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As an attendee at MedTech Innovation Forum, you're able to participate in two small-group sessions.

Chris Brennan, Performance Specialist, Insperity

When | 8:00 - 9:00 am, October 29th, 2021

Topic | Establish a Learning Culture as a Competitive Advantage

Chris has been a Performance Specialist with Insperity since 2014 and has over 15 years of experience in the world of training and development. His background includes design, development and delivery of training curriculum, as well as team building and improvisation facilitation, and executive management coaching . Chris received his bachelor’s in Dramatic Arts from Saint Mary’s College, and he holds certifications from Franklin Covey, The Association for Talent Development, 360 Solutions, Omega Performance, DDI, Performance Thinking and Extended DISC. In addition, Chris has been a frequent panel member at regional and national training conferences in the areas of leadership, performance management and employee development. Chris is a sought after speaker, most recently at the Disrupt HR Conference at UC Irvine, OCTANe OC, and the Domestic Violence Alliance in Los Angeles.



Krasi Hristov, Head of Research & Development, Mentor Worldwide LLC

When | 8:00 - 9:00 am, October 29th, 2021

Topic | How Disruption Can Fuel or Stall Innovation

The session will be designed to discuss the “systems thinking” approach for accelerating innovation through the COVID-19 pandemic. During this 30 minute breakfast round table, we will explore and discuss the following: the changing landscape of partnerships to accelerate product in process innovation in MedTech, traits of successful personal and professional leadership for success in the new world, and customer-focused innovation and creativity.

Krasi Hristov is Head of Research & Development for Mentor Worldwide LLC, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies and the global leader in breast aesthetics. In this role, Krasi serves as a member of the company’s senior management leadership team and is accountable for all new product development and innovation, as well as the company’s external collaboration efforts. Krasi has more than 25 years of global multi-industry experience, having worked in South Africa, Germany and the United States.

Prior to her current position at Mentor, Krasi spent 12 years in medical devices R&D at Johnson & Johnson and has worked at Ethicon, another Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Company, in multiple functional roles including product development engineering and as a project manager. Krasi received her Master of Public Health from Rutgers University, Master of Science in Textile Engineering at Philadelphia University and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University in Bulgaria.



James V. (Jim) Mazzo, Executive Chairman, Neurotech, Chief Executive Officer, Avellino Labs, Advisor, Zeiss, Advisor, Bain Consulting, Board Member, Centricity Vision Inc.

When | 8:00 - 9:00 am, October 29th, 2021

Topic | Is your strategy aligned with your execution?  How to build your company.

James V. (Jim) Mazzo is Executive Chairman of Neurotech, a retinal implant company; and Chief Executive Officer for Avellino Labs, a biotechnology and genetic science company. He is also Advisor for Zeiss and Advisor for Bain Consulting.

Mazzo is one of the ophthalmic industry’s best known and most respected business leaders with over 40 years of proven experience. His global reputation for building and running world-class organizations is based on 22 years leading Allergan’s North American and European eye care organizations; 7 years as Chairman, President and CEO of Advanced Medical Optics (AMO); 4 years as EVP of Abbott’s global ophthalmology business; 3 years as Executive Chair and CEO of AcuFocus and 4 years as Global President of Ophthalmic Devices for Carl Zeiss Meditec.

Additionally, he is founder and Chairman of OCTANe, is a member of the International Intraocular Implant Club (lllC) and Executive Committee Board Member with the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA). Mazzo is on the ASCRS Governing Board, the AAO Foundation Advisory Board, the AGS Foundation Advisory Board, a Chair Member of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, a Consultant of Anivive Lifesciences, sits on the Board of Visus Therapeutics, Refocus Group, Centricity Vision, LensGen, Iantrek, and Preceyes, serves on NASA’s Mission to Mars Committee, is an Officer in the Order of St. John and a Board Member of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation,

His accomplishments and contributions to the healthcare industry and business and educational communities include serving as Board Chairman for AdvaMed; on the University of California at Irvine foundation; as Vice Chair Trustee Chapman University; years of dedicated experience with the medical device industry including cardiology, orthopedics as well as ophthalmology; recognized as a Top 100 Innovator in Ophthalmology multiple times; and received the 2020 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.



