Author Archives: Meghan M. Alonso

About Meghan M. Alonso

Meghan M. Alonso, referred to by Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington as a medical device development expert, is known for her award winning medical device podcast, Inspired by Imua, the chapter she wrote in best selling book “Put a Shark in Your Tank, and her valuable connections in the medical industry. 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, and soaking up the sun the nearest beach.

076: Secrets to Winning Startup Pitch Competitions

I’m going to let you in on some secrets….secrets to winning startup pitch competitions that is! This episode was inspired by all of the startups I’ve interviewed, seen pitch, and the winners of those competitions. After compiling the profiles of the ones that won, I was able to see trends into why some would win and why others wouldn’t. This has also been verified when I worked with Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington to contribute to his book, Put a Shark in Your Tank. Lucky for you, I’m a bit of a stats nerd and am giving you the short and sweet version of this so you can take action.
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074: From Academia to Entrepreneur, Helping Dogs and Horses Along the Way feat. Virpi Muhonen

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Virpi is passionate about regenerative medicine, especially regeneration of articular cartilage. She holds a PhD in cell biology and has a strong background in orthopedic research. She is the CEO of Askel Healthcare Ltd, a med tech company focusing on cartilage regeneration in companion animals.



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073: A Simple Method for Saving 8 Million in Medical Device Development feat. Austin Walters

Austin Walters is the founder of SpringTide, a firm that helps medical technology companies go to market successfully. Austin led sales for Friendemic, consulted for J&J, Medtronic, and Walgreens at Innosight, served as the Commercial Director for EchoNous, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

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072: Get the Investors Attention: The Most Overlooked Thing in Your Pitch feat. Kay Fabella

Storyteller and Communications Strategist, Kay Fabella, empowers businesses to connect with their audience and customers by crafting meaningful communication strategies. Kay applies her experience as a world-recognized author, speaker and trainer to help startups to Fortune 500 companies. A Los Angeles native based in Madrid. She’s been featured in The Huffington Post and El País.

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071: Bill Vick is Dying and Wants You to have 1 Million Dollars

Bill Vick is on a mission to raise money for research and new devices related to IPF. What’s IPF you may ask? Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He’s the face of the IPF Catalyst Challenge happening RIGHT NOW where 1 million dollars will be given out to support research and new medical technology to help IPF patients. Want in? Listen to his amazing story (he even does pull-ups at the gym with his oxygen tank) and prepare to get motivated!


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Bill is a competitive triathlete and he went to his doctor after he noticed his triathlon times were increasing. He knew something was off. He discovered he had IPF and was expected to die in less than 3 years. He made the choice to live as much as he could and experience life.
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070: How NOT to patent an idea (7 costly mistakes you must avoid)

This episode was inspired by a conversation I had recently with someone that I felt sorry for that they had been duped into spending $18,000 right off the bat on a patent for their idea when they weren’t really sure they were going to move forward with it. I see this quite often and felt it warranted another podcast episode on it.

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069: Point of care testing and point of view on startup life feat. Lonnie Adelman

I’ve known Lonnie for several years now and I’ve watched him create iAssay, nurture it, and is now making some major headway with investors. It’s exciting to think about the journey he’s been on and how he’s kept going. Listen up for some great advice on how to incorporate your startup into family life as well as what investors are looking for NOW.

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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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067: What’s coming in the Next Generation of Diagnostics feat. Christina Lingham of CHI

Diagnostics is a hot industry right now as several new technologies are hitting the market. Find out what’s happening for 2017 and beyond as well as how the political climate is shaping innovation. All of this will be discussed in further detail along with other topics at the upcoming Next Generation Dx Summit in Washington D.C. Aug. 15-18

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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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