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    John Warner of Accessible Diagnostics speaks on the recent SEMDA conference see more

    Mike Switzer of South Carolina Business Review, which airs weekdays on South Carolina Public Radio stations across the Palmetto State, interviews John Warner -- co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company.  The conversation focuses on the rapid growth of the life sciences industry in South Carolina, and the significance of Greenville, S.C. being selected to host the Southeast Medical Device Association annual conference recently for the first time ever.  Click to hear the interview.

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    Southeastern life science organization join forces to promote entire region see more

    SCBIO and six additional Southeastern U.S. life science and medtech groups are joining forces to better promote and advocate for the region.

    The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) on Wednesday announced the formation of an alliance with six individual state medtech and life science advocacy groups: BioAlabama, Bio Florida, Georgia Bio, ncbio, Life Science Tennessee and SCBIO.

    “Industry and academic partners simply cannot invest enough in each individual state’s bio advocacy organization — nor travel to each organization’s annual event every single year,” SEMDA executive director Jason Rupp said in a news release.

    “But they can come to SEMDA, where the entire region gathers every year bringing their leading investors, academic and industry partners including the best of their young, innovative, investable companies,” Rupp said.

    No single state in the Southeastern U.S. can match the medical device and life science industry strength of the nation’s major hubs in California, Minnesota and Massacusetts. But taken together, the region is more competitive, according to industry advocates there.

    “We are strongest as a region,” said Russell Allen, president and CEO of Georgia Bio. “If we are to advance medical technologies to improve care, reduce healthcare costs and create new jobs, our state associations must work closely together to connect innovators and share resources.”

    The announcement was made at the inaugural 2018 SEMDA Medtech Conference May 2-4 in Greenville, S.C.

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    Greenville-based Zylö Therapeutics is utilizing regional chemical/mechanical engineering in new ways see more

    Once home to a thriving textile industry replete with chemical and mechanical engineers working to improve the soil and machinery converting raw cotton into commercial goods, upstate South Carolina may be on the precipice of its next industrial revolution: medtech.

     

    Born from technology developed at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Greenville-based Zylö Therapeutics is utilizing the regional chemical/mechanical engineering expertise and support network to improve drug and nitric oxide delivery through a proprietary sustained delivery system called Nanopods. 

    Read the entire story here, courtesy of Medical Design & Outsourcing...

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    Leading-edge innovators, top presenters headed for SEMDA's Medtech 2018 in South Carolina see more

    Leading-edge innovators present for recognition, reward at annual gathering of Southeastern who’s who in medical technology, devices and diagnostics


    Greenville, SC – April 27, 2018 – At least 23 organizations ranging from start-ups to well-established companies have been accepted to present their latest, ground-breaking innovations to entrepreneurs, innovators, angel investors and business leaders from across the life sciences space as the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) 2018 Medtech Conference convenes in Greenville, SC May 2-4, 2018.  

    SEMDA -- a non-profit trade association focused on making the Southeast a world-class region for medical technology, device, and diagnostic companies – has invited 23 finalist companies to present at PitchRounds 2018 – a highly targeted venue for both “Seed” companies as well as later-stage organizations to present innovative ideas to panels of institutional investors, regulatory leaders, venture capital directors, IP experts and others.

    Companies from seven Southeastern states will present ground-breaking ideas and technologies to hundreds of industry leaders.  Host state South Carolina leads the way with 10 companies invited to present, followed by Georgia and Florida with three companies each.  North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia and Tennessee are also represented.

    Among the South Carolina companies invited to present are Zylo Therapeutics, Accessible Diagnostics, KIYATEC and Moterum from host city Greenville, while Charleston’s Sanguine Technologies and Cryogenix, and Columbia’s Proof Biotechnologies are also invited.

    Invitees from Georgia include Intent Solutions and nfant, both of Atlanta, while North Carolina entries include Diamond Othopedic of CharlotteMemphis, Tennessee’s Sweetbio, Birmingham’s Circulogene and Nashville’s Raiven are also featured invitees.

    Twelve Early-stage companies from the Carolinas, Alabama and Florida have been invited to present at PitchRounds, with four finalists to be selected to compete for $10,000 in prize money, while getting to meet investors and partners at sessions and networking receptions.  SCBIO, SCRA and global law firm Eversheds Sutherland are co-sponsors of PitchRounds.

