StarFish Medical is a gold sponsor of Biotec 2019. The Biotechnology and Bioengineering Conference is a student-run, non-profit conference focusing on innovation in the fields of health, biology and tech. This year the conference will be hosted at the University of Waterloo on Saturday, November 16th, 2019. More information.
September 23, 2019
The MedTech Conference (AdvaMed)
StarFish Medical will exhibit in booth 262 at The MedTech Conference on September 23–25, 2019, in Boston, MA. Join Scott Phillips, StarFish CEO and Founder, and David Dobson, VP Business Development, along with more than 3,000 of the world’s top medtech executives at The MedTech Conference. INFORMATION.
Washington State Medical Device Summit 2019 - Vesna Janic panelist on Decoding MDR
Vesna Janic, StarFish Medical Director QA/RA, is a panelist on the Decoding MDR session at the Washington State Medical Device Summit, produced by the Biomedical Device Innovation Partnership Zone. Meet with Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical CEO and Founder, and Mark Drlik, StarFish Director of Program Design, at our exhibit. The summit will beheld September 19, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Lynwood WA. StarFish Medical is a supporting sponsor of summit. Details and Registration
August 13, 2019
iWIST 2019 Patio Party
StarFish is a proud sponsor of the iWIST 2019 Patio Party. iWIST is the Island Women in Science and Tech group. The patio party is a hot summer evening of drinks and laughs with the women in Victoria’s science and tech community! The summer patio party has become an iWIST tradition. The 2019 edition is extra special as members give props to Robyn Quinn, iWIST’s co-founder and longtime chair, for everything that she’s done to help build this vibrant community. Come by to give Robyn a hug and meet the new IWIST board. Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Location: Glo Restaurant & Lounge (2940 Jutland) Victoria BC, Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm REGISTRATION
June 24, 2019
Pain Mitigation Roundtable: Presentation of novel elastrator band
StarFish Medical Biotech Manager, Nick Allan, presented to thirty-two livestock industry professionals and stakeholders taking part in a daylong conversation around strategies to mitigate pain for livestock. Nick spoke about the recent development of a novel elastrator band that releases topical analgesia for improved pain mitigation during castration. Nick worked on the project in his role as President of Chinook Contract Research Inc. StarFish provided assistance with prototypes. The event and research were sponsored by Alberta Farm Animal Care. The workshop was held in High River, AB on June 24, 2019.
June 17, 2019
Camosun College Capstone Symposium
StarFish Medical is a gold sponsor of the 2019 Camosun College Capstone Symposium. The annual showcase of outstanding technical and professional expertise of Camosun College Information and Computer Systems (ICS) graduates takes place on June 17th at the Hotel Grand Pacific. ICS students develop their Capstone projects in partnership with local industry leaders and produce innovative technology. StarFish is a proud employer and partner of Camosun alumni. Employees who are graduates or students of Camosun College are pictured above.
June 17, 2019
uOttawa CAMaR center Bio & Nanomaterials Workshops
Lorenzo Gutierrez, StarFish Medical Sr. Systems Engineer and Interim Toronto Site Director, will be a panelist in the Innovation and entrepreneurship as key components in Translational Technologies workshop at the Bio and Nanomaterials workshops event presented by the University of Ottawa CAMaR center. The event is part of a week dedicated to the Health Sciences. The workshops will be held June 17th to the 20th, 2019. More Information.
June 6, 2019
67th American Society of Mass Spectrometry: Lidocaine Content and Delivery from Latex Elastrator Bands
102nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition: Poster Session
A poster titled Evaluation of Lidocaine Content and Delivery from Latex Elastrator Bands Using LC-MS, GC-MS and HPLC Techniques co-authored by StarFish Medical Biotech Manager, Nick Allan, will be presented at the 102nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Quebec, QC 2019.
Castration is an important tool in modern agriculture helping producers to manage their livestock performance, along with animal health and safety. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that is often injected during castration procedures to help manage pain. The Wulff lab has worked with Nick Allan in a NSERC Engage project to evaluate the amount of lidocaine loaded into different sized castration bands using GC-MS, LC-MS and HPLC techniques, and these results will be summarized and presented.
June 4, 2019
CREATE 2019 BIO-HACKATHON
StarFish Medical is proud to be a sponsor of NSERC-CREATE’s Training in Global Biomedical Technology Research and Innovation “Needs-First” biomedical hackathon. On June 4, 5, and 6, 2019, the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) and collaborators will host the inaugural 3-day event at the University of Waterloo. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams, interact with healthcare professionals to identify unmet needs and ideate a solution to tackle a specific problem through design thinking. Teams will present their solutions and prizes will be awarded for the top 3 teams.
May 23, 2019
Medical Device Playbook 2019 Vancouver
Maximize Your Founder and Company Value
Medical Device Playbook 2019 Vancouver brings the most successful entrepreneurs and experts from across Canada and the US to Vancouver Terminal City Club on May 23, 2019. Six new speakers join returning favorites to share years of experience and multiple successes. More information and registration. REGISTER BY April 15 to receive a free gift.
#MDPLAYBOOK Vancouver is co-hosted by LifeSciences British Columbia and StarFish Medical.
StarFish Medical Biotech Manager, Nick Allan, will present a poster and StarFish will exhibit in booth 4631 at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW 2019) on May 18-21, 2019. DDW 2019 is the world’s largest gathering of physicians, researchers and industry in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.
May 16, 2019
2019 Joint Ontario-on-a-chip and TOeP Symposium
Lorenzo Gutierrez Ph.D., StarFish Medical Senior Systems Engineer/Interim Toronto Site Director will deliver a poster presentation during the 2019 Joint Ontario-on-a-chip and TOeP Symposium on May 16-17, 2019, at the University of Toronto. Lorenzo will present Advanced Manufacturing and Assembly for Scale-up Microfluidic Cartridge Production. The poster features a concept of an integrated system by combining additive manufacturing, injection molded components and advanced assembly processes. More information.
May 15, 2019
BCREGMED'S 3RD ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
StarFish Medical sponsors and Brian Hanrahan, StarFish Medical Biotech Program Director, speaks at the BC Regen Med Symposium on May 15 in Vancouver. Brian will speak on Commercialization challenges in regenerative medicine. More information and registration.
May 13, 2019
ACE-WIL 2019: Nick Allan presents UVIC - StarFish learning partnership
Nick Allan and Brent Godau will present “Experimental Learning Partnerships: Building a course sylabus from Industry Collaboration“. Their talk is about the ‘amazing’ experimental learning partnership between StarFish Medical and University of Victoria to develop and produce the BME401C – Human Factors and Usability Engineering for Medical Devices course. Nick and Brent will speak at the Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Conference (ACE-WIL 2019) Monday, May 13, 2019 in Victoria BC. Registration and more information.
May 9, 2019
Medical Device Playbook 2019 Toronto
Maximize Your Founder, Company and Device Value
Medical Device Playbook 2019 Toronto brings the most successful entrepreneurs and experts from across Canada and the US to MaRS Discovery District on May 9, 2019. Ten new speakers share years of experience and multiple successes. Visit the website to learn more and register. REGISTER BY April 9 to receive a free gift.
#MDPLAYBOOK Toronto is co-hosted by StarFish Medical, OBIO, and MaRS
April 1, 2019
Health Innovation Week 2019: StarFish exhibits
StarFish Medical exhibits April 1–5, 2019 at Health Innovation Week, Canada’s largest gathering of health startups, investors and the health ecosystem. Hosted by MaRS and held across the Toronto region, Health Innovation Week allows participants to network, secure funding and learn from industry experts.
StarFish Medical’s Toronto team, including Interim Site Director Lorenzo Gutierrez, will be staffing the exhibit during the daily mid-day breaks and evening receptions.
iWIST Panel and Breakfast - Meet new iWIST board including Vesna Janic
Vancouver Island Women in Science and Technology connected with our QA/RA Director, Vesna Janic, at the Island Women in Science and Technology (iWIST) Panel and Breakfast on March 15 in Victoria BC.
The purpose of the meeting was to meet the new iWIST board – from medical devices to groundbreaking technology – a fascinating group of women leaders. They enjoyed a panel-style breakfast with moderator Robyn Quinn… ahem… past Chair of iWIST. $20 ticket includes continental breakfast buffet and a door prize or two. More information and tickets.
March 15, 2019
UBC BMEG lecture: Nigel Syrotuck discusses Detailed Design and V&V
Nigel Syrotuck will discuss detailed design and verification/validation in medtech design at University of British Columbia on March 15, 2019. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Antony Hodgson, PhD, PEng, has integrated case studies and company visits into BMEG 257’s curriculum to help make the connection to industry stronger. Students BME are required to document their project design work in the form of a Design History File. Nigel’s talk will use real examples from StarFish Medical’s product development portfolio.
March 8, 2019
International Women's Day Panel: Meredith Campbell-Jess moderates
StarFish Manager of Change Initiatives, Meredith Campbell-Jess, moderates an International Women’s Day panel of women who have trailblazed in their industry and continue to navigate male-dominated industries while advocating for themselves and people around them. March 8, 2019 at CLUB KWENCH, Victoria BC.
Sarah Gulbrandsen, President and COO, RingPartner
Wency Lum, CIO, UViC
Tessa Mcloughlin, Founder and CEO, Club Kwench
Christine Fast, Executive Director, Technology and Innovation, Govt of BC
BMEC 2019: Martin Leandro Par and Lorenzo Gutierrez guest judges
Martin Leandro Par and Lorenzo Gutierrez will be guest judges for BMEC 2019, University of Toronto’s CUBE annual Biomedical Engineering Competition. The event takes place from Friday to Sunday, March 1-3, 2019 with judging on Sunday, March 3. More information and tickets.#biomedicalengineering#Toronto.
February 27, 2019
TechConnect: StarFish is a featured company
StarFish Medical will be a featured company at the February 27, 2019, BC Tech Association TechConnect in Vancouver BC. The TechConnect series brings together BC’s up-and-coming anchor tech companies of the future, including previous TIAs finalists and winners, for an evening of pitches, demos, and networking. Click here for a recap of the last TechConnect event. John Walmsley, StarFish Medical Chief Operating Officer, will represent the company. More information.
February 20, 2019
OBIO 2019 Niagara Investment Summit: Brian Hanrahan presents Medical device development for cellular therapies and regenerative medicine
StarFish Medical Biotech Program Director, Brian Hanrahan, presents Medical device development for cellular therapies and regenerative medicine at the OBIO 2019 Niagara Investment Summit on February 20 to 22, 2019. The Summit will bring 30 of Canada’s most promising health science companies to Niagara-on-the-Lake to present to and meet with global investors. This year’s Summit will highlight three fast-growing sectors:
1) New Frontiers in Medicine, including regenerative medicine, rare diseases, therapeutics, and medical devices 2) Artificial Intelligence in Health 3) Digital Health and Diagnostics
StarFish Medical Director of QA/RA, Vesna Janic, and Principal Industrial Designer, James Jackson, will be panelists on Getting a Device to Market When Class Designation is Evolving. Led by Virginia Lang, Chief Scientist, Hirlan, Inc. & Hirlan Institute of Human Factors, the session takes place February 6, 2019. More Information.
January 31, 2019
Pollinate Victoria Launch Event: Scott Phillips discusses Innovation in Victoria
StarFish CEO and Founder, Scott Phillips, will discuss Technology Innovation in Victoria at the Pollinate Victoria Launch Event on January 31, 2019. The discussion will explore how local firms are utilizing technology to stay ahead.
Pollinate is a young professional and social network for future leaders. Pollinate enables cross-industry sharing of perspectives, initiatives and ideas through events, thought leadership, debates, skills training and volunteering. More information.
January 22, 2019
Phacilitate Leaders World and the World Stem Cell Summit
Meet with StarFish Biotech Program Director, Brian Hanrahan, on January 22-25, 2019, at the Phacilitate Leaders World conference in Miami. Gathering the advanced therapies community every January, Phacilitate Leaders World and the World Stem Cell Summit bring academics and the industry together to solve the bottleneck of translation into the clinic and ethical and regulatory issues. More Information.
January 19, 2019
McMaster Designathon: StarFish Medical sponsors and exhibits
StarFish Medical is a bronze sponsor of McMaster Designathon, a competition where students tackle a selection of design problems using computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D printing tools. Visit our booth and meet with Toronto Site Director, Lorenzo Gutierrez, on January 19-20, 2019 in Hamilton, ON. More Information.
December 5, 2018
JABC TechWorks Victoria 2018: Women in Technology Breakout Session
StarFish Medical Embedded Software Engineer, Ashley Luft, was a panel mentor at the 2018 Women in Technology Breakout Session @JABC TechWorks Victoria.
“The young women participating in this session will be on the verge of selecting their higher level courses which have the potential to shape their career paths. By introducing students to the various possibilities and giving them the confidence at an early age to pursue such careers, there’s a greater chance of increasing their representation in the tech sector. ” MORE INFORMATION
November 22, 2018
CUBE at the University of Toronto annual Industry Mixer
StarFish Medical Mechanical Engineer, Martin Par, participated in the Club for Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering (CUBE) at the University of Toronto annual Industry Mixer event on November 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm. CUBE is a student-run club on campus whose mandate is to promote biomedical engineering at the undergraduate level.
The Industry Mixer event serves to form connections between the leaders in the biomedical industry and the top undergraduate engineering students. Participating companies included Conavi Medical, InteraXon (creators of Muse), SciCan, StarFish Medical, Synaptive Medical, and Interface Biologics.
November 1, 2018
University of Southern California: Scott Phillips presents Medical Device Commercialization lecture
Scott Phillips lectures on Medical Device Commercialization November 1, 2018 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles CA.
