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

Oct. 11, 2018 15:53 UTC

MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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.

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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 Commercialization
    • 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:

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
Medical Alley Association
Julia Coleman, 952-746-3813


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