Those participating in Southern Research’s upcoming MedTech Symposium should expect to get a crash course in how a startup can blaze a trail in developing new medical devices.
What’s more, organizers say, they’ll be able to meet others in the Birmingham area and, with a little luck, start conversations that could help transform Birmingham into a center for MedTech innovation.
That’s the hope of Southern Research, which is hosting the symposium Feb. 28.
The event, to be held at Southern Research, will include several speakers, including Craig Buerstatte, acting director for the U.S. Commerce Dept.'s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Global Center for Medical Innovation CEO Tiffany Wilson and Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield.
Stacey Kelpke, director of Southern Research’s Medical Technology program, said it has been around since 2014. But since last July, Southern Research has been working on engaging Birmingham’s healthcare and startup communities in talking MedTech.
But what is MedTech?
“Basically, it’s anything that doesn’t fall under drugs,” Kelpke said. “It can be anything - data, wearables, bone plates, implantable devices, as well as diagnostics,"