The lecture 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.
November 1, 2018
Medventions Lecture Series: John Walmsley presents 7 Keys to Successful Medical Device Development
StarFish Medical COO, John Walmsley, presents 7 Keys to Successful Medical Device Development as part of the Medventions Lecture Series. The lecture discusses Medical Device Design & Prototyping and is scheduled for Thursday November 1st from 5:00-6:00pm at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
October 27, 2018
StarFish sponsors UBC BIOMOD in annual BIOMOD competition
StarFish Medical is proud to sponsor UBC BIOMOD, a design team of sixteen undergraduate engineering and science students at UBC in the international BIOMOD competition held in San Francisco on October 27th and 28th, 2018. The BIOMOD competition is an international multidisciplinary biomolecular design competition for students. The 2018 project is a targetted drug delivery system for Acute Myloid Leukemia using DNA origami. For more information visit ubcbiomod.com.
Congrats to the Cheeky Nanos of UBC BIOMOD for placing 3rd overall at last weekend’s BIOMOD competition with their Targeted Therapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia with a DNA Tetrahedron project. http://biomod.net/winners/2018.html…
October 26, 2018
UVIC: Nick Allan presents The importance of in vitro diagnostics
StarFish BioTech Manager, Nick Allan, will present The importance of in vitro diagnostics at University of Victoria on October 26th, 2018. Nick is presenting to Chem 212 students at the invitation of Dr. Harmen S. Zijlstra, Seasonal Lecturer, Department of Chemistry. The lecture is part of an ongoing series of guest speakers showing the industrial relevance and importance of analytical chemistry.
October 16, 2018
Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Pacific Northwest: Virginia Anastassova
Virginia Anastassova, Regulatory Affairs Manager, StarFish Medical, presented Best approaches to vendor partnerships to effectively manage medical device trials at Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Pacific Northweston 16 October 2018 in Vancouver BC. The Outsourcing in Clinical Trials Pacific Northwest programme focuses on the challenges faced by the early stage companies based in the region. The event provides a unique platform for an informative two days of constructive networking and in-depth presentations on the latest challenges and developments facing the clinical operations and outsourcing community in the region.
October 10, 2018
10x Medical Device Conference for Engineers: Scott Phillips on How Engineers Sell Themselves Short
StarFish Medical CEO, Scott Phillips, presents How Engineers Sell Themselves Short (…and what to do about it) at 10x Medical Device Conference for Engineerson Oct. 10-12, 2018, at the San Diego Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina. 10x for Engineers is the fun and educational thought leaders forum for all levels of medical device professionals who design, develop, manufacture, or commercialize devices. More information & registration.
September 24, 2018
StarFish exhibits at The MedTech Conference
StarFish Medical exhibited in booth 533 as 3,000 of the world’s leading medtech executives gathered on September 24-26, 2018, at The MedTech Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Featuring world-class plenary speakers, a wide array of educational programming, valuable networking and business development opportunities, The MedTech Conference was a must-attend event for the industry’s prominent and most promising companies.
Charles, Scott meet with John Crombie with UpStart PD
Conference attendees met with StarFish Medical CEO and Founder, Scott Phillips, and VP of Business Development East, Charles Garcia, at the conference to discuss medical device commercialization strategies and solutions.
Empowering Medtech Innovation ™
StarFish Medical is a full service Medical Device Design company with design, development, and manufacturing services. Our proven Pathfinder™ process increases commercialization success for over 150 medical devices. Prototype and low-volume complex production in an ISO 13485 certified Quality Management System and FDA registered facilities. Innovative Design & Development expertise in electronics, software, mechanical, UX, Industrial Design, Human Factors, and technology commercialization.
September 11, 2018
2018 Washington State Medical Device Summit: John Turner software panelist
StarFish Medical Software Manager, John Turner was a Software/Cyber Security panelist at the 2018 Washington State Medical Device Summit on September 11, 2018 in Bothell, WA. Dr. David Auth, a medical device inventor and angel investor, was the event keynote speaker.
