Wednesday, October 17

3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Power Hour – Women’s CEO Networking Reception
In partnership with Medtech Women, we invite all women attendees to spend an hour getting to know the female leaders in the life sciences industry. We look forward to a lively afternoon of networking and hope to see you there!
6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception & Welcome Dinner
Sponsored by Guggenheim Securities

Thursday, October 18

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Things I’d like to not do again – Learnings from the Operational Challenges all Medtech Companies Face
Even the most successful medtech entrepreneur finds the path to success littered with challenges, dead-ends, mistakes and regrettable situations internal and external, that upend the most thoughtful business plan.  Whether from incorrect market assumptions, bad timing, wrong choices or competitive miss-steps, we’ve all had them, but hopefully we can avoid making the same ones again.  Fortunately, those challenges often become lessons learned and sometimes sharing them with colleagues can help others avoid the same fate.  In this session, executives with long track records of success talk about the “things I’d never do again,” why they happened, how those executives recovered, and how they’ve modified their approach to avoid having them happen again.

Moderator: Josh Makower, NEA/Exploramed
Panelists: Mark Deem, Lightstone Ventures/The Foundry
Fred Khosravi, Incept/ImperativeCare
Angela Macfarlane, ForSight Labs
Bill Starling, Synecor
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Big (and Small) Data – What is It Good For?
The constant barrage of data and its impact continues to shape how we all look at business; the hype, the promise and oh yes, the reality. Many don’t know where to begin while others have embraced the new world with open arms. With so much information and opportunity how does one make sense of it all? Well, it’s more than just about the data, it’s what you do with it that matters. Join us to learn the trends and hear how companies are using big and small data to architect new audiences from macro to micro segments, identifying influencers to drive deeper engagement, building unique channel strategies and measuring marketing ROI.

Speakers: Angela Gillespie, W2O Group
Kelley Lipman, Neodyne
Paulo Simas, W2O Group
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Making Diversity and Inclusion Essential to Success
“Men Named Michael Outnumber Female CEO’s Presenting at #JPM” and “The Top Jobs Where Women Are Outnumbered by Men Named John” are just two of the headlines as reported in 2018. Yet the business case for diversity is clear; whether in the boardroom or across executive teams, companies with greater gender and racial diversity drive not only greater innovation and employee engagement but financially outperform their peers. In this session we will explore how and why diversity is a good business choice, while also highlighting the personal experiences and stories that have allowed our panelists to tackle the barriers, beat the odds and achieve both personal and professional success.

Moderator: Stacy Enxing Seng, Lightstone Ventures
Panelists: Ashley McEvoy, J&J Medical Devices
Amr Salahieh, Shifamed
Surbhi Sarna, nVision Medical
Leslie Trigg, Outset Medical
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Corporate Spotlight with Liam Kelly
President and Chief Executive Officer, TeleflexA decade ago, Teleflex International’s medical devices business was small, made up of a group of disparate, mostly East Coast brands. But over the past several years, the company has made several large acquisitions, beginning with Arrow International and followed by Vascular Solutions and, this year, NeoTract, the last two billion-dollar deals. In the process, Teleflex has transformed itself into a medical device company with a global footprint. In this corporate spotlight, Teleflex Chairman and CEO Liam Kelly talks about Teleflex and the strategy behind its aggressive acquisition moves.

Moderator: David Cassak, The MedTech Strategist
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Afternoon break
2:00 p.m. Planned Social Program and Leisure Activities

Golf Tournament:
At the Pelican Hill Golf Club, designed by Tom Fazio, the North Course offers panoramic ocean views from every tee box, open canyons and elevated plateaus dot the landscape, and at nearly 7,000 yards from the tips, your full attention is required. Several holes weave their way right down to the cliff’s edge, but great shots here require more than just a great camera.

*Note: Golf participants need to dress accordingly, as the shuttle departure is at 11:20 a.m. with tee times starting at 12:05 p.m.

