2023 Speakers

Leaders, executives and trailblazers speaking at this year’s Medical Innovation Forum.

2023 Emcee | Dr. Nazli Azimi

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Nazli Azimi will be the emcee for Octane’s Medical Innovation Forum. Dr. Azimi is a biotechnology entrepreneur with a proven track record of success in launching and exiting two biopharmaceutical companies, transforming innovative scientific concepts into platform technologies for the discovery of novel medicines and products.

With her talent for identifying high-value innovations and translating them into commercial opportunities from conception to late-stage development, Dr. Azimi is a true leader in the field of medical technology. She has a spirited entrepreneurial approach and an inspirational leadership style that brings people with different backgrounds together and delivers results at the executive or board level.

As emcee for the Forum, Dr. Azimi will bring her expertise and insights to the stage, helping to guide discussions and facilitate connections among industry leaders, innovators, and investors.

Meet the Speakers

Marc Alcser

Shareholder, Stradling

Angela Aristidou

DEL Digital Fellow, Stanford University,

Ass. Prof. in Strategy & Entrepreneurship, University College London

Haleh Armian, MSc

Director of Biomedical Innovation Ventures, Hoag

Joyce Averna

Vice President, JP Morgan Private Bank

Bobak Azamian, MD, PhD

CEO, Tarsus Pharmaceuticals

Nazli Azimi
Biotech Executive;
Chairwoman of Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation;
Board member at Omeat and Zehna Therapeutics
Derek Banyard, MD, MS, MBA

Founder, President & CEO, Sayenza Biosciences

Christopher P J Barty

CTO & Executive Director, Lumitron Technologies

Joshua Benton

Principal, Human-Centered Design, RSM US LLP

Brian Berkowitz

Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, Lyric

Wendy Beuthin

Director of Engineering R&D,Microvention

Yvonne Bokelman

CEO, Alyve Medical

Len Brandt

CEO, Brandt Ventures

Michael Brant-Zawadzki, MD, FACR

Senior Physician Executive, Hoag Memorial Hospital

The Ron and Sandi Simon Endowed Chair

Executive Medical Director, Pickup Family
Neurosciences Institute

David R. Braxton MD

Chief of Molecular Pathology Services, Hoag Family Cancer Institute

Subspecialist Pathologist in Digestive Diseases, Cancer Genomics & Precision Medicine

Ralf Brockhaus

CEO, Smilefish

Jeremy Bronen

CEO & Founder, SedMed Inc.

Samuel R. Browd, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington Department of Neurological Surgery,

Co-Founder, Chief Medical Officer, Board Member, Proprio

Clint Carnell

Founder, Greyspace

Executive Chairman, Geneo

Founder & Board Member, OrangeTwist

CEO, InBrace

Bill Carpou

CEO, Octane

Tara Capalbo

General Manager Glaucoma, Allergan

Shelly Carolan

Managing Partner, Commercial Healthcare, WittKiefer

Harvey Castro, MD, MBA, FACEP

Physician & Healthcare Consultant,

Author of ChatGPT & Healthcare

Kimberly Cates

Global Head of HR – Mentor LLC

Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, MS

Chief Intelligence and Innovations Officer, CHOC

Janet Clardy

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Experian

Jackie Collins

General Counsel, Microvention

Nicole Cowan, MSc.

Senior Director, Clinical Strategy & Operationalisation, ICON Medical Device & Diagnostics Research

John Cupp, MD

Surgical and Hematopathologist, Director of Digital Pathology, IT Physician Champion, Department of Pathology, Hoag Hospital

Joanna Develter

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Critical Care, Edwards Lifesciences

Carol Distanislao

Managing Director, Capital and Growth

Tonya Dowd, MPH

Executive Vice President, Reimbursement, Value Generation and Market Access (RVMA), PRIA Healthcare

Jason Dreibelbis

Partner, K&L Gates

Doug Fauth

Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition, MicroVention, Inc

Douglas Farquhar

Vice President of Strategy, Reliant Health

Chris Freudiger, PhD

CTO & Co-Founder, Invenio Imaging

Kenji Funahashi

Partner, Wilson Sonsini

Tad Funahashi, MD

Chief Innovation Officer, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Kaiser Permanente

John Fundingsland

Head of Healthcare Platform Operations, LTIMindtree

Vicki Gashwiler

Senior Director, Clinical Strategy & Operationalisation, ICON Medical Device & Diagnostics Research

Sanna Gespard, PhD

Founder & CEO, Rubitection Inc.

