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Fireside Chat with Katie Szyman, Corporate Vice President, Critical Care at Edwards Lifesciences

UCLA Biodesign's Hub for Digital Health and Medtech Innovation - Women in Healthtech Leadership Series A Fireside Chat with Katie Szyman, Corporate Vice President, Critical Care at Edwards Lifesciences   Join Katie Szyman for a conversation about her career journey, lessons learned across corporate leadership and how she and her teams are shaping the future of AI and Predictive Medicine. Katie Szyman has been corporate vice president since 2015 and is currently responsible for the company’s global critical care and vascular business. Prior to joining Edwards, Szyman held a variety of roles with increasing levels of responsibility for more than 20 years at Medtronic. She served as president of Medtronic’s global diabetes business for five years, overseeing research, [...]


The Value Assessment Workshop is designed to help companies better assess the value of a medical technology for coverage and reimbursement planning using AdvaMed’s Value Framework. This workshop will provide multiple sessions that feature industry experts who will explain how to leverage the Value Framework to advance discussions with key stakeholders, including patients, providers, payers, investors and potential buyers. Whether you are a small company in need of this outside expertise or a large company launching a new product, the Value Assessment Workshop provides invaluable content and the opportunity to make new connections with experts in the field of health economics and reimbursement strategy.


SBIR / STTR Workshop

UCLA Biodesign's Medtech & Digital Health Innovation Hub welcomes two program directors - Xing-Jian Lou, PhD & Nancy Kamei, PharmD, MBA - from National Cancer Institute's SBIR and STTR Programs to share about common pitfalls and tips when applying to SBIRs/STTRs and will have a live Q&A for new and repeat applicants and those considering applying for these incredible non-dilutive funding opportunities.

Fireside chat with Surbhi Sarna: From Patient to Impatient Entrepreneur to a $275m Exit

Join Surbhi Sarna as she sits down with UCLA Biodesign's Medtech & Digital Health Innovation Hub to share her entrepreneurial journey from a healthy, young adolescent to a patient to an impatient entrepreneur to a $275MM exit. When she was 13, Surbhi was a patient. It was then that she realized she wanted to fill the void in female-health related innovation. She attended UC Berkeley, where she studied Molecular and Cell Biology and conducted extensive research in Bioengineering. Once graduating, she worked as an engineer for Abbott Vascular and then another device start-up. Finally, she decided to tackle some of the issues she witnessed in women’s health and became CEO and founder of nVision Medical. nVision developed a [...]

NIAID Research Funding Workshop with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is convening a research funding workshop in partnership with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in a virtual platform. The workshop will provide research funding information from several Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including NIAID, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The workshop will include information about the NIH grant process, funding opportunities that would be of particular interest to pre and post-doctoral fellows, clinician-scientists, as well as early-stage and mid-career research investigators. The two-day workshop will also include information about [...]

AdvaMed’s Women Executive Network Conference

Registration link: "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a unique type of leadership has been critical towards effectively navigating and responding to this extraordinary  challenge. Leading during an uncertain, ever-evolving crisis requires resilience, agility and a high level of empathy. As we continue to navigate the new business, professional and personal challenges brought on by the pandemic, it’s more important than ever for executives to incorporate these qualities in their leadership style. Across this unique one-day conference, we’ll feature a range of executives from the medical device and corporate world to discuss various issues pertaining to this year's theme, Future of Medtech: Leading with Resilience, Agility and Empathy. We welcome all medtech professionals to participate in this highly interactive and [...]


LA Best 2021

The Los Angeles Bioscience Ecosystem Summit 2021 (LABEST) is the premier showcase for bioscience innovation in Los Angeles County. This event is a collaboration with colleagues from across the county to present promising academic research, entrepreneurial faculty investigators, as well as local start- up companies. It is intended to promote awareness of the growing life science entrepreneurial ecosystem in Los Angeles and to foster partnerships with the biotechnology and life science industry. The conference is entirely virtual this year. Throughout the summit, faculty members present the latest scientific breakthroughs, which will lead to the critical therapies of tomorrow. Leading bioscience translational research programs and start-ups will be showcased where Southern California Institutions have significant expertise, pioneering research and resource [...]

Using Good AI to Fight Evil AI in Healthcare

UCLA Anderson School of Management is hosting "Using Good AI to Fight Evil AI in Healthcare" - a fireside with Tucker Herbert MBA '14. For more details, see below (original text from Anderson website). The future has arrived.  AI is determining the fate of human lives; while it may not appear as dramatic as envisioned in Terminator, the challenge is just as real. There is increasing awareness of how some algorithms have reinforced healthcare disparities given the bias of historical data they were trained on.  This can hinder the adoption of innovative therapies and have grave consequences on patients' lives. Fortunately, others are countering this by leveraging AI and data to: Shed light on healthcare disparities and support [...]

First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2021

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The First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase is an annual event that celebrates the best early-stage teams commercializing tech and life science breakthroughs from the top research institutions in Southern California. Startups will have an unparalleled opportunity to connect with top-tier investors and successful serial entrepreneurs. The day’s program will feature a lineup of quick-pitch presentations, each followed by investor-led Q&A, and panel discussions with key investors and industry leaders. Why You Should Attend + Get a first look at emerging technology with high potential for market disruption and impact + Discover companies seeking early stage funding to commercialize big ideas with massive potential + See 30 emerging startups do live quick pitch w/Q&A from notable investors PLUS 2 [...]