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  • 8:30-8:45

    Registration, Coffee/Tea & Networking

  • 8:45-8:50

    Welcome and introduce James as the host for the morning

    Scott Phillips - CEO and Founder of StarFish Medical

  • 8:50-9:05

    Raising Capital in 2024 - Trends and Tactics

    Mike Hill - Managing Director of Octane Capital Markets, Octane Capital & Growth

  • 9:05-9:45

    Case studies in successful VC relationships and observations on the current VC funding environment

    Jeffry Weinhuff - Managing Partner & CIO, Visionary Venture Fund

  • 9:45-10:30

    Looking at the the future of surgeries: Opportunities that will emerge through VR and AI

    Dr. Sam Browd - Co-founder & Chief Medical Officer, DeepWell DTx

  • 10:30-11:00


  • 11:00-11:40

    The power of Human Factors in medical device development: A look at Human Factors and its impact on marketability, profitability, and even FDA approval

    Virginia Lang - President & Chief Scientist, Hirlan Inc.

  • 11:40-12:20

    Predicting the success of life science startups: An indepth review of 150 companies over 10 years and the factors that predict whether they'll succeed

    Dr. Mickey Urdea - Founder & Partner, Halteres Associates

  • 12:20-13:15


  • 13:15-13:55

    The Venture factory: Automating the pre-commercial exit as a strategy for high-value startups

    Amr Salahieh - President & CEO, Shifamed LLC

  • 13:55-14:35

    Considering Early Feasibility Study in the US: Advantages and Disadvantages to this FDA Pathway 

    Tonya Porter - President, Regulatory Scientist, Inc.

  • 14:35-15:05


  • 15:05-15:45

    Taking the public route: PAVmed founder shares the strategic tradeoffs he's made to attract capital through public investors

    Dr. Lishan Aklog - Chairman & CEO, PAVmed

  • 15:45-16:25

    Competing with Giants: Launching a new product into a space dominated by a formidable competitor - the Spinal Kinetics story.

    Tom Afzal - CEO & Founder, ACTIVAS Orthopedics

  • 16:25-17:00


    Scott Phillips - CEO & Founder, StarFish Medical

  • 17:00-18:00

    Networking Reception