066: Medtech Events, Biotech Startup Networking, and Growth

Why are medtech events so important? If you’re a biotech startup, networking is essential. Why? Because medical innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It doesn’t happen when you’re working by yourself in your garage, in your classroom, or in your lab. It happens with community. Imua Services is building that community (our O’hana….which means family in Hawaiian) to foster this medical innovation and make it happen. Find out why YOU are needed to grow this and what you can do to be on the ground floor in getting it started.

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This episode is coming to you from my hotel room in Minneapolis as I’m finishing things up at 9:51 pm. This….is…..my…..passion.

Here’s what went down on my trip here and as much as you NEED TO BE out attending events and conferences, I know you’re unable to attend them all so I do that for you and bring you the highlights.

What went down at DeviceTalks

DeviceTalks is always a quality event. Ever since it’s inception 6 years ago where it was 1/2 day to today where it spanned 2 days, this conference continues to be one of a kind because it’s so intimate and Brian Johnson is able to conduct amazing interviews with CEO’s and high powered medical device executives.

This year, Brian interviewed Cindy Kent who is President and General Manager of Infection Prevention Division at 3M. Cindy has a very unique background in that she has a Masters of Divinity as well as an MBA and that was all paid for by Eli Lilly whom she was working with at the time. Her boss wanted her to pursue her dream because he thought it would make her a better leader. It’s done just that. Later, when Cindy joined 3M, she had a ton of ideas yet felt she needed to move slow to match the corporate culture of the large company. She was then reminded and inspired to move quickly because 3M did not pursue her to keep the company the same. They wanted the fast paced innovation that Cindy could bring to the table.

Bring it she did…..and 3M now has innovation nodes within the company that operate in lean startup mode.

Other hot topics at DeviceTalks included how to design medical devices so they bring value to the healthcare system, what the medical device industry can learn from other industries, and what the future holds + how we can adapt technology now to prepare for the future.

What went down at the Imua Services Medtech & Biotech Startup Networking Night at UEL

Our group is growing! We had 60 people attending the event and it was a big hit. Startups, investors, people teaching how to get grants, service providers, recruiters…..everyone showed up with the intention of bringing value to the group wanting to foster the growth of our industry. I truly appreciate everyone that invested their valuable time to grow their business and pour into others.

We need your help!

Our groups are growing around the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area, Twin Cities, and Raleigh NC with interest in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, and Boston. Imua Services can’t grow this alone and is looking for people wanting to be in on the ground floor in growing their business while growing this community. Let us know if you’re interested.

Host: Meghan Alonso

Host Company: Imua Services

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About the Author

Meghan M. Alonso
Meghan M. Alonso, referred to by Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington as a medical device development expert, is known for equipping medtech & IVD companies with the knowledge, resources, and connections they need to bring innovative products to market. She’s the IVD Product Marketing Manager for NAMSA and founder of Imua Services. She’s a contributing author for best selling book “Put a Shark in Your Tank” with Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington, and the prestigious “Molecular Profiling – Methods and Protocols”(a must read in molecular diagnostics). Her podcast, MedTech Inspired, in which she interviews the hottest startups, experts, and investors, won iTunes “New and Noteworthy”. According to the Huffington Post, she helps clients navigate the complicated process of bringing their ideas to the marketplace. She’s a patriotic military wife, pet parent, founder and co-founder of 4 successful companies who thrives on guiding medical device and IVD companies through development and manufacturing. When she isn’t helping others, Meghan is hard at work on her MBA she is pursuing from Auburn University, staying active with her adorable husky Abby, crossfitting, enjoying great restaurants and fine wine with her husband, soaking up the sun the nearest beach, and promoting the adoption of shelter dogs.

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