The panel was moderated by Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, PhD / Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity / UW Bothell. Other panelists were:
Cris Ewell, PhD / Chief Information Security Officer / UW Medicine
Harald Fiedler / Manager of Systems Engineering / FUJIFILM SonoSite (ultrasound OEM)
Jeffrey Stewart / Contract Software, Electronic Development / Cove Technologies
The Summit is produced by The Biomedical Device Innovation Zone. The Summit brings together executives, entrepreneurs, researchers, government officials, thought leaders, and stakeholders from the medical device community to explore the state of the industry and the trends and innovations coming our way. StarFish Medical is proud to be a supporting sponsor of the event. #2018WAMedDevSummit
June 22, 2018
U of T FIELD Summer Program Alumni Panel
Martin Par, StarFish Medical Mechanical Engineer will participate in a University of Toronto Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering ILead’s engineering in health care alumni panel as part of the FIELD Summer Program. #ILeadFIELD
The panel takes place from 3-4 p.m. on Friday June 22. The panel topics include:
• How you decided / got to where you are now • Meaningful undergraduate experiences • Importance of leadership behaviours and mindsets in the engineering field
June 15, 2018
Scott Phillips panelist on Venture Capital and Funding Alternatives on Vancouver Island
Scott Phillips joins an all-star panel of VCs and industry leaders that will speak to: Recent financing activities and trends, An overview of the current financing landscape, Characteristics of an ideal portfolio company, and Stories from the trenches. June 15 from 9:30am – 12:45pm PDT at Fort Tectoria, Victoria BC. The panel is produced by Deloitte Canada in conjunction with VIATEC as part of an interactive session focused on the funding options available in British Columbia and what the most active Venture Capitalists (VCs) look for when considering an investment.
June 8, 2018
ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit 2018: Vesna Janic presents Effective Internal Auditing for Superior Quality Systems
StarFish Medical Director of QA/RA, Vesna Janic, speaks on Effective Internal Auditing for Superior Quality Systems at the 4th Annual ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit 2018, Omni San Francisco Hotel, June 7-8, 2018. The conference features speakers from FDA, EX-FDA Officials, Industry Veterans, Regulators and Industry Experts. Ms. Janic joins speakers, Stephen Allan Weitzman, Editor in Chief, FDA Information Repository, IRAI, Pat Baird, Regulatory Head of Global Software Standards, Philips, Peter Pitts, Chief Regulatory Officer, Adherent Health, LLC., and Susan W. Neadle, Sr. Director, Janssen Pharmaceuticals
May 29, 2018
Five Days in May 2018: Scott Phillips presents "Innovations in Medical Devices for Cardiac Care"
Be inspired by local research that’s addressing the leading cause of premature death in Canada! Scott Phillips, CEO and Founder, StarFish Medical will present “Innovations in Medical Devices for Cardiac Care” at Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Advances in Cardiac Care Tuesday May 29 from 1 – 3:30 pm in the Woodward Room, Begbie Hall, Royal Jubilee Hospital.
Speakers include: From Near Death to Stem Cell Research– Gordon McDougall, Premature Coronary Artery Disease: Perspectives and Advances – Dr. Chris Franco, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), General Cardiology and Prevention; Staff Cardiologist, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Preventing Cardiac Arrest during a Heart Attack: the Magic Bullet – Dr. Markus Sikkel (BSc MBBS MRCS PhD), Cardiologist, Island Health, and Fixing Broken Hearts: Research Highlights from British Columbia -Dr. Bilal Iqbal (BSc MBBS MRCP(UK) PhD), Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Island Health; Professor, Division of Medical Sciences, UVic. Register online:fivedays.eventbrite.com
May 23, 2018
Medical Device Playbook 2018 VANCOUVER
Medical Device Playbook, Canada’s premiere event for medical device professionals, is returning to the Vancouver Terminal City Club on May 23, 2018. Industry speakers and panels from British Columbia and across North America will discuss what it takes to achieve this year’s theme: Dream a Bigger Dream. Network and learn 2018 trends, opportunities, and strategies. Entrepreneur Case Studies, Human Factors and Design, and Clinical/Regulatory advice from industry veterans.
Event includes Lunch, breaks, and Networking Reception. All net proceeds will go to LifeSciences BC for future medtech initiatives.
Medical Device Playbook 2018, Canada’s premiere innovation and commercialization event for medical device professionals, is coming to the MaRS Discovery District on May 8, 2018. Industry speakers and panels from across North America discuss what it takes to Dream a Bigger Dream.
Network with industry veterans and learn 2018 Entrepreneurial Strategy for Innovation, Getting the Product Right, Deal-making, and Navigating the Clinical/Regulatory Environment.
StarFish Medical exhibits at BIOMEDevice Boston 2018
StarFish Medical will exhibit in booth 754 at BIOMEDevice Boston 2018 on April 18–19, 2018 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA.Charles Garcia, Eastern Region VP Business Development, and Lorenzo Gutierrez, Sr Systems Engineer, will be showing a range of medical devices. Use our promo code SPECIAL for a free Expo Pass or 20% off the Conference Pass.
BIOMEDevice Boston connects more than 4,500 engineers and executives — and more than 450 leading suppliers — across New England’s thriving medtech industry. In partnership with the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC), BIOMEDevice Boston is a powerful end-to-end industry showcase covering today’s emerging biomedical trends and innovations.
