How to get the most out of SEMDA 2018

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Here we go! It’s SEMDA 2018 Medtech Conference week! We are gearing up for what is going to be a collection of outstanding interactions and learning opportunities for all stakeholders in the medical device and medtech realm. The entire Southeastern medtech community will be accessible in our annual “one stop shop.” You can cover more ground in two days at SEMDA 2018 than you could in months on your own. Here are a few tips to help you generate the greatest value out of your time with us in Greenville.

  • Set some goals

Startups and early growth stage companies: meet with at least five investors. Want to talk to the Senior Director of New Ventures at J&J? Ibraheem Badejo will be there, as will seasoned medtech investors like Bob Crutchfield and angels like Paul Gianneschi.

“[We look for] teams with strong backgrounds and track records – with a very clear handle on the market opportunity – tend to get our attention.

“We also look for capital efficient businesses with well-developed, relatively clear 2-5 year exit strategies (since we are angel investors rather than institutional investors, we tend to prefer earlier exits).  We have made a few investments with a thesis built around achieving regulatory approval in 12-18 months, then quickly moving into strategic partnerships/acquisitions to build out distribution with the depth of the partner’s resources rather than relying on investors.” – VentureSouth Managing Director Matt Dunbar

Find your value-based vendor or partner. Do you need IP advice? Are you evaluating your readiness for preclinical? Are you ready to add marketing muscle? No matter where you find yourself in the process from concept to commercialization, expert resources including sponsors like Butler Snow, BakerHostetler and GCMI and more will be there for you.

Investors and large device companies: don’t miss the PitchRounds participants vying for $10,000. Previously vetted by experienced investors, one of these may well be the next young company in your portfolio.

Service providers: find your next clients! “The response we received participating in the 2017 Medtech Conference was incredibly positive. We asked ourselves what more can we do? How else can we support the organization and be more closely involved? We had such great response and interactions at the 2017 event with big hitters like Medtronic and Smith and Nephew. We also met several exciting young companies and innovators with whom we are very interested in working.” – Rachel Robinson, Acorn Product Development

  • Don’t miss the plenaries and concurrent sessions

We’ve gone to great lengths to put together a program full of industry leaders and actionable, high value content. Put your sessions of primary interest on your calendar and be there! In addition to the knowledge gain, you just might find a partner capable of driving your business forward like Dune Medical Devices found in our colleagues at Write2Market.

Related: Top National Speakers Named for SEMDA’s 2018 Medtech Conference.

  • Be social, be bold.

As Kayla Rodriguez, COO of SweetBio, has told us, “Our experience at SEMDA helped refine our strategic direction, improved our pitch, opened new doors and helped validated our business. Allow yourself to be social, be bold. The collective crew at SEMDA is most welcoming.”

You can see the list of attendees through the conference app. Speaking of which…

  • Download the app

SEMDA is proud to offer a conference app again for 2018 to help you make the connections that help you get business done! In it you will find profiles of hundreds of organizations and attendees including investors, speakers, sponsors, PitchRounds participating companies and more. You can request meetings, set your own personalized agenda, view the floor plan, create and share business cards and more. We’ve made connecting easier and of greater value. Registered attendees will find their login information in their email from SEMDA, subject “Welcome to SEMDA 2018.” Download it in advance!

Join the conversation with the hashtag #SEMDA2018. And if you haven’t registered? What are you waiting for?!? Register now.



Jason Rupp, Executive Director, SEMDA