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Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 07:30 am - 09:00 am EDT

Location:  Virtual via Zoom
Baltimore, Maryland United States

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Please join us for a casual, virtual business breakfast with a panel of Duke alumni discussing the medical innovation and tech transfer ecosystem in Baltimore and globally. From basic science to intellectual property development and management to technology marketing, license strategy and negotiation, this panel of experts has inspiring stories to tell about successes, failures and career paths:

  • Dr. Phil Robilotto M.B.A.'00, Associate Vice President for the Office of Research and Development and Director of UM Ventures at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB),
  • Amy Adelman House M.B.A.'00, Chief of Staff to the Chief Medical Officer at Gyroscope Therapeutics,
  • Dr. Warren D’Souza M.B.A.'12, Vice President for Enterprise Data and Analytics for the University of Maryland Medical System, and
  • Our moderator will be the multi‐faceted Dr. Steven S. Brooks A.B.'91, a health care consultant, publisher, and clinical trialist.

We will have a moderated panel discussion exploring the complex ecosystem and continuum of commercialization for medical technology in Baltimore. The city has broad resources available to healthcare entrepreneurs, including the multiple universities, medical centers, programs in engineering and advanced sciences, sources of funding and investment, legal expertise and technical consulting and manufacturing. Baltimore is also local to government resources such as the Food & Drug Administration for regulatory approval and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for reimbursement.

Our panelists will explore the pathway for medtech commercialization in Baltimore, discussing strengths and weaknesses of the local ecosystem and programs that have both benefitted the city and targets for improvement. Baltimore has resources to rival other medical technology hubs and yet faces challenges in attracting and retaining companies and talent. The panelists will draw on their experiences as entrepreneurs and stewards of the local university commercialization ecosystems to discuss the process, medical technology company’s needs to enable growth, as well as highlight local successes and challenges faced in Baltimore. A vision of this promising driver of commercialization in Baltimore will be presented and explored with the goal of presenting a vision for Baltimore as a sustainable entrepreneurial and commercialization ecosystem.

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