In this February issue:
- Upcoming Alumni Association Events
- General Announcements
- Biodesign Alumni Policy Position Statement | Device Excise Tax
- New Biodesign Alumni Blog Posts
- Policy Changes that Affect You
- Famous Last Words
Upcoming Alumni Association Events
Join Frank Fischer, CEO of NeuroPace, for the next Tableside Chat to hear about the Neuropace story and their recent PMA approval for the RNS system – an implantable neurostimulator for the treatment of refractory epilepsy. Frank has over 30 years of senior management experience in the medical device industry. Prior to Neuropace he held positions as CEO of Ventritex, leading them to acquisition by St. Jude, and then CEO of Heartport. It promises to be a great evening filled with lessons from one of the more experienced executives in medtech.
DEVICE EXCISE TAX: POLICY POSITION STATEMENT | COMMENT PERIOD OPEN
To make our voices heard, the Stanford Biodesign Alumni Association is kicking off a new initiative. Our first focus area is on the controversial topic of the medical device excise tax, supported with survey data provided to us by Silicon Valley Bank last year. The draft position statement can be found here.
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New Biodesign Blog Posts
HANK PLAIN’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
by Brandon Felkins
posted February 3, 2014
Hank Plain has a dirty little secret. He told me so over wine at a recent Biodesign Alumni Tableside Chat. In late November, 10 members of the Biodesign Alumni Group were treated to an early holiday gift, a 3 hour candid dinner discussion with one of medtech’s most prominent figures. As a Partner at Morgenthaler, Vice Chairman of the Foundry and key player in the acquisitions of Ardian and Acclarent, two of the biggest medical device acquisitions in recent years, Hank knows what he is talking about and we took full advantage of our time with him and covered a wide range of topics whose highlights are captured below. And, if you keep reading I’ll even tell you what Hank’s dirty little secret really is. Read More
Policy Changes that Affect You
In early December, the House passed the Innovation Act by a vote of 325 to 91. More Democrats than Republicans opposed the legislation, but the legislation enjoyed large majorities in both parties. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlattee (R-Va.), the legislation is designed to rein in the growing problem of patent trolls, companies who make no useful products themselves but profit by threatening other companies with lawsuits. The bill is now in the Senate. Read more
Famous Last Words
“We spent New Year’s at the Rose Bowl. I resolved to try to talk to Coach Shaw about play calling on 4th and short…” — Paul Yock