Where to Meet Medical Device Professionals in Indiana

I had a call earlier this week from Mary. Mary started her career in the medical device industry. Several years ago, she put her career on hold to raise her kids. Now that Mary’s kids are older, she has an interest in getting back into the medical device field. Mary started networking in her local business community. Several of the contacts she made suggested that Mary contact Creo Quality for what to do next.

I’m glad Mary called. We’re happy to help. Interestingly, Mary’s question was one we’ve heard many times before. It just hit me that since Mary and others have had this question, maybe I should spend a little bit of time writing down my response for others to review too.

Mary is interested in networking and meeting medical device professionals in Indiana. I suggested that she check out the following:

  • INpact – A network of medical device service providers. INpact’s program is structured around issues around medical device product development. Monthly events are attended by service providers (such as designers, engineering firms, regulatory, quality, intellectual property), inventors, entrepreneurs, and startups.
  • Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network (IBEN) – Monthly events feature topics pertaining to medical device / life science startups. Attendees include inventors, entrepreneurs, startups, service providers, and investors.
  • Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council (IMDMC) – Frequent events typically focused on FDA-related medical device issues. Attendees are typically comprised of Indiana’s medical device manufactuers.
  • Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) – Monthly lunch events draw larger crowd but attendees represent a much broader spectrum of backgrounds. Plus, IHIF caters more to life sciences industry as a whole rather than just medical devices.
  • BioCrossroads – They host and sponsor a few events throughout the year. Again, like IHIF, BioCrossroads has a wider scope of life sciences and has historically skewed more towards pharmaceuticals.

I also shared with Mary that we try to post many of these events on the CQ blog.

April 10, 2012 – IBEN Networking

IBEN: Networking & Drinks @ City Market – Apr 10th

The April 10th networking event will be at The City Market, upstairs in our own section of the mezzanine by the Tomlinson Tap Room. There is no cost, yet we will have some amazing food from several vendors in the market, as well as drink tickets for the Tap Room!

What better place for a networking event about entrepreneurship than where we can support multiple Indiana entrepreneurs!

It is critical for this event that you RSVP at least a few days in advance.

When: Apr 10th, 2012 5-7pm

Where: Indianapolis City Market, 2nd Floor mezzanine near the Tomlinson Tap Room For location, map, directions:
http://www.indycm.com

Parking:
I have been told that the parking lot in the NORTHEAST corner of Alabama and Market, the paved top parking lot is free after 4:30http://www.indycm.com/parking/

RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?998004-5CIlxUOPrZ

The Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network (IBEN) strives to enable entrepreneurship in life sciences and medicine throughout Indiana.
This is achieved through social networking, education and events featuring experienced entrepreneurs.

IBEN is open to all who play a role or have an interest in biomedical entrepreneurship, from academics to product.

IBEN is made possible by Ice Miller, the IURTC, and The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF)

February 7, 2012 – IBEN Impact of America Invents Act on the Life Sciences

Attorneys from Ice Miller’s Intellectual Property Group  will examine the new America Invents Act (AIA), in an attempt to provide an understanding as to how the AIA will affect life sciences and biomedical innovation.   The AIA will change how scientists, doctors, and entrepreneurs need to approach patent protection.  We will discuss key modifications to the current patent laws described in the AIA and the most recently proposed regulations, such as the new first-to-file rule and several new post-grant review procedures that will allow for challenges the validity of granted patents.  In addition to discussing the main provisions of the AIA and the most recently proposed regulations, this presentation will examine the AIA from a life science perspective to provide insight and strategies when seeking patent protection.

Join us for this presentation, discussion, and networking event.

Please share this event with friends and colleagues who might be interested. We need your help to grow IBEN in 2012!

Speaker:

Tom Walsh, Alex Forman, and Jana Harris, Ph.D.

Tom Walsh is a partner in Ice Miller’s Intellectual Property Group. He assists with the intellectual property issues facing new companies and established businesses. His experience includes patent prosecution in a variety of technology areas, licensing, intellectual property strategies, and technology transactions.

Alex Forman is a partner in Ice Miller’s Intellectual Property Group. His practice encompasses all facets of intellectual property law with an emphasis on licensing, patent, trademark and copyright portfolio management, and assisting clients in developing and implementing strategies that identify, protect and enforce their intellectual property assets.

Jana Harris, Ph.D. is an associate in Ice Miller’s Intellectual Property Group.  Her practice focuses on patent prosecution and litigation in the life sciences.

When: Feb 7th, 2012 5-7pm

Where: IUETC

This event is at the IUETC building on the IUPUI campus at 351 West Tenth Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

RSVP: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?998004-5CIlxUOPrZ

The Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network (IBEN) strives to enable entrepreneurship in life sciences and medicine throughout Indiana. This is achieved through social networking, education and events featuring experienced entrepreneurs.

IBEN is open to all who play a role or have an interest in biomedical entrepreneurship, from academics to product.

IBEN is made possible by Ice Miller, the IURTC, and The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF)

August 9, 2011 – IBEN Ask the Experts & Speed Networking

Interested in how to start and run a life sciences company in today’s economy? Want to meet others around Indianapolis who are interested in the same?  Curious how to leverage universities to accelerate a startup?

This special IBEN event has no group presentation; it is focused solely on personal conversations between experts, peers, and everyone interested in the creation of new life science companies. We will give you a chance to speak with scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, regulatory specialists, university representatives and even a few IT experts curious about healthcare.

This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered, meet new people, and explore the possibilities!

When: Aug 9th, 2011  5-7pm

Where: IUETC

This event is at the IUETC, 351 West 10th St., Indianapolis, IN

RSVP

The Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network (IBEN) strives to enable entrepreneurship in life sciences and medicine throughout Indiana. This is achieved through social networking, education and events featuring experienced entrepreneurs.

IBEN is open to all who play a role or have an interest in biomedical entrepreneurship, from academics to product.

May 10, 2011 – Venture Philanthropy (IBEN)

IBEN – Venture Philanthropy & New Funding Approaches to Accelerate Innovation

Suzanne Clifford, President of Inspiring Transformations, will highlight innovative funding and patient engagement approaches for early stage innovations.  She will lead a dialogue about new trends in venture philanthropy and highlight successful partnerships between patient advocates and life science entrepreneurs.  Come ready to discuss innovative ways to collaborate, involving critical stakeholders and access funding.

Speaker: Suzanne Clifford, President of Inspiring Transformations

When: May 10th, 2011  5-7pm

Where: Riley Outpatient Center

This event is at Riley Hospital at the IU Medical Center. There is an attached parking garage just south of the building. After exiting the parking structure at ground level on the north side (past the elevators), entering the main hallway, there is a stairway down about 100 feet on the left hand side (a protective gate is at the top) to the auditorium. This stairway is past the information desk.

RSVP

Suzanne Clifford is President of Inspiring Transformations, a life science and healthcare innovation consulting practice.  Her specialties are creating innovative funding strategies, developing high impact market-driven business plans, mobilizing critical stakeholders and conducting due diligence.  Prior to consulting, two governors appointed her as the Director of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction where she ran six hospitals and coordinated prevention and treatment programs in 92 counties.  Suzanne was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash which was the highest honor bestowed by an Indiana governor.  Prior to her government service, she worked for over ten years at Eli Lilly and Company in numerous management positions focused on diabetes care, women’s health, neuroscience, infectious diseases, oncology and cardiovascular disease.

 

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April 12, 2011 – Intellectual Property for Startups (IBEN)

Indiana Biomedical Network presents “Intellectual Property for Startups Including Innovative Approaches” on April 12, 2011.

Life Science companies can strategically use patent protection to help raise funding, extend exclusivity in the marketplace, and guide future R&D.  An Intellectual Property (IP) strategy is one of the first critical components to commercializing technology through a startup or licensing. Join us for an open discussion on IP with members of Ice Miller’s Intellectual Property team. This is the perfect time to ask the experts about protecting your technology.

Speaker:Tom Walsh, Intellectual Property Group, Partner, Ice Miller LLP.

Tom Walsh is a member of Ice Miller’s Intellectual Property Group. He assists with the intellectual property issues facing new companies and established businesses. His experience includes patent prosecution in a variety of technology areas, licensing, intellectual property strategies, technology transactions, trademarks, and franchising.

When: April 12th, 2011  5-7pm

Where: Riley Outpatient Center
This event is at Riley Hospital at the IU Medical Center. There is an attached parking garage just south of the building. After exiting the parking structure at ground level on the north side (past the elevators), entering the main hallway, there is a stairway down about 100 feet on the left hand side (a protective gate is at the top) to the auditorium. This stairway is past the information desk.

RSVP

 

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March 8, 2011 – IBEN: Building Your Professional Network

Dr. Schreiber will be discussing the value of building a network to help move you research, business, and career forward. Commercializing a technology requires knowing and finding excellent people and companies. Dr. Schreiber has expanded his network through being on the boards of the Indiana Health Industry Forum, the IUPUI School of Engineering, the Indiana chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering, Rose Hulman, EDF Ventures, and several life science startups.

Join us and learn more on how you can grow and leverage your network to effectively get things done.