    Among the featured speakers committed to present at the conference are keynoter Joe Lee, Executive Director of Life Sciences for JP Morgan; Andy Fish, Chief Strategy Officer of AdvaMed; and Denise Hines, North American Chair of the Health Information & Management Systems Society and current CEO of eHealth Services Group.   

    Joe Lee is Executive Director of Life Sciences for JP Morgan and leads the Middle Market Banking coverage of life science companies across the Southeast. Widely respected in life science industry circles, Mr. Lee will discuss key opportunity areas for growth in the Southeast and provide rapid-growth companies with counsel on how to prepare their organizations for success in the competitive space.

    Andrew Fish is Chief Strategy Officer of AdvaMed, the leading trade association advancing medical technology in the U.S. and around the world. As chief strategy officer, Mr. Fish leads the association’s strategic planning, oversees AdvaMed's global, regulatory, and payment departments, and coordinates the development and operations of AdvaMed’s membership divisions and sectors.

    Dr. Denise Hines is current Chair of the North America Board of the Health Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and is actively involved in HIMSS’ Women in Health IT initiatives that promote diversity and recognition.  She is CEO of eHealth Services Group and serves as Executive Director of Georgia’s statewide health information exchange (HIE).

    “The Southeastern medtech industry as a whole shows incredible growth and promise, and the diverse entries from across the region reflect that growth,” said Jason Rupp, Executive Director of SEMDA.  “PitchRounds gives us the chance to see the future come to life before our eyes with cutting-edge innovation and game-changing advancements in medical technology, devices and diagnostics from some of America’s brightest minds.”

    The SEMDA conference typically attracts more than 400 executives in medtech and life sciences from throughout the United States and has become a must-attend for the medtech community. Registration is strong but space is still available, noted Mr. Rupp.  Persons interested in attending can review the agenda, speakers and registration details online at http://www.semda.net.

    “These presenters and companies demonstrate that SEMDA has evolved into a truly regional organization that embraces and represents a diverse collective of medtech startups, universities, corporate organizations, investment resources, suppliers and capabilities from across the southeastern United States,” Mr. Rupp added.

    About SEMDA

    The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) is a regional non-profit trade association that supports and promotes medical device and medical device data system (MDDS) companies in the Southeast. Created in 2004, the association provides unique educational resources to accelerate device development and achieve commercial success with access to funding, education, and networking opportunities for medical device companies, inventors, physicians, investors, tech transfer offices, universities, sponsors, and service providers interested in growing the medical device industry in the Southeast.

     

     

     

    Invited and scheduled to present at PitchRounds 2018

     

    LATER STAGE (RAISING SERIES A OR LATER)

    Company

    Name

    City/Town

    ST

    Kiyatec

    Matt Gevaert

    Greenville

    SC

    Intent Solutions

    Sam Zamarippa

    Atlanta

    GA

    Moterum

    David Huizenga

    Greenville

    SC

    Diamond Orthopedic

    JD Williams

    Charlotte

    NC

    Circulogene

    Mike Mullen

    Birmingham

    AL

    Sweetbio

    Kayla Rodriguez Graff

    Memphis

    TN

    Xhale, Inc.

    Douglas Crumb

    Gainesville

    FL

    Embody LLC

    Jeffrey Conroy

    Norfolk

    VA

    nfant

    Lou Malice

    Atlanta

    GA

    Kyndermed

    Melanie Simmons

    Tallahassee

    FL

    Raiven

    Jim Stefansic

    Nashville

    TN

    Fraudscope

    Musheer Ahmed

    Atlanta

    GA

     

     

     

     

     EARLY STAGE

    Company

    Name

    City/Town

    ST

    Zylö Therapeutics

    Scott Pancoast

    Greenville

    SC

    Sanguine Technologies Inc.

    John Forrest

    Charleston

    SC

    Accessible Diagnostics, LLC

    John Warner

    Greenville

    SC

    VitalFlo

    Luke Marshall, Ph.D.

