Media and Booking Contact: Mike Camplin  +1 250.388.3537 ext. 210

Biomedical Technology-Industry Partnership day: Scott Phillips keynote speaker, Nathan Muller career panelist

StarFish Medical CEO, Scott Phillips will be a keynote presenter, and StarFish Medical Mechanical Engineer, Nathan Muller, will be a career panelist, at the first ever University of Victoria Biomedical Technology-Industry Partnership day on November 3, 2017.  The event is open for the community, including students, faculty, local industry, and other interested parties. Activities include industry talks, a panel discussion, a showcase of BME projects, and a speed-networking session that will create new connections and spark collaborative project ideas with funding options available between researchers and industry. More information at 

THE MEDTECH CONFERENCE 2017: StarFish exhibits in booth 206

StarFish Medical will exhibit in booth 206 at the The MedTech Conference on September 25-27, 2017, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Meet VP Business Development Eastern Region, Charles Garcia, and view some the latest medical device projects from or design, development and manufacturing teams.

The MedTech Conference seeks to advance industry discussion from key perspectives through detailed panel sessions, executive forums and more. More than 1,000 companies in a uniquely multifaceted environment for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, worldclass educational opportunities and networking.



DEVICETALKS MINNESOTA: StarFish Medical sponsors and exhibits


StarFish Medical sponsors and exhibits at DeviceTalks Minnesota on June 26-27, 2017 in the Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront, Saint Paul MN. DeviceTalks provides world-class education with exclusive insights from industry leaders changing the course of medicine. Coupled with a technology showcase featuring the hottest med tech companies in the marketplace, DeviceTalks is the premier opportunity for industry leaders to come together to share perspectives and network with the best of the best in the industry. This year’s program will include a new Engineering Track focused exclusively on how to help engineers do their jobs better.  Charles Garcia, StarFish Medical VP Business Development - Eastern North America, will represent the company at the event. Attending? Save 20% discount using this link.

MD&M East: Carmen Chacon presents MDEA award, session panelist on What Does Usability Mean Today?



StarFish Medical Sr. Human Factors and Industrial Designer, Carmen Chacon, presents an MDEA award and serves as a session panelist on What Does Usability Mean Today? at MD&M East 2017 on June 13 in New York City.   Chacon is also a juror for the 2017 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA), the premier awards program for the medtech industry.

Since its inception in 1998, the mission of the MDEAs has been to recognize significant achievements in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility.

MD&M East is the largest medtech event on the east coast, connecting thousands of engineers and executives, as well as hundreds of leading suppliers. The event runs from June 13–15, 2017, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.

EO Canadian 2017 Conference: Scott Phillips presents Ignite! session

StarFish Medical CEO and Founder, Scott Phillips will presents Building a Powerful Culture of Mutual Accountability, an Ignite! session at Inspired and Unstoppable: EO Canadian 2017 Conference on June 2, 2017 in Edmonton, AB. Scott will tell his entrepreneur journey as 1 of 5 inspiring stories from members across Canada to kick off this year's conference.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+ influential business owners with 163 chapters in 52 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.

Life Science Innovation Northwest: David Dobson delivers podium presentation

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StarFish Medical VP Business Development - Western North America, David Dobson, will delver a podium presentation on Tuesday, May 23 11:35AM-11:55AM, at the 17th Annual Life Science Innovation Northwest, presented by Life Science Washington. The two-day event (May 23 & 24, 2017) in Seattle serves as Pacific Northwest's largest life science conference. Hosted at the Washington State Convention Center, attendees have the chance to experience the best of Seattle hospitality, commerce and life science industry.  


ADM Expo Toronto: Charles Garcia presents MEDTECH DESIGN - THE POWER OF PROCESS


Charles Garcia, StarFish Medical VP of Business Development - Eastern North America, presents: CASE STUDY: MEDTECH DESIGN - THE POWER OF PROCESS at ADM Expo Toronto  on Thursday, May 18,  1:15pm - 1:45pm. Running May 16-18, 2017, ADM Expo Toronto is held in the Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario.  Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Expo Toronto brings the leading advanced manufacturing events — Automation Technology Expo (ATX), Design & Manufacturing, PACKEX, PLAST-EX, and Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) — together under one roof.

Tech Connect: StarFish Medical participates in the annual University of Victoria career fair


StarFish Medical will participate in Tech Connect 2017 at the University of Victoria on May 16 from 4PM – 6PM.  StarFish Mechanical Engineer, Nathan Müller, will represent the company and meet with interested students at the career fair.

The annual event provides an opportunity for 8 local companies to meet in a relaxed atmosphere with students from the University of Victoria Engineering programs (Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical and Software), our Computer Science/Math program and Telecommunications & Information Security program. Registration opens 16 May 2017.

BIOMEDevice Boston 2017: Lahav Gil chairs Emerging Sensor Technology Track

StarFish Medical VP Innovation, Lahav Gil, chairs the Emerging Sensor Technology Track on May 3, 2017 at BIOMEDevice Boston 2017 in Boston, MA.

About BIOMEDevice Boston

BIOMEDevice Boston connects  over 4,000 engineers and executives — as well as more than 400 leading suppliers — across New England’s thriving design and manufacturing industry. In partnership with the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC), BIOMEDevice Boston is an end-to-end industry showcase from contract manufacturing to components.

GIRLS’ STEM LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: Vesna Janic presents From Concept to Saving Lives: Designing Medical Technology


StarFish Medical Director of QA/RA, Vesna Janic will present From Concept to Saving Lives: Designing Medical Technology at the HEADS AND HEARTS TO ACTION GIRLS’ STEM LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE April 20 & 21, 2017 at St. Margaret's School in Victoria BC.

Janic joins other female leaders from various disciplines sharing their stories at the conference. The keynotes speakers include Natalie Panek, Rocket Scientist and one of Canadian Geographic's top Female Explorers of the year, Donna Garbutt, CEO of Maxxam analytical services, and Rosemary Chapdelaine Vice President of Lockheed Martin.

The conference goals include: 1. To inspire young women to seek and to courageously accept responsibilities as part of their contribution to society. 2. To increase awareness of current and emerging leadership opportunities, with a special interest in STEM opportunities. 3. To develop a network of students to support future collaboration among these emerging leaders.

Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2017 VANCOUVER

StarFish Medical presents Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2017  (#MDPLAYBOOK) is coming to Vancouver Convention Centre on April 4. It's another full day of industry speakers and panels from British Columbia and across North America sharing what it takes to Get The Product Right.

This year's event focuses on: Getting the Product Right, Deal-making, Entrepreneurial Strategy, Navigating the Clinical/Regulatory Environment, and Innovation in 2017 & Beyond.

