Special Sessions & Events

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Special Events

Plenary Sessions


Special Sessions

Student and Early Career Program

Industry Programs


Special Events

Industry Tours*

Medical Device Company Tours (CLOSED)
Wednesday, October 11th, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

*Advanced registration and $10 ticket required
Restrictions: Students and academics only; Closed-toed shoes; No food and drink; No photography.

Industry Tours will allow BMES registrants to visit local biomedical companies and interact with professionals in their field of interest. Tours may include a company overview, walkthrough of manufacturing and/or R&D facilities, and networking with company employees. All Industry Tours will leave the convention center entrance at 12:30pm on Wednesday, October 11th, and return to the convention center at 3:30pm. Buses will be provided to those who pre-register. Please select only one tour during your registration, as they are all running concurrently.

Date: Wednesday, October 11th
Time: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Date: Wednesday, October 11th
Time: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Welcome Reception
Wednesday, October 11th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Convention Center
BMES Dessert Bash
Friday, October 13, 8:30pm - 10:30pm - Arizona Science Center

LGBT Dessert Social Hour
Wednesday, October 11th, 8:00pm - 9:00pm - Sheraton Grande
*additional registration and $10 ticket required

Naomi Chesler, PhD, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and, Kelly Stevens, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, will lead a conversation about "Being an Ally". Speakers' talk will be followed by dessert and a cash bar.
LGBT Dessert Social Sponsored by
Plenary Sessions
State of the Society & Pritzker Award Lecture - Convention Center
Thursday, October 12th, 10:15am - 11:30am

State of the Society: Lori Setton, PhD, BMES President
Pritzker Award Lecture: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD, Columbia University
NIBIB Lecture - Feng Zhang, PhD & BMES Fellows Presentation - Convention Center
Thursday, October 12th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

NIBIB Lecture: Feng Zhang, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wallace H. Coulter Award for Healthcare Innovation Lecture - Convention Center
Friday, October 13th, 10:15am - 11:15am

The Wallace H. Coulter Award for Healthcare Innovation Award Lecture: Bonnie Anderson, CEO of Veracyte
Diversity Plenary Lecture - Convention Center
Friday, October 13th, 5:15pm - 6:15pm

Diversity Plenary Lecture: Manu O. Platt, PhD, Georgia Tech and Emory
Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture & Student Award Winners - Convention Center
Saturday, October 14th, 10:30am - 11:45am

Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture: Craig J. Goergen, PhD, Purdue Univesrity
Celebration of Minorities in BME Luncheon*
Thursday, October 12th, 11:45am - 1:15pm - Phoenix Convention Center, West Building Ballroom A

*additional registration and $35 ticket required

Speaker: Antonio Garcia, PhD, Foundation Professor of Bioengineering; Associate Director, Hispanic Research Center; Chair, Biological Design Graduate Program, Arizona State University 

Reframing the Engineering Academic Environment to Expand Opportunities for All Students
This talk is intended to generate a discussion on a different approach that is specifically aimed at maintaining enthusiasm for engineering across the higher education student population.  For nearly three decades, my colleagues have been partnering with faculty and administrators to create a mentored environment intended to expand student opportunities within STEM.  Recently, we have taken on the challenge of changing the current academic culture of a low context or individuated approach to defining a student’s ability or level of success through a new model called Context Diversity which encourages reframing academic cultures to meet the needs of all populations, and especially underrepresented groups.
Dr. García is very active in research and technology transfer as a professor of bioengineering while also working on education and human resource development as an administrator in the College of Humanities.  As Associate Director, he has worked for 27 years on education and human resource projects aimed at improving math, science, and engineering education as well as meeting the demand for a skilled and diverse U.S. technological workforce.
Women in BME Luncheon*
Friday, October 13th, 11:30am - 1:00pm - Phoenix Convention Center, West Building Ballroom A
*additional registration and $35 ticket required

