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Thank you for attending The MedTech Conference 2017! The information below is from our 2017 program, but stay tuned as we will be updating it soon for The MedTech Conference 2018 in Philadelphia, PA on September 24-26!

The Innovation Pavilion is an area of the Exhibit Hall that will feature 10 innovative early–stage companies showcasing demos of their technology. Visit the Innovation Pavilion at booth 1218 for a hands–on experience with the latest and greatest that the medtech industry has to offer.

Featured companies include:

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Innovation Pavilion Session Schedule

Click each session to view the session's time/date and description/speakers

Session 1
September 26 | 10:00am | Innovation Pavilion

Meet with Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices

Featured speaker: Renee Compton Ryan, VP of Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC

How can Johnson & Johnson help you reach your medical device goals? At the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, we're working to shape the future of health to benefit people worldwide. Our substantial breadth and depth in surgical and orthopedic technologies, vision care and interventional solutions and capabilities enable health systems to address costs and improve patient outcomes. We are pioneers in making surgery better through differentiated products and services. We know what you, the innovator, need to get your technology to patients. It is because of you that Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJI) created regional centers that host a team of science and transaction experts whose goal is to find high potential early-stage (pre-clinical proof-of-concept) innovation and form custom business solutions around it to help accelerate the science to the patient. Join leaders from Medical Science and Technology team as they provide an overview of how they interact with the innovator community and work with our teams from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, business development, R&D and JJDC to seek new and innovative products and technologies. Speakers will also be on hand to meet with a handful of applicants one-on-one after the presentation. 


  • Moderator: Renee Compton Ryan, VP of Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC
  • Pierre Theodore, M.D., VP, Therapeutic Area Expert, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies
  • Nick Pachuda, M.D., VP, Therapeutic Area Expert, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies
  • Charles Bridges, MD, Vice President, Therapeutic Area Expert, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies

Session 2
September 26 | 11:00am | Innovation Pavilion

Lessons in Herding Cats: Business Development for Medical Device Companies

Featured speaker: Lesley Stolz, Ph.D., Head, JLABS California, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

The business development professional's purpose is to optimize optionality and long term value at each stage of a company's life. As a company grows and gains traction, it's easy to get enticed and overwhelmed by the numerous opportunities that arise. How do you determine the direction that will add the most value to your company? How do you avoid the constant pursuit of "shiny objects?" How do you know when it's the right time for a strategic partnership? In this workshop, you'll learn fundamental business development skills to help you successfully evaluate and manage strategic alliances and other potential growth opportunities.

Session 3
September 26 | 2:00pm | Innovation Pavilion

Perfecting Partnerships

When building a medtech company, investments and partnerships are going to be a key element to your startup success. In today's ever-changing regulatory and financing environment it is becoming increasingly important to engage early in the process. How can you adapt your business strategy to ensure you're setting your company up for fruitful partnerships? How are investors adapting their financing strategies and business models to accommodate new realities and positioning themselves for long-term success? Join a panel of medtech investors and business develop professionals as they discuss their approaches to partnering in medtech.


  • Moderator: Arjun Desai, M.D., Chief Operating Officer, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS; and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Device Innovation
  • Jennifer Kozak, VP, Business Development, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies
  • Renee Compton Ryan, VP of Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC
  • Jenell Paul-Robinson MSN, RN, VP, Clinical Value and Provider Relations, MedTech Innovator

Session 4
September 26 | 3:00pm | Innovation Pavilion

Think Outside the Lab

Featured Johnson & Johnson Innovation speaker: Billy Cohn, M.D., VP, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices; and Director, Center for Device Innovation

Dr. Cohn, current Professor of Cardiothoracic Transplantation & Circulatory Support Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Cohn has had many successful innovations including one of the first commercially available self-retaining coronary stabilizers for performing off-pump beating heart coronary artery bypass, The SentreHeart LARIAT, a percutaneous system for excluding the left atrial appendage in patients with atrial fibrillation at risk for embolic stroke, The TVA Medical percutaneous system for creating arterio-venous fistulas for hemodialysis access in renal failure patients, and the granddaddy of all innovations, working closely with O. H. "Bud" Frazier on the first continuous flow total artificial heart. Recently, however, Dr. Cohn has credited Mother Nature herself for his current medical device innovations and will be at the Medtech Conference to teach you how to think outside the laboratory and see that innovation is all around you.

Session 5 
September 27 | 8:10am | Innovation Pavilion

Sell Your Science: Best Practices for Developing an Effective Non-Confidential Pitch Deck

Featured speaker: Tom Luby, Ph.D., Head of JLABS, Texas, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

It can be tricky to communicate the full potential of your discoveries without spilling the secret sauce. Join us for a session on learning the tricks of the trade in preparing a non-confidential deck and executive summary. Experts of the craft will share practical tips on becoming more effective in communicating your story to Angel investors and VCs, increasing your chances of successful fundraising.

September 27 | 10:30am | Innovation Pavilion

CDI @ TMC QuickFire Challenge Winner Announcement

This fall Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Johnson & Johnson Innovation will open The Center for Device Innovation (CDI) at the Texas Medical Center (TMC), a broad, new collaboration with Texas Medical Center that aims to accelerate end-to-end development of breakthrough medical devices.

In conjunction with the grand opening, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Johnson & Johnson Innovation and launched the CDI @ TMC QuickFire Challenge, a device-focused challenge aimed at game-changing early-stage medical device innovations across strategic areas of interest for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, with an emphasis on Surgical Oncology and/or Obesity.


  • Renee Compton Ryan, VP of Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC
  • Billy Cohn, M.D., VP, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices; and Director, Center for Device Innovation