Our 2017 event brings a great group of experienced medical device entrepreneurs and regulatory expert speakers including:

  • SAM BROWD, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Inventor, Entrepreneur. Co-Founder & CMO: Aqueduct, Navisonics, Vicis, & eLoupes.
  • BILL SALTZSTEIN President, Code Blue Consulting
  • NACH DAVÉ, Director of Global Regulatory Affairs at PRA
  • JOEL WEINSTEIN, President, Principal at MAVEN Medical Device Strategies
  • AMR SALAHIEH, President & CEO at Shifamed LLC
  • NADIA MARCHANT, Executive Director, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs | McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions
  • KEN PILGRIM, Director RA & QA, Emergo Group

Last year's attendees gave the event a thumbs up in the post event survey:

  • 91% found Playbook 2016 Extremely Useful
  • 92% would recommend the event to friends

“It is the only ‘conference’ of its type in Canada. I really enjoyed that it was all about the business and commercialization aspects of the health-tech industry and not heavily based on technology.” 


TORONTO Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2017

Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2017 (#MDPLAYBOOK)Canada’s premiere innovation and commercialization event for medical device professionals, is coming to the MaRS Discovery District on March 30, 2017. A full day of industry speakers and panels from across North America discuss what it takes to Get The Product Right.

Network with industry veterans and learn 2017 Entrepreneurial Strategy for Innovation, Getting the Product Right, Deal-making, and Navigating the Clinical/Regulatory Environment.

Our 2017 event brings a great line-up of experienced medical device entrepreneurs and regulatory expert speakers including:

  • BILL WALKER, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Architect HemoSonics, and Director of Engineering Entrepreneurial Ventures at Duke University
  • RAM RAO, CEO 2C Tech Corporation, CEO LensGen
  • GEOF AUCHINLECK, Chairman and CEO Claris Healthcare Inc.
  • AWNI AYOUBI, President / CEO, Rostrum Medical Innovations Inc.
  • RUDY MAZZOCCHI, CEO of Elenza, Executive Chairman of Establishment Labs Holdings; Executive Chairman of OptiStent, Inc. and; Executive Chairman of LAFORGE Optical, Inc.
  • DAVID KALINS, Former Senior Policy Advisor at FDA/CDRH/Office of Compliance FDA/Center for Devices/Office of Compliance
  • KATHLEEN MANDZUIK, Executive Scientific Affairs Director, Late Phase Services, PRA Health Sciences
  • PAUL WEBER, President and Chief Executive Officer Perimeter Medical Imaging
  • MICHAEL HOEY, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, NxThera
Last year's post-event survey:

  • 91% of Medical Device company attendees found it Extremely Useful
  • 92% would recommend this event to friends

 “It is the only ‘conference’ of its type in Canada. I really enjoyed that it was all about the business and commercialization aspects of the health-tech industry and not heavily based on technology.” 


BCTECH Summit: StarFish Medical exhibits in VIATEC Pavilion

StarFish Medical will exhibit in the VIATEC Pavilion on March 14 - 15, 2017 at the VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE, BC. Matthieu Lemay, EIT, Mechanical Engineer, will represent the company and demonstrate recent client projects.  More information

University of Victoria: Lectures on regulatory practice for undergraduate engineers



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StarFish Medical will present a series of lectures on regulatory practice to undergraduate engineers throughout March 2017 at the University of Victoria. The lectures were arranged by Dr. N. Dechev, Ph.D., P.Eng., Associate Professor, Director of Biomedical Engineering Program, and Vesna Janic, StarFish Medical Director of QA/RA.




Topics and speakers include:

  • Vesna Janic - Overview of Medical Devices Regulations and Standards- March 6, 2017
  • Cam Neish - Risk Management and Medical Device Design and Development- March 9, 2017
  • Virginia Anastassova - Medical Device Regulation and Clinical Trials- March 13, 2017
  • Carmen Chacon - Human Factors and Usability Engineering and Industrial Design – March 16, 2017

Discover Tectoria: StarFish exhibits, Jess Hickman Career panelist

StarFish Medical exhibits and HR Manager, Jess Hickman is a panelist at Discover Tectoria 2017, a one-day exposition of more than 70 Greater Victoria technology firms and research agencies.  This year's event will be held February 24.

It's an event for everyone* and it's FREE to attend! No need to register.

*Everyone = Students (of all ages!), parents, job seekers, media, investors (The Capital Mission is in town at the same time), government officials and more!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO LAND THAT GIG includes Jess Hickman as one of three HR expert panelists.  Get the inside scoop from HR experts on what companies are looking for in future employees and how you can come out on top. Oh, and what NOT to put on your resume.  The panel is moderated by Kim Krenzler (RevenueWire).  Jess is joined by panelists Chris Holling (BC Ministry of Jobs) and Hayley Fong (Latitude Geographics Group).

Jess and Peter Kazakoff, StarFish Medical Jr. Electrical Engineer, staff the StarFish booth.  They will be demonstrating several products designed or manufactured by StarFish engineers. They will also be talking to visitors interested in pursuing careers with the company.

MD&M West 2017: StarFish exhibits, Christine Park presents Unleashing The Impact of Color, Scott Phillips chairs User-Centric Design Track


StarFish Medical will exhibit in booth 450 at MD&M West Expo on February 7-9, 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.  Charles Garcia, StarFish Medical VP Business Development, and Mike Sanders, Manager Business Development Applications, will be showing a range of medical devices.

StarFish Medical will also participate in the conference portion of MD&M.  CEO Scott Phillips will chair the User-Centric Design track on February 7, and present the opening remarks at 8:25 am.

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Starfish Medical Industrial Designer, Christine Park, will present Unleashing The Impact of Color in Medical Device Design to Improve Patient Adoption and Use on February 7, as part of the Medical: Design conference track.  Her presentation will include:

  • Using color to communicate emotion and put patients at ease
  • What types of emotional effects/responses can you get from users?
  • How to make a product more approachable

MD&M West expo is the largest collection of advanced design and manufacturing technology suppliers in the world. Over three days, more than 20,000 professionals source products and services for the development of life-saving medical innovations in a time-saving format with more than 2,200 solution providers—all in one location.

OBIO's "Tackling the Anchor Company Challenge" summit: Scott Phillips participates in Action Teams

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The Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO®) 2017 Leadership Summit, "Tackling the Anchor Company Challenge", takes place January 23, 2017 in Toronto, ON. StarFish Medical CEO and Founder, Scott Phillips will participate and speak in Action Team 1: Innovation Pull - Engaging industry investment in our institutions and stimulating innovation growth, chaired by Anthony De Fazekas, Norton Rose Fulbright.  He will also participate in Action Team 2: Adoption. For registration information click here.

OBIO is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization. OBIO is engaged in the development of an integrated health innovation economy for Ontario that will become a leader in providing health technology to the international marketplace.

BIOMEDevice San Jose: StarFish Medical and ViVitro Labs co-exhibit, Nigel Syrotuck and Paul Charlebois present


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StarFish Medical and ViVitro Labs exhibited in booth 109. Charles Garcia, StarFish Medical VP Business Development, and Douglas Bigrigg, ViVitro Labs North American Major Accounts Manager showed a range of medical devices and cardiovascular device testing equipment in the exhibit hall.


Nigel Syrotuck and Paul Charlebois presented Achieving Universality Vs. Simplicity in Design: Why Are Physicians and Patients Demanding Both? at BIOMEDevice San Jose  December December 7-8, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.

