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Medical Device Playbook Newport Beach April 19, 2023

March 7, 2023

Medical Device Playbook Newport Beach 2023

U.S. Debut for Canada’s Flagship Medtech Entrepreneur Event

TORONTO ON, VICTORIA BC, and NEWPORT BEACH CA February 2, 2023 – StarFish Medical announces Medical Device Playbook will make its U.S. debut in Newport Beach on April 19, 2023. The event will be co-hosted by Octane.  Since 2015 Medical Device Playbook is Canada’s largest Medtech event for entrepreneurial companies and medical device professionals.

Learn more and register at the event website

Medical Device Playbook Newport Beach

Medtech industry experts and successful serial entrepreneurs from across North America will speak and network with 250 attendees about 2023 trends, opportunities, and strategies.

The event takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach’s premier waterfront retreat. Balboa Bay Resort was named the #1 Resort in Newport Beach in 2022 by U.S. News & World Report and is a Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond property.


“With our co-host, Octane, we are building on six years of successful in-person Medical Device Playbook events in Toronto and Vancouver. Join us and 250 medical device and biotechnology innovators in this vibrant med and biotech hub,” announced event founder and producer, Scott Phillips.

Confirmed Speakers (as of March 16, 2023)

  • STANTON J. ROWE, Founder & CEO, NXT Biomedical Incubator – Former CSO and Corporate VP of Advanced Technology of Edwards Lifesciences Corp.
  • PAUL LOVOI, PHD., Co-Founder and CTO, MindRhythm Inc.
  • DEEPIKA A. LAKHANI, VP of Regulatory & Quality, PAVmed Inc.
  • EARL SLEE, VP, Technology, Strategy and Business Development, Medtronic Brain Therapies
  • PABLO AVALOS, Associate Director of Translational Medicine, Regenerative Medicine Institute
  • BILL WALKER, Director of Entrepreneurship, Duke Engineering
  • RAMGOPAL RAO, Chief Executive Officer, LensGen, Inc.
  • GREGG HOMER, JSD (PhD) – Chairman and CSO, Strōma Medical Corporation
  • MICHAEL HILL, Managing Director of Octane Capital Markets
  • YIORGOS POLIZOS, VP of Sales and Marketing at Life Science Outsourcing (LSO)
  • NICK ALLAN, Manager of Bio Services, StarFish Medical
  • SCOTT PHILLIPS, CEO and Founder, StarFish Medical

View new speakers and topics on the event website.

Register on Eventbrite

Positive Impact on Attendees and Speakers

StarFish Medical created and subsidizes Playbook events to help local medtech communities gain insights and connections within the broader North American medtech entrepreneur community. Speakers enjoy the opportunity to share their insights and journeys while learning about the vibrant local medtech ecosystems of Vancouver, Toronto, and now Southern California.

Medical Device Playbook in-person events debuted in Vancouver in 2015 and Toronto in 2017. The event format transitioned to a series of monthly webinars during COVID-19. Webinars continue along with live, in-person events in Newport Beach CA, Toronto and Vancouver.

Audience reactions from previous events

Speakers enjoy energy and networking at the events

“I met so many interesting, accomplished people as well as the next generation of medical device entrepreneurs. So much energy in the room! Also, being among so many people like me, made the meeting feel like home. I look forward to staying in touch.”  Stan Lapidus, Founder of Cytyc and Exact Sciences

“Thanks for including me in such a well-run program.  I was very impressed with the flawless way it came off, an indication of how much hard work went into the planning and implementation!” Josh Tolkoff,  CIMIT Accelerator 


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Download details or contact Rose Tafoya at 916-933-5046  or email [email protected] to discuss how your organization can gain visibility with the Southern California and North American medtech entrepreneur community.

About StarFish Medical  

StarFish Medical is a full service Medical Device Design company offering design, development, and manufacturing services based in Toronto and Victoria. StarFish Medical partners with innovative companies to create and manufacture breakthrough products for a full range of medical specialty areas including: stem cell therapies, biomanufacturing, assay integrations, microfluidic prototyping, and In-Vitro Diagnostics.

StarFish Medical’s technical expertise includes electronics, mechanical, software/firmware systems engineering, in addition to industrial design and human factors. Regulatory Affairs (RA) and Quality Assurance (QA) consultants at StarFish Medical provide regulatory assistance for FDA, CE Mark and Health Canada submissions.


About Octane:

Octane drives innovation and growth by connecting people, resources, and capital to grow the Tech and MedTech industries of Southern California. Octane impacts the community through LaunchPad SBDC, a top-performing accelerator, Octane Capital & Growth, a platform to provide companies with capital and growth resources, Ignite Series, in-person and on-demand leading content, and Octane Foundation for Innovation, focused on furthering our mission while advancing diversity and inclusiveness.  Learn more at

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