Thanks to improved tooth-brushing habits, regular dental care and ubiquitous fluoridation, most Americans have benefited from better tooth health. And yet, many still lose their teeth, whether due to injury, decay or periodontal disease. In fact, studies find that approximately 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth, and a surprising 40 million are missing all their teeth.
Few seminar topics engage a startup audience as wholly as intellectual property, given that it’s viewed as one of the most critical components to success. Not only does it protect a company and allow it to compete among larger players, but it raises a startup’s profile among investors. In fact, 85 percent of medical device VCs say they view patents as a critical factor for funding consideration.
A seasoned medtech entrepreneur and executive, Rod Young has seen the industry from a variety of perspectives – as a division leader and eventually president of sizable companies; as an advisor and board member; and as an entrepreneur who founded, launched, took public and then sold medtech startups.
And as in the case with most luminaries in the industry,
Training the next generation of medtech leaders is a topic of vital importance to the Fogarty Institute, given all our efforts in that direction. That’s why Andrew Cleeland was honored to be interviewed on that topic, along with Paul Yock, co-founder and director of the Stanford Biodesign program, at the opening dinner of the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich &