While DeviceTalks 2018 was held in the same location as the 2017 iteration of the conference, it was clear that its reputation had grown and attendance had grown with it. Spread across three floors of the Intercontinental Riverfront in downtown St. Paul, DeviceTalks brought together senior staff from across the United States for two days of sessions covering everything from regulatory and clinical trial best practices to how best to pitch medtech focused journalists.
While, as the name suggests, DeviceTalks was a great forum for those in the medical device field to hear from industry leaders, this year’s conference brought together leaders from other segments of the healthcare spectrum. Payers and providers sat on innovation panels, digital health executives talked about working as a distributed company, and day one afternoon keynote speaker Heidi Dohse even gave the patient’s perspective. Attendees not only came out of the conference with a deeper knowledge of their field, but also a greater sense of where the field fits within modern healthcare.
We’re thankful to the myriad Medical Alley companies that participated in or sponsored DeviceTalks 2018, including: 3M, Abbott, B. Braun OEM, Boston Scientific, Cyient Insights, Devicix by Nortech, Entellus Medical, Finesse Partners, Garz & Fricke, Healthlink, Icon, Jama Software, Jordi Labs, Mayo Clinic, MDIC, Medmarc, Medtronic, Minnetronix, NAMSA, NxThera, Padilla, Promed, R&Q, Reimbursement Strategies LLC, Revox Sterilization Solutions, Rotation Medical, RxFunction, Stinson Leonard Street LLP, University of Minnesota,University of St. Thomas, Valtronic, and Ximedica.
Below are some highlights from the conference, including St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter’s welcome address from the first day: