The Future is Now!


 Jan 8, 2014 The 4 Cs: CEO, Culture, Communications, & Collaboration

Mike Tamasi, CEO, AccuRounds, Inc.

  • From Lean Tools to Lean Culture

Bob Weber, Managing Director, Next Stage Solutions, Inc.

  • A Best Practices Roadmap: Aligning Strategy to Execution

Brian Butler, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, The Allied Group

  • Productivity in a Complex World: 5 Concepts for Communication & Teamwork Success
 Dec. 4, 2013

New Product Launches in Asia Pacific: How to Address the Sale 

of Life Science and Medical Device Products in This Unique Market 

Alain Tranchemontagne, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Smith & Nephew 

  • Top 10 Considerations When Launching New Products in China

Kimimasa Yamada, President and CEO, MBL International

  • New Product Launches in Asian Pacific

Pushpa Vijayaraghavan, Vice President, Sathguru Management Consultants 

  • Medical Devices And Diagnostics Opportunity In India

Yvonne Schlaeppi (Moderator), Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Stratevise

  • Medical Device’s Search for Growth -­‐ Asia Pacific
 Nov. 6, 2013
Dentistry: The Rodney Dangerfield of Medical Devices
Bob Steingart, Principal, Steingart & Associates
  • Introduction
Larry Bodony, President, Exocad North America
  • An introduction to Dental CAD/CAM

Ron Roche, Senior Territory Manager, Straumann
  • Digital Imaging and its Impact on Implant Dentistry

Scott Root, President, Dentsply Implants North America

  • Dentsply implants
 Oct. 9, 2013 Developing Medical Devices For Children: Opportunities & Challenges

Don Lombardi, CEO, Institute for Pediatric Innovation

  • Some Engineering Challenges in Creating Medical Devices for Treating Children

George Kenney, President, EntraTympanic

  • An In-Office Treatment for Pediatric Middle Ear Infections

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 Sept 11, 2013 Boston’s Emergency Medicine Response to the Marathon Attacks:

The Inside Story of Saving Lives by Advance Planning and Rapid Deployment

Alasdair Conn, MD, Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Boston Marathon Bombing Response and Recovery

Paul Biddinger, MD, Director of Operations for Emergency Medicine & Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • The Boston Marathon Bombings

Ross D. Zafonte, DO, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • [Presentation not available]


 June 5, 2013 Health Care Reform 2015 and BeyondThe Evolving MedTech Business Landscape

Edward E. Berger, Ph.D., Principal, Larchmont Strategic Advisors

  • Healthcare Reform:  A Complex Ecology of Mandates, Incentives, Penalties and Initiatives 

John L. Brooks III, President and Chief Executive Officer, Joslin Diabetes Center

  • Opportunities for New Solutions in Diabetes/Chronic Disease

David M. Cutler, Ph.D., Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University

  • State Policies to Reduce The Growth of Medical Spending: Chapter 224 and Beyond

Rick Lifsitz,Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Scientia Advisors

  • Molecular Diagnostic Testing (MDx) and the Affordable Care Act
    Stakeholder Misalignment Could Impede the ACA’s Long-Term Success
 April 8, 2013 Combination Products Seminar

Keynote Address

Andrew Von Eschenbach, MD, Former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 

  • Addressing the Challenges in Moving from Combination Products to Integrated Interoperable Solutions

An Investor's Perspective
T. Forcht (Teo) Dagi, MD,
Partner, HLM Venture Partners

  • Presentation

Combination Product Overview
Stephen F. Amato, PhD,
Head of Faculty in Regulatory Affairs, Northeastern University

  • Overview Presentation

Case Studies
Paul Hartung, President & CEO, Cognoptix Inc.

  • Presentation

Regulatory Issues
Stephen F. Amato, PhD,
Head of Faculty in Regulatory Affairs, Northeastern University

  • Regulatory Presentation

Sherry Parker, Director of Technical Services for Medical Devices/Combination Products, WuXi AppTec


  • Addressing Regulatory Issues in Incorporating Pharmacology or Biology Devices with Medical Devices Which Can Improve The Performance of the Device 


Health Economics and Reimbursement
Paul Just, PharmD, BCPS,
Director of Global Healthcare Economics, Advanced Surgical Devices Division, Smith & Nephew

  • Presentation
Home Health Care Opportunities: Investor, Industry, and Strategic Perspectives (Dr. Allan Teel, MD, founder of Full Circle America and author of Alone and Invisible No More)


David F. Hendren, President,Accountable Care Associates Inc.

Peter Vicars, President,  VGo Communications Inc. 


Economics of a Medical Device Sale

(Moderator William McIlhargey, Principal, WPM Enterprise)


Steve Pocaro Principal at 1-4-All Coaching, LLC, Principal & Surgical Sales Coach at SalesPlus

  • Forum Review on Economics of a Medical Device Sale

Lee Grindheim President Healthcare Reimbursement LLC

  • Status of buy-side economics from a suppliers perspective

Peter K. Dempsey, MD Vice-chairman, Department of Neurosurgery and Co-director, Brain Tumor Clinic, Lahey Clinic

  • Economics of a Medical Device Sale: The Changing Role of the Physician

Q & A


Design and Human Factors: Key to Innovative Medical Devices

(Moderator Scott Stropkay, Founding Partner Essential Design)


Pam Davol, Clinical and Regulatory Project Manager, Ximedica

  • Demonstrating Product Safety and Efficacy Through Human Factors Validation Testing

Lauire Reed, Senior Human Factors Engineer, Farm Design, Inc.

  • Farm Design, Inc.

 07-Nov 2012

An Eye on the Future of Opthamology

(Moderator: Randal Chinnock, Founder / CEO Optimum Technologies )

The Future of Opthamology

Paul M. Beer, MD, Founder and President Z Lens LLC

Thinking outside the bag...

Marc Friedman, Ph.D, Chief Scientific Officer, Avedro

Corneal Cross-Linking Science and Technology

Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD, Director, the Boston Retinal Implant Project, and Department of Neuro-ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

 Problem: Blindness

 03-Oct 2012 CE Mark: Global Market Access and US Perspective(Moderator: David R. Pierson, Partner, Foley Hoag)
Nigel Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, Quality Assurance, Smith & Nephew

CE Marking – A Manufacturer’s Perspective

Enrico Perfler, Medical Device Technology Director, Eudax s.r.

Medical Device Clinical Evaluation:
Regulatory Challenges for Compliance to EU Requirements

Christine Forcier, Business Assurance Program Manager, Intertek

CE Marking for Medical Devices

 19-Sep 2012

Clinical World is the Critical Partner for New Products and Technology
(Moderator: Peter N. Madras, MD, FACS  Introduction)
John A. Libertino, MD, FACSChairman, Department of Urology at Lahey Clinic
Application of Urologic Devices
Kimberly Rieger-Christ, PhD,  Director of Cancer Biology and Director of the Ian C. Summerhayes Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 
Neural Tissue Engineering
Jessica Mandeville, MD,  Assistant Professor of Urology, Tufts University Medical School 
Laser Surgery for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Sebastian Flacke, MD, PhD,  Professor at Tufts University Medical School and Chief of Interventional Radiology at Lahey Clinic 
Reverse Thermosensitive Polymers: A Novel Device for Temporary Blood Flow Interruption - Mechanism and Applications
Christoph Wald, MD, PhD,  Associate Professor of Radiology, Tufts University Medical School and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Radiology, Lahey Clinic 
Qualitative and Quantitative Imaging
Peter N. Madras, MD, FACS


 25-July 2012 MDG/FDA Special Seminar: Guidelines for Import/Export of Medical Devices
(Moderator: David R. Pierson, Partner, Foley Hoag)

Mary YebbaPublic Affairs Specialist, New England District, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA 101: Keeping Informed - Working Together

Timothhy M. GlodCompliance Officer, New England District, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Introduction to Importing Medical Devices and Radiation-Emitting Electronic Products

Import for Export

Scott M. LoughanCompliance Officer, New England District, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
U.S. FDA: The Detention Process

Importing Radiation Emitting Electronic Products

Kathleen SousaCompliance Officer, New England District, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Specific Device Issues

Additional material: Exporting Medical Devices (FDA site)
 6-June 2012 Aging in Place: Technology to Keep People Home
(Moderator: David R. Pierson, Partner, Foley Hoag)
Allan S. "Chip” Teel, M.D.Founder, Full Circle America
Alone and Invisible: Averting Disaster in Aging America
Linda J. Smith, RN, BSN,  CMC Nurse Geriatric Care Manager, MetroWest Eldercare Management  
Bringing peace of mind to seniors and relief for their caregivers
Deb CitrinSenior Director, Strategy and Business Development, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions 
Aging in Place: Technology to assist in successful aging

 3-May 2012 MDG Medical Software SIG: Agile Development in FDA Regulated Software
(joint meeting with Agile New England)
Mike Attili,  President, Amaxo
Agile Development for FDA Regulated Software