April 11, 2018
ACETECH 2018 Whistler Summit: Scott Phillips presents Building a Powerful Culture of Mutual Accountability
Scott Phillips presents Building a Powerful Culture of Mutual Accountability at the ACETECH 2018 Whistler Summit, April 11-13, 2017. The ACETECH Whistler Summit is a three-day conference held each year at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Over the course of the Summit an exceptional lineup of world-class leaders discuss cutting-edge strategic thinking and network with over 140 tech CEOs. REGISTER NOW
February 28, 2018
What can you do with your degree event: Nathan Muller panelist
StarFish Medical Mechanical Engineer, Nathan Müller, will participate in a career exploration panel on working in the bio-medical and health sector on February 28 from 5 – 7 pm at the University of Victoria. Learn how you can make the leap from university to a rewarding career. Attendees will:
Hear from industry experts about career options in specific industries—and how they broke into their sectors
Learn about the current job market
Get meaningful advice on your career plans
Figure out your next steps after graduation
Connect with panelists one-on-one!
February 26, 2018
BEAMS INDUSTRY NIGHT: Wes Chamberlin presents StarFish overview
BEAMS – Bioengineering at McMaster – Industry Night (Mon Feb 26 7:30pm-9pm) is an annual event that brings together some of the brightest minds to discuss work in the bio-engineering landscape! Representatives from amazing bio(medical)/healthcare companies will give presentations on their state of affairs and offer an unparalleled insight on what it’s like to work in the industry. A chance to network will occur after all of the presentations. Wes Chamberlin, StarFish Medical Principal Mechanical Engineer/Site Manager – Toronto, will represent StarFish at the event. More information.
February 23, 2018
Discover Tectoria 2018: StarFish exhibits
StarFish Medical will exhibit in booth 15 at Discover Tectoria 2018, an exposition of more than 75 Greater Victoria tech firms and research agencies on 23 Feb 2018, 11:00am – 6:00pm. Jess Hickman, Peter Kazakoff and Azra Rajwani will be on hand to discuss careers, projects, and biomedical opportunities.
Discover Tectoria is an exposition of more than 75 Greater Victoria tech firms and research agencies… under ONE roof. It’s one of the only events where locals and visitors come together to discover the innovation that’s stemming from right here in Victoria. Attendees get to interact with the people and their creations to better understand who and what is driving Victoria’s largest industry… leading to potential careers, connections or just an appreciated knowledge. VIATEC created this event to open the eyes of potential employees, investors and policy makers to the vibrancy and potential of the local tech scene… not to mention inspiring tomorrow’s inventors. It’s an event for everyone and it’s FREE to attend! No need to register. Check out last year’s event in this recap video!
February 19, 2018
Vancouver Island Life Sciences (VILS) Tour: StarFIsh Medical
Vancouver Island Life Sciences (VILS) will visit StarFish Medical on 21 Feb 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm as part of their ongoing island tour. VILS showcases the local life science scene providing an easy access social network for life science companies, institutions, professionals and students. Membership is open and involves no dues; merely an interest in and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and innovation in life sciences. Members include biotech, diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceutical, and software companies, students, academic institutions, local government and more. More Information
February 6, 2018
UVic Hi-Tech Co-op and Career Fair: StarFish exhibits
StarFish Medical will exhibit at the University of Victoria Hi-Tech Co-op and Career Fair on February 6-7, 2018, 10am – 3pm, in the Engineering Lab Wing lobby. The event provides students an opportunity to connect with employers in the tech industry. Participants can meet representatives from a wide range of companies all in one place. The StarFish Medical booth will be staffed by Nathan Müller, EIT, and Nigel Syrotuck, Mechanical Engineers. EventContact:firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-472-5827
February 6, 2018
StarFish Medical at MD&M West Expo 2018
StarFish Medical will exhibit in booth 1799 at MD&M West Expo on February 6-8, 2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.
Charles Garcia, Eastern Region VP Business Development, and David Dobson, Western Region VP Business Development, will be showing a range of medical devices.
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.
December 6, 2017
BIOMEDevice San Jose: Scott Phillips and Sal Sanci present, StarFish Medical exhibits
StarFish Medical Founder and CEO, Scott Phillips chairs the R&D: Disruptive Design Track at the BIOMEDevice Conference in San Jose December 6-7, 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center.
StarFish Medical exhibits in booth 326 and features some of our latest medical device projects. Meet with Scott, Sal, and VP of Business Development Western Region, David Dobson at the show.
