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April 5: The Clinician Medtech Executive

March 23, 2023

Clinician Medtech Entrepreneur Webinar

What is a Clinician’s role in a medtech startup?

Victoria BC (March 23, 2023) StarFish Medical announces its latest webinar The Clinician Medtech Executive, where two renowned startup founders – one responsible for the first drug eluting stent, the other for building a public company around early cancer detection –  share their insights, stories and lessons learned in a 90-minute live Medical Device Playbook webinar on April 5, 2023.

PAVmed Inc. Co-founder & CEO Lishan Aklog, MD and Angiotech Pharmaceuticals & Ikomed Technologies Co-founder Lindsay Machan, MD will speak with StarFish’s Scott Phillips about their experience as clinicians and start-up founders that turned innovative ideas into successful publicly-traded medtech companies.

Attendees will learn:

• Lessons learned as co-founder and clinician
• Leveraging clinical insights and expertise
• Avoiding pitfalls
• Finding the right role for maximum impact

Webinar Date and Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2023 –  1:00pm EDT / 10:00am PDT

Webinar Registration:

Presenter Bios:

Lindsay Machan, MD

Lindsay Machan, MD – Co-Founder Angiotech Pharmaceuticals & Ikomed Technologies

Lindsay Machan, MD is an interventional radiologist at the Vancouver Hospital and Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of British Columbia, with associate appointments in the departments of Vascular Surgery and Urology. He mentors young innovators as a Fellow in  the Creative Destruction Lab at the Sauder Business School at UBC and Haskayne Business School at the University of Calgary, and as a Founding Board Member of Endeavor Canada.

In 2006 he shared the Manning Innovation Principle Award for the development of the paclitaxel eluting stent. He has cofounded 3 medtech companies, sits on 4 corporate, 2 scientific advisory and 1 charitable board. His current academic research interests include mechanical methods of  radiation reduction from fluoroscopy, ballistic embolic particles and novel excipients for local drug delivery. He has created several innovations most of which no one else uses. Besides being fascinated by medical devices, he exhibits exuberant incompetence at  golf, hockey, skiing, running, and wine tasting.


Lishan Aklog, MD

Lishan Aklog, MD – Chairman & CEO PAVmed Inc.

Dr. Lishan Aklog is Chairman & CEO of PAVmed (Nasdaq: PAVM), a diversified medical technology company which he co-founded, and its subsidiary Lucid Diagnostics, a cancer prevention company (Nasdaq: LUCD) as well as Executive Chairman of it other subsidiary Veris Health, a cancer care digital health company. He also serves on the board of the leading medtech industry group, AdvaMed, and as an independent public company director. He previously co-founded a medtech holding company which founded four medical device companies and led one of its portfolio companies, which commercialized one of his life-saving inventions, AngioVac®. Dr. Aklog has consulted for leading medtech companies and is an inventor on dozens of patents. Healthcare Technology Report recognized him as a Top Healthcare Technology CEO of 2021 and 2022. Prior to entering the life sciences industry as an entrepreneur and executive, Dr. Aklog had a distinguished career as an innovator in cardiac surgery, serving on the faculty of leading academic medical centers including Harvard Medical School, in professional society leadership positions. and was recognized as an America’s Top Doctor for over a decade. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics, magna cum laude, and MD, cum laude, from Harvard University. He completed his training at Harvard teaching hospitals and leading medical centers in London and Paris. Dr. Aklog, who fled political violence in Ethiopia as a young teenager, has been active in philanthropic organizations, including as a member of the international board of directors of Human Rights Watch.



Since 2015, seasoned serial medtech entrepreneurs and experts have been sharing successes, failures and insights with 2000+ medical device colleagues at our live Medical Device Playbook events. Their stories have a common thread; they are educational, amazing and inspiring.

Free webinar events in the MD Playbook series feature a different master class in medical device commercialization each month.

View recordings of previous webinars here:



StarFish Medical is Canada’s leading Medical Device Design service provider with a full complement of design, development, and manufacturing services in Victoria and Toronto. We successfully partner with innovative companies (both large and small) to create breakthrough products for a number of medical specialty areas.

StarFish has been hosting live virtual Medical Device Playbook events since July 2020. Monthly webinars are bringing together successful medtech entrepreneurs and experts to share learnings from their wins, failures and insights with more than 2,000 medical device professionals to date.


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Patrick Dean

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