Speaker: Christopher J. Loving
Quadrant 2 Living:  Moving from the Urgent to the Important
We live in a world where there are pressures, deadlines, a sense of urgency and many roles to play. These forces can be created by ourselves, those around us, unforeseen circumstances and events, and by the institutions in which we sojourn. Mr. Loving’s presentation will explore two concepts/tools, that if implemented, will enhance our ability to live the life we envision every day.
Christopher J. Loving has over 25 years of experience developing and teaching new models of leadership. He has worked with hundreds of organizations (educational, Fortune 500, nonprofit) in the United States and in Europe and is frequently invited to partner with a wide range of audiences through training programs, keynote addresses and coaching relationships. Past and current partnerships include the University of Michigan, University of Washington, Northwestern University, Washington University in St. Louis, The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Brandeis University, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Anheuser–Busch Companies, Inc., Associated Press, National Conference for Community and Justice, and many others.
In the educational sector over the last 20 years, Chris has coached and advised leaders throughout the academy including trustees, presidents, provosts, students, faculty, deans, department chairs, directors, and administrators.  In addition, he has developed and facilitated a series of leadership conversations that have improved the climate and effectiveness of academic organizations and designed and presented brief and long–term programs that feature a courageous and compassionate leadership curriculum for department chairs, faculty, postdoctoral associates and graduate students. Chris has also created and presented diversity programs for over 20 years, advised diversity organizations and trained trainers and faculty on how to more effectively develop and teach diversity–training and additional programs in a variety of settings.
Women in BME Luncheon Sponsored by
Special Sessions
Training New Leaders in Healthcare Innovation: Graduate Training Programs Linking Engineering and Medicine
Thursday, October 12th, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 122B

Track: Biomedical Engineering Education (BME)
Special Session
Healthcare innovations hold great promise for improving patient outcomes while improving the clinical value proposition. Bringing new concepts from early idea to eventual clinical use requires interdisciplinary efforts combining skills of engineers, PhD-level researchers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs. A variety of training programs are emerging to help individuals integrate these disparate skill sets. These include traditional MD/PhD/MSTP programs as well as more recent developments such as masters’ degrees in medical innovation or translational medicine. These programs provide pathways for engineers, life scientists, and MDs to amplify each other’s efforts in developing new innovations in medicine. The workshop will include a series of “Best Practices” snapshots, looking at various modes of integrating engineering and clinical medicine. Snapshots will span a range of student archetypes, including engineers pivoting to medical school, doctors returning for master’s training, life scientists learning engineering skills, many backgrounds seeking specialized business training, and PhD candidates desiring practical training in innovation. These will help participants find strategies for training innovators to transform medical and engineering practice. This session will build on the Graduate Medical Innovation (GMI) Program Workshop held at the 2016 BMES Annual meeting.
ABET Criteria Workshop
Thursday, October 12th, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 122C

Track: Biomedical Engineering Education (BME)
Special Session
A panel of experienced BME ABET program evaluators present and discuss the current status and trends in BME undergraduate program accreditation. Topics will include the accreditation process and BME specific criteria, challenges, and experiences. The target audience includes current and new program evaluators, faculty members in departments preparing for or considering an ABET evaluation, and educators and industry and government representatives interested in the BME accreditation process.
NIH Funding Panel Session
Thursday, October 12th, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 121ABC

Special Session
The session will provide an overview of NIH funding opportunities and resources particularly well-suited to the BMES research community. NIH Program Officers and awardees will offer insights and “lessons learned” from the perspective of winning these NIH awards as well as in serving on NIH review panels. The session will explore how researchers may develop strategies to align their research interests with NIH opportunities and priorities.
Defining Educational Goals of Bioengineering in the 21st Century
Thursday, October 12th, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 122B

