DeviceTalks is an educational forum bringing together engineering, product development and commercialization professionals to share the challenges and best practices of getting medical devices to the market.

Coupled with a technology showcase featuring the hottest med tech companies in the marketplace, DeviceTalks is the premier opportunity for industry leaders to come together to share perspectives and network with the best of the best in the industry.


This year’s DeviceTalks Minnesota will feature four tracks packed with expertly curated content created by the industry for the industry. Our ECO-SYSTEM track will focus on the issues impacting medtech companies across Minnesota and beyond; Our TECHNOLOGY track will drill down on the hottest new tech that is changing medtech: Our REGULATORY 101/201 and CLINICAL 101 tracks, hosted by Medical Alley, will focus on the most important trends in regulatory and clinical development.

NEW! Read about how Medical Alley and DeviceTalks partnered to bring even more incredible content to DeviceTalks

Keynote Speakers

Tim Philips

Compliance Officer, FDA’s Office of Medical Device and Radiological Health Operations

Hon. Melvin Carter

Mayor, Saint Paul

Jeffrey Brewer

President & Chief Executive Officer, Bigfoot Biomedical

Heidi Dohse

Sr. Program Manager, Healthcare, Google, Founder, Tour de Heart Foundation

Michael J. Pederson

Senior Vice President, Cardiac Arrhythmias and Heart Failure Division, Abbott

Dr. Myriam J. Curet, MD, FACS

Chief Medical Officer, Intuitive Surgical

Featured Speakers

Martha Shadan

Global Vice President, Marketing, Smith & Nephew, President & CEO, Rotation Medical

Bob White

CEO, Entellus Medical

Sheri Dodd

Vice President & General Manager, Medtronic

Randall Schiestl

Vice President of Research & Development, Global Technology, Boston Scientific Corporation

Shaye Mandle

President & CEO, Medical Alley

Mac McKeen

Fellow, Boston Scientific

Megan Brandt

Vice President, Regulatory, CHF Solutions

Justin Barad, MD

Co-Founder and CEO, Osso VR

Bill Betten

President, Betten Systems Solutions LLC

Michael C. McAlpine

Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Joe Carlson

Reporter, Medical technology, Star Tribune

Timothy Jackson

Director Program Management, Boston Scientific

Sophia Khan

‎Senior Director Global Inclusion and Diversity, Medtronic

Dr. Gwenyth Fischer

Director of the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium and assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

Daniel McLaughlin

Director of the Center for Health and Medical Affairs, Opus College of Business

Keith Boettiger

Vice President, Abbott Neuromodulation

Will Sutton

Vice President of Engineering and Technology, Minnetronix

Ann Anaya

Chief Diversity Officer, 3M

Elad Ferber

CTO & Founder, Spry Health

James A. Rogers III

Chair, Department of Business Development, Mayo Clinic

Clark C. Otley, M.D.

Medical Director, Department of Business Development, Mayo Clinic

Bob Paulson

President & Chief Executive Officer, NxThera

Dr. Sean Otto

VP IoT & Analytics , Cyient Insights

Kevin Hykes

President & CEO, Relievant Medsystems

Steve Goedeke

Cardionomic President and CEO, Cardionomic

Avi Fischer, M.D.

Divisional Vice President, Medical Affairs and Medical Director, Abbott

Sheva Sanders

Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Edward Black

President, Reimbursement Strategies, LLC

Joe Gordon

VP of Innovation, Ximedica

David Copeland

Director of Industrial Design, Ximedica

Karen Nordahl

Director of Health Economics and Market Access, Boston Scientific

Stephanie Christopher

Program Director, CfQ & SPI, MDIC

Angela Mallery

Senior Product Development Strategist, NAMSA

Barbara Atzenhoefer

Senior Product Development Strategist, NAMSA

Chris Mullin

Director of Product Development Strategy, NAMSA

Michael Hill

Vice President, Science, Technology, and Clinical Affairs, Medtronic

Mark Strong

Vice President, Product Development, Abbott

Jon Gimbel Ph.D.

Director and CER Business Unit Lead, Regulatory and Quality Solutions (R&Q)

Lisa Casavant

Cofounder and Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Quality Solutions (R&Q)

Christy Foreman, MBE

Senior Consultant, Biologics Consulting

Janie Finn

Founder and President, Finnesse Partners

Katharine Grayson

Senior Reporter, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Michelle Fay Cortez

Health Science Reporter, Bloomberg News

Shayan Bhattacharyya

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Blue Health Intelligence

Steve St. George

Health Economics and Reimbursement, Abbott

Karen Rittle

Regulatory Manager, 3M

Caroline Leab

Director, Regulatory Affairs, Abbott

Rina Sant M.D., MS-ACR

Clinical Investigation and Evaluation Board Member, EU MDR Global Task Force Clinical Subcommittee

Lars Oddsson

Co-Founder & CTO, RxFunction

Jack Lewin, MD

Principal and Founder, Lewin and Associates LLC - Health Innovation

Paul Rothweiler

Prototyping & Materials Coordinator, University of Minnesota

Del Lawson

Commercialization Leader, 3M

Philippe Kassab

President, genae Americas



Thank you to our program committee

  • Justin Pacquette, Director, Public Affairs, Abbott
  • Alex Romero, Product Manager, Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.
  • Brad Perriello, Executive Editor, MassDevice/Medical Design & Outsourcing
  • Carolyn Baldus, Senior Communications Manager, Minnetronix
  • Manny Villafana, CEO/Founder, Medical 21, Kip’s Bay Medical, St. Jude Medical, Guidant, ATS Medical
  • Frank Jaskulke, Vice President, Intelligence, Medical Alley
  • Aimee Garza Director, Strategic Marketing, Integer
  • Juli Denny, VP of Sales and Marketing, R&Q
  • Julia Feygin, Director, Clinical Research, DaVita
  • Kevin Berger, Marketing Manager, Cyient
  • Lisa Shafer, Sr Director New Device and Bioelectronic Technologies, Teva
  • Mac McKeen, Fellow, Boston Scientific
  • Megan Brandt, Vice President, Regulatory, CHF Solutions
  • Mary Kay Sobcinski, Senior Principal Advisor, Clinical Sciences, RCRI
  • Phil Allen, Sales/Marketing Director, Lowell
  • Randy Nelson, CEO, Evergreen Medtech
  • Sue Danielson, Vice President, Regulatory, 3M
  • Bill Betten, CEO, Betten Solutions
  • Brian Johnson, Publisher/Co-Founder, DeviceTalks, MassDevice, Medical Design & Outsourcing, Drug Delivery Business News


If you wish to become a member of the committee please contact



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