BIOMEDevice San Jose showcases emerging trends and innovations that will set the tone for the biomed industry in 2017 and beyond. The conference offers training on digital device trends and exploring effective ways to overcome barriers to market entry, all in a two-day Connected Health Device Development Summit.

University of Waterloo: John Walmsley guest lecturer on Successful Medical Device Development

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img_1760-800x600John Walmsley, StarFish Medical VP Product, was a guest lecturer on StarFish design methodology to Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering students at the University of Waterloo on November 28, 2016. Professor Oscar Nespoli, P.Eng., requested the topic for his graduate class on 7 Keys to Successful Medical Device Development.

img_2251-002Part of Canada's largest engineering school, the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department at the University of Waterloo is home to nearly 1600 undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff. Oscar Nespoli is a Waterloo Engineering Continuing Lecturer. He joined Waterloo following a 23 year career in research, engineering and management practice in industry and government.

USC: Scott Phillips presents to biomedical engineering students and Coulter Program participants

uscimg_8991-800x363Scott Phillips presented Quality and Process management for medical device development on November 17, 2016 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles CA.

The session is part of an ongoing series curated by George Tolomiczenko, PhD, MPH, MBA, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology and Biomedical Engineering, Administrative Director, HTE@USC & Co-Director USC Coulter Program, Health, Technology & Engineering Program.

LES Annual Meeting: Scott Phillips panelist on Medical Device Licensing – Aligning your Business and IP Strategies

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img_2273StarFish Medical President and Founder, Scott Phillips was a panelist on Medical Device Licensing – Aligning your Business and IP Strategies at the 2016 Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting moderated by Michael T. Fluhler, Esq., Patent Attorney, on Wednesday 26 October in Vancouver BC.  Panelists included Parminder Singh, P. Eng.  CEO LivSense, and Mike Arciero J.D., Director of Technology Licensing and New Ventures at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation.

For more than 50 years, LES has been the leading association for intellectual property, technology, and business development professionals to achieve professional and personal success. Whether you are new to licensing or an experienced licensing executive, LES is your professional home.

RAPS Vancouver: Vesna Janic and Cam Neish present Key Strategies for Handling FDA Inspections & Risk Management


20161005_174640-800x558StarFish Medical Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Vesna Janic, and Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Cam Neish, delivered two expert presentations focused on strategies for handling FDA inspections and managing risk associated with medical devices at the 5 October  2016 RAPS Vancouver BC chapter meeting in Burnaby, BC. Also pictured is Virginia Anastassova. Virginia is part of the RAPS chapter executive leadership. She organized the event and sent us this photo.

Case Study—Tales from Two FDA Inspections at Three Facilities
Most QA/RA professionals have attended generalized training on how to handle FDA inspections. However, few have participated in a real inspection from notification and preparation through inspection and follow-up. This case study examines three recent FDA inspections and is presented by a participant in the inspections. Highlights include a novel inspection strategy, lessons learned, preparation efforts, the actual inspections and inspection outcomes.

Risk Management
A detailed overview of the risk management process will be presented, including examples of tools and techniques used. Topics to be covered include:

  • ISO 14971 – Application of risk management to medical devices
  • ISO 13485 – Medical devices, quality management systems and requirements for regulatory purposes
  • IEC 60601-1 – Medical electrical equipment – Part 1: General requirements for basic safety and essential performance

Register here.  You can also register by calling +1 301 770 2920 ext. 200

Cascadia Venture Forum: Scott Phillips panelist on Building for success from seed to exit




StarFish Medical CEO Scott Phillips will be part of the Cascadia Venture Forum panel entitled “Building for success from seed to exit”.  The panel includes industry leaders: Paul Armitage from Gowling; Jennifer Hamilton from J&J Innovation; Laurent Pelissier from Clarius; Ali Ardakani from Novateur Ventures. George Aliphtiras will moderate. The panel will focus on critical success factors for building life science start-ups from seed to a successful exit. The session will be held approximately 9:15-10:00 at the Cascadia Venture Forum on October 4th (Day 1 of the NACO summit) at the Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver BC.


Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) 2016 Annual Conference: Scott Phillips speaks on The State of Innovation in the Canadian Medical Device Industry

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img_2458 Scott Phillips spoke on The State of Innovation in the Canadian Medical Device Industry at the 2016 Annual Conference of The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) on Friday, September 30, 2016, in Montreal QC.  His presentation was part of the “Device Research” track.

Using original research and his personal experience leading Canada’s largest medical device design, development and manufacturing service provider, Scott Phillips provides an overview and analysis of the Canadian medical device industry.  Topics include: Industry Size and Background, Medtech Exits and Return on Investments, Success Stories, and Serial Medical Entrepreneur Research.  Scott contrasts Canadian and U.S. MedTech with insights from work with clients in both markets.

SOCRA Mission and Introduction

The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) is a non-profit, charitable and educational membership organization committed to providing education, certification, and networking opportunities to all persons involved in clinical research activities. SOCRA, the premier educational organization for oncology site coordinators, has now emerged as a leading educational organization for clinical researchers in all therapeutic areas, supporting industry, government and academia.

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StarFish Medical COO, John Walmsley, was a panelist in the MedTech Product Development Conference Roundtable Discussion on User Needs. The panel took place on Thursday, September 29. Other panelists are Craig Scherer from Insight Product Development and Steve Wilcox from Design Science.

Presented by Medtech Intelligence, the MedTech Product Development conference takes place at the 3M Innovation Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, and focuses on strategies, methods and technologies to:

  • Manage the product development project/process effectively
  • Accurately identify user needs and translate them into design specifications
  • Make the product development process as efficient, expeditious, predictable and cost effective as possible

2016 INTERFACE Health Summit: Scott Phillips presents Digital Health Survey 2016

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Photo credit: Curtis Duggan ‏@CurtisDuggan

StarFish Medical President, Scott Phillips shared his survey findings on how digital health is viewed by medical devices companies on September 28, at the 2016 INTERFACE Health Summit at its fifth annual global conference in Vancouver BC. The two-day event engages, informs, inspires and connects digital health innovators and other health stakeholders from Canada and around the world. Scott will present results from the Digital Health Survey 2016 (supported by Interface Health among other organizations) and what they mean for the current and future state of medical device digital health adoption.

Photo credit: Curtis Duggan ‏@CurtisDuggan

BANFF Venture Forum: Scott Phillips on Tales from Life Sciences panelist




StarFish Medical President and Founder, Scott Phillips, was a panelist at the BANFF Venture Forum in Banff, AB on September 22, 2016. Tales from Life Sciences features a Health Technology Stream panel sharing their combined experience on everything that went right (and wrong!) over the years in their various deals and partnerships. Health Tech Panel Photo L-R: Mary Haak-Frendscho, Bettina Hamelin, Steve Xanthoudakis, Scott Phillips, Brian Bloom, and Jeff Guise

The entrepreneur, the investor and the facilitator perspectives will be shared and insights gleaned into what was learned from bad or missed deals, how a deal was saved from going sideways, and what are some of the most common issue that arise after closing a deal. The Banff Venture Forum runs from Sep 22-23rd inclusive.