Track: Biomedical Engineering Education (BME)
Special Session
Engineers design and create tools, products, and systems that change society and improve the lives of people. The most impactful products are ones that address profound societal and personal needs. We speak of engineering as grand challenges because engineering is essential for addressing urgent societal issues such as combatting global climate change, ensuring a secure food supply, or providing sustainable and effective medical care. For our engineering students to be effective at addressing the societal needs posed by these grand challenges, our students must understand the “needs” that require engineering solutions as well as the science and technologies that make engineering effective. This session will highlight how 3 institutions are approaching this balance of social needs integration and into BME Curricula. Following the talks, we will guide discussion on three main discussion points to engage the BIOE community: 1) Is it possible to redesign the curriculum so that societal needs for healthcare and medicine drive the technical content, 2) Can we integrate co-curricular experiences providing insight to the clinical needs and challenges from the freshmen year, 3) How do we develop our faculty’s teaching skills to meet these new challenges to foster more project-based and clinically focused curricula.
The 5th US-Korea Joint BMES Workshop
Thursday, October 12th, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 122A

Special Session
The goal of the 5th Annual US-Korea Joint BMES Workshop is to promote cooperation, collaboration, and networking between the members of Korean Society of Medical and Biological Engineering (KOSOMBE) and BMES. The Workshop will continue to provide an important venue and serve as bridge for a long-term relationship and mutual benefit for both Society members in US and Korea.
Vascular Mechanobiology and Nanotherapeutics
Thursday, October 12th, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 122C?

Track: Cardiovascular Engineering
Special Session
This session is jointly sponsored by Cardiovascular Engineering and Biomaterials/Drug Delivery tracks, and its focus is on translational aspects of vascular mechanobiology, in particular how to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease using nanotechnology approaches that target gene/protein markers of vascular dysfunction.
NIBIB DEBUT Presentations and Awards Session
Thursday, October 12th, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 121ABC

Special Session
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell have come together to support and expand the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge, which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation. This special session will feature presentations from the 2017 winning teams followed by an award ceremony. A former award winner will also share their perspective of the DEBUT Challenge and the role it played in their success in commercializing a design. The is a unique opportunity for aspiring design engineers, future DEBUT applicants, and future entrepreneurs to be inspired and learn more about the Challenge competition and its impact.
Engineering Solutions to Address Health Care Disparities
Thursday, October 12th, 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 122B

Track: Translational Biomedical Engineering
Special Session
Health and health care disparities remain a costly and burdensome challenge in the U.S. and pose a serious threat to continued improvement in overall quality of care and population health. Biomedical engineers are well positioned to employ novel biodesign strategies toward the elimination of these disparities. This interactive session will explore approaches for research and education related to the application of biomedical technologies and engineering designs to solve health disparities. The session will highlight designs developed in the 2017 BMES Coulter College with a focus on health disparity solutions.
Career Options for the BME Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 122C

Track: Biomedical Engineering Education (BME)
Special Session
This session aims to cater to the needs of BME PhD students and postdoctoral fellows by bringing together a panel of professionals who have PhD degrees in BME or related disciplines currently employed either in industry (2 speakers), academia (2 speakers; current or past BME/Bioengineering Department Chairs) or government (1 speaker). Each, through his/her short (10 min) presentation, will share useful tips, and their experiences, on what the BME PhD students and postdocs need to do to land the job of their dreams.
Curricular Innovation: Highlighting Your Most Unique or Innovative Course Offerings
Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 122C

Track: Biomedical Engineering Education (BME)
Special Session
Our courses and curricula reflect the fast-paced, interdisciplinary nature of bioengineering. Each of us have faced challenges in giving students access to - and deciding upon the best methods of delivery for - crucial content and experience. Please, take this opportunity to share with the BMES community your innovative and unique modules, courses, and curricula - and your students’ experiences with them. This special session on education is a series of talks that will allow the community to share with one another their latest curricular work, and related challenges.
International Symposium on Biomedical Engineering
Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM- Phoenix Convention Center, Room 122A

Special Session BMES-NSF Special Session on CAREER and UNSOLICITED Awards
Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 121ABC