Tiffany McDowell, Principal, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

When | 8:00 - 9:00 am, October 29th, 2021

Topic | Hybrid Work and Innovation

Tiffany McDowell is a principal within the Ernst & Young LLP People Advisory Services practice. Tiffany has led IT, finance, human resources, and enterprise-wide transformations in multiple sectors with a specific focus on health care. She has deep knowledge in all areas of organizational strategies and focuses on providing operating model, organization design, network analytics, decision optimization, workforce strategies and change management services for large-scale transformation projects. Tiffany holds a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from Simon Fraser University, an MS in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University and a Doctorate of Industrial Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University.


Georgette Pascale, Executive Vice President, PR & Social at PRECISIONeffect

When | 8:00 - 9:00 am, October 29th, 2021

Topic | Optimizing PR Opportunities During M&As

In this Breakfast with Experts session, Georgette Pascale will discuss and answer questions about how to partner with the right companies and how to utilize PR to your advantage when going through an M&A. Known as “The Connector,” Georgette has over two decades of experience in PR and communications, including healthcare, e-commerce, music, and technology. Georgette believed there was a better way to do business than using the typical traditional brick-and-mortar agency model. In 2005 she launched Pascāle, a virtual communications and social marketing media agency. This year Pascāle expanded its capabilities and was acquired by kindred spirit and highly respected leader PRECISIONeffect, the industry’s only healthcare advertising agency dedicated to changing the standard of care. Georgette assumes the title of executive vice president, PR & Social.

Georgette holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology (where she has also taught continuing education communications courses). She loves to lead (and listen to) conversations in anything having to do with healthcare marketing, and was named one of PharmaVOICE’s “100 of the Most Inspiring People” and one of Vision Monday’s “Most Inspiring Women.” However, Georgette is most proud of the accolades Pascāle has received over the years, such as ‘Best Places to Work’ and ‘Most Innovative Company.’ She has served on several boards over the years, and was past President of OWL: Advancing Diversity in Leadership and Executive in Residence at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Georgette is currently on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Boxing is Love, as boxing is one of her passions. 

Georgette resides in Fairfield, CT with her three children. You’ll catch her trying to make people smile as often as she can or befriending most dogs.



Mitch Wexler, Managing Partner, Irvine, Los Angeles, & San Diego, Fragomen Worldwide

When | 8:00 - 9:00 am, October 29th, 2021

Topic | Temporary and Permanent Visa Options for Key Professionals from Abroad

We will explore the more common (and not so common) work visa options for company founders, investors, and other key foreign national personnel. We will also discuss converting to permanent green card status, those already in the US lawfully working on a working visa in addition to possibly having these critical team members enter in green card status.

Mitch Wexler has been practicing immigration law for more than 35 years. He manages Fragomen’s 3 Southern California offices (Los Angeles, Irvine & San Diego). He is a Specialist in Immigration & nationality Law, Certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Mitch is a regular speaker at conferences on various business immigration law topics and has written over 250 articles on such topics.



Clay Wilemon, President & COO, APATICS

When | 8:00 - 9:00 am, October 29th, 2021

Topic | Marketing: Reaching The Unreachable

This discussion will address the challenges of reaching difficult-to-reach or 'unreachable' clinicians, senior executives, and consumers and explore the power of digitally-driven insight to identify, align and engage with these prospects and customers.

Clay Wilemon currently serves as President and Chief Commercial Officer at APATICS™ and Chairman of This Stone, Inc. He has extensive healthcare marketing experience including helping medical device, biotech, diagnostics, pharmaceutical, and healthcare services companies launch over 500 new medical brands.

Clay is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He has also been a co-founder and director in two medical device companies and holds a patent in musculoskeletal surgery.

In addition, Clay is a partner in the Visionary Venture Fund and an investor in medical technology and information technology companies. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Octane, a technology focused economic development organization in Southern California.

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