Minnesota has long been the cradle of medical device innovation, and this year, during the state’s weeklong celebration of all things medtech, the MD&M Minneapolis conference and expo will roll into town with numerous opportunities for education and networking. If you’ll be in the Twin Cities area November 4–5, 2015, here are a few things you won’t want to miss at the event.
Advice from Industry
At MD&M Minneapolis, you’ll hear from experts at some of the most innovative medical device companies doing business today. You’ll learn about product development and commercialization from fellows at Boston Scientific, hear how Helius Medical’s CEO took a product from the drawing board to the market, and get the skinny on innovating with materials from an Olympus research engineer. Best of all, industry luminary John Abele, retired cofounder of Boston Scientific, will deliver a keynote on healthcare’s new patient value proposition and the role of technology in the industry today.
Medtech’s business model is in the midst of an unprecedented shift. At MD&M Minneapolis, experts will help to make sense of the changing landscape with panels on emerging medical technologies and how information gathering, sharing, and ownership will affect the future of connected health. Attendees to this track will also hear about new business models that integrate services with medical device products and hear a case study on optimizing data, analysis, and feedback to improve medical innovation and patient outcomes.
Reimbursement is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges facing medtech today, so it’s fitting that the MD&M Minneapolis conference features an entire track to bring you up to speed. Attendees will hear from reimbursement experts on everything from evidence generation to strategies for obtaining a coveted CPT code. They’ll also get the lowdown on what’s next for the FDA-CMS parallel review pilot and hear how one company fared in its experience with the program.
Hands-On Innovation Instruction
Get your hands dirty in an interactive workshop run by Chicago-based Insight Product Development. In this three-part session, representatives from the award winning design innovation consultancy will cover identifying and assessing opportunities, driving innovation, and risk management.
There’s no better place to interact with your industry colleagues than the MD&M Minneapolis expo. With more than 1000 exhibitors, you’ll have the chance to speak with suppliers and contract partners face-to-face. Through speed networking sessions, you can be paired with like-minded professionals for 10-minute mini-meetings. Or for a more casual atmosphere, join in the booth crawl and grab a drink while you troll the exhibitor booths. You can also rub shoulders with your industry colleagues—and learn something, too—at the Center Stage and Tech Theatre talks.
Jamie Hartford is MD+DI's editor-in-chief. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @MedTechJamie.
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