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Author: GSBS | Category: Career Development | In The News | August 30, 2016

The Health Cell's new workshop series "Developing and Clinically Introducing Medical Technologies" was featured on The Rivard Report

The four-part series, which includes dinner, will take place from 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2016, Nov. 21, 2016, Jan. 16, 2017, and Feb. 13, 2017.The workshops will be held at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at 7703 Floyd Curl Dr. The cost for the complete series of four workshops is $150 and space will be limited to 40.

To register, fill out The Health Cell Workshop Series application form here by Aug. 31, 2016. Participants will be notified by Sept. 15.

About the Workshops

The workshops will include lectures as well as experienced panelists and speakers leading interactive team-based learning sessions on how to take a medical technology practice or device from idea to manufacturing to market. Participants will be required to complete reading and homework assignments and will receive a certificate upon completing all four workshops.

Faculty for The Health Cell workshop series includes Dr. Pratap Khanwilkar, vice president of product development at InCube Labs; Dr. Kris Kieswetter, senior director for research and technology at Acelity; and Dr. Teresa Evans, director of career development at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UT Health Science Center.

“There is a need for targeted training programs to support the growing biomedical enterprise of San Antonio,” Evans said in the article. “As a board member of The Health Cell, I have been very excited to take part in this novel knowledge base program that will provide targeted education about medical technology development to a broad spectrum of attendees.”

About 20 people have applied to participate, so far. The organization is accepting applications (found here) through the end of August. The workshop is open not only to science and industry professionals: medical technology intellectual property lawyers who prepare and file patents, recruiters working in the medtech space, as well as entrepreneurs are welcome to attend the workshops. 

“The program will engage attendees who are currently in the medical technology industry as well as those who wish to become a part of the industry,” Evans added. “In this way we hope to build the community’ excitement and understanding of the medical technology industry that is within our city.”

Oct. 17, 2016 Workshop

Dr. Khanwilkar and Dr. Kieswetter: Course introduction and development and commercialization process for medical technology; Identifying and validating unmet clinical need and target market.

Nov. 21, 2016 Workshop

 Dr. Kieswetter: Reimbursement and other financial considerations; Regulatory pathways and clinical trials.

Jan. 16, 2017 Workshop

Dr. Kieswetter and Dr. Khanwilkar: Research, product development, and manufacturing,verification and validation.

Feb. 13, 2017 Workshop

Dr. Khanwilkar, Dr. Kieswetter, and Dr. Evans: Financing the pathway; Project presentations and awards.

Sponsors for The Health Cell workshop series include BioMedSA, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDC), Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF), San Antonio Medical Foundation, San Antonio Life Sciences Institute, InCubeLabs, Acelity, and UT Health Science Center.

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