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2021 Speakers

Leaders, executives and trailblazers who spoke at last year’s MedTech Innovation Forum.

Richard Afable, MD, MPH, FACP

President & Board Chair, BeWellOC

Bruce Albala, PhD

Associate Dean, Innovation & Clinical Trials, UCI School of Medicine Director, UCI Center for Clinical Research

Barry Arbuckle

President & CEO, Memorial Care

Suzzette Arnal

Director, Product Management, Hematopathology and Coagulation, Quest Diagnostics

Rema Awad

Partner  K&L Gates

Joseph Boyd

Global Head of Sales & Marketing, Avellino Labs

Matt Bresnahan

Partner, Patents and Innovations, Wilson Sonsini

Milo Bissin

Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Len Brandt

Brandt Ventures

Chris Brennan

Performance Specialist, Insperity

David Byram

Managing Director, Value, Access & Medical, Syneos Health Consulting

Bill Carpou

CEO, Octane

Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, MS

Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer, The Sharon Disney Lund Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute, Medical Director, CHOC Children’s Heart Failure Program

Ruey-Kang Chang, MD, MPH

Founder & CEO, QT Medical

Daniel Chow, MD, MBA

Co-Director, Center for Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine, UCI School of Medicine

Brad Conlan

CEO, Bimini Health

Tom Cowan

Partner, Knobbe Martens

Mary Edwards

Vice President, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, Surgical Structural Heart, Edwards Lifesciences

I. Obi Emeruwa, MD, MBA

Clinical Instructor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA & Translational Director, UCLA Biodesign

Nathan Eskstein

Senior Account Executive, Greenlight Guru

Malvina B. Eydelman, MD

Expert Medical Officer, Senior Medical Advisor and Director, Office of Ophthalmic, Anesthesia, Respiratory, ENT, & Dental Devices, FDA

Dave Ferrera

CEO, RC Medical

Kiarash Golshani, MD

Vice Chair of Administrative Affairs, UCI Department of Neurological Surgery

Maneesh Goyal

Chief Operating Officer, Mayo Clinic Platform, Mayo Clinic

Ajay Gupta, PhD

Co-Founder, President, Chairman & CEO, Celestial Therapeutics

Claire Henchcliffe, MD, DPhil

Chair & Stanley van den Noort Professor of Neurology, University of California, Irvine

Cherie Henket

Sr. Vice President, Global Human Resources, MicroVention

Michael Howell

Chief Scientific Officer, DermTech

Krasi Hristov

Head of Research & Development, Mentor Worldwide LLC

Chris Huff

Chief Strategy Officer, Kofax

Omar Ishrak

Former CEO & Chairman of the Board, Medtronic

Vineet Johnson

Founder & CEO, IRegained Inc.

Naveen Jonathan, PhD, LMFT

Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Marriage & Family Therapy, Crean College of Health & Behavioral Sciences, Chapman University

Edward S. Kim, MBA, MD, FACP, FASCO

Physician-in-Chief, City of Hope Orange County, Vice Physician-in-Chief, City of Hope National Medical Center

Ryan Keefer

Partner, PwC

Heidi Kershaw

Founder & CEO, Square In The Eye

Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD, FANA, NBPS

Providence Southern California

Karin Koch

Managing Director, University Lab Partners

Karla Kraft

Shareholder, Stradling

John Laschinger, MD

VP of Medical Affairs, Advanced Technology, Edwards Lifesciences

Mark Leahey

President & CEO, Medical Device Manufacturers Association

Sabing Lee

Partner, Knobbe Martens

Evan Levine

CEO & Chairman, PsyBio Therapeutics

Dr. Andrew Lyon

Founding Dean of the Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering, Chapman University

Josh Makower, MD, MBA

Boston Scientific Applied Biomedical Engineering Professor of Medicine and of Bioengineering, Stanford University School of Medicine and Engineering & Director and Co-Founder, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

Stephanie Manson Brown, MD, MBBS, MRCS, MFPM

Vice President, Head of Clinical Development, Aesthetic Medicine, Allergan Aesthetics at AbbVie

Phil Martie

Founder & CEO, Nicolette Inc.

James V. (Jim) Mazzo

Executive Chairman, Neurotech, Chief Executive Officer, Avellino Labs, Advisor, Zeiss, Advisor, Bain Consulting, Board Member, Centricity Vision Inc.

Jennifer McCaney, PhD

Executive Director, UCLA Biodesign

Tiffany McDowell

Principal, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Jonathan Menkes

Partner, Knobbe Martens

Henry Miller

Global Managing Partner, Life Sciences, Diversified Executive Search

Tom Mitro

President & CEO, Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Ramin Mousavi

CEO, Cathworks

Joseph Muldoon

CEO & Chairman of the Board, Fast Biomedical

Azadeh Nasibi, MBA

Vice President, Business Development, Strategy, & Integration | Neurovascular, Medtornic

Hideo Nawata

Senior Manager, Teijin Pharma

Danny Nguyen, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, City of Hope Orange County

Davis Nordell

Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Senior Analyst and Tax Senior Manager, RSM

Delilah Panio

Vice President, US Capital Formation, TMX Group

John Parker

Founder & CEO, Springhood Ventures

Georgette Pascale

Executive Vice President, PR & Social at PRECISIONeffect

Tim Pratt

Executive Director, Clinical Development, Syneos Health

Susanna Rustad

Chief Procurement Officer, Executive Director, Virtual Care, UCI Health

Terence Sanger, MD, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, CHOC

Brent Saunders

Executive Chairman, The Beauty Health Company and Former Chairman & CEO, Allergan

Alyssa Scholz, IIDA, NCIDQ

Principal, Co-Global Healthcare Practice Area Leader, Gensler

Yona Shtern

CEO, Hapbee

Nikki Sidi

Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing, Surgical, Johnson & Johnson Vision

Earl Slee

Vice President, Technology, Strategy and Business Development, Medtronic Brain Therapies, Irvine, CA (Retired, Oct 2020)

Brian Slizgi

Partner, Pharmaceutical R&D Advisory, PwC

Nia Stefani

CEO, Xnergy Financial LLC

Jeffrey Steinfeld

Securities Litigation Attorney, Winston & Strawn LLP

Sharief Taraman, MD, DABPN, DABPM, FAAP

Chief Medical Officer, Cognoa, Chief of Neurology, CHOC Children’s

Frantz Tiffeau Jr.

Senior Director, Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Edwards Lifesciences

Linnette Torres

Vice President of Quality, Edwards Lifesciences

Erik van der Burg

Co-Founder & CEO, Venova Medical

Joris van der Heijden, PhD

Bio Services Program Manager, StarFish Medical

Shant Vartanian, MD

Co-Founder & CMO, Venova Medical

Jeffry Weinhuff

Managing Partner, Visionary Venture Fund

Mitch Wexler

Managing Partner, Irvine, Los Angeles, & San Diego, Fragomen Worldwide

Thierry Weissenburger

Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles

Scott Whitcup, MD

Founder & CEO, Akrivista and Whitecap Biosciences

Clay Wilemon

President & COO, APATICS

David Winter, PhD

Catalyst Project Officer, BARDA

Jane Zhang

Co-Founder & CEO, Remmie Health