What Now, What Next – Medical Alley Association

The Medical Alley Association has launched two digital event series to deliver unparalleled intelligence and resources to our healthcare community and beyond. What Now, What Next delivers unique tools, resources, and guidance for your organization to navigate this new environment. Our other series, Bringing the Future Forward, features discussions with leaders on the most relevant topics in healthcare and how transformation is shaping the future. 


The Future of UK MedTech Regulation and Access


Friday, Apr 23   |   9:00 AM CST

The UK is leveraging its position outside of the EU to find pragmatic ways to accelerate access to the best new technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning as a medical device. This includes a revised regulatory framework, world-leading health technology assessment, and a new MedTech funding mandate. Join us to learn about the UK’s plans and share your own vision for the future.

The discussion will be moderated by Megan Brandt of Metavention and will include opening remarks by British Consul General Alan Gogbashian, followed by a Q&A discussion with Professor Peter Groves, Chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) Devices Expert Advisory Committee (DEAC), and Graeme Tunbridge, Director of Devices at Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).


MODERATOR: Megan Brandt

Sr. Vice President, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs

Alan Gogbashian

British Consul General in Chicago

Graeme Tunbridge


Peter Groves MD, FRCP

Chairman, Devices Expert Advisory Committee (DEAC)


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Medical Alley Starts: A New Initiative of Medical Alley Association to Lower the Cost of Starting, Scaling, and Pivoting New Ventures in Medical Alley

Medical Alley is The Global Epicenter of Health Innovation and Care® because of the disruptive innovations coming out of the region’s hundreds of startups. But there should be more. Far too often new startups encounter roadblocks to their success – lack of capital, access to partners, and other resources.

In the last 10 years organizations across the state have done hard work creating accelerators and incubators, investment funds, mentorship groups, and much more. Medical Alley Association spent the last two years listening to entrepreneurs to understand what gaps still exist. From these insights we have build Medical Alley Starts, a new suite of services to lower the cost of starting, scaling, and pivoting new ventures.

Watch our March What Now, What Next webinar to learn more about Medical Alley Starts – who it is for, what it does, and how you can be involved.


Frank Jaskulke

Vice President of Intelligence

Kyle Rolfing


Challenges and Opportunities of Hiring and Managing Talent in the Era of COVID-19

The pandemic has impacted the talent landscape and employee experience, challenging Medical Alley HR teams like never before. Shifting talent needs, hiring patterns, resource reductions, and the sudden need for large-scale remote collaboration and communication have highlighted the need for flexible and resilient people, processes, and technologies.

How are Medical Alley HR leaders balancing meeting the business needs of their organizations while also supporting employees through this challenging time? And, despite all of the challenges, what opportunities for the future of Medical Alley talent are on the horizon? 

In this What Now, What Next session, hear from leaders in the HR and talent space on how they are navigating these challenges the pandemic has brought to their organizations and the opportunities they envision on the horizon because of this new normal.


Karissa Donnelly, SPHR

Human Resources Director

Sarah Fazio, MBA, SHRM-CP

Chief Operating Officer

Deb Gran

Corporate Vice President and People Leader

Stacy Harney

Senior Director of Global Talent Acquisition

Software is Eating the (Healthcare) World: Corporate Strategy and Partnering Today

Marc Andreessen famously remarked that “software is eating the world.” It is as true in healthcare as in any other industry, though maybe at a more measured pace. Changes wrought by the pandemic have accelerated the trends of remote and virtual care, the adoption of connected device technology, and have seen non-traditional entrants – like retailers – aggressively pursue the space.

Change fuels opportunity for organizations willing to lead. In this What Now, What Next session, we will discuss the emerging strategies that healthcare, health tech, and non-traditional players are taking to improve outcomes and lower costs in new ways. The roles of software, regulation, and new business models will be explored.


Nima Ahmadi

Senior Director, Digital Products

John Hamalka


Ann Holder

Chief Executive Officer

How the Biden Administration and a Closely Divided Congress Will Impact Medical Alley and Healthcare

With the 2020 election in the rear view mirror, we can now turn our attention to the incoming administration and Congress. Shifts within both the executive and legislative branches are likely to have significant impacts on healthcare policy and the Medical Alley community as a whole. The last webinar in our 2020 What Now, What Next series provided an insider’s view on the Biden administration’s likely policy agenda, how a divided Congress and new administration can work together, and how Medical Alley could be impacted by it all (as well as have influence on the outcome).


T.J. Petrizzo

President & CEO

Megan Burke

Vice President

Bobby Patrick

Vice President, Strategic Growth and Policy

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.

Watch this What Now, What Next session to 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


James Kent


Sameer Kumar


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? Watch this What Now, What Next session to hear from peers on how they’ve adapted and overcome challenges to drive growth and customer value.


Elisabeth Johnson

Head of B2B Marketing

Brandon Schnittker

Director of Marketing

John Vasilakos

Global Head of MTS Business Development & Senior Research Immunologist

The New Normal? Caring for Your Team and Keeping Your Culture Intact

The COVID-19 pandemic has vastly changed work for all of us, creating the new abnormal. The increased complexities of managing the responsibilities of team members (virtual schooling, caring for family members, and Zoom meeting fatigue!) and their mental health is daunting.

And, how can companies define and sustain their organization’s culture when team members can’t gather in person to share the experience?

In this What Now, What Next session, hear from leaders on the steps they’re taking and the tools they’re using to support their teams, sustain their culture, and navigate the future of virtual work.


Kathleen Skarvan


Dale Cook


Matt Walter


Making a Commitment and Following Through on Building a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Company

We know what the data shows - organizations that are more diverse and have inclusive cultures outperform those that do not. But how can you make meaningful changes to become one of these organizations? Despite best intentions, ingrained practices can have the effect of reinforcing discrimination, denying people their agency and harming competitiveness. Looking for guidance? This What Now What Next session highlights those who are doing, including their failures, backpedaling, and struggles.


Roxanne Battle

Vice President, Advocacy & Community

Ebony Travis

Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Rajiv Shah

Founder & CEO

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