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ASK ME ANYTHING-SESSION

Have you signed up for our August event yet? You can still make it! In partnership with the Medical Alley Association, MedTech Bridge invites you to participate in an "ask-me-anything" session with a US MedTech business leader and entrepreneur. It is a 90 minutes session for you to any medical technology, commercialization- and/or business-related question. Consider this a round table of ideas, questions, and answers for you to join in and contribute to.

How it works
  • Sign up by sending us an email with "YES" in the subject line
  • We will send you optional dates for the 90 minutes session
  • MedTech Bridge and The Medical Alley Association will match 3-4 companies with a US Medtech expert.
  • You will send us a company profile to introduce the US Business Leader to your company and product. This is due one week before the meeting.

Participants

Participating US executives have either successfully started a MedTech company in the US, or have contributed to the strategy of a global company that has entered the US market successfully.

Timing
The conversations will take place in the first weeks of August. Meetings are held online using ZOOM.

Sign me up!
Send an email to melissa@medtechbridge.org with "YES" in the subject line. Next, send us a one-page company profile. The one page-company profile is due one week before the session. If you want to know more about the initiative, please reach out to MedTech Bridge Program Manager Amy at amy@medtechbridge.org

US Business Leaders
Participating US executives

Tom Hykes, Operating Partner at Revival Healthcare Capital. Kevin has 25 years of experience, successfully bringing novel med technology to the market and is a returning volunteer for the MedTech Bridge. He has successfully operated companies to include: Metavention - a company concerned with treating Type 2 diabetes, Veran - makers of the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System, a diagnostic tool for lung disease; Relievant Medical Systems - offering solutions for low back pain and Versant Ventures - a venture capital firm.

BIO
Kevin Hykes is an accomplished medical device industry executive with over 25 years’ experience successfully commercializing novel therapies on a global basis for both large and small organizations. Kevin is currently an Operating Partner with Revival Healthcare Capital, an independent board member at Metavention, Inc. and Veran Medical Technologies, and an Advisory Board Member at Vensana Capital. Prior to joining Revival, Kevin was President and CEO of Relievant Medsystems, a privately held medical device company that has developed the Intracept® procedure, a breakthrough treatment for chronic lower back pain. Prior to Relievant Kevin was an Operating Partner at Versant Ventures and Chairman and CEO of Metavention, Inc., CEO of Cameron Health, Chief Commercial Officer of Visiogen, Inc. and spent sixteen years at Medtronic in the CRM, Neurostimulation, and Cardiac Surgery businesses. Kevin received his MBA from Northwestern University and a BBA in Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin.
Lee Jones, among Lee’s accolades, is 2020’s Entrepreneur of the Year from the University of Minnesota. Lee is the Founder and CEO of Rebiotix, which uses human microbiome to treat debilitating disease. Lee is a 30-year veteran working as a leader in the Lifesciences for small and large companies and has taken part in successful company exits

BIO
Lee Jones – Founder, President and CEO of Rebiotix Inc (a Ferring Pharmaceuticals company), has over 30 years of experience in the medical technology industry in large and small companies and academia. She cofounded Rebiotix in 2011. Rebiotix is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a new class of biologic drugs based on live human-derived microbes. The company was acquired by Ferring Pharmaceuticals in
Apr 2018. Previously, she was Chief Administrative Officer of the Schulze Diabetes Institute at the University of Minnesota and is the former president and chief executive officer of Inlet Medical. Inlet Medical, a privately held medical device company, was sold to CooperSurgical in 2006. Prior to Inlet, she spent 14 years at Medtronic where she developed and commercialized several innovative products that opened up new markets for the company. Lee has served on several public and private boards and is currently on the board of Electromed Inc., on the University of Minnesota’s Office of Technology Commercialization advisory board, and on the board of MedicalAlley, an industry association. Ms Jones has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an Executive Management degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Angie Conley, Angie founded Abilitech Medical in 2016. Abilitech develops assistive devices for people with upper extremity limitations. Angie’s team has won awards to include the Tekne Award for Innovation, top Women-Owned Businesses at the Minnesota Cup, and a Top 20 Medical Device Startup You Need to Know by MassDevice Magazine. Angie’s desire to help people led her to solve problems for those living with disabilities.

BIO
Angie Conley has served as Abilitech’s President and Chief Executive Officer since founding the company in late 2016.  Under Angie’s leadership, Abilitech Medical has won numerous awards, including both the Tekne Award for innovation from Minnesota High Tech Association and the Grand Prize and Top Woman-led Business at the Minnesota Cup - the largest state-led business competition. Abilitech has also been recognized as a Top 10 Medical Device Startup by MedTech Outlook; a Top 20 Medical Device Startup You Need to Know by MassDevice magazine; and a Top Promising Life Science Company by Rice University. In her role as President and CEO of Abilitech, Angie has raised over twelve million in equity funding and nearly two million dollars in non-dilutive funding. Angie has extensive management experience in the medical device industry and is an alumn of the prestigious Springboard Enterprise Healthcare and Texas Medical Center accelerator programs. Prior to founding Abilitech, Angie held leadership roles in several medical device companies, including working with exoskeletons at Magic Arms; peripheral and neurovascular atherectomy devices at ev3/Covidien; heart valves, instruments, telemonitoring equipment, external and implantable pacemakers and defibrillators at Medtronic. Angie is a named inventor on two patents.
Rasmus Aksglæde, Rasmus has been working and living in the US for Coloplast for the past two years and brings a unique perspective on culture, and a deep understanding of strategy and commercial development in the US market. Rasmus’s position as the Director of Strategy and Commercial Excellence at Coloplast came after 10-years of experience in corporate strategy, M&A, Commercial Development and Financial Planning.

BIO
Rasmus Aksglaede serves as the Director of Strategy and Commercial Excellence for Coloplast’s North American business and has since 2018 been part of the management team. Coloplast is a leading global Medical Device company and according to a recent study from BCG the best performing company in Europe since the financial crisis in 2008. A key contribution to the success is the strong growth and market penetration in US where Rasmus continuous to be a key player in designing and executing the company’s strategy and go to market plans for its Ostomy and Continence business areas. Rasmus has been highly involved in the acquisition and integration of several businesses in both the US and Europe and has been instrumental in designing the capital market days for Coloplast’s chronic care business in recent years. In June, Coloplast US was awarded the Star tribunes Top workplaces 2020.

Since 2016, Rasmus has held leadership roles in Coloplast global headquarters in Denmark and in the US headquarters in Minneapolis. Prior to joining Coloplast Rasmus held various positions in Denmark largest company A.P. Moller Maersk where he led global strategy and commercial efforts across Europe, Middle East Africa, North America and Asia. Rasmus received his master degree in business from the University of Aarhus, Denmark with exchange programs at Harvard University in Boston and further leadership training at Stanford University in Palo Alto.

 

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