StarFish and ViVitro Labs at MD&M Minneapolis

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Charles Garcia, VP of Business Development represented StarFish Medical in booth 2343 on September 21-22, at MD&M Minneapolis.  Charles  shared the booth with for ViVitro Labs North American Major Accounts Manager, Douglas Bigrigg, and Laboratory Technician, Marshall Kilduff.  StarFish Medical is a sister company and producer of ViVitro Labs equipment. ViVitro Labs will highlight the ViViFlow Electromagnetic Flow Meter and ViVitro Labs Endovascular Simulator for cardiovascular devices

2nd Annual ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit 2016: Scott Phillips presents Digital Health and Medical Devices



Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical President and Founder, spoke on September 15-16, 2016, at the 2nd Annual ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit in San Diego CA.  Scott presented Digital Health and Medical Devices.

About the ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit:

The ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit was one of the largest gatherings of medical device companies, suppliers, professionals and experts in 2015. This year the 2nd Annual ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit 2016 will feature 20+speakers, 25+ key areas, and multiple tracks over two days. The "2nd Annual ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit 2016" has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant's RAC recertification upon full completion.  

Canadian Neurosurgical Innovation Meeting: Scott Phillips presents Framework for successful medical technology innovation

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Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical President and Founder, discussed Framework for successful medical technology innovation at the Canadian Neurosurgical Innovation Meeting,  MaRS Discovery District Toronto, on September 10, 2016. The meeting is designed to showcase Canadian Neurosurgical innovation and provide an opportunity for collaboration. The topics covered are broad, and include innovation in technology, research, education and leadership.

MD&M East: Scott Phillips presents Digital Health Survey: How Your Competition is Affecting Your Success


IMG_1933Scott Phillips, President and founder of StarFish Medical,  presented the results of  a 2016 Digital Health for connected medical devices survey at MD&M East, on June 15th at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City. Wednesday, 11:00-11:45am.

Digital health products are certainly an area still under construction – we’re seeing first-hand the transformation of the man-machine relationship. But what is your competition hammering out in the areas of wearables, implantables, and connected devices? How far along are they in developing the next successful product? We’ll take you on the other side of the yellow construction tape, and help you analyze issues driving innovation and the impact on your business.

Digital Health Survey: How Your Competition is Affecting Your Success

• See the results of a survey on digital devices that allows monitoring/feedback through a remote/digital network
• Get a sense for the current state of mobile health – what are the trends and how far along are medtech developers, really?
• Explore design, regulatory and security challenges being faced
• Discuss lessons learned from failures to successes

Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW): Charles Garcia presents

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StarFish Medical VP Business Development, Charles Garcia, presents an overview of  StarFish Medical and highlights recent successful client collaborations at 3:00 PM on June 1, as part of the Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW) conference in Seattle Washington.

LSINW connects world-class industry leaders and showcases the Pacific Northwest as a global center for life science advancement. Business leaders focused on partnering opportunities in life sciences, find LSINW one of the most productive conferences they attend all year. LSINW is produced by Life Science Washington.

Life Science Washington is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association serving the life sciences industry in the state of Washington. Our members include organizations engaged in, or supportive of, the research, development and commercialization of life science technologies.

UBC Innovation in Health Research and Technologies Symposium: Scott Phillips keynote speaker

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Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical Founder and President, presents the Keynote Address: “Framework for Successful Medical Technology Innovation” at the University of British Columbia (UBC) symposium Innovation in Health Research and Technologies on May 27, 2016, in Vancouver BC.

Designed to help promote increased collaboration with our Applied Science and Engineering counterparts here at UBC. The event is open to all individuals who are interested in working in the Biomedical, Biotechnical and Translational research domain.The event will focus on bringing the community together and exploring strategies for successful partnerships. Speakers represent a variety of local entrepreneurs, innovators, funding agencies, health authority partners, and leadership who are all willing to share their unique perspective on how we can work together to succeed. There will be time dedicated to networking and exploring new collaborations.

Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2016 Vancouver

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Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2016 Vancouver is a full day of industry speakers and panels from across North America. Join industry leaders and hear them discuss what it takes to Go from start-up to the first $50M. Network and learn 2016 trends and opportunities for scaling, regulatory issues, entrepreneurial strategy, and innovation design control from medtech veterans.   Read summary of the event.

Vancouver speakers:  

  • Neil Fraser President – Medtronic Canada Where is Canada taking innovation: Naylor Report
  • Doug Evans PE, MBA  CEO Lungpacer Medical Inc., formerly COO and board member of Kensey Nash Corporation The Kensey-Nash Story
  • Robert Barry  Co-Founder and CEO Stasys Medical Corp. Screening member WINGS How we built Coaptus and Uptake Medical
  • Robert McMaster  Executive Director, VCH Research Institute Working with Coastal Health to advance your innovation
  • Zayna Khayat  Lead of MaRS Health and Director of MaRS EXCITE Medtech innovation outlook
  • Rick Sethi Clinical Engineer, Manager at Covidien Medtronic’s approach to product development
  • Rene van de Zande President & CEO EMERGO  Major changes impact device regulations in Europe 
  • Joyce Drohan BC Healthcare Practice Leader for Pricewaterhouse Coopers  What ‘s Transforming Healthcare and What You Need to Win in the New Health Economy
  • Vesna Janic Director of Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs StarFish Medical  Case Study: Our experience with an FDA Audit
  • Sabina Bruehlmann Director Technology and Operations Zephyr Sleep Technologies Case Study: Our experience with an FDA Audit
  • Udi Daon CEO Navigate Surgical Technologies Inc Financing Panel
  • John Walmsley  VP of Product Development StarFish Medical Managing innovation for rapid adoption
  • Scott Phillips CEO StarFish Medical  Major medtech trends in 2016
  • James Taylor  Co-founder, CEO Precision NanoSystems, Inc. Financing Panel
  • Moses Zhao – Managing Director, Canada Branch Yonghua Capital Accessing the Chinese market

Vancouver Supporting Sponsors:

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Sponsorship opportunities for both cities are available. Please contact Mike Camplin  +1 250.388.3537 ext. 210 for details.

Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2016 Toronto

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Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2016 Toronto is a free full day of industry speakers and panels from across North America. Join industry leaders and hear them discuss what it takes to Go from start-up to the first $50M. Network and learn 2016 trends and opportunities for scaling, regulatory issues, entrepreneurial strategy, and innovation design control from medtech veterans.  Read summary of the event.

Toronto speakers include:  

  • Larry Spears  Former FDA Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs will speak on "How to reduce vulnerability to an FDA audit
  • Cheryl Reicin  Partner at Torys LLP, Chair of Life Sciences Practice
  • Mikael Totterman  Clerio Vision, iCardiac
  • Scott Phillips CEO StarFish Medical
  • Ben Wagner  Director of Engineering, Christie Medical, Christie Digital Systems
  • Joel Weinstein  Partners Health Care - CIMIT, SenoSENSE Medical Inc. will speak on "Hologic: One model for a medical device success story!"
  • John Walmsley  VP of Product Development StarFish Medical
  • Michael Baker  CEO Otoharmonics Corporation, Co-Founder Applied Exergy, Inc., Founder Home Dialysis Plus, Ltd.
  • Ramgopal Rao  CEO 2C Tech Corporation, CEO LensGen
  • Vesna Janic Director of Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs StarFish Medical

Toronto Supporting Sponsors:


Reserve your place for the free Toronto event today!



