The MedTech Conference

The MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed, was held in Anaheim, California in early September.

The Dragonfly team was at the Conference on the floor where we had more than 18 guests who sat in and shared their insights on what is happening in the industry.

This event saw the convergence of investors, OEM’s, bankers, payers, FDA, and key service providers which always creates significant moments and is valuable for creating a path forward for the industry.


MedTech Color Networking Breakfast

TMG & Dragonfly are always honored to be a part of the annual Networking Breakfast put on by MedTech Color at The MedTech Conference. Kwame Ulmer and the team put on a wonderful event discussing DEI in the industry with an incredible turnout of nearly 400 attendees. This year was especially exciting, with Vernessa Pollard receiving the first-ever MedTech Color Champion Award and Tania Saison delivering an impactful keynote on her experience in the industry.


DeviceTalks West

At DeviceTalks West in CA, our team had the opportunity to speak on panels and connect with new and old friends in an intimate setting that garnered encouraging discussions and covered upcoming trends in the industry.

The event started off with a panel discussion led by Holly Scott on “Engineering a Career in MedTech” with four industry leaders Tracy MacNeal, C. Lance Boling, Tom Teisseyre, and Jeff Elkins, each offering unique advice on navigating a career in the MedTech industry.

Then Joe Mullings hosted a panel with Sharad Sharma of Distalmotion, Adam Sachs of Vicarious Surgical Inc. , Jeffery Alvarez of Moon Surgical, Chad Giese of Sg2, and Phil Gaby of Baptist Health discussing with the migration of procedures from the acute setting and what this means in surgical robotics. They provided fascinating insight from the voices of a healthcare IDN, technologists, and operators in this space.


NASS

NASS continues to be a go-to meeting for those involved in spine care providing insights and updates on the current standard of care and new technology on the horizon. Of particular interest is the Surgical Stadium, where procedures showcasing new technology are performed live for attendees to view.


TCT

TCT was highlighted by many of the large strategics, as well as some extremely promising early-stage companies and potentially disruptive new therapies. Abbott, Edwards & Medtronic all had announcements on the structural heart front, while Boston Scientific & GE Healthcare announced a formal partnership related to image-guided therapies. Jena Valve reinforced the belief that they have a formidable TAVR system with the presentation of their late-breaking clinical data. ReCor Medical presented additional data, further teasing the market about what the impacts of Renal Denervation could look like. Conformal Medical’s (CLASS) early feasibility study results were announced, heightening interest around their foam-based form factor to treat Left Atrial Appendage (LAA). 


Accelerate Okenagan

Emily Phair had the opportunity to speak with an incredibly insightful group of community members and partners of Accelerate Okanagan where they discussed the complexities of today’s workforce and how Mindset plays a critical role.


CPHR

Numerous important topics were discussed at the CPHR BC & Yukon Symposium. Perspectives and information covered included the journey we are on with AI and how it impacts HR technology and careers. They also covered labor economic trends, creating/fostering a trauma-informed workplace, workers compensation and pay transparency, and the complexities of today’s multigenerational workforce.


RSNA

Ryan Blasko attended the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) event in Chicago in late November. He witnessed a heavy focus on artificial intelligence and augmented reality while connecting with dozens of familiar faces and new friends in the industry.


Mayo Clinic Beahrs Surgical Innovation Summit

The Mayo Clinic hosted a insightful event in Rochester, MN. There was a mix of venture capital firms, startups, large strategics and entrepreneurs who spent two days together going deep in discussions around digital, AI, surgical robotics, telehealth, and the challenges and opportunities in the medtech market.

The keynote by Frederic H. Moll was the capstone of the event.


Surgical Robotic Visits in France

France continues to be an exciting hub for MedTech and, in particular, surgical robotics. On a recent trip to France, Joe visited Moon Surgical, AcuSurgical, Quantum Surgical, and Robeauté, meeting with the leadership and sharing insights as to where the market is going and how the adoption is being driven in the surgical robotics market.


APACMed: MedTech Forum 2023

In December, Ajay Nair attended the 9th Asia Pacific MedTech Forum in Singapore, with the theme of “Innovation: Unleashing Human Potential.” APACMed is the only regional association to provide a unifying voice for the medical technology industry in Asia Pacific. This event brings together thought leaders in the region to discuss vision and harmonization of policies with a key intent of lifting the tide together.


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