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July 27th: 5 IP Essentials for Medtech & Biotech Startups

JULY 27TH  —  IMUA SERVICES & COGENT LAW PRESENT:

5 IP ESSENTIALS FOR MEDTECH & BIOTECH STARTUPS

Thurs, JuLY 27th, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Central

LOCATION

Cogent Law INSIDE OF WE WORK, 1875 K St. NW, Washington D.C. 20006

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Join us for an educational evening focused on the intellectual property essentials for your startup.  Meet others in our community, connect, and collaborate.  Network with like minded entrepreneurs, startups, students, researchers and anyone interested in starting their own business in the medtech, biotech, medical device, or IVD fields.

SPEAKER: Evan Smith, Managing Partner, Cogent Law Group

Evan Smith is a serial entrepreneur who is also an attorney, electrical engineer, MBA holder, and a sound engineering expert. Evan has started and founded multiple companies including ones with international reach. He is a licensed intellectual property attorney with decades of experience in all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection activities and strategies.

EVENT AGENDA:

  • 5:30-6:30 Check in and networking
  • 6:30-7:00: Presentation
  • 7:00-7:10: Optional tour of We Work
  • 7:10-7:30  Networking

TICKET INFO:

  • $9.97 early bird through June 22nd
  • $14.97 general admission through June 27th
  • each ticket includes appetizers and drinks

BECOME A SPONSOR….GET YOUR BRAND OUT IN FRONT OF RTC’S NEWEST STARTUPS:

  • Sponsor tables available for $74.99 and include admission for 2, 6 ft. table, logo on event page, and a 1 minute company highlight

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About Imua Services:

Imua Services’ objective is to become one of the world’s leading resources for medical and diagnostic product development by offering convenient training, education, and connections to key development partners  and investors specific to our client’s needs.  This will enable our clients to develop life-changing and life-saving technology that makes a positive impact on the world.
 
Imua Services is on a mission to move healthcare innovation forward by motivating, equipping, and leading 1 million entrepreneurs and startups to get started developing their life saving and changing products by the year 2020.  Join us in this effort and spread the word!
 
With our extensive background in medical device development, work as a healthcare provider, billing/reimbursement, and being a patient with medical devices, we share that expertise and knowledge with everyone going through the development process from start-ups and entrepreneurs to companies far down the path looking to outsource development and those needing medical device manufacturing.

 

 

June 27TH Networking at UEL

Tues, June 27th, 2017, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM Central

FOR MEDTECH, BIOTECH, MED DEVICE, & IVD STARTUPS

MEDTECH & BIOTECH STARTUP NETWORKING NIGHT SPONSORED BY IMUA SERVICES & UNIVERSITY ENTERPRISE LABS
LOCATION
University Enterprise Labs, 1000 Westgate Dr, St. Paul MN 55114
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Join us for an evening of community, connection, and collaboration. Network with like minded entrepreneurs, startups, students, researchers and anyone interested in starting their own business in the medtech, biotech, medical device, or IVD fields.
TICKET INFO:
$9.97 early bird through June 22nd
$14.97 general admission through June 27th
each ticket includes appetizers and drinks
BECOME A SPONSOR….GET YOUR BRAND OUT IN FRONT OF RTC’S NEWEST STARTUPS:
Sponsor tables available for $74.99 and include admission for 2, 6 ft. table, logo on event page, and a 1 minute company highlight

REGISTER:

 

058: Co-working spaces, and Launching Businesses feat. Charlie Birney

I did something new this week and we did a dual recording with my guest, Charlie Birney who produces the Launch Podcast which features stories about startups.  Listen to his edited version of our conversation (which will be different than mine) here.

We dove into the specifics of Launch Workplaces, who’s gracious enough to host the Imua Services medtech & biotech startup networking event at their Rockville location on May 11.  To find out more info and register, click here.

Launch is a boutique co-working space provider with several locations in the greater D.C. / Maryland / Virginia area whose offerings go way beyond just space.  Charlie talks in depth about his favorite parts of being a tenant there as well as one thing that makes them unique — startups get featured on their Launch Podcast!  Speaking of that, we talk about how to leverage a podcast as a host and a guest for PR and to help amplify your company’s message.

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MedTech & Biotech Startup Networking Night, May 23 at HQ Raleigh

 

MEDTECH & BIOTECH STARTUP NETWORKING NIGHT SPONSORED BY IMUA SERVICES & HQ RALEIGH

FOR MEDTECH & BIOTECH STARTUPS

MEDTECH & BIOTECH STARTUP NETWORKING NIGHT SPONSORED BY IMUA SERVICES & HQ RALEIGH

Tues, May 23, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Eastern

LOCATION

HQ Raleigh, 310 S. Harrington St, Raleigh NC  27605

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Join us for an evening of community, connection, and collaboration.  Network with like minded entrepreneurs, startups, students, researchers and anyone interested in starting their own business in the medtech, biotech, medical device, or IVD fields.

TICKET INFO:

  • $14.97 early bird through May 18
  • $19.97 general admission through May 23.
  • each ticket includes appetizers and drinks

BECOME A SPONSOR….GET YOUR BRAND OUT IN FRONT OF RTC’S NEWEST STARTUPS:

  • Sponsor tables available for $74.99 and include admission for 2, 6 ft. table, logo on event page, and a 1 minute company highlight

 

Save Sprout… the piglet with a broken leg!