MD&M West: John Walmsley moderates panel on Leveraging Value-Based Strategies and Maximizing Data Credibility

John Walmsley, StarFish Medical Vice President of Product Development, will moderate a panel on Leveraging Value-Based Strategies and Maximizing Data Credibility for MD&M West on February 9, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.  The panel will include Nirav Dalal, Senior Director, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, St. Jude Medical, Inc.; Yvonne Bokelman, MBA, FACHE, MBA, FACHE, Vice President, Global Market Access, Health Economics & Reimbursement, Zimmer Biomet; and Greg Cogswell, Global Director, Health Economics, Policy, Reimbursement, Medtronic Neurovascular.  The session plans to:

-Discuss ways to use data to drive market access and adoption

-Explore the process for using claims-based data in the design process

-Identify how to link medical device data to patient outcomes more effectively

About MD&M West 2016: Celebrated 30 Years and Looks to the Next 30

MD&M West celebrates 30 years of connecting the region’s leading medical device suppliers and buyers. Join us at the world’s largest medical device event, and don’t miss the opportunity to get in front of key medtech decision makers. This three-day event features live product demonstrations, education programs and networking opportunities to provide unparalleled access to the medtech community. The West co-located event provides you with regional lead generation opportunities and greater visibility within the industry.

StarFish Medical will be exhibiting in booth 450. ViVitro Labs will be exhibiting in booth 448.

EIC CSSE Vancouver Island: Scott Phillips to speak on Developing Medical Devices in Victoria at January 2016 meeting


Scott Phillips will speak about Developing Medical Devices in Victoria-- How we built Canada’s leading medical device development company right here at the January 8, 2016, meeting of the Vancouver Island Branch of The Engineer Institute of Canada and Canadian Society of Senior Engineers (EIC CSSE.)

As a member society of The Engineering Institute of Canada, CSEE promotes intellectual exchange and fellowship in a variety of ways including organizing luncheons and dinners with speakers on topics of broad interest and current social relevance.

Waterloo Engineering: John Walmsley guest video talk on StarFish Medical design methodology

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John Walmsley, StarFish Medical VP Product, is a guest lecturer on StarFish design methodology to Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering students at the University of Waterloo on November 16, 2015. Professor Oscar Nespoli, P.Eng., requested the topic for his graduate class on Special Topics in Advanced Machine Design Methods: Advanced Design Engineering.

Part of Canada's largest engineering school, the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department at the University of Waterloo is home to nearly 1600 undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff. Oscar Nespoli is a Waterloo Engineering Continuing Lecturer. He joined Waterloo following a 23 year career in research, engineering and management practice in industry and government.


Exponential Medicine 2015: Scott Phillips presents Statistics of Medical Device Entrepreneurship



IMG_1372Medical device entrepreneurs are special people. If you looked at them in aggregate what trends would you see? Education? Career start? Patent filings? Geographic location? How could you act to be more likely to succeed? Scott presents the statistics of a group of serial medical device entrepreneurs which are surprising and could affect how we encouraged entrepreneurship. He includes amazing and exponential data on trends in medical device patenting around the world.

Exponential Medicine is a unique four-day conference by Singularity University which brings together world-class faculty, participants, demos and workshops to explore how technology is impacting and can reshape the future of health and biomedicine. Part of the Exponential Conference Series at the Hotel Del Coronado November 9-12th, 2015.


PRCSQA 2015 Fall Training: Vesna Janic to present QA/RA medical device overview

Pacific Regional Chapter of the Society of Quality Assurance (PRCSQA)

[caption id="attachment_6207" align="alignright" width="175"]Vesna Janic at PRSQA 2015 Vesna Janic at PRCSQA 2015[/caption]StarFish Medical Director of QA/RA, Vesna Janic, will present an overview of working in the medical device industry to the Pacific Regional Chapter of the Society of Quality Assurance (PRCSQA) at the PRCSQA 2015 Fall Training to be held on November 4-5, 2014 in Reno, Nevada.

About the PRCSQA
The PRCSQA is a non-profit professional membership organization dedicated to promoting and advancing the principles and knowledge of Quality Assurance essential to human, animal, and environmental health in the regulated research community. Our chapter serves as the focal point of Research Quality Assurance in the Pacific Region. We encourage Quality professionals in industry, academia, consulting, and government to share their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of the entire regulated research Quality community.

State of the Island Economic Summit: Scott Phillips panelist on Manufacturing on Vancouver Island

VIE Summit

October 28 & 29, 2015 - The 9th Annual State of the Island Economic Summit will convene at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in downtown Nanaimo BC. The Economic Summit is the largest conference on Vancouver Island focused on all aspects of propelling the economy forward. Premier Christy Clark will present the dinner keynote speech.

StarFish Medical President and Founder, Scott Phillips, will be one of three panelists on the topic Manufacturing on Vancouver Island moderated by Peng-Sang Cau, CEO, Transformix Engineering on October 28.

Register for the event.

The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) is a collaborative partnership spearheading regional economic development for the Vancouver Island region. VIEA provides opportunities for communities, First Nations, businesses, and other key stakeholders to collaborate on broad-based economic development programs to improve the region’s overall capacity for economic vitality. 

UVIC Biomedical and Health career event: Nathan Müller panelist



Nathan Müller EIT, StarFish Medical JR. Mechanical Engineer, will be a Biomedical and Health sector panelist at the University of Victoria Co-operative Education Program and Career Services event on October 20, 2015. Nathan will participate in the “What can you do with your degree?” session moderated by Jeremy Pearce, a UVic career educator.

About Co-operative Education Program and Career Services
UVic is home to one of Canada’s largest co-operative education programs and the largest in western Canada. The program encompasses all UVic faculties, with more than 3,500 students per year participating in 13 co-op program areas from 47 academic departments and schools.

Access to Innovation: Scott Phillips panelist on Life Sciences in B.C. Healthcare Innovation

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StarFish Medical president and Founder, Scott Phillips, will participate as a panelist in LSBC Access to Innovation on October 15, 2015. Accessing Innovation in a Capitated Budged Environment: Workable Solutions for Partnering with the Healthcare System in British Columbia is part of the Outcome-based Access to Innovation in British Columbia portion event and is moderated by James Hatton, Q.C., Partner, FARRIS. Other panelists include MTICS (DM John Jacobson), MOH (ADM Heather Davidson), Michael Marchbank, President & CEO Fraser Health, and Stephane Lassignardie, General Manager, AbbVie Corporation and Rx&D B.C. Chair.

ACCESS TO INNOVATION is poised to bring together the health and life sciences community stakeholders to present, discuss and deliver meaningful ways for improved collaboration, develop and deliver innovation, while improving outcomes and saving cost.