BIOMEDevice San Jose is in its 10th year, connecting more than 2,000 engineers and executives — as well as more than 300 leading suppliers — across Silicon Valley’s thriving medical device design and manufacturing industry. The conference features two tracks focused on the latest in medtech product development and R&D. Expert speakers provide deep dives into disruptive design and new technologies, as well as advice on how to win the race to market and nurture innovation.
November 25, 2017
Biotechnology and Bioengineering Conference (BioTEC 2017)
Dr. Julie Audet and Jurgen Frasheri
The first-ever University of Waterloo Biotechnology and Bioengineering Conference (BioTEC 2017) took place on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Attendees heard from Keynote Speaker, Frank Baylis, who served as President of Baylis Medical Company from 1989 to 2015 after graduating from the University of Waterloo, researchers and industry professionals from leading companies and top schools like MIT. StarFish Medical is proud to be a Platinum sponsor of the event. Meet with Jurgen Frasheri, Jr. Mechanical Engineer, and Michael Klein, Engineering Scientist, at the event.
StarFish Medical Mechanical Engineer, Martin Par participates in the Club for Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering (CUBE) at the University of Toronto annual Industry Mixer event on November 16 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. CUBE is a student-run club on campus whose mandate is to promote biomedical engineering at the undergraduate level. The Industry Mixer event serves to form connections between the leaders in the biomedical industry and the top undergraduate engineering students. “I didn’t even have a chance to chat with them at all during the networking session because there were just so many attendees interested in learning more about our multidisciplinary collaborative environment and what it’s like to be so involved in the nitty gritty details of medical device design.” More information.
November 3, 2017
Biomedical Technology-Industry Partnership day: Scott Phillips keynote speaker, Nigel Syrotuck career panelist
StarFish Medical CEO, Scott Phillips will be a keynote presenter, and StarFish Medical Mechanical Engineer, Nigel Syrotuck, will be a career panelist, at thefirst 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.
October 16, 2017
2017 INTERFACE Health Summit: Annual state of the union report: digital health and medical devices
StarFish Medical CEO Scott Phillips, and Business Development Application Manager Mike Sanders, present their Annual state of the union report: digital health and medical devices on October 16, at the 2017 INTERFACE Health Summit sixth 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.
October 12, 2017
iWIST 2017 Creative Tech Crawl: StarFish one of tour stops
StarFish Medical’s Victoria facilities are a stop on the October 12 iWIST 2017 Creative Tech Crawl. Step outside ordinary networking events and explore the creative side of YYJ technology. Peek behind the scenes at StarFish Medical, Function Fox, Codename Entertainment & Suburbia to name a few. Transport, lunch & fun stuff included. StarFish Medical Supply Manager, Laura Meyer, and Director of QA/RA, Vesna Janic, will talk about tech careers during the StarFish stop. Registration details.
September 20, 2017
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 CEO and Founder, Scott Phillips, and VP Business Development Eastern Region, Charles Garcia, and view some of 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.
June 26, 2017
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.
June 13, 2017
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.
June 9, 2017
ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit 2017: Scott Phillips presents What we can learn from FDA Warning Letters
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.
May 23, 2017
Life Science Innovation Northwest: David Dobson delivers podium presentation
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.
May 18, 2017
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.
May 16, 2017
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.
May 3, 2017
BIOMEDevice Boston 2017: Lahav Gil chairs Emerging Sensor Technology Track
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.
April 20, 2017
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.
April 4, 2017
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:
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
March 6, 2017
University of Victoria: Lectures on regulatory practice for undergraduate engineers
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
February 24, 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.
Career panel discussion (Jess Hickman center) Photo courtesy: By jack flash photography
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 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.
February 7, 2017
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.
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.
January 23, 2017
OBIO's "Tackling the Anchor Company Challenge" summit: Scott Phillips participates in Action Teams
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.
December 7, 2016
BIOMEDevice San Jose: StarFish Medical and ViVitro Labs co-exhibit, Nigel Syrotuck and Paul Charlebois present
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.
November 29, 2016
University of Waterloo: John Walmsley guest lecturer on Successful Medical Device Development
John 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.
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.
November 17, 2016
USC: Scott Phillips presents to biomedical engineering students and Coulter Program participants
Scott 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.
October 26, 2016
LES Annual Meeting: Scott Phillips panelist on Medical Device Licensing – Aligning your Business and IP Strategies
StarFish 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, onWednesday 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.
October 5, 2016
RAPS Vancouver: Vesna Janic and Cam Neish present Key Strategies for Handling FDA Inspections & Risk Management
StarFish 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
October 4, 2016
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.
