"The medical device business is one of the last industries where the United States truly has a global competitive advantage," said Matthew Jenusaitis, president and CEO of OCTANe. "However, we are at risk to lose this leadership position due to challenges with the regulatory, funding, and employment markets. Our goal with the Forum is to help new companies get started, help existing companies grow, to create new jobs, and to ultimately have a lasting impact on both our local and national economies."
To kick off this theme of collaboration, OCTANe will host a private pre-conference VIP reception on November 14 with the OCTANe board and leadership. Select CEOs, investors, and entrepreneurs will enjoy an evening with conference speakers and invited dignitaries at the home of one of OCTANes board members. The following night, K&L Gates, Piper Jaffray and PricewaterhouseCoopers will host a CEO dinner for 100 medical device industry leaders and investors, where Piper Jaffray will present an overview of the US capital markets.
The Forum will commence on November 15 with a keynote presentation featuring Robert Grant, the CEO of Bausch + Lomb Surgical and OCTANes chairman. Grant will discuss the important role of innovation within the industry as it faces what is possibly the most challenging time in its history. To bring a different view of its importance, professional snowboarder and double-leg amputee Amy Purdy will deliver a powerful message about perseverance, and about the role the medical device industry plays in her independence. Also, Ernst & Young will present highlights of their annual "Pulse of the Industry" report, which gives a global view of the state of the medical device industry.
Over the course of the two days, fourteen emerging medical device companies will give investment presentations, featuring early- and later-stage companies like Stroma Medical, Tenex Health, and Andrew Technologies. Also, eight panel discussions will deliver expert and timely information that is critical in todays rapidly changing healthcare environment. Topics include pre-clinical trials, patent reform, cardiovascular, and working with the FDA.
The breakfast keynote on November 16 will feature a healthcare public policy update with experts from MDMA, AdvaMed and CHI. The final keynote is Dr. Joshua Makower, a world-renowned doctor, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Dr. Makower will discuss the changing face of the FDA and its impact on the United State's global leadership position in medical devices.
"This business conference has emerged as the leading medical device industry event in the west," said Jenusaitis, "and we are excited to welcome some of the nations leading CEOs, doctors, entrepreneurs, and venture capital firms to Orange County."
For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.MDIF2011.com or contact OCTANe at 949-330-6569.
OCTANe is where people and ideas come together with capital and resources to fuel Orange Countys medical device industry. For more information, visit www.octaneoc.org.