About LifeSciences BC's Events
LifeSciences BC holds numerous events for our members in an effort to provide quality networking, mentoring and education opportunities.
Location: Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver    Please register via the LSBC Eventbrite page here.

Island Women in Technology Networking: Meet Starfish Medical

Island Women in Technology Networking

Island Women in Technology (iWIT) Networking presents Meet Starfish Medical on Tuesday October 13, 2015. This is the first of a series of iWIT networking events visiting a Vancouver Island firm to find out more about them and their team. Bring a friend - meet new ones.

Register for the event.

About Island Women in Technology (iWIT)
Founded in September 2011, this 100% volunteer group organizes events every two months where women in technology and science can connect, exchange views and network together. Special speakers include representatives from funding agencies, successful start-up and women in leadership roles.

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GVDA Export Expansion Workshop: John Walmsley panelist for Been There. Done That.

John Walmsley, VP Product Development for StarFish Medical, will participate as a panelist in Been There. Done That: CEO Tales from the Trenches at the Greater Victoria Development Agency`s Export Expansion Workshop: Selling to the United States, on 28 September 2015, in Victoria, B.C.

Register today for Selling to the United States and learn from the experts about how you can…

  • Identify and articulate your “Unique Global Competitive Advantage”
  • Build the financial networks to support your international business goals
  • Mitigate risk through insurance and intellectual property protection
  • Connect to the agencies and resources that keep your products and services moving through global channels of distribution
  • Leverage the knowledge and experience from fellow local businesses that are in thriving in U.S. markets

About the GVDA
The Greater Victoria Development Agency is the region’s lead economic development agency. We are committed to marketing the region’s competitive advantages, positive business climate and superior lifestyle across Canada and around the world. Our organization works closely with BC businesses, partner agencies, educational institutions, the community and all levels of government.

University Health Network: Scott Phillips speaks about Serial Medtech Entrepreneurs

StarFish Medical President and Founder, Scott Phillips, will be speaking at UHN - University Health Network in Toronto, ON on September 24 as part of the TECHNA ROUNDS | INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTH series.  The talk will take place from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm at 100 College St, Banting Institute, Room 131.

Developed from early findings of the ongoing Serial Medical Device Entrepreneurs Project, Scott will share statistics and behaviours that help define a Serial Medical Device Entrepreneur.

Using primary and public data along with personal interviews with 100 self-proclaimed serial entrepreneurs, Scott provides compelling reasons why they are unique and important to the success of the medical device industry.  The presentation includes anecdotes and quotes from the first 50 interviews.

Areas examined include:

    • University Degrees
    • Patents
    • Career paths
    • Start-ups per entrepreneur

Overview of Techna

Techna is an institute of University Health Network, in collaboration with the University of Toronto, focused on the accelerated development and exploitation of technology for improved health. The Techna Institute is designed to shorten the time interval from technology discovery and development to application for the benefit of patients and the health care system.  It will also stimulate and facilitate the innovation cycle through a continuum of clinically driven innovation, technology & process development, and translational research. While technology has existed as an essential platform for UHN research, Techna represents a paradigm shift towards demand-driven activities, and the organizational alignment of the needs of the research hospital and the research enterprise.

ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit: Scott Phillips speaks on 7 Criteria of Successful Commercialization

Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical President and Founder,  will speak September 17-18, 2015, at the ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit in San Diego CA.  Scott will present 7 Criteria for Medical Device Commercialization Success.

About the ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit:

The ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit will be one of the largest gatherings of medical device companies, suppliers, professionals and experts in 2015. This year has shown that the industry continues to face a number of issues that will be affecting it in the long-term. The controversial medical device tax, the increasing threat of cyber-attacks, the fast pace of technical developments and the regulatory hurdles that these bring up – these are topics that the industry as a whole needs to discuss and debate and strategize on.  

ASQ Vancouver Island Event: Risk Management Clinic & Starfish Medical Plant Tour

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StarFish Medical QA/RA Specialist, Cam Neish, presents a Risk Management Clinic, followed by a tour of StarFish Medical facilities on September 16. The 2nd Vancouver Island Quality and Business Excellence Program Night visits Starfish Medical. Risk Management is very prominent in all industries (and in the upcoming ISO 9001 revisions.) Cam will discuss and demo some of the tools and processes Starfish Medical uses (FMEA in particular) and how they can be useful in other industries.

Cam joined StarFish Medical in 2008, bringing a background in Electronics Engineering Technology. Cam is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and is certified as an ISO 13485 Lead Auditor.

About ASQ Vancouver

The American Society for Quality (ASQ), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, is the world’s leading authority on quality since 1946. The 104,000-member professional association creates better workplaces and communities worldwide by advancing learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results. By making quality a global priority, an organizational imperative, and a personal ethic, ASQ becomes the community for everyone who seeks technology, concepts, or tools to improve themselves and their world. A world of improvement is available through ASQ, providing information, contacts, and opportunities to make things better in the workplace, in communities, and in people’s lives. The Vancouver section was formed in 1986 and has 350 members.

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2015 Pharmaceutical Industry Investment Summit Forum: Charles Garcia presents Medical Device Ecosystem in North America

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Charles Garcia, StarFish Medical VP of Business Development, presents the Medical Device Ecosystem in North America at the 2015 Pharmaceutical Industry Investment Summit Forum jointly hosted by Jiangsu Newheadline Development Group Co., Ltd. and Sinolink Securities Co., Ltd. in Haizhou Bay Conference Center on September 10, 2015.

MEDevice San Diego 2015 Conference: Scott Phillips and John Walmsley speak

Both Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical President and Founder, and John Walmsley, StarFish Medical Vice President of Product Development, will speak at the MEDevice San Diego 2015 Conference.  

Scott Phillips presents: What’s Hot in Regulated Design Control on September 1.

    • How to avoid most frequently cited FDA problems by strengthening Design Control systems
    • Pareto analysis of FDA 2014 audits identifies design control areas to increase diligence
    • Five interesting cases from 2014 are examined for learning implications

John Walmsley presents: Faster Adoption through Targeted Design: Maximizing Health Outcomes & Reimbursement on  September 1.

    • How to design your product to fit within the reimbursement environment including the Affordable Care Act
    • Why device materials, training, usability and performance choices impact adoption curves
    • Steps you should take to ensure your product is optimized for health outcomes and reimbursement

John Walmsley moderates a Panel Discussion: Growth Opportunities in Patient Compliance – Improving Medication Adherence with New & Effective Engagement Solutions on September 2.

    • Identifying adherence solutions that are gaining traction for the most common non-compliance issues – what is working?
    • Comparing and contrasting provider problems with caregiver problems – how do they offer unique solution needs?
    • Examining effective solutions used to mitigate challenges in drug delivery and prescribing
    • Successes and failures in current strategies for improving medication adherence

The MEDevice San Diego 2015 Conference offers interactive, hands-on sessions and panel discussions led by industry thought leaders on some of the hottest topics in medtech, including Product Development and Business Development.