September 30, 2016
Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) 2016 Annual Conference: Scott Phillips speaks on The State of Innovation in the Canadian Medical Device Industry
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.
September 29, 2016
MedTech Product Development Conference; John Walmsley panelist in Roundtable Discussion on User Needs
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
September 28, 2016
2016 INTERFACE Health Summit: Scott Phillips presents Digital Health Survey 2016
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
September 22, 2016
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.
September 22, 2016
StarFish and ViVitro Labs at MD&M Minneapolis
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
September 15, 2016
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. #CoMedSummit
September 10, 2016
Canadian Neurosurgical Innovation Meeting: Scott Phillips presents Framework for successful medical technology innovation
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.
June 15, 2016
MD&M East: Scott Phillips presents Digital Health Survey: How Your Competition is Affecting Your Success
Scott 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
June 1, 2016
Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW): Charles Garcia presents
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.
May 27, 2016
UBC Innovation in Health Research and Technologies Symposium: Scott Phillips keynote speaker
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 Technologieson 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.
March 31, 2016
Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2016 Vancouver
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.
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
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.
January 8, 2016
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.
November 16, 2015
Waterloo Engineering: John Walmsley guest video talk on StarFish Medical design methodology
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.
November 10, 2015
Exponential Medicine 2015: Scott Phillips presents Statistics of Medical Device Entrepreneurship
Medical 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.
November 4, 2015
PRCSQA 2015 Fall Training: Vesna Janic to present QA/RA medical device overview
Vesna Janic at PRCSQA 2015
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.
October 28, 2015
State of the Island Economic Summit: Scott Phillips panelist on Manufacturing on Vancouver Island
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.
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.
October 20, 2015
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.
October 15, 2015
Access to Innovation: Scott Phillips panelist on Life Sciences in B.C. Healthcare Innovation
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.
October 13, 2015
Island Women in Technology Networking: Meet Starfish Medical
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.
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.
Heidi Giesbrecht, StarFish Medical Project Manager & PMO
Scott Phillips, CEO and Founder, StarFish Medical
Vesna Janic, Director of StarFish Medical QA/RA
September 28, 2015
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.
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.
September 24, 2015
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:
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.
September 18, 2015
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. #CoMedSummit
September 16, 2015
ASQ Vancouver Island Event: Risk Management Clinic & Starfish Medical Plant Tour
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.
September 10, 2015
2015 Pharmaceutical Industry Investment Summit Forum: Charles Garcia presents Medical Device Ecosystem in North America
Moses Zhao and Charles Garcia at 2015 Healthcare Industry Investment Summit
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.
September 1, 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
Steps you should take to ensure your product is optimized for health outcomes and reimbursement
John Walmsleymoderates 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.
June 30, 2015
Life Science Innovation Northwest: Scott Phillips on What's unique about serial medical device entrepreneurs
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.
June 25, 2015
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.
June 15, 2015
Schulich Innovation Research Day: Scott Phillips to present Canadian landscape
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”.
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.
April 23, 2015
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.)
April 1, 2015
Medical Device Commercialization Playbook 2015
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.
John Walmsley moderates panel discussion with (left to right) Paul Geyer, Steve Arless, Awni Ayoubi, and Michael Baker at Playbook 2015 in Vancouver.
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.
February 10, 2015
MD&M West: StarFish Medical exhibits
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 http://www.MDMwest.com/e-invite. During online registration, specify Source Code ‘GV’, or print this page and bring it with you to the event.
Jason Dolynny and Charles Garcia discuss recent StarFish projects at the booth.
February 7, 2015
SABPA Medical Device and Diagnostic Forum: John Walmsley panelist
The 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.
John Walmsley’s panel session. John is at far right of table.
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
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
About SABPA 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.
February 4, 2015
Design Control Conference: Scott Phillips - faculty member
The 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
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
December 10, 2014
Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI): Scott Phillips speaks on Spin-out Companies
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.
December 3, 2014
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
November 5, 2014
Institute of Corporate Directors: Scott Phillips panelist
StarFish Medical President, Scott Phillips will be a panelist on The value of advisory boards for smaller companiesat 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.
October 29, 2014
LifeSciences BC/ Henan Medical Device Association: Scott Phillips speaks
Scott 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.
October 24, 2014
Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference: Scott Phillips Panelist
John 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.
September 29, 2014
INTERFACE 2014: John Walmsley speaks
StarFish VP John Walmsley will presentTransforming Traditional Medical Devices for Digital HealthatINTERFACE 2014 in the Vancouver Convention Centre on Sep. 29-30, 2014.
September 10, 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?”
July 25, 2014
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.
June 19, 2014
Life Science Innovation Northwest 2014: Scott Phillips speaks
Scott 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)