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Lessons Learned from two very different serial entrepreneurs who have created multiple medical device start-ups using and leveraging life experiences.

Insights from an industry veteran with 43 years of experience inventing solutions to significant problems in technology and medicine and a demonstrated track record of translating those solutions into the clinic.

Inspiration and Encouragement from a former, eight year Marine Special Operations Officer now working to create change as an Entrepreneur with multiple startups and board roles in the Medical Device Industry.

View recording of 90-minute live webinar for medical device entrepreneurs with moderated audience question and answer with both speakers.

  • Funding 8 companies and raising over $900 Million in capital - "Know how to start new companies"
  • Using expired patents and unique insights from personal experiences to serve new markets "What really matters"
  • Moving from hi-tech to medtech - "How and when to make the leap"
  • Applying Special Operations Marine training to medical device risk mitigation
  • How do you recognize a good idea? When should you move away from your original ideas?
Paul Lovoi PhD
Founder and CTO MindRhythm, Inc.
Paul Lovoi has 43 years of experience inventing solutions to significant problems in technology and medicine and a demonstrated track record of translating those solutions into the clinic. Paul developed the Xoft micro-miniature x-ray tubes. The 1 mm and 2.25 mm diameter x-ray tubes form the foundation of electronic brachytherapy with dose rates exceeding 192Ir brachytherapy seeds. This technology is commercialized as the AXXENT system treating patients worldwide.

At Jan Medical he invented a new imaging modality utilizing passive sonar signal processing to detect cerebral anomalies; concussion, ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and aneurysms non-invasively in less than a minute. This being commercialized as the Nautilus Brainpulse and has received FDA de novo market clearance. Jan Medical was sold to Brainlab AG, Munich Germany.

Paul worked at UCSF over the last two years and developed an inexpensive, disposable, rapid detector of Large Vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke in the prehospital setting. With his extensive experience in the use of fiber optics for non-traditional uses such as power coax cables and 2 Fr fatigue resistant pacing leads, Paul has founded and funded eight companies in diverse fields of flat panel displays, laser paint stripping, oncology, cardiology, stroke triage and Real Time Location System integrated RFID tags for blood tube tracking. These companies have raised over $900 M of capital.
Derek Herrera
Founder and CTO of Spinal Singularity
Derek Herrera is the Founder and CTO of Spinal Singularity, a seed-stage venture-backed medical device company that designs devices for people with Spinal Injury. Derek founded Spinal Singularity in 2015 after graduating from the UCLA Anderson EMBA program.

Prior to this, Derek served for eight years as a Marine Infantry and Special Operations Officer. As an Infantry Officer Derek deployed twice with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. On his first deployment Derek served as a Rifle Platoon Commander in Ramadi, Iraq. On his second deployment Derek served as a Company Executive Officer while aboard the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. On this deployment Derek conducted non-combat operations in multiple countries in the Middle East and disaster relief in Haiti.

Derek transferred to the Marine Special Operations Command and completed training in 2011. He was then assigned to 1st Marine Raider Battalion where he served as a Special Operations Team Commander. He deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2012 where he conducted Village Stability Operations. On this deployment Derek was shot and paralyzed from the chest down in an enemy firefight.

Derek currently serves as a Board Member for the American Technion Society – Western Region, a non-profit that supports the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology. He serves as Chairman and President of the Board for MVPVets, a non-profit that assists military Veterans in finding meaningful careers in the MedTech and Life Science Industry. Derek is also the President of the Board of Directors for the Marine Raider Foundation, a non-profit that supports needs of the Marine Raider community.

Derek lives in San Clemente, CA with his wife, Maura, his twin boys, Hudson and Hunter, and his dog Shaggy.
Scott Phillips
CEO and Founder - StarFish Medical
Scott is a Chair of the LifeSciences British Columbia board, Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering, winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2017 Pacific Awards Technology category, 2017 recipient of the VIATEC Technology Champion award, and volunteers with Junior Achievement, Entrepreneurs Organization, and University of British Columbia.
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