Ben Druce

Over the past seven years Ben has led the Design team at Planet Innovation into a pioneering voice in the world of design-led thinking that has resulted in the successful commercialization of award-winning products for clients across the globe. Ben now forms part of Planet Innovations leadership in the USA as the VP of strategic design.

Mike Colvin

Repeated success designing, developing, and engineering creation of medical devices and processes. Expert presenter, negotiator, and businessperson; able to forge solid relationships with partners and build consensus across multiple organizational levels. Holder of +100 U.S. and foreign patents. Notable contributions include, but are not limited to: multifocal and foldable intraocular lenses, venous glucose sensor, precision spinal cord stimulation, and deep brain stimulators.

Jeff Sauter

As Director of Business Development at Steri-Tek, Jeff Sauter is focused on collaborating with medtech and biotech innovators, incubators and investors and helping Steri-Tek’s customers on their way towards successful commercialization by achieving optimal E-beam/X-Ray sterilization and processing throughput of their medical device, combination device, drug/biologic device or health care product.

Jeff has 15+ years’ experience in consulting multinational corporations and Fortune 500 companies (including Merck, Roche, Amgen, Johnson & Johnson, Allergan, Boston Scientific, Medtronic) and helping to achieve their aims by providing solutions to complex technical needs.
Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Specialties: Business Development, Relationship Management, Negotiation, Entrepreneurial Innovation, Strategic Partnerships, Sterilization, Validation, Medical Device R&D, Biomedical Devices, Healthcare Products, ISO 11137, E-beam Irradiation Services

Gunter Wessels

Dr. Wessels founded LiquidSMARTS℠. He leads the global practice and is a member of the leadership team. He is passionate and dedicated to the improvement of human performance and ethical business practices in sales and marketing. His expertise comes from more than 25 years in the healthcare industry, including 14 years as a consultant to global and local marketing and sales teams. His clients gain rapid performance improvement through analysis, design, implementation of market approach, and commercial operations execution. He leads the field in providing micro-learning for business professionals. His micro-learning approach teaches people essential soft-skills and influencing and leadership behaviors in a few minutes per day.

Dr. Wessels is a sought-after speaker on the practical implications of industry change, and accelerating performance during disruption. Dr. Wessels has a Ph.D. in Management with an emphasis in Marketing and Psychology from the University of Arizona, an M.B.A. from the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of California.

Maurizio Vecchione

Executive Vice President for Global Good and Research at Intellectual Ventures, overseeing Global Good LLC, an evergreen fund created by Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures and focused on inventions and innovation for the millions of people that suffer and die each year in the developing world from causes that humanity has the scientific and technical ability to solve. In this capacity he also is responsible for Intellectual Ventures Laboratory, a leading translational research effort and the Institute for Disease Modeling a premiere epidemiology and disease modeling simulation research institute.

Member of the Board of Directors of Nanomedicine cancer theragnostic company Arrogene. Founder and Chairman of incubator and private equity firm Synthetica Ltd. Chairman of The IDEAS Studio, Inc developing innovative science education curriculum. Cofounder of marine and ocean science non profit

– CEO of cancer nanobiotherapeutic company Arrogene, Inc.
– CEO and Member of Board of Directors of telemedicine pioneer CompuMed
– CEO of medical imaging company Trestle Holdings, (sold to Safeguard Scientific & Clarient)
– Founder and CEO of Microwave Photonics, a joint venture with British Telecom (sold to NextG Wireless)
– Founder and CEO of ModaCad/Styleclick, (sold to InterActive Corp)

Anthony Chang

Passionate advocate for use of artificial intelligence and innovation in medicine to transform global healthcare for both children and adults.

Joseph Anderson

Joseph Anderson is President of Services at the Institute for Process Excellence (IpX), which provides training, standards and services to companies in enterprise operational excellence. He holds executive-level authority for the IpX global services organization, which is responsible for leading IpX clients through business and digital transformation. Joseph has more than 20 years of experience within the automotive, aerospace, marine and defense industries in various executive positions.