Life Science Innovation Northwest: Scott Phillips on What's unique about serial medical device entrepreneurs

LSINW 2015

Scott Phillips, President and founder of StarFish Medical, will present: What's unique about serial medical device entrepreneurs at the 16th Annual Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW) Conference on June 30-July 1st, 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center.  LSINW is North America’s largest fully-integrated Life Science exposition.  Scott's presentation is part of the Innovation Support Track on Day 1 at 10:45 am.

The event is produced annually by the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA), an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association serving the life sciences industry in the state of Washington. WBBA members include organizations engaged in, or supportive of, the research, development and commercialization of life science technologies.    Life Science Innovation Northwest connects world-class industry leaders and showcases the Pacific Northwest as a global center for life science advancement. StarFish Medical is member of WBBA and a participating sponsor of WBBA’s Commercialization Consulting program.

Capstone Symposium: Sal Sanci speaks on state of industry

Sal Sanci, StarFish Medical software engineer and Electronics Engineering Functional Manager, will speak on Tech industry opportunities and expectations at the Camosun College Capstone Symposium in Victoria BC. Each year, Camosun College's Computer Systems Technology and Electrical Engineering students come together to showcase their talents at the Capstone Symposium. Teams are tasked with developing technology solutions for real-world clients in local industries and government. This year's pinnacle event takes place at the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel, Victoria BC, on June 25, from 9AM - 5PM.

Schulich Innovation Research Day: Scott Phillips to present Canadian landscape

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical President and Founder, will present at the 3rd Schulich Innovation Research Day - Medical Devices Innovation Review on June 15, 2015  in Toronto, ON.  Produced by  Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the event is open to industry, clinicians, scientists, and students interested in medical devices innovation and commercialization. 

Scott will be one of the morning session speakers providing discussions on various aspects of the current medical device design landscape in Canada, which will be followed by an interactive med-tech industry gaps session where Canada’s top serial medical technology entrepreneurs and social innovators will share their experiences.  Other speakers in the session include:

  • Mr. Steve Arless, Managing Partner, Medius International – He will lecture on entrepreneurship in the medtech field with the talk title “Inside the Mind of A Serial Entrepreneur”.
  • Richard Meadows, COO Medical Devices Commercialization Centre – He will lecture on the funding environment for medical devices with the talk title “Funding Medical Devices in Canada”.
  • Alexei Marko, CEO Neovasc Inc. - He will lecture on the local and global competition with the talk title “Competing on a Global Scale”.

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An afternoon session will allow selected teams to participate in a clinical needs finding competition. The clinical needs finding competition will allow multidisciplinary teams, (each consisting of a clinical fellow, an MBA & an engineer) to shadow physicians at Sunnybrook and identify real clinical challenges & problems that impose a significant medical burden.

Royal Roads University: John Walmsley presents Operations Design

On April 23, John Walmsley, StarFish Medical Vice President of Product Development, will speak on Operations Design as part of the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management program at Royal Roads University.  John's presentation will include:

  • Product design (e.g., product design process, sources of ideas for new or redesigned products, issues in product design, technology in product design, differences in design processes between manufacturing and service industries, etc.)
  • Process design and facility layout (e.g., automation, methodology for production process design, customer perception in service process design, types of layouts, etc.)
  • Design of work systems (e.g., job design including efficiency and behavioural approaches, working conditions, workers’ well-being and a healthy workplace, work measurement, etc.)


Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2015


2015 Playbook

 Medical Device Commercialization Playbook is a half day seminar for Vancouver medical device company leaders who want to learn from experts and peers across North America.   Spend April 1, 2015, at the Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver sharing expertise, learning, and collaborating to foster innovation.  

[caption id="attachment_5121" align="alignright" width="300"]Playbook 2015 Panel John Walmsley moderates panel discussion with (left to right) Paul Geyer, Steve Arless, Awni Ayoubi, and Michael Baker at Playbook 2015 in Vancouver.[/caption]

Michael Baker, Ramgopal Rao, Steve Arless, Awni Ayoubi, Paul Geyer and Scott Phillips share experiences and topics critical to success in 2015.   From attributes of successful spin-out companies to secrets from industry veterans, attendees will gain practical advice, current trends, and real examples from Southern California, Montreal, Seattle, and Vancouver.

The free half day seminar is designed for Vancouver medical device company leaders who want to learn from experts and peers across North America.   BCIT, Emergo Group, Innovation Boulevard, and LSBC are supporting sponsor organizations.

MD&M West: StarFish Medical exhibits

StarFish Medical MD&M West Free Exp Admission Code StarFish Medical exhibits at MD&M West (Booth 577) , Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.  America's Largest Medtech Event! MD&M West is your direct access to thousands of industry-leading suppliers, the latest products & technology, unlimited networking opportunities, comprehensive educational content, and so much more.

To take advantage of complimentary expo admission, simply visit During online registration, specify Source Code 'GV', or print this page and bring it with you to the event.

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SABPA Medical Device and Diagnostic Forum: John Walmsley panelist 4th annual Sino-American Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professional Association (SABPA) Medical Device and Diagnostic (MDD) Forum on Saturday, February 7, 2015, in San Diego CA, will bring together stakeholders of in research, academia, regulatory and investment to foster partnerships that will boost the development of medical device, drug, and biological products for rare disease patients.  This year's theme is Breakthrough Technologies Accelerating Diagnosis and Filling the Therapeutic Gap for Rare and Genetic Diseases.

StarFish Medical VP Product Development, John Walmsley, will be a panelist with moderator Dr. Christina Waters, CEO & Founder Rare Science , and co-panelists:  Dr. Hudson Freeze, Director, Human Genetics Program, Sanford Children's Health Research Center, and  Kim Goodsell, Patient Self Advocate. The panel will discuss New approaches to overcoming obstacles and drive discovery and innovation for faster patient impact. John will share StarFish experience designing a patient driven medical device.

The Keynote Speech is:  Research and Drug Development for Rare Diseases: NIH Initiatives and Resources, presented by Rashmi Gopal-Srivastava, Ph.D., Director, Extramural Research Program, Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR), NCATS, NI

Registration information.

Other Speakers and Panelists include

  • Christian Braemer, CEO & CO-Founder, Benefunder
  • Hudson Freeze PhD, Director, Human Genetics Program, Sanford Children's Health Research Center
  • Kim Goodsell, Patient Advocate
  • Philip Low PhD, Founder & CEO Neurovigil
  • Michael Swit, Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP
  • Ryan Taft PhD, Director Scientific Research, Illumina
  • Christina Waters PhD MBA, CEO & Founder Rare Science
  • John Wetherell PhD JD, Partner Co-Chair, National Life Science Group, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw Pittman LLP

Sino-American Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SABPA) is an 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in early 2002 by professionals and scholars from the Chinese community in San Diego. In 2005, we expanded to Orange County and Los Angeles. We invite all scholars, professionals and entrepreneurs of any origin who are working in, engaged in, or interested in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry in Southern California to join us as a member of SABPA.

