068: MedTech Monday and why it’s important to go to medtech events feat. Dan Golka

In a week and a half on Aug. 7 in Irvine CA marks the 2nd MedTech Monday event focused on what’s going on in the industry, has the hottest startups presenting, and great content by those making great things happen. Listen to find out why it’s important to always be networking along with Dan’s advice for startups today.

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If Dan Golka sounds familiar, it’s because he is….he was on episode 38 talking about the first MedTech Monday and you can catch that episode here.

Here’s what went down in our interview this time:

Heading into the 2nd MedTech Monday, what’s different about this conference?

Since this is our second conference, Dan’s able to leverage the energy he had the first time to build a better event. He has an amazing lineup of speakers and there are more attendees this time too. He worked hard to incorporate different people that you don’t hear much from rather than stale talks that everyone’s heard before.

What’s got you excited about the conference?

He keeps his agenda fluid so if someone exciting pops up at the last minute, he can add them so that the attendees get the most value for being there. He came across someone from the FDA recently that he’s going to have speak as well as someone from the department of commerce talk about importing and exporting.

Tell us about some of the startups you have presenting..

He’s got one in the neurotechnology testing space for migraine headaches as well as a medical ID that allows you to carry your medical info with you at all times. Another that’s pretty interesting is a company that does blood draws with the press of a button that makes things easier on the healthcare providers and the patients.

Why do you think it’s important for people to be active in the medtech community and attend conferences?

Collaboration is key. The world is changing and it’s becoming more of who you know and what partners you work with. By putting everyone in the same room, it breeds discussion and collaboration.

What are the biggest obstacles our industry is facing and what are your suggestions to overcome them?

Access to money. Investors are fed up with not having the full picture on what’s going on with a startup. These startups really need to make sure they’re communicating everything they need to be with the investors so this is possible. By the way… Invention Idea to Profitable Product does just that.

What’s the best advice you can give to a medtech startup?

Collaborate. You don’t have to share your IP or secret sauce but work together.

What’s the best book you can recommend for a medtech startup?

Put a Shark in your tank that Meghan wrote with Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington and Think & Grow Rich

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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