Media Advisory: US Department of Health & Human Services "Healthcare Startup Day Minnesota"


MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#HHS–The University of Minnesota and the Medical Alley Association will host
the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for “Healthcare
Startup Day Minnesota” on Monday, Oct. 15 at McNamara Alumni Center.

The Twin Cities marks the sixth stop on HHS representatives’ two
year tour
to meet healthcare entrepreneurs in their local ecosystems
and explore how to better support startups, while demystifying the
agency’s vision, priorities and processes.

“From medical devices to diagnostics to pharmaceuticals, the University
of Minnesota has a long track record of bringing life sciences
technologies to the public through the launch of startup companies,”
said Rick Huebsch, executive director of Technology Commercialization.
“We are excited by this opportunity to better connect with the federal
agencies under HHS and find new ways to support the success of startups
bringing healthcare technologies to market in Minnesota through the
University’s Venture Center.”

The event will feature representatives from key HHS agencies involved
with healthcare and innovation, such as the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services, the HHS IDEA Lab, and the Food and Drug
Administration, who will collectively address topics relevant to local
healthcare businesses, including pathways to FDA approval, reimbursement
issues, proposed regulations, and how to access federal funding programs
in Minnesota. The list of speakers includes:

  • Rick Huebsch, Executive Director, UMN Technology Commercialization
  • Dr. Jakub Tolar, Ph.D., Dean of UMN Medical School
  • Ed Simcox, JD, Chief Technology Officer, HHS
  • Dr. Kevin Larsen, Director of Continuous Improvement and Strategic
    Planning, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and former UMN
    Medical School Associate Professor
  • Stephen Konya, Senior Innovation Strategist, Office of the National
    Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • Lauren Silvis, JD, Chief of Staff, US Food and Drug Administration
  • Nicole Garbarini, Ph.D., Communications Specialist, National
    Institutes of Health
  • Representative Erik Paulsen, US House of Representatives
  • Shaye Mandle, President and CEO, Medical Alley Association
  • Dr. Stephen Ekker, Ph.D., Mayo Center for Entrepreneurship
  • … and 350–500 attendees

“Medical Alley is the most innovative health care cluster in the world,”
said Shaye Mandle, President & CEO of the Medical Alley Association. “We
are excited for HHS to see firsthand the great work being done here by
companies across the health care spectrum and for the opportunity to
build stronger relationship with these important agencies.”

In addition to hearing from the federal agencies, the event will feature
speakers, panels, and business plan presentations that showcase
Minnesota’s thriving healthcare innovation space. Presentations include
remarks by Congressman Erik Paulsen and several Minnesota health care
companies, as well as presentations on groundbreaking research and
business development at the University of Minnesota. The event will
close out with a “Walleye Tank,” a series of businesses pitches from
local healthcare startups.

When: Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street S.E., Minneapolis,
MN 55455 (Directions
and parking


  • MORNING PROGRAM: 10 a.m. – noon

    • Welcome—Rick Huebsch Executive Director, UMN Technology
    • Training Medical Innovators—Jakub Tolar, MD, Ph.D., Dean,
      UMN Medical School
    • HHS Today—Ed Simcox, JD, Chief Technology Officer & Chief
      Information Officer, HHS
    • Remarks—Congressman Erik Paulsen
    • Spotlight On: The Future of Healthcare Innovation—Shaye
      Mandle President & CEO, Medical Alley Association with Jodi Hubler
      Managing Director, Lemhi Ventures, Ping Yeh CEO & Co-Founder,
      StemoniX, Inc., John Brownlee CEO, vidscrip
    • Health IT Regulation and Compliance—Lauren Silvis, JD,
      Chief of Staff, FDA
    • Diffusion of Clinical Evidence into Clinical Practice: A Story
      of Re-Adoption
      —Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Ph.D., UMN Academic
      Director, Medical Industry Leadership Institute Minnesota
    • SBDC Services and Funding—Bruce Strong, State Director, SBDC
  • NETWORKING LUNCH: Noon – 12:30 p.m.
  • AFTERNOON PROGRAM: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

    • From Startup to Growth—Jonathan Pearce, CEO, Zipnosis
    • MN Cup and Carrot Health—Jessica Berg Director, MN Cup Kurt
      Waltenbaugh Founder & CEO, Carrot Health
    • CEASE: A Community Solution to Opioid Addiction—Archelle
      Georgiou, MD Executive in Residence, UMN MILI Elisha Friesema UMN
      MBA Graduate
    • Spotlight On: Innovation in Clinical Practice—Karen
      Kaehler, UMN Technology Commercialization Portfolio Manager,
      Moderator, with: Timothy Nelson, MD, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic; Christine
      A. Mueller, Ph.D., RN, FGSA, FAAN, Professor and Senior Executive
      Associate Dean, UMN Academic Programs, School of Nursing; Andrew
      Grande, MD, Assistant Professor, UMN Department of Neurosurgery
    • Minnesota Medical Device Innovation—Arthur Erdman, Ph.D.,
      Director, Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center
    • Discovery Square and the Rochester Ecosystem—Chris Schad,
      Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Mayo Clinic Director
      of Business Development, Destination Medical Center
    • Activating Entrepreneurship at the Mayo Clinic—Stephen
      Ekker, Ph.D. Director, Office of Entrepreneurship, Mayo Clinic
    • Federal Agency Breakouts
    • Leveraging Federal Resources—Pat Dillon, Director, MN-SBIR,
      Minnesota High Tech Association
  • WALLEYE TANK: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

University of Minnesota
Founded in 1851, the University of
Minnesota is ranked among the nation’s top public research universities.
Since 2006, the University has launched more than 131 companies based on
research discoveries and has raised more than $400 million in startup
investment capital. To learn more about University entrepreneurship
programs and startups, visit the Venture Center, part of the Office for
Technology Commercialization: https://z.umn.edu/OTCVentureCenter

Medical Alley Association
Founded in 1984, the Medical Alley
Association supports and advances the global leadership of Medical
Alley’s healthcare industry, and its connectivity around the world. MAA
delivers the collective influence, intelligence and interactions that
support Medical Alley.


University of Minnesota
Kevin Coss, 612-625-1453
Alley Association
Julia Coleman, 952-746-3813


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