2021 Learning Program
BioLaunch Courses

VelocityTX Innovation Center is launching stimulating BioLaunch courses led by bioscience, medical device, and healthcare IT experts.

The 2021 program runs from May through December. Registration will open as we approach each date.

Date Course
Wednesday, May 5 Protecting Medical Innovations in a Fast-Paced World – Making Intellectual Property Clear

Speaker:
Bill Mason, Southwest Research Institute

Description:
During this session, you will get an introduction to intellectual property. We will cover the importance of intellectual property, strategies available, when to consider it, and potential pitfalls.

Thursday, June 10 Manufacturing Concepts for Medical Devices

Speaker:
Monica Hayes, Fusion Success Group

Description:

During this BioLaunch Course, you will gain a high-level overview of the medical device industry and learn key fundamentals for manufacturers. Whether you are in the idea stage or actively manufacturing, this session will be a great way to expand your knowledge base into the medical device industry or serve as a great refresher. Journey through the challenging medical device sector, regulations, and pathways to market, the impact of manufacturing when designing, and common practices used today.

Thursday, July 29 How to Utilize CROs to Improve Your Clinical Studies

Speaker:
Dan Hargrove, Cancer Insight and Trauma Insight

Description:
Contract Research Organizations can be valuable assets when preparing for clinical studies. Years of experience and navigating regulations can streamline the process for getting a product through clinical processes. Join us for a guide on how to utilize CROs to launch your product more effectively.

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Wednesday, Aug. 25 Foundations of FDA Regulations for Medical Devices and Diagnostics

Speaker:
Dorn Carranza, Center for Devices and Radiological Health

Description:
With years of experience in the FDA, learn about some of the basics you might not have thought about. How to have a successful company and product while adhering to guidelines. The event will be followed by a Q&A Session.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 How to Pick the Right Funding Vehicle: Evaluating All Your Options

Speaker:
Jose Padilla, Padilla Law, PLLC

Description:
Picking the right funding vehicle is often the biggest hurdle for an entrepreneur seeking to raise capital. In this session, we will evaluate your funding options such as what equity financing is, how to leverage debt, the differences between debt versus equity-based financing, and the pros and cons of each for the entrepreneur, revenue-based financing, crowdfunding, and more.

Thursday, Oct. 14 Funding Basics Series: How to Tap into the Nation’s Largest Source of Funding

Speaker:
Bijo Matthew, University of Texas at San Antonio

Description:
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are massive sources of funding for the research of businesses. How can you tap into this? In the first installment of the funding basics series, we will explain the funding options, rules, and regulations, and provide strategies and methods to increase your chances of winning some of these highly competitive grants.

Thursday, Oct. 21 Funding Basics Series: Learning From Federal Agencies

Speakers:
David Elizondo, U.S. Small Business Administration
Scott F. Walter, 59th Medical Wing, Science & Technology Office
Sam Riehn, SBIR Advisors, Inc.

Description:
In the second installment of the Funding Basics Series, hear from the perspective of the agencies that review and grant SBIR & STTR Programs. The experienced pannel of speakers will cover what they look for, what makes a good application stand out, and how to compete with the best of the best when submitting applications.

Thursday, Oct. 28 Funding Basics Series: Lessons Learned from Funded Companies

Speaker:
Chris Carroll, Olifant
Kevin King, MedCognition

Description:
In the third installment of the Funding Basics Series, hear from a panel of companies that have undergone the funding process. Many have used methods described in the previous sessions of the Funding Basics Series and will be able to share some struggles and successes they have gone through to get where they are today.

Thursday, Dec. 9 Regulatory Pathways – Paving the Way to Commercialization

Speaker:
Gretchen Upton, MAETRICS

Description:
Take a look at the regulatory pathways and how to best navigate them on your way to market. There may be detours and orange cones along the way, but learning the paths and requirements early will allow bases to be covered and alternate routes to be discovered.