Dan Gil

COO, Techlmmune

Marinela Gombosev,


Melissa Goodwin

Senior Vice President, Strategic Engagement & Growth, The Innovation Lab

Garret Grajek

CEO, YouAttest

Natalie Harney, CBPA

Certified Business Performance Advisor, Insperity

Fauad Hasan

Entrepreneur, Executive, Investor, Board Member

Mehdi Hatamian, PhD

CEO & Founder, 2Pi-Sigma Corp.

Kurt Henry

Operating Partner, Healthcare, Excellent Capital

Derek Herrera

Founder & CEO, Bright Uro

Kenan Jiang

Partner, Excellent Capital

Scott Joslyn

Chief Innovation Officer, UCI Health

Ryan Kelly, PhD, MBA

Chief Innovation Officer, The Innovation Institute

Edward S Kim, MD, MBA

Senior Vice President and Physician-in-Chief, City of Hope Orange County

Gregg Klang

CEO & Founder, Cern Corporation

Matthew Kuhn

Founder, President, & CEO, Taurus Vascular

Zach Labrecque

Director of Business Development, Market Intelligence, LSI

Emile Maamary

Co-founder & CMO, Steadiwear Inc

Shannon Lam

Partner, Knobbe Martens

Goran Matijasevic, PhD, MBA

Executive Director, UCI Chief Executive Roundtable, UC Irvine

Yosuke Matsubara, PhD, PMP

Senior Manager of Business Development & License Department, Teijin Pharma Ltd.

Deanne McCarthy

CEO, Swiftsure

Rosanne Melikian, PhD, MSRS, RAC

Head of Regulatory Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision

Brian Meshkin

Managing Partner, Profound Ventures

Eric Morgan

Vice President, Community Affairs, Fivepoint

Muhammad Mujeeb-U-Rahman

CEO, Integrated Medical Sensors

Thomas Nichols

President, Pretika MedTech

Matthew Nuñez

President & Chief Business Officer, SmartHealth Dx

Nick Olson

Senior Director, Corporate Development, Edwards Lifesciences

John Osborn

Venture Partner, BioVentures Investors

James Pack

Partner, Fragomen

Deepti Pandita, MD, FACP, FAMIA

Chief Medical Information officer at University of California Irvine Health,
Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at UCI.

Scott Pantel

CEO & Founder, LSI

Michael Phillips

CEO, Vena Medical

Hillary Pierce

CEO, Total Flow Medical

Jane Rady

Senior VP Corporate Strategy & Business, Glaukos

Carlos Ramirez

Partner, Cooley

Sydney Robinson

CEO, Vessl Prosthetics Inc.

Harris Rose, MD

Managing Director, Chief Medical Officer, CerraCap Ventures

Terri Ross

President, APX Platform Powered by Engage;

CEO/Founder Terri Ross Consulting

Stan Rowe

CEO, NXT Biomedical

Javad Sadeghi, PhD

CEO, Bodiometer

Neil Sahota


Melanie Santos, MD, FPMRS

CMO, Cern Corporation

Lauren Spiegel

Sr. Director of Strategy & Business Development, Edwards Lifesciences

Reg Chhen Stewart, PhD

Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Chapman University

Kenneth Tang, MS

CEO and Co-Founder, Precidx

Summer Taylor

Managing Director, Deloitte

Jennifer Tseng, M.D.

Medical Director of Breast Surgery, City of Hope Orange County

Ramin Valian

VP Eye Care, Abbvie

Jeffry Weinhuff

Managing Partner, Visionary Ventures

John Wong, MD, MSc, MBA

CEO & Co-Founder, Fluid Biomed

Clay Wilemon

CEO & Chairman, 4L Data Intelligence

Cheryl Wood

Senior Signature Event Manager, Octane

Nima Ziraknejad, PhD, PEng

Founder and CEO, NZ Technologies

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