*additional registration and $10 ticket required

Special Session

BMES and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will convene a special session focused on innovative research in biomedical engineering and grant writing. The session will bring together NSF Bioengineering and Engineering Healthcare grantees, young investigators, junior and senior faculty, and post-doctoral fellows for idea exchange and networking related to conducting and funding cutting-edge research in BME. The session will showcase NSF funded research and researchers, foster collaboration and idea exchange, familiarize participants with NSF funding mechanisms, and provide strategies for preparing competitive grant proposals, in particular NSF CAREER and unsolicited grant applications. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CBET – 1741771. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Symposium in Honor of Dr. and Mrs. Athanasiou
Friday, October 13, 2017, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 122A

Special Session

In recognition of Dr. Kyriacos Athanasiou's sustained commitment to the field of biomedical engineering in general and to BMES in particular, serving as President in 2003-2004, as Editor in Chief of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering since 2009, and for creating an award endowment with his wife, Kiley, to honor the next generation of biomedical engineers.
BMES-NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Special Session
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Phoenix Convention Center, Room 121ABC

Special Session

BMES and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will convene a special session focused on NSF’s Graduate research Fellowships Program (GRFP). The goal of the session is to bring together program officers, grantees, reviewers and graduate students to highlight the NSF GRFP and inform undergraduate and graduate students on GFRP guidelines and strategies to develop winning GRFP grant proposals. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CBET – 1741771. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Student and Early Career Program
Mentor Match-up (pre-sign up)
Wednesday, October 11th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Room No. 129AB

The Mentor Match-Up program session connects mentors and mentees based on their common interests. This workshop provides members the opportunity to connect with a student member to help them in their professional development, and to establish a mentor/mentee relationship beyond the annual meeting.
Perfecting the First-time Student and Early Career Attendee Experience
Wednesday, October 11th, 4:30pm - 5:30pm - Room No. 129AB

Welcome to your first BMES Annual Meeting!  You are about to embark on a wonderful experience.  Attend this special session designed for the First Time Student and Early Career Attendee, and hear how to take advantage of all that is offered.  This session will provide you with information and insight to easily navigate the Annual Meeting in order for you to make the most out of your time in Phoenix.
Networking:  A Required Life Skill in a Diverse 21st Century
Thursday, October 12th, 10:00am - 11:30am - Room No. 124AB

To succeed in today's competitive world, who you know can be as critical as what you know. Successfully networking - developing and utilizing contacts - is an essential skill. Networking involves: 1) making contacts, 2) establishing cordial relationships, and 3) foraging mutual bonds to share information, knowledge, and expertise. This session explores skills and techniques germane to successful networking.
Coop/Intern and Industrial Relations Workshop – Part II (by invitation)
Thursday, October 12th, 1:00pm - 4:30pm - Room No. 129AB

The industrial relations workshop is for BME faculty, administrators and staff to collectively discuss challenges and share best practices for engaging industry and promoting students for hire (coop/intern and full-time positions).  The workshop includes an industry panel, an update on BMES industry activities, and group discussion time.  Participants will work in groups based on geographical region to foster regional collaboration and program engagement.
BME Careers in Industry I
Thursday, October 12th, 1:30pm - 2:45pm - Room No. 124AB
Explore the various industry options for BME professionals.  Representatives from industry share their career paths, educational training, insight into the hiring market, and suggestions for current students and recent graduates.
BME Careers in Academia
Thursday, October 12th, 1:15pm - 2:15pm - Room No. 128AB
Hear about the various career paths and opportunities in academia.  Representatives from academia share their career paths, educational training, and suggestions for current students and recent graduates.
Talk to the Industry Executive Stan Rowe, Corp. VP, & Chief Scientific Officer, Edwards Lifesciences
Thursday, October 12th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Room No. 128AB
Join us for an informative and interactive mix of presentations and discussions with industry executive Stan Rowe of Edwards Lifesciences.  In this session you will have the opportunity to network Stan as he shares his career pathway, highlights and tips for navigating and succeeding in the BME industry field from entry level to executive.
Rapid Resume Review
Thursday, October 12th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Exhibit Hall - Level 300
Experienced BME professionals will review an electronic or hard copy of your resume and work with you to make improvements.
BME Entrepreneurship Careers
Thursday, October 12th, 4:00pm - 5:15pm - Room No. 124AB
Entrepreneurs discuss the translational path; how to take an idea from concept to commercial product, resources available to students interested in translated their technologies both within and outside the university, and licensing and start-up options.
BME Alternative Careers
Thursday, October 12th, 4:00pm - 5:15pm - Room No. 128AB
BME alumni and representatives share their career paths, educational training, and insight into working in the government, law, healthcare information technology and medicine.  Suggestions for current students and recent graduates who want to pursue these career paths will be presented.
Student Chapter Session I
BMES Student Chapter Session - Outstanding Chapter Best Practices
Friday, October 13th, 8:30am - 9:30am - Room No. 128AB

