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4th September,
written by Lori Burke

TIME: 8:30 – NOON

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Registration & Networking
Coffee and continental breakfast will be served
9:00 – 9:10 AM: Opening Remarks: Greg Nelson, Partner, Novak, Druce + Quigg and Lori
Burke, Principal, Strategion Consulting
9:10 – 9:40 AM: Rudy Kranys, Past President, Cordis Angiographic Products Division
Rudy Kranys is past president of Cordis Angiographic Products Division in Miami (now part of J&J),
founder of Medrad in Pittsburgh PA (now part of Bayer), partner of Syntheon and advisor/mentor to
many other medical device start‐ups. Rudy had a very successful career at the helm of Cordis, increasing
revenue twelve‐fold. Under his leadership, Cordis became number one or number two in every product
line. To be this successful, you must drive innovation and new product at a fast pace and stay ahead of
the next company. Rudy will discuss the keys for doing this and how a medical device company should
position itself for success in the future.9:40 – 10:00 AM: Break
10:00 – 10:30 AM: Helen Cauthorn, Life Science Specialist, Chubb
Helen Cauthorn is a Life Science Specialist at Chubb in Tampa. Much of the future of a medical device
company depends on operating in the global economy. Helen will offer a plan to mitigate the risk of
lawsuits as you navigate the international landscape. There are potential minefields when looking at the
range of laws, quality of manufacturing, patient care, ways of doing business and insurance available
from country to country. This discussion includes what to look out for when setting up foreign
subcontract manufacturers and foreign clinical trials. A special focus will be on Latin American countries.
10:30 – 10:50 AM: Break
10:50 – 11:20 AM: Mario Martinez, Partner, Tecnix, LLC
Mario Martinez is a partner at Tecnix, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in Latin America business
development. South Florida has a rich history of medical device innovation; however, many of these
companies have been lost to acquisitions and entrepreneurial brain drain. Mario will explore the history
of this dynamic industry and why South Florida’s best days may be ahead if it can focus on its strengths.
Mario’s background is diverse. He has been a serial entrepreneur, he has been issued patents for
medical devices, and he has been a corporate officer in four initial public offerings. Most recently,
Mario was an executive at Smith and Nephew in charge of Latin America. Mario has his roots in South
Florida where he has served as an engineer for Dade Reagents and Key Pharmaceuticals, Manager of
Manufacturing and Systems Engineering for Coulter Diagnostics, Manager of Manufacturing,
Engineering and Technology Development for Cordis and President of Heartware.
11:20 – 11:25 AM: Closing Remarks: Rick Hall, ACC Hall/The BioInsure Program
11:30 – Noon: Additional Networking
About BioFlorida
BioFlorida is Florida’s bioscience industry association, operating as a 501(c)(6) not‐for‐profit
organization. Our mission is to represent and advocate for the state’s biotechnology,
pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Founded in 1997 as a means to unite and
support a small group of entrepreneurs, today the organization represents a broad range of
companies and institutions in various sectors of the bioscience industry. Membership within the
organization also includes dozens of partner organizations, service providers and suppliers
committed to supporting the industry.

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