Joseph and IpX are on a mission: To help clients plan and achieve their transformation strategy, improve their core business operating model, embrace the digital wave, maximize efficiency, and implement sustainable growth initiatives. IpX’s network of service professionals provide a full suite of solution services and industry experience to solve global business issues.

Ted Rubin

Ted Rubin is a leading Social Marketing Strategist, Speaker, Author, Provocateur, and CMO of Photofy. In March 2009 he started using and evangelizing the term ROR, Return on Relationship, hashtag #RonR. Ted was Chief Social Marketing Officer (a new title he created in 2011) of Collective Bias… and a principal shareholder until the November 2016 acquisition by Inmar. In the words of Collective Bias Co-Founder John Andrews… “Ted, you were the vision, heartbeat and soul of Collective Bias, thank you for building a great company. From innovations like cb.Socially to the amazing relationships you built with the blogger community, clients and employees, you drove the epic growth.

Many people in the social media world know Ted for his enthusiastic, energetic and undeniably personal connection to people. Ted is the most followed CMO on Twitter according to SocialMedia Marketing Magazine; one of the most interesting CMOs on Twitter according to SayMedia, #13 on Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, and number #2 on the Leadtail list of Top 25 People Most Mentioned by digital marketers. Return on Relationship, ROR, #RonR, is the basis of his philosophy… It’s All About Relationships!

His book, Return on Relationship, was released January 2013, How To Look People in the Eye Digitally was released January 2105 and The Age of Influence… Selling to the Digitally ConnectedCustomer was released in May 2017.

Ted is currently writing his latest book, along with business partner and Retail Thought Leader John Andrews titled Retail Relevancy. Learn more about Ted at, @TedRubin,and

Videos about Ted and his philosophy…
Ted Talks about the value of “Return onRelationship”
The Dad That Doesn’t Quit

Michael Drues

I am President of Vascular Sciences, an education, training, & consulting company offering a broad range of services to medical device, pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies including (but not limited to): stimulating & innovative educational programing, brain-storming sessions, prototype design, product development, benchtop & animal testing , regulatory strategy & clinical trial design, FDA presentation preparation & defense, reimbursement, clinical acceptance, business development & technology assessment.

I received my B.S., M.S., & Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University. I have worked for & consulted with leading medical device, pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. I also work on a regular basis for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, the US & European Patent Offices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) & other regulatory & governmental agencies around the world.

As an internationally recognized expert & featured keynote speaker, I present frequently on cutting-edge medical technologies & regulatory affairs. I conduct seminars & short-courses for medical device, pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies, FDA, Health Canada, US & European Patent Offices, CMS & other regulatory & governmental agencies around the world.

Finally, as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology, I regularly teach graduate courses in Regulatory Affairs & Clinical Trials, Clinical Trial Design, Medical Device Regulatory Affairs & Product Development, Combination Products, Pathophysiology, Medical Technology & Biotechnology at several universities & medical schools on-ground & on-line.

Combination Products, Medical Devices, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Animal Studies, Pathophysiology, Clinical Trial Design, Regulatory Strategy, Pharmacogenomics/Personalized Medicine, R&D, Testing & Evaluation and Bus. Dev.

Maren Nelson

My goal is to help create affordable healthcare solutions that improve patient outcomes. I am an experienced professional in the use of risk management to create and improve processes, as well as the development and regulatory approval of medical devices through the entire product life-cycle.

I understand the regulatory requirements, and how to create compliant processes that add business value. I have experience in process improvement and training from R&D and Quality perspectives. As an example, I changes Document Control processes to support regulatory submissions. This helped the project team and reduced document revisions.

My medical device experience includes external defibrillators and pacemakers, multi-parameter patient monitors, medical software, sterilizable accessories, rechargeable batteries and chargers for medical products, and AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator). I am PMP certified.