Outstanding Student Chapter awardee University of California, San Diego will provide their chapter best practices along with the Commendable Achievement awardee Arizona State University.  During this workshop each chapter will have the opportunity to present their chapter’s goals and accomplishments. This will allow new and current student chapters an opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas and implement new goals for their upcoming year.
Student Chapter Session II
BMES Student Chapter Session - Mentoring, Outreach, and Chatper-Industry Best Practices
Friday, October 13th, 9:30am - 10:30am - Room No. 128AB
Outstanding Mentoring awardee Clemson University will provide their chapter best-practices along with the Outreach Program awardee University of Pennsylvania; each will discuss their goals and the success of their programs.  Following their presentations Chapter-Industry awardee University of Maryland will present their chapter-industry best practices. During this workshop, exchange ideas and implement new goals for their upcoming year.

Graduate School Part I:  Navigating the Graduate School Application/Financial Aid Process
Friday, October 13th, 9:00am - 10:00am - Room No. 124AB

Advanced degree level training has emerged as a key requirement for garnering positions of leadership in academia, government, and industry and for careering in today's workplace. Beyond this, an advanced degree signals scholarship, maturity, and the capacity to do rigorous work; all attributes that can provide an edge in today’s world. This session is designed to provide information on strategies germane to: 1) developing and implementing a successful graduate school admission application; and 2) securing graduate student financial aid support.
Graduate School Part II:  Surviving, Thriving, and Succeeding
Friday, October 13th, 1:15pm - 2:15pm - Room No. 124AB
Succeeding as a graduate student is all about achieving one’s purpose - personal dreams and aspirations for pursuing an advance degree. An individual’s graduate school venture can take many different turns, but nearly all of them present unique opportunities for growing and developing in areas of knowledge acquisition, personal development, performance management, professionalism, and leadership. This session explores the language, philosophy, and critical strategies applicable to setting the bar high to survive, thrive, achieve, excel, and succeed as a graduate student.
BMES Undergraduate Student Design Competition
Friday, October 13th, 1:45pm - 3:15pm - Room No. 128AB
During this session we will bring together the top 6 winning design teams that were selected. The top
6 include Florida Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University, Stevens Institute of
Technology, University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University. This competition allows each
Design team to orally present their projects and student to ask questions after each presentation.
Upon completion of all presentations, the judges will select and announce the top 3 winners. Winners will receive
first, second and third place prize money during the awards ceremony.
BMES Careers in Industry II
Friday, October 13th, 2:45pm - 4:00pm - Room No. 124AB

Explore the various industry options for BME professionals.  Representatives from industry share their career paths, educational training, insight into the hiring market, and suggestions for current students and recent graduates.
Industry Programs
Industry and Clinical Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 11th, 7:30pm - 8:30pm - Sheraton Grande
*By Invitation Only
Council of Industry Chapter Presidents
Thursday, October 12th, 7:00am - 8:00am - Location TBD

Principles of Project Management
Thursday, October 12th, 8:00am - 9:00am - Industry Room

Christopher Basciano, BD
John C. Baley, PMI Phoenix Chapter
Tom Thorn, PMI Phoenix Chapter

