Medical Alley Association


The Medical Alley Association has launched two digital event series to deliver unparalleled intelligence to our community and beyond! 

Bringing the Future Forward will feature discussions with leaders on how COVID-19 has accelerated change in the healthcare industry and how these changes are shaping the future of healthcare. 

What Now, What Next will deliver unique tools, resources, and guidance for your organization to navigate this new and always changing environment.


Thursday, Oct 29  |  9:30 AM CDT

Virtual Marketing, Real Sales: Going to Market in Today’s Environment 

Bringing a new product to market was hard enough before the pandemic hit. Now your workforce is distributed, you can’t visit your customers in-person without extreme measures, and we’re all managing through economic uncertainty. How do you maintain and accelerate growth in this environment? In this “What Now, What Next” session, you’ll hear from peers on how they’ve adapted and overcome challenges to drive growth and customer value. 


  • Elisabeth Johnson, Head of B2B Marketing, Gravie 
  • Brandon Schnittker, Director of Marketing, Stryker ENT
  • John Vasilakos, Global Head of MTS Business Development & Senior Research Immunologist, Kindeva

Nov 2020 - Date Coming Soon!

The Patient Will See You Now: Moving From Patient to Consumer Centricity

The house call was once common – the doctor would visit the patient, evaluate their condition, and prescribe treatment. Today, a doctor’s visit – or, rather, an office visit – requires traveling to a specific location. An entire industry has developed to bring convenience and cost savings to consumers of healthcare by delivering care anywhere. But, many regulatory, workflow, and behavioral issues stand in the way of delivering healthcare fully in the way consumers seek. In this session we will explore those barriers, the promise of care anywhere, and its limits. Additional discussion will look at how these emerging technologies and practices are changing the business model of health systems that have spent years optimizing for in-person care delivery.


Thursday, Nov 12  |  2:00 PM CDT

Raising Capital from Medical Alley’s Largest Early Stage Investor

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) are sources of non-dilutive capital for startups and small businesses with under 500 employees. Medical Alley companies raised nearly $50 million in 2019 to fund development without giving up equity. But the number could be higher. Many entrepreneurs think they do not qualify; the process is too complicated or takes too long.

In this What Now, What Next session, you will hear from companies that have pursued federal funding to learn from their experiences and come away with insights to help decide if non-dilutive federal funding is right for your company.


  • Pat Dillon, Director, Minnesota SBIR/STTR Assistance Office
  • Sameer Kumar, CEO, HabitAware
  • James Kent, CEO, Amplio Rx

Nov 2020 - Date Coming Soon!

Medical Alley’s Cellular Therapy Revolution

Cell and Gene therapy is revolutionizing medicine by moving medicine from treatment to cure. Did you know that Medical Alley innovators have been in the middle of this revolution for decades and now represent some of the leading organizations in the world? In this session we’ll discuss some of the breakthrough medicine coming from Medical Alley’s innovators and the prospects for the region becoming a biotech hotspot.




Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Medical Alley Association does not have any in-person events scheduled at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and stay in touch with leaders in government and healthcare to ensure that if we do plan an in-person event, we are doing so in the most responsible way possible. 

We encourage you to check back here often for updates and to register for upcoming virtual events. 

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