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 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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Catch the announcement of the winner on June 12 at 5p.m. Eastern, 2017 by watching our Facebook Live stream from Imua Services.

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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.

 

 

061: Pitch contest and tips for pitching to celebrate my birthday

It’s my birthday June 11 and I want to celebrate by helping others and have a fun contest going on. The winner will receive a pitch makeover or get help putting their pitch together if they don’t have one yet. I cover the details in this episode + I give some tips on pitching based on my experience and from working with the original Shark from Shark Tank, Kevin Harrington when we wrote our book “Put a Shark in Your Tank” together.

Here’s how the contest works:

Click here to enter

  1. Record a short video on why you should win a pitch makeover or why you want a pitch that’s going to help you win competitions. Upload that video to youtube on a public setting
  2. Enter the contest above by clicking the link. You’ll enter your name, your email, and add the URL of your youtube video
  3. You’ll receive a confirmation with instructions on how to SHARE IT.
  4. The person with the most social shares (this is you sharing, your friends, family, and co-workers sharing) by June 12 wins.
  5. I’ll announce the winner on my Facebook Live video Q&A podcast on June 12 at 5pm Eastern. Like us on Facebook here so you can watch

Click here to enter

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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:

 

060: The startup journey: beyond the $500k cash prize feat. Ezequeil Aleman

It’s no surprise startups are in constant fundraising mode for a while and Ezequiel of Apnosystems is no exception however, he shares with us what’s beyond the cash prize he’s currently chasing and gives us a glimpse into life as an Argentinian startup with some of the team in San Francisco.

Ezequeil and I discuss how a startup goes through phases just like that of his 2 small children.  When they’re in the infancy stage, there isn’t much going on but as they mature, more things happen, new challenges arise, and it takes cooperation to address those challenges.  The life of a startup is to get past those challenges and to keep going.  He has 3 daughters and he makes time for his family and gives a HUGE shout out to his wife for keeping the family together.

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059: May Q&A Live Podcast: Just getting started, how much projects cost, and what to focus on in a pitch

I’m starting a live Q&A podcast on Facebook live and you can catch it by following Imua Services on Facebook.
the next live Q&A will be on Monday June 12. This will be a special episode because it’s the day after my birthday and I’m going to run a birthday challenge the week of June 4-11 and I’ll announce the winner LIVE on the podcast on June 12. Stay tuned for details. This episode I answer questions that were submitted to me beforehand. Some have to do specifically with med device product development, there are some personal questions, funny questions, and I give some great direction for those of you in the midst of product development. What do you think was the most random question asked and…keep an eye out for a cameo appearance if you watch the video version

Join our FREE book club and get a FREE audio book with a trial from audible.com!  This month and next month we’re listening to / reading “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries.  More info and details here.

Questions & Answers:

#1.What should I do when I’m first starting out?  If I have an idea and I’m not sure what to do with it?

I have the perfect fun little quiz for this you can check out at http://imua-services.com/goodidea.  Over there you’ll be able to find out some info about your idea and where you can go from there.

 

#2. What kind of food do you feed Abby?  She looks like a really healthy pup.

She loves her Honest Kitchen Marvel formula which is turkey based.  She used to really like the Zeal formula that’s fish based but she got kind of tired of that so we changed it.

 

#3. I’ve identified a pitch competition that I want to enter.  This will be my first one and I want to know what I should focus on.

It’s difficult to answer this question without seeing what you’ve done so far but my Invention Idea to Profitable Product program may help.  It’s designed to get you pitch ready and a fundable business in 100 days.  All tricks of the trade in pitching plus the work you need to do beforehand to be successful. There is a video you can check out on this page for more info here.

 
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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

 

057: Medical Devices in Minneapolis: Highlights from the Design of Medical Devices Conference

 

When visiting Minneapolis for the Design of Medical Devices conference, I saw how much the innovation cycle is at work in the medical device / medtech industry. I interviewed the lab supervisor from the Medical Devices Center along with several students as part of the student design showcase that took place there. I’ve got several events coming up soon and for the details, visit our home base here.

This conference was an overview of what’s happening in the world of medical devices in the Mid West. University of Minnesota is a key player in feeding the innovation cycle. If you go back and listen to my podcast with Dr. Art Erdman, you’ll find that University of Minnesota has quite the impressive Medical Devices Center in which the university hosts a unique fellowship program comprising of Ph.D’s, M.Ds, engineers, and MBA’s to move medical innovation forward. The center takes on 9-12 teams each year to work on projects and push them towards commercialization.

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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?

056: Bootstrapping a Startup while Balancing Family Life feat. Aaron Hardin

It’s been about 3 1/2 years since Aaron started his company, Hardin Scientific and he’s now taking orders for pre sales on his lab incubator. Aaron has bootstrapped his way forward while working a full time job along with raising his son Lincoln and keeping his marriage strong. I got to help Aaron along about a year ago when I was building my Invention Idea to Profitable Product program and his feedback helped shape what it is today. Listen to how he’s made huge momentum in the past year.

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