Project management principles are valuable to many roles within professional companies. The current session will introduce Project Management Institute, which offers recognized certifications, standards and education for professionals interested in Project Management.  Principles and fundamentals of project management will be discussed by local leadership and professionals of the Phoenix Chapter of Project Management Institute.
Verification and Validation of Medical Devices
Thursday, October 12th, 9:00am - 10:00am - Industry Room

Chair: Christopher Basciano, BD

Brandon Lurie, WL Gore & Associates
Sudeep Sastry, WL Gore & Associates
Andy Sloan, WL Gore & Associates

The terms verification and validation can be interpreted in multiple ways. Professionals from WL Gore & Associates will discuss their perspectives and definitions of verification and validation in regards to medical device development. Specific focus will be directed toward discussing the work completed by multiple disciplines (e.g., engineering, regulatory, and quality) in order to meet current and future medical device industry standards of verification and validation.
BMES Special Interest Group Overview
Thursday, October 12th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Industry Room

Chair: Christopher Basciano, BD

BMES currently has three special interest groups that focused program organization and technical depth to the broad spectrum of disciplines covered by biomedical engineering. The session will allow representatives from each of the three special interest groups (Medical Devices, Cellular and Molecular Engineering, and Advanced Biomanufacturing) to discuss each group’s current focus, future activities, and recent contributions to the expanding field of biomedical engineering.
Entrepreneur Workshop
Thursday, October 12th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm - Industry Room

*Ticket purchase required
Chair: Clark Wilson, Merchant and Gould P.C.

The session will include a panel discussion where the individuals will cover one or more of the below areas. It is up to the individual as to which he/she feels they have expertise in. The second half of the session will include an open round table whereby the startups in the room can interact with you individually to address specific questions they might have.
  • US Regulatory Strategy
  • OUS Regulatory Strategy
  • Verification/Validation
  • Pre-clinical trials
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Clinical Trials
  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality Management System
  • Risk Management
  • Reimbursement
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Modeling
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Fundraising Strategy
  • IP Strategy
  • Launch
  • Post-Market Surveillance
  • Post-Market Studies
  • Company Growth
  • Exit Strategy

Industry and Clinical Mixer
Thursday, October 12th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm - The Duce

*Ticket purchase required
Sponsored by Brooks Kushman P.C.
Co-chairs: Alec Thomas, University of Colorado, and Stephanie Mansfield, Brooks Kushman

Hosted at The Duce, this event is an opportunity for industry professionals and clinicians attending the conference to network in a fun setting.  Hors d’oeuvres and one free drink will be provided for those in attendance.
BMES Industry Advisory Board
Friday, October 13th, 7:00am - 8:00am - Location TBD

*By Invitation Only
Tech Transfer Innovation Challenge
Friday, October 13th, 8:00am - 10:00am - Industry Room

Chair: Stephanie Mansfield, Brooks Kushman P.C.

This session will be a forum for select researchers and academics to pitch to companies interested in sponsoring research or licensing a technology. The technology topics will align with the commercial interests of the participating companies. Company representatives will be available after the pitches for questions and networking.
Clinical Innovators Spotlight
Friday, October 13th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Industry Room

Co-chairs: Jonathan Gunn, Briteseed, and Omid Veiseh, Sigilon

One of the challenges in biomedical engineering careers is developing an understanding of current and anticipated unmet clinical needs, and how to address those needs with existing and new technologies. The audience will be treated to a detailed view, from leading clinical innovators, on how real-world problems in cardiology, oncology, organ transplantation, and orthopedics can be addressed with biomedical engineering solutions.
Investment Pitches and Partnering
Friday, October 13th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Industry Room

Chair: Clark Wilson, Merchant and Gould P.C.

This session will be a forum for select companies to pitch to four venture capitalists interested in providing funding for start-up ventures. The business categories will align with the interests of the participating VCs. Each venture capitalist will be available after the pitches for questions and networking.