The 2015 HealthTech Venture Network Conference (HTVNC) was an enormous success! On September 19, exhibitors, speakers, ELEVATE participants and attendees gathered in downtown Boston at the Marriot Copley Place for a memorable event. From the connected OR, to stem cell research, to a robot that helps make vaccinations less stressful for children, HTVNC was a reflection of health-tech’s enriching diversity.
A large group gathered on Friday night for HTVNC’s Conversations & Cocktails event at Champion’s Bar. The next morning, attendees met one another and milled around health-tech exhibits, talking with exhibitors about their technologies. SenseDriver Technologies exhibited their safe driving heads up display, SenseHUD, and received a warm reception. Attendees experienced the technology by interacting with the newly unveiled SenseHUD hardware and the Hudson app.
Several keynote speakers presented during the morning, followed by a time for questions and answers. Following keynotes, lunch was served and attendees conversed and browsed exhibits. The conference resumed in the afternoon with the ELEVATE competition, during which time six contestants pitched their companies to a panel of health-tech experts. All contestants received feedback on their pitches and exposure to health-tech investors. ELEVATE winners Chris Cabell of AppwoRx and Samantha Simmons of Curvative Orthopaedics both won first place, which includes a $1000 cash prize and $4,000 worth of consulting support around business development and marketing for their startups.
HTVNC’s Keynote Speakers
1. Dr. Kingsley R. Chin
Harvard-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon
“KICVentures & The Health-Tech Landscape”
Dr. Chin described the growing market for health-tech and how the KICVentures’ ecosystem is poised to invest in disruptive healthcare technologies.
2. Aaron Miller
Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
“The Boom of HealthTech Investments”
Aaron Miller brought a wealth management perspective to the health-tech market, providing an analysis of recent trends and an outline for strategic investment.
3. Nick Powley
MIT-Trained Health-Tech Entrepreneur
“The Birth of CoCreateX”
Nick Powley spoke about the ingredients necessary for improving the climate for innovation in CoCreateX –a community devoted to supporting new entrepreneurs.
4. Dr. David Chang
Johns Hopkins-Trained Neurosurgeon
“The Connected OR”
Dr. Chang presented the C-ray technology –a small, portable device that combines the X-Ray and drill components for surgeons to place pedicle screws in a faster, more accurate way.
5. Michael Amaru
Chief Business Development Officer, SenseDriver
“The Future of the Connected Car”
Michael Amaru presented the SenseHUD technology –a heads up display that enables safe, connected driving.
6. Kari Zimmers
Senior Vice President, AxioMed LLC
“Freedom® Lumbar and Cervical Total Disc Replacement Technology”
Kari Zimmers provided an overview of AxioMed’s technologies and promising clinical studies, explaining the strengths of the Freedom discs in the landscape of total disc replacement.
7. Fabio Pencle, M.B.B.S.
Research Fellow, LESS Institute
“Outpatient Spine Surgery”
Fabio Pencle presented on the eligibility of outpatient spine surgery candidates with trends in outpatient and inpatient Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF).
8. Dr. Fernando Techy
Cleveland Clinic-Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
“Stem Cells in Orthopaedics: Real Deal, Voodoo, or Somewhere in Between…”
Dr. Techy, the Director of Research at The Orthopaedic Stem Cell Institute, presented on the exciting possibilities of orthopaedic stem cell research and what’s currently being done in the field.