Design Control Conference: Scott Phillips - faculty member

Design Control ConferenceThe Design Control Conference from Medical Device Summit will take place February 4-5, 2015, in Washington D.C.   Billed as A Competitive Advantage from R&D through Postmarket, this highly interactive workshop features top industry experts and goes beyond the basic principles and processes of design control.   StarFish Medical President, Scott Phillips, will participate as a member of the Design Control Faculty.
The conference focuses on the creation of a strong design control program that is well integrated into all relevant company functions and has the appreciation and support of business management.

Other Faculty members include Pat Baird, Technical Director, Baxter Healthcare, Mark Leimbeck, Program Manager, Medical Regulatory Advisory Services, UL LLC, William MacFarland, Director, Division of Manufacturing & Quality, Office of Compliance, CDRH, FDA, and Chirag Tilara, Director, Coronary Quality, Medtronic, and Thomas Maeder, Conference Director, Medical Device Summit.

Partial List of Topics:

  • Design Control as a Competitive Advantage
    • Internal – speed to market
    • External – learning from others
  • Aligning Design Control and the Business Process
  • Aligning Product Development and Design Control
    • Requirements gathering and management
    • Design for six sigma
    • Critical parameter management – verification and validation of inputs and outputs
  • Overview of design control elements, principles, and best practices
  • The evolving global regulatory environment and its impact
  • Design Control and the Total Product Life Cycle
    • Data sources
    • Iterative updates and improvement
  • Challenges in bridging gaps and miscommunication between teams

Monitoring and Evaluating the Design Control Process – measuring effectiveness and the impact on business

Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI): Scott Phillips speaks on Spin-out Companies

Sunnybrook research InstituteStarFish Medical President, Scott Phillips, will present How to launch a successful spin-out company at the Schulich Seminar Series on December 10th, 2014, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, ON.

The Schulich Seminar Series are Sunnybrook's monthly events for supporting an atmosphere of innovation and entrepreneurship.  The event is held at Sunnybrook and attracts clinicians, scientists, engineers and MBA's with an interest in medical technology commercialization and innovation.

Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is dedicated not only to leading world-class research, but also to ensuring that the results of that research lead to tangible positive impacts. SRI is actively engaged in moving technology from the lab to the mainstream by partnering with industry, licensing technology to companies and creating spinoff companies.

BIOMEDevice San Jose: StarFish Medical to exhibit

StarFish Medical exhibits at BIOMEDevice San Jose (Booth 633), December 3-4, 2014.  Free  Exhibit Admission using code:  EP


BIOMEDevice San Jose: StarFish Medical               STarFishMedical at BIOMEDdevice San Jose 2014

Institute of Corporate Directors: Scott Phillips panelist

ICD logoStarFish Medical President, Scott Phillips will be a panelist on The value of advisory boards for smaller companies at a November 5, 2014,  Institute of Corporate Directors Victoria event.  Michel Bergeron (Development Bank of Canada - BCD) and Daniela Cubelic (Silk Road Tea) will also participate.

Mr. Bergeron will share the results and insights from new research on the entrepreneurs’ use of advisory boards and boards of directors. The panelists will discuss the strategic value of adding expertise and counsel and how to get it.

LifeSciences BC/ Henan Medical Device Association: Scott Phillips speaks

LSBC logoScott Philips will speak at a day long event LifeSciences BC is hosting for a delegation of senior executives from China’s medical device sector.  The event will take place in Vancouver BC on October 29, 2014.

The delegation will consist of 21 executives representing 13 companies who are members of the Henan Medical Device Association, a not-for-profit industry association located in central China. The executives are interested in identifying potential collaboration and investment opportunities in British Columbia.   StarFish Medical is a member of LifeSciences BC.

About LifeSciences BC:

LifeSciences BC is a not-for-profit, non-government, industry association that supports and represents the life sciences community of British Columbia through leadership, faciliation of investment and partnering, advocacy, and promotion of our science and industry.

Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference: Scott Phillips Panelist

 Scott Phillips speaks in the industry panel discussion at the Alberta Biomedical Engineering (AB BME) Conference produced by University of Alberta and University of Calgary on October 24-26, 2014, in Banff Alberta.

UVic Career Event: John Walmsley panelist

UVic Co-Op logoJohn Walmsley, StarFish Medical VP Product Development,  will  be a panelist in “Working in the biomedical and health sector” on Thursday, October 23.  The panel is targeted to Science, Engineering, Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, and Human and Social Development students at the University of Victory (UVic) as part of the "What can you do with your degree" series organized by Co-op and Career Services. The series helps students and recent graduates gain a better understanding of what kinds of careers they can pursue after graduation, as well as gain insight about steps they can take to succeed in landing jobs in relevant industries post–graduation.


INTERFACE 2014: John Walmsley speaks

Interface logoStarFish VP John Walmsley will present Transforming Traditional Medical Devices for Digital Health at INTERFACE 2014 in the Vancouver Convention Centre on Sep. 29-30, 2014.

MEDevice San Diego: Scott Phillips & John Walmsley speak

Scott Phillips and John Walmsley of StarFish Medical will speak at MEDevice San Diego on September 11, 2014.

Scott will be in the "Pipeline Innovations Startup" panel discussion. John's topic is "Advancing Technology Transfer: How to Commercialize Innovative Medical Technology Faster for Less" and in the panel discussion "Must-Haves for Ultimate Hospital Interoperability – How and When Can This be Accomplished?"

BMEGA, IEEE and WIE visit StarFish Medical

BMEGA (UBC Biomedical Graduate Association), IEEE (Engineering in Medicine- EMB) Vancouver Chapter and WIE (Women in Engineering) groups visit StarFish Medical in Victoria.

Life Science Innovation Northwest 2014: Scott Phillips speaks

LSINW.LOGO.300dpi_WEBScott Phillips, President of StarFish Medical, will speak at at Life Science Innovation Northwest 2014 in Seattle, WA at 2:10pm on June 19, 2014.  Life Science Innovation Northwest 2014 runs June 19-20, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center Seattle, WA.

The event is dedicated to bringing together world-class innovators in biopharma, medical technology, non-profits, research, global health, digital health, biofuels and veterinary medicine. Public and private investors, investment bankers and industry executives focused on business development and partnering opportunities attend.  StarFish Medical is a Consulting Sponsor of WBBA, the event organizer.

Scott Phillips to speak as a Podium Presenter in the Medical Technology track.

Other speakers at Life Science Innovation Northwest 2014 include:

  • Opening Keynote: John Crowley, Chief Executive Officer, Amicus Therapeutics
  • A Luncheon Fireside Chat
    Featuring Sue Siegal, Chief Executive Officer, GE Ventures & healthymagination
    Jim Olson, MD, PhD, Member, Clinical Research Division,
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington; Attending Physician, Children's Hospital;
  • Young & Cash Hungry: Tips and Trends for Life Science Start-ups
    Moderator: Jason Forschler (J.P. Morgan) John Bencich (Integrated Diagnostics); Stefan Larson, PhD (Versant Ventures); David Miller (Alpine Bioventures); Trevor Moody (MH Carnegie & Company); Manos Perros, PhD (AstraZeneca)