Speaker: Joerg Schreiber, Ph.D., President, White Arrow Consulting

When: Mar 8th, 2011  5-7pm

Where: Riley Outpatient Center
This event is at Riley Hospital at the IU Medical Center. There is an attached parking garage just south of the building. After exiting the parking structure at ground level on the north side (past the elevators), entering the main hallway, there is a stairway down about 100 feet on the left hand side (a protective gate is at the top) to the auditorium. This stairway is past the information desk.

RSVP: http://www.ihif.org/conference/register/35

Dr. Schreiber joined Roche Diagnostics (previously Boehringer Mannheim Germany) in 1986 and moved to the US in 1994.  He held several functions in R&D (analytics, process development) and Operations (quality system, purchasing), before he assumed responsibility for the business unit R&D in the US organization in 1996.  Being responsible for a multi-project pipeline where project teams are in different locations as well as come from different cultures, it was imperative, not only to continuously improve the development philosophy and tools, but also to work consistently with the information and knowledge created across all projects in the pipeline. In 2001 Dr.Schreiber accepted the position of VP R&D and Business Development for a newly created business, MyDoc.com, wherein Roche Diagnostics built an internet-based medical practice. In his latest endeavor for Roche Diagnostics Dr. Schreiber commercialized technology, which Roche Diagnostics was not using actively, to create more value and to benefit the Central Indiana Region.

Being conscious of the fact that knowledge and people contribute vastly to the success of R&D and business in general, Dr. Schreiber is a strong promoter of Knowledge Management in all endeavors and has experimented repeatedly to find optimal ways to create a knowledge creating and sharing culture and to support the necessary underlying tool structure. While at Roche, he co-chaired the Roche Diagnostics Knowledge Board promoting Knowledge Management company wide.

After his retirement from Roche, Dr. Schreiber works as Business Development consultant in the Life Sciences and has joined the Boards of The Cientive Group Inc. and AION Diagnostics, which he chairs. He has founded and uses as his business platform White Arrow Consulting LLC (www.whitearrowconsulting.com). From 2005 to 2007 he worked with Quadraspec Inc. as Chief Operating Officer. From 2007 to 2010, he worked with Physical Logic AG as VP R&D, CEO, and Director of its Diabetes Business Unit. Currently, he serves as CEO of Access Health Wealth.

Dr. Schreiber holds a Ph.D. in physics from Giessen University, Germany, specialized in biophysics and was a post doc at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA.

He was a board member of the Center for Enterprise Leadership at the Boston University and the Connectivity Industry Consortium, is Chairman of the Indiana Health Industry Forum and holds several other board positions in professional, civic, and art organizations, where he continues to work in an interdisciplinary context.

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February 8, 2011 – IBEN Inventions At The Bedside

Speaker: Keith L. March, M.D., Ph.D.
IU School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine; Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Prof

When: Feb 8th, 2011  5-7pm

Where: Riley Outpatient Center
This event is at Riley Hospital at the IU Medical Center. There is an attached parking garage just south of the building. After exiting the parking structure at ground level on the north side (past the elevators), entering the main hallway, there is a stairway down about 100 feet on the left hand side (a protective gate is at the top) to the auditorium. This stairway is past the information desk.

RSVP: http://www.ihif.org/conference/register/35

Keith L. March, MD, PhD

§  Professor, Departments of Medicine, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering, Indiana University School of Medicine and the Krannert Institute of Cardiology

§  Director, Indiana Center for Vascular Biology & Medicine (ICVBM)

§  Director, IUPUI Vascular and Cardiac Center of Adult Stem Cell Therapy (VC-CAST)

§  Director, VA Center for Regenerative Medicine
Keith March has dedicated his career to bringing new medical approaches to patients.  His publications include more than 100 manuscripts. He was the editor of the first book dedicated to cardiovascular gene transfer.  Dr. March’s research has resulted in more than 40 worldwide (19 U.S.) patents, with others pending. He invented the Closer, a widely-utilized patented suture-mediated closure device, used to close the puncture wound in an artery following heart catheterization. This device allows a patient to “walk off the table” after a catheterization without requiring prolonged bedrest.  Abbott Vascular, an affiliate of Abbott Laboratories, acquired the company that developed this technology in 1999 and the Closer approach is used annually worldwide in 500,000 patients.  He has served as a scientific advisor to numerous pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

His laboratory focuses on vascular biology, with a particular emphasis on the function and translational study of CD34+ stem cells found in the adipose tissue, which his laboratory identified as peri-vascular cells with critical roles in vasculogenesis, angiogenesis, and adipose tissue regulation. Dr. March is recognized as a leading expert in the field of adult stem cell research, particularly that involving adipose-derived stromal stem cells.  In 2008, he became chair of the NIH/NHLBI DSMB that oversees cell therapy trials in the areas of heart, lung, and blood diseases.

In addition to his research roles, Dr. March has served as the president (2007) of the International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS); and serves as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Cell Therapy Foundation.  In both affiliations, he has worked to advance collaboration as well as awareness about the significance of adult stem cells.

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Life Sciences in the Midwest – November 2010

This month in The Catalyst enewsletter, we have decided to start a new feature that gives a snapshot of Life Sciences industry from Indiana and the Midwest. Since this is the first edition, I’ll start by building a little bit of a foundation, starting with life sciences in Indiana.

Indiana has a fantastic mix of life science companies, service providers, and organizations. A few of those organizations are:

  • BioCrossroads
  • OrthoWorx (a BioCrossroads initiative)
  • Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF)
  • Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council (IMDMC)
  • ASQ Biomedical Midwest Discussion Group (MWDG)
  • Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network (IBEN)
  • Indiana Pharmaceutical Research Alliance (IPhRA)
  • INpact

All of these organizations have a vested interest in securing and growing the life science industry throughout Indiana and the Midwest. I could go into detail about each group, but I recommend you visit each organization’s web site to learn more about them.

Indiana is also home to a diverse group of life science companies and divisions — including medical device, in vitro diagnostic, pharmaceutical, orthopedics, and biotech firms. Some of these companies include:

The state also has a decent presence from the life science entrepreneurial and start-up community — thanks in large part from funding sources such as BioCrossroads and Indiana Economic Development Corporation 21st Century Fund.

Indiana is also fortunate to have many, many providers for just about any service required to support the life sciences industry. The list is just too large (but you can get a good start by reviewing the members of INpact).

Also supporting Indiana life sciences are the colleges and universities providing education for future life sciences professionals and supporting entrepreneurship. Most notably in this space, Indiana is home to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and Indiana University. The list below includes some of the initiatives these schools have to support the life sciences industry’s growth:

In future snapshots, we will review other regions within the Midwest and examine some of the trends and issues within the life sciences industry.

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May 11, 2010 – IBEN: Finding a Strategic Partner to Take Your Product to Market

IBEN: Finding a Strategic Partner to Take Your Product to Market

There are many factors around biomedical products that can make it difficult to take a product directly to market. Strategic partners can help bring your product to the marketplace and can potentially grow your market share dramatically. Join us to discuss how to pick a strategic partner, what strategic partners are looking for, and how to cultivate your relationship with strategic partners.

Speaker(s):
Wade Lange, President & CEO, ImmuneWorks
Gary Noonan, President & CEO, Aarden Pharmaceuticals
Matt Call, Director of Business Development, Endocyte

Moderator(s):
Jack Pincus, President & Director, Selican

Learn more and RSVP at   http://www.indianabionetwork.org/index.php?mode=event&event_id=52


IBEN is sponsored by Ice Miller, IHIF, and IUETC

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March 9, 2010 – IBEN: Intellectual Property

IBEN: Intellectual Property

Where: Riley Outpatient Center (Directions)
When: 2/9/2010 at 5pm

Postponed due to the Winter Storm Warning: STAY SAFE!!! Come join us for an opportunity to ask your questions about Intellectual Property and startup companies. Gain advice from a panel of experts whether you are currently in the patent process or considering making public disclosures including publishing your research.

Cost is free, but registration is required.

Speaker(s):
Dustin DuBois, Partner, Ice Miller’s Business Practice Group
Mark Reichel, Associate, Ice Miller’s IP Practice Group

Moderator(s):
Tom Walsh, Partner & Chair of Ice Miller’s IP Group

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February 9, 2010 – Intellectual Property Discussion

Intellectual Property: A discussion around current trends

Where: Riley Outpatient Center (Directions)
When: 2/9/2010 at 12am

Come join us for an opportunity to ask your questions about Intellectual Property and startup companies. Gain advice from a panel of experts whether you are currently in the patent process or considering making public disclosures including publishing your research.

Cost is free, but registration is required.

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Speaker(s):
Dustin DuBois, Partner, Ice Miller’s Business Practice Group
Mark Reichel, Associate, Ice Miller’s IP Practice Group
TBA, TBA

Moderator(s):
Tom Walsh, Partner & Chair of Ice Miller’s IP Group

October 13, 2009 – Evaluating Technical and Market Risk

If you are involved in medical device innovation and entrepreneurship, you should mark your calendar to attend Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network (IBEN) events. While the details for the October edition are still pending, it will be worth your while!

Evaluating Technical and Market Risk
Where: IUETC (Directions)
When: 10/13/2009 at 5pm
TBA
Cost is free, but registration is required.
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Speaker(s):
TBA
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