Press Release

MDPlaybook Toronto speakers and networking hit the mark

May 10, 2018

TORONTO ON – May 10, 2018 –  StarFish medical announced that Medical Device Playbook 2018 Toronto (#MDPLAYBOOK) at MaRS DD drew a standing room only audience of 170 company leaders, QA/Regulatory professionals, and R&D engineers from start-ups, manufacturers, consultancies, regulatory and academic organizations.

Attendee feedback from an online survey indicates that the speakers and networking opportunities made the event a special day. Asked to describe their favorite part of the event, responses included:

“Speakers were really fantastic on how to approach topics from the big picture. Not the details but how to think about topics. Great insight such as “less publications = great opportunity”

“Networking. The presentations are also very inspiring and helpful. The seating arrangement (round tables as opposed to rows of chairs): promoted discussion and networking.”

“Diverse speakers with excellent stories with key pearls”

“Advice from veterans”


Event speakers included medtech entrepreneurs who have launched multi-Billion dollar companies and industry experts from across North America.  They included: Stan Lapidus, founder of two >$2Bn value diagnostics companies, Josh Tolkoff, Boston Scientific co-founder, and Sheryl Thingvold, founding team member at Synaptive Medical.

Medical Device Playbook 2018 Toronto was produced by Scott Phillips and co-hosted by MaRS, OBIO, and StarFish Medical.  Phillips confirmed the audience reactions, noting: “I think this was our best Playbook yet.”

The annual event is Canada’s premiere event for medical device professionals and entrepreneurs. Medical Device Playbook 2018 Vancouver takes place on May 23.  For more information visit



About StarFish Medical

StarFish Medical is an ISO 13485 certified product engineering firm with offices in Victoria, British Columbia, and Toronto, Ontario. 100% dedicated to the medical device and life science marketplace, StarFish partners with innovative companies to create and manufacture breakthrough products for a full range of medical specialty areas including: Cardiovascular, Digital Health, IVD, Ophthalmology, Optics, and Ultrasound. StarFish expertise includes electronics, mechanical, human factors, usability, and software systems engineering. For more information, please visit


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