Health Tech

Health Tech Forum

The Health Tech Forum is an active, thriving epicenter for professionals interested in the development, distribution and utilization of advanced technologies to improve human health and the management thereof. It includes medical and monitoring devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health IT systems and all related software – remote or otherwise. The Health Tech Forum will bring the medical and technology communities together to discuss the issues, explore the applications, and drive new solutions that answer the challenges in the exciting field of health technology.

The Heath Tech Forum brings together passionate professionals in all stages of health technology development, commercialization and use in North Texas, encouraging networking, development, knowledge creation, funding, partnership, growth and promotion of such technologies.

Those who benefit the most from the Health Tech Forum include entrepreneurs, students, companies and funding sources that are actively engaged in the development, commercialization or use of health related products or services. Disciplines include but are not limited to scientists, medical professionals, engineering, software development, manufacturing, quality and assurance, regulatory, training and education, intellectual property, sales and marketing, human resources/recruiting, finance, and general management, as well as angel, venture capital and private equity funding sources.

Next event

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Tuesday, November 27
5 - 7 pm

UT Design Studio
The Seminar Room, SPN 1.121
3000 Waterview Pkwy
Richardson, TX 75080
networking happy hour to follow

Catastrophic missteps in life science partnerships:  A first-hand account in which even the most savvy get conned

Speakers:  Sanford Warren and Scott Rhoades, Warren Rhoades, LLP

Join the Health Tech Forum for a candid recounting of jaw-dropping experiences, serious consequences, and lessons learned in the medical device industry led by seasoned attorneys involved in a well-known medical fraud case.

Sanford Warren and Scott Rhoades, then attorneys with the prestigious law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, took on a seemingly typical case in which a Dallas-based medical device company was their client. Initially, everything seemed aboveboard, and they won their case. In a shocking twist, the entire case was turned upside-down and ended with a completely different verdict. Hear Sanford and Scott recount the surprising realizations regarding their own client, the evidence presented, and the exposure of deep, intentional fraud - all of which they unwittingly supported, ultimately landing them in federal court... as witnesses! They will explain how this case and eventually their careers were impacted by the deceit.

This is a rare opportunity to hear the inside story about something that happens all too often, yet is rarely acknowledged. So many companies - especially early stage and young companies - are so eager to establish partnerships that they rush to ink the contract. Due diligence is often side-stepped when the connection originated as an introduction from a trusted source. Take it from the most savvy of all, at the top of their game: You can never underestimate the criticality of doing your research. Sanford and Scott will unselfishly bare all in an effort to help others learn from their experience and avoid such a costly misstep!



The Health Tech Steering Committee meets every 1st Wednesday of the month
4:30 - 6 pm
Tech Titans board room
411 Belle Grove Dr. Richardson 75080
Tech Titans members only

2018 Events

  • Game Changer Series:  Blood distribution and patient communication - new approaches to old problems - Chris Godfrey, CEO and founder, Bloodbuy, Tyler Register, CEO, Ataia Medical, and Amy Foertsch, COO, Ataia Medical
  • Unpacking the EU MDR 2017/745 to understand the impact - Chris Longpre, Senior Quality Manager, Abbot
  • Game Changer Series:  Virtual reality as therapy for seniors - Chris Brickler, CEO and co-founder, Shawn Wiora, co-founder, and Dr. Tariq AlFarra, Head of Clinical Research, MyndVR
  • Med tech IP best practices:  Fundamentals and strategies - Curtis Huffmire, Partner, Knobbe Martens
  • The next frontier in medicine:  The da Vinci Xi® Surgical System - Methodist Richardson Medical Center

2017 Events

  • Medical device development success through lean program management- Dave Felio, President/CEO, The Realtime Group
  • Using sensors for digital patient engagement- Maria Schneider, CEO and co-founder, Dynofit Inc.
  • Prosthetics of the future:  Limbs better than the originals?- Rob Dodson, CPO, FAAOP, Clinical Manager, Advanced Arm Dynamics, and Nicholas Fey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering, The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science, UT Dallas, and of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • North Texas pharma tackles the opioid crisis- Dr. Lucas Rodriguez, CEO, CerSci Therapeutics
  • Game Changer Series:  Medical device startups - Edward Allegra, CEO, BioLum Sciences, and Ron Nag, CEO, BioLert

2016 Events

  • Keep flossing: Root causes, good hygiene and cyber insecurity in healthcare- Todd Kelly, Lead Health Technology Attorney, Jones Day, William Long, Vice President of IS Systems and CISO, Children's Medical Center, Jeff Shaffer, Director, PwC Advisory (and former Director of the US Secret Service Forensics Lab in Dallas), and Randy Armstrong, CTO, Velentium
  • The bleeding edge of health technology: Hot trends & cool devices- Marc Gelinas, MHA, CPHIMS, FACHE, CMPE Healthcare Practice Area Lead, Slalom Consulting
    click here to view Marc's presentation.
  • Lessons learned in resolving FDA warning letters- Mark Neal, Vice President, Global Quality Control and Assurance, St. Jude Medical, Dallas Fort Worth
    click here to view Mark's presentation.

For Tech Titans Health Tech Forum leadership or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Paul Bendel, Senior Vice President or call 972-792-2854.

For Tech Titans membership, please contact Drew Snow, VP member services or call 972-792-2855.