Cleveland Clinic Foundation To Host 2005 Medical Innovation Summit Oct. 24-26

CLEVELAND, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A sharp increase in the number of individuals requiring spinal and orthopaedic procedures and advances in medical technology are rapidly transforming how patients are treated for everything from back pain to bone loss.

The Cleveland Clinic will offer unparalleled insight into what's driving the world of orthopaedics and spine as it hosts the 2005 Medical Innovation Summit: Bench to Bedside and Back, Oct 24-26. The Summit, which is expected to convene more than 800 top-level industry executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and clinicians, will focus on the medical, technological and economic trends reshaping the spine and orthopaedic markets. Industry leaders will offer their perspective through presentations, a number of panel discussions involving audience participation and two live, interactive surgery sessions.

"The number of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to double by the year 2030, stressing the need to provide high volumes of orthopaedic and spine procedures with greater speed, precision, quality outcomes and safety," said Christopher Coburn, executive director of CCF Innovations, the technology transfer and commercialization arm at the Clinic. "This year's Summit promises to highlight new trends and technologies in orthopaedics and other related high-growth clinical areas and will address venture investing and the challenges faced when getting products to market. Live minimally invasive spine and joint surgeries will help convey what's at stake."

This is the third year in a row the Clinic hosts this international gathering of health care CEO's and other decision-makers to discuss advances revolutionizing health care.

The Summit opens on Monday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. with remarks by Delos M. "Toby" Cosgrove, M.D., CEO and President of The Cleveland Clinic. Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is also scheduled to briefly address Summit attendees.

The opening session, "The Promise and Challenge of Medical Innovation," will be delivered by former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich. He will be followed by the renowned Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School, Michael Porter, Ph.D., who will speak on "Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results."

Throughout the Summit the emphasis will remain on accelerating the rate at which the latest in medical technologies are available for the benefit of patients.

A panel discussion on commercializing Cleveland Clinic technology will take place on Tuesday at 1:40 p.m. Paul DiCorleto, Ph.D., Chairman of the Clinic's Lerner Research Institute; Michael O'Boyle, Chief Operating Officer for the Clinic; Michael Fonstein, Ph.D., CEO and President of Cleveland BioLabs; R.K. Khosla, CEO & President of Peritec Biosciences; William C. Mulligan, Chairman of the CCF Innovations Industrial Advisory Board and Primus Venture Partners; Mark Willig, President and CEO of PrognostiX; and Jay Yadav, M.D., Chairman of CCF Innovations and Director of Vascular Intervention at the Clinic; will be the speakers to participate.

In addition, on Tuesday two panels involving internationally recognized Cleveland Clinic physicians will feature the latest in new spine and joint technologies.

Gordon Bell, M.D., Vice Chairman of both the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Spine Institute at the Clinic, will preside over a panel discussion on new spine technologies at 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday. Isador H. Lieberman, M.D., FRCS(C), Director of the Clinic's Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, will also participate.

At 4:40 p.m., Jonathan Schaffer, M.D., who leads the Clinic's Advanced Orthopaedic Technology Group and Orthopaedic Research Center, will preside over a panel discussion on new joint technologies. Joseph P. Iannotti, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Clinic's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Viktor Krebs, M.D., Head of the Section of Adult Reconstructive Surgery in the Clinic's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, will also participate.

Among the advances and technologies the Summit will feature are minimally invasive hip surgery; minimally invasive shoulder replacement; tissue engineered cartilage; total shoulder replacement using new resurfacing technology; lumbar disc replacement, a new approach to treating mechanical back pain; cervical disc replacement, a new approach to treating mechanical neck pain or herniated discs; and minimally invasive surgery for lumbar fusion to treat degenerative spine conditions.

Live minimally invasive spine surgeries will be broadcast into the MBNA Conference Center on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 25 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Edward C. Benzel, M.D., Chairman of the Clinic's Spine Institute will moderate.

Summit attendees will have the chance to view live minimally invasive joint surgeries on Wednesday, Oct. 26 starting at 7:30 a.m. Peter J. Evans, M.D., Ph.D., Head of the Section of Upper Extremity Surgery within the Clinic's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, will moderate.

In addition to Michael Porter and Newt Gingrich, nationally recognized industry leaders scheduled to speak at the Summit include Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Arthur Collins, CEO of Medtronic; Steve MacMillan, CEO of Stryker; Michael Mogul, President of Stryker Orthopaedics; Sir Christopher O'Donnell, CEO of Smith & Nephew; Michael Dormer, Worldwide Chairman of Medical Devices for Johnson & Johnson; Joseph M. Hogan, President and CEO of GE Healthcare Technologies; Richard W. Mott, CEO of Kyphon; Dane A. Miller, Ph.D., CEO of Biomet; Kevin K. Sidow, CEO of St. Francis Medical Technologies; Jeffrey Binder, President of Abbott Spine and Vice President of Abbott; James Kuras, Senior Vice President and CTO of AxioMed Spine; Helmut Link, Managing Director of Waldemar Link; Elizabeth H. Weatherman, Partner of Warburg Pincus; Richard D. Randall, CEO of TranS1; Dave W. Stassen, Managing Director of Split Rock Partners; Alan L. Kaganov Sc.D., Partner, U.S. Venture Partners, Jeffrey D. Miller, Vice President of Health and Life Sciences Industries for Hewlett-Packard Company; Eric D. Major, President and CEO of K2M; Sheryl L. Conley, President of Global Products Group, Zimmer; Steven W. Ek, Chief Operating Officer of Arthrosurface; Stephen J. Ubl, President and CEO of AdvaMed; Gary D. Henley, President of Orthofix Inc.; Harry Rein, General Partner for Foundation Medical Partners; Steven J. Healy, President and CEO of Disc Dynamics; Mark D. LoGuidice, CEO of Spine Wave; Karen D. Talmadge, Ph.D., Co-Founder, CSO & EVP, Kyphon; F. David Rollo, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer of Philips Medical Systems; Thomas J. Miller, President of Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services; Patricia Perry, General Manager of Digital Health Group, Intel; Fred B. Dinger, President and CEO of OsteoBiologics, Inc., and Michael F. DeMane, Senior Vice President and Vice President of Europe, Canada, Latin America and Emerging Markets for Medtronic.

The Summit takes place at the InterContinental Hotel & MBNA Conference Center Cleveland located on the Clinic's campus. The Clinic is ranked among the nation's top four hospitals by U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey and is home to one of the top five orthopaedic programs in the country, according to the magazine. The Clinic's Heart Center has been ranked number one in the country by U.S. News & World Report eleven years in a row.

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