MEDTECH 2019 Agenda


October 22, 2019

11:30 am - 2:00 pm: Registration

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Invitation Only: Board of Directors / CEO Roundtable Luncheon: Tackling our Workforce Challenges

12:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Tech Showcase Open

  • Connect with vendors, suppliers and service providers. See the latest products, learn about cutting edge developments, and connect with the companies that will move your business forward.

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm: Plenary Address: MedTech at 15: State of the Bio/Med Industry

  • Daniel S. Jonas, General Counsel, CONMED Corporation

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: The Difficult Employee: Best Practices for Dealing with Problem Workers

Presented By: Scott Rogoff, Partner, Barclay Damon

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3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Emerging Risk for 2020 and Beyond 

Presented By: Ross Kraft, Vice President-Strategic Business Advisor, GKG

Mary Salamone, Vice President-Strategic Business Advisor, GKG


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Speed Networking©

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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony, Dinner: Celebrating our Strength

October 23, 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast

8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Tech Showcase Open

9:00 am - 10:15 am: Industry-University Partnerships: Bridging the Cultural Divide and Forging Successful Relationships

  • Moderator: Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu, Executive Director, Academic Venture Exchange
  • Adam Tulgan, Chief of Staff, Director of Operations, Empire Discovery Institute
  • Deborah Novick, Director, BioInc@NYMC
  • Craig Meyerson, Senior Manager-Early Innovation Frontline Care, Hillrom

10:30 am - 11:30 am: Applying Big Data to Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Moderator: Scott Gucciardi, Senior VP, NextGen Healthcare
  • Don Aldridge, Executive Director, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Feng Qian, Associate Professor, Health Policy, Management & Behavior, University at Albany
  • Irfan Kahn, Founder & CEO, Circuit Clinical
  • Dave Fuehrer, Founder & CEO, GRYT Health

11:30 am - 2:00 pm: Lunch and "Food for Thought" Sessions

     11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Cross Border Initiatives: Thriving in the Canadian and US Markets

      • Moderator: Patrick Whalen, Director, Niagara Global Tourism Institute
      • Brian Thornton, Senior Expert, Medical Devices Bureau, Health Canada 
      • Andrew Bacchus, Business Development Officer, Kingston Economic Development Corporation
      • David Mankiewicz, Senior Vice President, CenterState CEO
      • Alan Rosenhoch, Director of Business Development, Invest Buffalo Niagara

     1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Manufacturing for the Bio/Med Industry: Embracing Change

      • Moderator: Sean Liston, Solutions Consultant, MasterControl
      • Miguel Aldana, Site Leader, N.Y. Operations, CONMED Corporation
      • Michael Lynch, Managing Consultant, Intertek Assurance
      • Wayne Bacon, President & CEO, Garwood Medical Devices
      • John Longuil, President & CEO, FTT Medical Inc.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Workforce Development Initiatives - Part I: New York State Workforce Development Initiatives

  • Michael LeFebvre, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Workforce Development Initiatives - Part II: Partnerships that Drive Solutions

  • Moderator: Winthrop Thurlow, Executive Director, MedTech Association
  • Jill Spofford, Global Director, Talent Acquisition & HRIS, AMRI
  • Sandra Small, Science Education Manager, University at Buffalo
  • Julie Hall, University Relations Lead, CONMED Corporation
  • Gladys Brangman, Founder & CEO, Business Leaders of Colors
  • Jonathan Greene, Senior Investment Director, New York Ventures

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Pioneering Innovation: The Future Today

  • Moderator: Jack Rudnick, Director, Innovation Law Center, Syracuse University of Law
  • Michael Ransford, VP, Life Science Optics Operations, IDEX Health & Science
  • Kenneth McLeod, CEO, Sonostics, Inc.
  • Grant Carr, Senior Director of Discovery Biology, AMRI
  • Paul Chao, Associate Director, Combination Product Development, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Closing Remarks: The View from Here

  • Robert J. Duffy, President & CEO, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce