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Welcome to Medical Device Playbook 2018

Medical Device Playbook 2018, Canada’s premiere innovation and commercialization event for medical device professionals, is coming to the MaRS Discovery District on May 8, 2018. Industry speakers and panels from across North America discuss what it takes to Dream a Bigger Dream.

Network with industry veterans and learn 2018 Entrepreneurial Strategy for Innovation, Getting the Product Right, Deal-making, and Navigating the Clinical/Regulatory Environment.

Event includes Lunch, Breaks, and Networking Reception. Medical Device Playbook 2018 Toronto is co-hosted by StarFish Medical and OBIO.  All net proceeds will go to OBIO  for future medtech initiatives.

Toronto Speakers

  • Josh Tolkoff, Accelerator Executive at CIMIT - Boston

    Co-Founder of Boston Scientific

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    How a gadget guy became a value proposition believer.

    Stories from the early days of Boston Scientific. Find and study the significant needs and the technology will follow.

  • Stan Lapidus, Director of a number of public and private medical device and diagnostics companies - Denver

    Founded and led two of the most successful (>$2Bn value) diagnostics companies of all time

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    Asking Better Questions

    My adventures as an inventor/entrepreneur in medical technology. How I identify unsolved, or poorly solved, problems and how asking new questions leads to the development of large businesses.

  • Brian Shoemaker, Principal Consultant at ShoeBar Associates - Boston

    International Medical Device Software Consultant

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    Agile for Medical Devices - A New Day Dawns

    An Agile approach serves as discipline which medical device development teams can in fact follow, and results in products with higher quality and safety.

  • Hari Sree, Hardware Development Manager, Boston Scientific - Minneapolis

    Multiple acquisition evaluations and integrations at Boston Scientific

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    Acquisitions Due Diligence – What matters

    In the medical device space, acquisitions, more so than mergers, are common place events.

    Learn key technology and product development maturity diligence aspects for potential acquisitions.

  • Darren Kraemer, Founder & President, Light Matter Interaction - Toronto

    Mad Scientist/Entrepreneur

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    Commercialization at the cutting edge

    Commercializing laser technology: New medical laser applications and instrumentation designed to provide surgeons with an unprecedented level of precision.

  • LIANA DI MARCO, Project Manager at MaRS EXCITE - Toronto

    Medical device market expert

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    Building a great "go to market" strategy

    Complex healthcare strategies and examples of EXCITE successes

  • Scott Phillips, CEO, StarFish Medical - Victoria

    Creator Medical Device Playbook

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    Dream a Bigger Dream

    What it takes to build a $100M Medical Device Product or Company

  • Vesna Janic, Director of QA/RA StarFish Medical - Victoria

    QA/RA responsible for 30+ concurrent medical devices and companies

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    Preparing for ISO 13485:2016

    Lessons from our recent audit

  • Garry Lee, Engineering Manager at TÜV SÜD Canada

    Created largest EMC lab in Canada

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  • Thomas Meier, Founder of - Switzerland

    International Launch Expert

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    Commercializing innovative health technology across Europe

    The Commercial Launch of ONE product in ONE continent means 44 countries and 44 healthcare systems. There are plenty of options for new technologies to be sold and used, but limited homogeneity among these national healthcare systems.


MARS Discovery District
MaRS Centre, South Tower
101 College Street, Suite 100
Toronto, ON M5G 1L7


2017 recap

The 2017 events in Toronto and Vancouver were a hit with 450+ participants, speakers, and sponsors. Veteran speakers providing industry insights and experience joined rooms full of the medical device entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and business cards in a day-long event designed specifically for local medtech innovators.

92% would recommend the event to friends

 “It is the only ‘conference’ of its type in Canada. I really enjoyed that it was all about the business and commercialization aspects of the health-tech industry and not heavily based on technology.”