Cut Throat Cocktail:
Get fired up with fellow attendees to work together and create an exceptional cocktail design in each category: Classical, Tiki, and Culinary. You’ll be timed, and judged on taste and presentation. Each team will have 10 minutes to brainstorm and create a cocktail design. A table will be set-up with the necessary ingredients to create the desired cocktail. Competitors will have the opportunity to name their cocktail prior to presenting to the judges. After teams present their creation, judges will select the best cocktail by taste and presentation.

Crystal Cove Bike Tour:
Join to explore the classic seaside hamlet of Crystal Cove atop your very own hybrid mountain bike. The quiet, scenic seaside of Crystal Cove State Park is a mostly flat ride offering spectacular views of the coast from Laguna to Newport Beach. This 5 mile coastal ride highlights a stunning example of California coastal wilderness, almost frozen in time with its golden headlands and historic beach bungalows. You will pedal along the bluff, dropping down to the colony to walk the beach and tour the tide pools.

6:30 p.m. The Phoenix Hall of Fame Reception, Dinner, and Awards Ceremony
Phoenix Hall of Fame Dinner Sponsored by Silicon Valley BankThe Phoenix Hall of Fame for Medical Device & Diagnostic Leadership will honor the accomplishments of companies and individuals in the following categories:

  • Most Promising New Product Award
  • Emerging Growth Company Award
  • Phoenix Innovator Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Please join us in honoring the recipients of the Phoenix 2018 Awards.
Phoenix 2018 Awards sponsored by W2O Group

Friday, October 19

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. The Current Climate for Medtech Investing – A Data-Driven Discussion
The financing environment for medical device companies has become quite challenging in the last few years. Based on the data that their firms collect and analyze, representatives of Silicon Valley Bank and Guggenheim will discuss the current state of medical device investing in private companies as well as the environment for exits, both through M&A and public offerings.

Presenters: Neil Oberoi, Guggenheim Securities
Jonathan Norris, Silicon Valley Bank
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
This year’s honoree will stand shoulder to shoulder with past luminaries, as previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Tom Fogarty, John Simpson, Bill George, and John Brown.Join David Cassak of the Medtech Strategist in a discussion with the recipient of this year’s award, in which he will discuss his career and the path that led to this honor.
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. China Investments in US Medtech
During the last several years China’s investment interest in U.S. medical technology has grown significantly. This panel will highlight what is attracting US Medtech companies to seek out Chinese investors, licensees and buyers. It will look at the many ways in which China is investing in US Medtech and analyze both the benefits and considerations of pursuing this capital source. In addition, the panel will look at the increasing scrutiny these transactions are receiving from the US Government. Join a panel of experienced CEOs and investors as they discuss recent transactions. Learn how these transactions are structured, and how things may be changing as additional restrictions are imposed by both the US and Chinese governments.

Moderators: Casey McGlynn, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Pete Scott, Silicon Valley Bank
Panelists: Jin Kewen, Serica Capital
Landon Lack, China MedConnect
Howard Levin, CorIdea
Chris Shen, Qiming Ventures
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Opportunities in Neurostimulation
Decades in the making, neurostimulation is now one of the hottest fields in all of med tech.  Supported by both exciting emerging technologies and new insights into physiology, capital has flowed into the field, novel products have been successfully developed and introduced to the market, and numerous home-run exits have been achieved.  Join our panel of experts as we explore this dynamic field, discuss what makes for a winning strategy, and predict where things will go from here.

Moderator: Kirk Nielsen, Versant Ventures
Panelists: Ed Andrle, LivaNova
Randy Ban, Inspire Medical Systems
Juan-Pablo Mas, Action Potential Venture Capital
Kate Rosenbluth, Cala Health
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Insights from the Innovators
In a special session this year, we’ll hear from the winner of the Innovator’s Award about one of medtech’s most important technologies: the current state of the art and possible paths forward. You’ll hear from the key development team and gain insights into the future direction of this compelling technology.

Moderator: David Cassak, The MedTech Strategist
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Keynote with Featured Speaker Kevin Madden, CNN
1:30 p.m. Departure

Fellow CEOs depart with new insights gained from Phoenix 2018.