    Raleigh

    NC

    Cryogenix, LLC

    John Baatz

    Charleston

    SC

    Aravis BioTech LLC

    Jeffrey Anker

    Greenville

    SC

    Purilogics, LLC

    Jinxiang Zhou

    Greenville

    SC

    OrthoScrews, LLC

    Zoe Guckien

    Tuscaloosa

    AL

    DiaTech Diabetes Technology

    John Gray

    Tallahassee

    FL

    Proof Biotechnologies, Inc

    Chang Kang

    Columbia

    SC

    PivotSC LLC/ XtremedX

    Frank Patterson

    Greenville

    SC

     

     

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    SEMDA Medtech 2018 is coming to Greenville, SC May 2-4. see more

    Conference Registration Surging for Initial Appearance in Greenville, SC as Southeastern medtech industry continues rapid scale up


    Greenville, SC – April 17, 2018 -- The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) -- a non-profit trade association focused on making the Southeast a world-class region for medical technology, device, and diagnostic companies – has announced an initial group of featured speakers for the 2018 SEMDA Medtech Conference May 2-4, 2018.

    For the first time ever, the annual Southeastern showcase of who’s who and what is happening in medtech will convene in South Carolina, with the Hyatt Regency Greenville serving as headquarters hotel.

    Among the featured speakers announced today that have committed to present at the conference are Joe Lee, Executive Director of Life Sciences for JP Morgan; Andy Fish, Chief Strategy Officer of AdvaMed; and Denise Hines, North American Chair of the Health Information & Management Systems Society and current CEO of eHealth Services Group.  Also speaking will be Lee Burnes, Vice President of Global Research & Development at Halyard Health; and Jim Stefansic, Chief Executive Officer of Raiven Healthcare

    Additional featured speakers are expected to be named shortly, and companies engaged in presenting to industry executives in the PitchRounds program, co-sponsored by SCRA, SCBIO and Eversheds Sutherland, will be announced within the week.  PitchRounds is a highly targeted event for both start-ups and “Seed” companies as well as later-stage (Series A or later) organizations to present ideas, innovations and products to panels of institutional investors, regulatory leaders, venture capital directors, IP experts and others in structured sessions.  Selected participants receive individual feedback on their presentations and compete for $10,000 in top prize money.

    “The South Carolina medtech industry has been a strong supporter of SEMDA for many years and is growing at one of the fastest rates in the country, so we are excited to tap into the growth and excitement in the industry by bringing this preeminent event to the Palmetto State for the first time,” said Jason Rupp, Executive Director of SEMDA.  “Most importantly, we are thrilled to unveil members of a stellar group of industry experts who will be presenting to members drawn from across the Southeastern United States and to industry attendees from across North America.”

    The SEMDA conference typically attracts more than 400 executives in medtech and life sciences from throughout the United States and has become a must-attend for the medtech community. Registration is currently surging, noted Mr. Rupp, and a full house of medtech industry leaders is again expected.  Persons interested in attending can review the agenda, speakers and registration details online at http://www.semda.net.

    Joe Lee, who will keynote Day 2 of the conference, is Executive Director of Life Sciences for JP Morgan and leads the Middle Market Banking coverage of life science companies across the Southeast. Well-known and respected in life science industry circles, Mr. Lee will discuss key opportunity areas for growth in the Southeast and provide rapid-growth companies with counsel on how to prepare their organizations for success in the competitive space.

    Andrew Fish is Chief Strategy Officer of AdvaMed, the leading trade association advancing medical technology in the U.S. and around the world. As chief strategy officer, Mr. Fish leads the association’s strategic planning, oversees AdvaMed's global, regulatory, and payment departments, and coordinates the development and operations of AdvaMed’s membership divisions and sectors.

    Dr. Denise Hines is current Chair of the North America Board of the Health Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and is actively involved in HIMSS’ Women in Health IT initiatives that promote diversity and recognition.  She is CEO of eHealth Services Group and serves as Executive Director of Georgia’s statewide health information exchange (HIE).

    Lee Burnes is Vice President of Global R&D for Halyard Health where the organization is focused on development of products, technologies and solutions that prevent infection, eliminate pain and speed recovery.  Prior to joining Halyard, Lee successfully led numerous R&D organizations at Covidien.

    Jim Stefansic serves as President and CEO of Raiven Healthcare, a provider of healthcare artificial intelligence and data analytics solutions. An accomplished entrepreneur, Jim has years of experience launching and growing numerous healthcare technology businesses.  He previously was co-founder and COO of Pathfinder Therapeutics, Inc., where he helped bring industry-leading image-guided surgical products to market.

    “These presenters and others we will announce shortly demonstrates that SEMDA has evolved into a truly regional organization that embraces and represents the collective of medtech startups, universities, corporate organizations, investment resources and capabilities across the southeastern United States,” Mr. Rupp said.  “The conference provides a great opportunity to interact with other companies, investors, customers, partners, and specialized service providers.”

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    About SEMDA

    The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) is a regional non-profit trade association that supports and promotes medical device and medical device data system (MDDS) companies in the Southeast. Created in 2004, the association provides unique educational resources to accelerate device development and achieve commercial success with access to funding, education, and networking opportunities for medical device companies, inventors, physicians, investors, tech transfer offices, universities, sponsors, and service providers interested in growing the medical device industry in the Southeast.

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    South Carolina Innovators, Inventors convene at SEMDA conference to present to Venture Capitalists see more

    State’s Innovators, Inventors, convene at conference to present to Venture Capitalists

     

    GREENVILLE, SC – April 6, 2018 – The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) -- a non-profit trade association driven to make the southeast a world-class region for medical technology, device, and diagnostic companies – brings its 2018 conference to South Carolina for the first time May 2-4, 2018, attracting hundreds of executives to Greenville to meet, negotiate, learn, network and grow the medical device industry in the Southeast.

    Focused on accelerating device development and helping organizations and individuals gain access to funding, education, and networking opportunities, the annual conference is a must-attend for medical device companies, inventors, physicians, investors, tech transfer offices, universities, and service providers interested in growing the medical device industry in North America, and even globally.

    As part of SEMDA 2018’s many activities, SCBIO and SCRA are collaborating to present PitchRounds 2018 – a highly targeted venue for both start-ups and “Seed” companies as well as later-stage (or Series A or later) organizations to present their ideas, innovations and products to panels of institutional investors, regulatory leaders, venture capital directors, IP experts and others in structured sessions. 

    Selected participants will receive individual feedback on their presentations and compete for $10,000 in top prize money for selected winners.  Participating presenters also receive two full conference registrations and access to meet with investors and partners at sessions and networking receptions.  Global law firm Eversheds Sutherland, one of the 50 largest law firms globally, is also a co-sponsor of PitchRounds.

    Applying to present is both free and simple, with full details available online at www.SEMDA.net/conference/pitchrounds or at www.SCBIO.org.  The deadline to complete the simple application to be considered is close of business April 13, 2018.

    SCBIO Vice President Erin Ford noted, “SCBIO and our co-sponsors are delighted to make PitchRounds a possibility for South Carolina’s emerging medtech companies to showcase their innovations and solutions, and to directly access investors and industry leaders to gain direct feedback on their innovations.”

    “While entries will be considered from across the entire Southeast and presentation spots are limited, we are confident that South Carolina will be well represented based on the robust pipeline of innovations the South Carolina life sciences community has been working on.  We encourage all early- and later-stage companies to enter the PitchRounds program and showcase the Palmetto State’s talents.”

    SCBIO is South Carolina’s investor-driven public/private economic development organization exclusively focused on building, advancing, and growing the life sciences industry in the state.  The industry has an $11.4 billion annual economic impact in the Palmetto State, with more than 400 firms and 15,000 professionals directly involved in the research, development and commercialization of innovative healthcare, medical device, industrial, environmental and agricultural biotech and products.  The state-wide nonprofit has offices in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston, and represents companies in the advanced medicines, medical devices, equipment, diagnostics, IT, and healthcare outcome industries.

    SCBIO is the official state affiliate of BIO -- the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology organizations.  SCBIO members include academic institutions, biotech companies, med-tech companies, entrepreneurial organizations, service providers, thought leaders, economic development organizations and related groups whose members are leading the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotech and med-tech products that will make a difference across the Palmetto State, and around the world.