 2-May 2012 Communicating with Medical Devices using M2M and mHealth Wireless Technologies
(Moderator: Craig J. Mathias, Principal, Farpoint Group  A Brief Introduction to Radio)
David Lee Scher, MDClinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Opportunities of Wireless Health Technologies: The Clinician’s Perspective
Robert Havasy,  Project Specialist / Operations Manager, Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare   mHealth Regulation
Jonathan ClarkFounder and CEO, Sine-Wave Technologies  m2mHealth

 4-Apr 2012  Pre-clinical Testing: What We Need to Know for Device Development
(Moderator: Dan Howell, Director of Sales & Marketing, CBSET, Inc.)
Adam Groothuis, Ph.D.VP and COO, CBSET, Inc.
Pre-Clinical Testing: What We Need to Know for Device Development
Sherry Parker, Ph.D.,  Director, Technical & Regulatory, Medical Devices, WuXi AppTec Inc.
Biocompatibility Testing: Winning Strategies and Pitfalls 
Jeffrey R. Scott, Ph.D.Manager, Preclinical Affairs, C.R. Bard, Inc. (Davol)
Preclinical Characterization in the Medical Device Industry

 7-Mar 2012 Orthopedics: New Devices for Every Stage of Life
(Moderator: William McIlhargey, WPM Enterprise
Orthopedics: New Devices for Every Stage of Life
Anthony Schepsis, M.D.Boston University Orthopaedic Surgical Associates
New Devices In Orthopedics: A Surgeon’s Perspective
Chris Lambert, Ph.D.,  Worcester Polytechnic Institute
How to Build An Advanced Osseointegrated Prosthetic
Lester FehrPartner - Arthrosurface
A Med Device Startup: Lessons from the Inside
T. (Teo) Forcht Dagi, M.D.HLM Venture Partners
Orthopaedics - Devices for Every Stage of Life: A Surgical/VC Perspective

 15-Feb 2012 MDG Networking Presentation 
Alan Raider and colleagues,  Intertek
Advanced Technical & Analytical Testing

 8-Feb 2012 MDG Medical Software SIG: Software Documentation for FDA Filings
Brian J. Edwards, M.S.,  Senior Regulatory Consultant, Aptiv Solutions
Suzanne M. Goodman, BSE RAC,  Regulatory Project Manager, Medical Devices, Aptiv Solutions 
Software Documentation for FDA Filings 

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 4-Jan 2012 Combination Products - It Takes Two to Tango
(Moderator: Gwen Acton, CEO, Vivo Group)
Keynote Speaker:
Michael Drues, Ph.D.
President, Vascular Sciences, Inc.
Combination Products and Convergence: Clinical Benefits, Regulatory Issues & Manufacturing Challenges™
Sherin Abdel-Meguid, PhDFounder, Shifa Biomedical Corporation
Combination Products
Paul HartungPresident & CEO, Neuroptix Corp.
Combination Product for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease
Sudha Kadiyala, PhDDirector, Business Strategy, Tissue Regeneration, Depuy Mitek / Johnson & Johnson
Combination Products - Advanced Technologies and Regenerative Medicine

 14-Dec 2011

FDA and the 510(k) Process: What to Expect Now and Down the Road
(Moderator: David R. Pierson, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP)
James M. Flaherty, Jr.Associate, Foley Hoag LLP
FDA and the 510(k) Process: What to Expect Now and Down the Road
Barry E. SandsPresident and Founder, RQMIS Inc.
US Premarket Regulatory Update: Integrated Design Control
John A. Norris, JD, MBAChief Operating Officer, Health Discovery Corporation
Assessing FDA-510(k)’s "Balance Points” and "Pressure Points,” and Predicting Its "Future”: An FDA-Reform Policy Analysis

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 7-Dec 2011 MDG Medical Software SIG: Human Factors Design for Device Software Safety
William Gribbons, PhD,  Director, graduate Human Factors program, Bentley University
Elizabeth Rosenzweig,  Senior Usability Consultant, Bentley University Design and Usability Center;  Founding Director, World Usability Day 
Human Factors Design for Device Software Safety 

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 2-Nov 2011

Meet our Local Medical Device Leaders: What is on Their Minds?
(Moderator: Gwen Acton, CEO, Vivo Group )
Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D.,  President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Frank ManganaroCEO, Nova Biomedical
Best In Class New Products Can Thrive Both In Difficult Economic Times and Against Larger Competitors
Gregory T. Martin, Ph.D.Vice President Research & Development Hologic Inc.
Don HautSenior Vice President, Strategy + Business Development, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy
Our Approach to Emerging Business Opportunities
Kevin L. O’KeeffeAssociate Principal, Boston, Charles River Associates, Inc. (CRAI)
CRA Global Life Sciences Practice - Medical Device Strategy Consulting
Article by Kevin O'Keefe: The Rise of Medtech

12-Oct 2011
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