Sprout found himself in a bad situation when his momma pig fell on him.  This is a huge problem in the farming industry.  According to Matthew Rooda, CEO of startup SwineTech says that 116 million piglets died last year because of this and his company is on a mission to make sure that number drastically decreases.  Their product Swineguard detects piglet squealing then delivers a small shock (similar to a dog collar) to the momma pig so she moves out of the way and doesn’t crush the piglets.

As for Sprout, he’s in good hands with his community of humans taking care of him at Crossfit North Reston, where his owner Melissa works out.  The crossfit community has really stepped up to rally around saving little Sprout who was almost put down from his injury.  Now, his road to recovery includes specific exercises to strengthen his muscles but could use your help.  Since you all come from a background in medical technology, what other ideas do you have that can help little Sprout?

051: Medical Device Tax Repeal: the good, the bad, and…..is there an ugly?

 

Medical Device Tax Repeal

This past week, Washington was abuzz with what will happen if the ACA is repealed. For medical device manufacturers, the question about the medical device tax repeal is top of mind. This tax, a 2.3% for innovation on new products, was enacted to raise funds for the ACA. It was so unpopular and stifled innovation so it was suspended for 2016 and 2017. The battle has begun to see what will happen in 2018.

The tough thing for the industry to swallow was that medical device manufacturers were taxed pre-revenue, making it difficult for the entrepreneur or startup to get their business off the ground. That lead to the suspension.

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37 – What you need to know to get startup funding for your medical product part 2

Getting startup funding for your medical product can be full of stormy waves.  Listen up to find out what goes in to a winning pitch and what investors want to see.

When seeking startup funding, you need to have a solid business structure, business strategy, and pitch. Today we dive into these details to build on part 1 (in episode 36). If you didn’t listen to part 1, you should…and it’s the process of what it takes to get your product to market from ideation to launch and covers what needs to be done in marketing to regulatory to engineering to sales.

Want to know more? Click here to get $750 off Invention Idea to Profitable Product when it re-launches in January.

  • Shoutout to Brian Johnson [3:11]
  • Why doing it solo is unrealistic and why a team is better [5:08]
  • The importance of an advisory board [6:27]
  • Are you talking to the right investors? [9:57]
  • How to use your presentation pitch to connect with your audience[10:56]
  • Practice public speaking [12:26]
  • Be a passionate storyteller [14:11]
  • Why YOU? [14:52]
  • Quick reminder [17:31]

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036 – What you need to know to get startup funding for your medical product part 1

Ever wanted to get advice from lots of medical device development experts or find out what mistakes they see over and over again?

When seeking startup funding, there’s more work involved than just asking for money. Investors want to be confident that you can drive your product forward and be successful on the market and that comes with knowing the process of getting there, being prepared, and giving them the info they want to see. This is part 1 of 2 in a series that will give a brief overview of what you need to have a grasp of before going out and trying to get a pitch lined up.

Want to know more? Apply for 1 of our 10 beta tester spots in our new program, Invention Idea to Profitable Product here.

  • Belated happy thanksgiving [0:36 ]
  • Why getting your funding is not just about your pitch [1:02]
  • Is your idea or technology what the market needs and wants [4:53]
  • The stages of development [6:57]
  • How to get where you want to go [10:13]
  • Intellectual property [11:12]
  • Engineering, design, and prototyping [12:24]
  • Clinical and regulatory [13:58]
  • Usability and human factors – why your invention ought to be intuitive [15:33]
  • Manufacturing process [18:43]
  • Sales – crafting the sales strategy [19:15]

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035 Medical Device Development Advice: Roundup from Experts at the Medical Device and Investor Forum

Ever wanted to get advice from lots of medical device development experts or find out what mistakes they see over and over again?

Well, I asked, and have it here for you. While at this year’s OCTANe Medical Device & Investor Forum in October, I collected audio from a VC investor, mechanical, software, firmware, electronic, and optical engineers along with strategy consultants.

Got an idea for a medical product and wondering how to get started and how to get funded? Find out in our new “Invention Idea to Profitable Product” program for FREE as a beta tester. Hurry as space is limited!

  • Quick reminder: Eight days to go for the Application period for IIPP (Invention Idea to Profitable Product) [2:02]
  • Dac Vu’s greatest piece of advice for startup companies [3:17]
  • Francisco’s take on what the biggest mistakes companies make in software development [4:44]
  • Tom Hunter & Matt Romey from Azzur Group on why they think multi tasking is one of the biggest mistakes startups make [6:10]
  • Steve Maylish, Fusion Biotec & Len Brandt, Brandt Ventures – why every startups should own the reimbursement question [7:11]
  • Should ventures be all about money? Three keys to money. [8:42]
  • Robert Winn, K&L Gates – IP advice for startup companies [11:18]
  • Robert’s thoughts about FastTrack [11:46]
  • Listen to Ron Sully, from Omnica on his best advice when going through product development [12:22]
  • Manage expectations – thoughts of Peman Montazemi & Albert Yi, Saritasa [14:42]
  • Save time and money by keeping your focus [16:41]

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