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Connect to global healthcare opportunities, regulatory developments, and market intelligence via panels, executive meetings, and networking
Bellevue, WA • September 13-15, 2016


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

12:30 – 5:00pm


1:00 – 5:00pm

One-on-One Meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats

2:30 – 5:00pm

Ask the Experts Roundtables
For information about these informal roundtables, click here.

5:30 – 7:30pm

Terrace Reception

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

All Day

One-on-One and Business-to-Business Matchmaking Meetings

7:30 – 8:30am

Continental Breakfast and Networking with Sponsors

7:30am – 5:00pm


8:30 – 9:00am

Opening & Welcome Remarks


Welcome Remarks:
Diane Mooney
: Director, U.S. Commercial Service, Seattle
Ken Hyatt
: Acting Under Secretary, for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce

9:00 – 9:50am

Plenary: Global Market Overview


Marc Perlman
: Managing Director and Global Business Development Leader, Deloitte
Jacob Plummer
: V.P. of Global Operations and Business Development, Allscripts
Eder Lagemann
: International Research Director, KLAS Research

10:00 – 11:00am

Concurrent Panel Sessions


(1) REGIONAL PANEL: Accessing Europe: A Single Market?
Europe is the largest trading partner for the U.S. and while doing business is fairly transparent, it can be complicated and difficult. Join our specialists as they discuss CE Marking, reimbursements, market trends and challenges in Europe.


Ken Walsh
: (Moderator) Prin. Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate - Dusseldorf, Germany
Britt Hestenes
: Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy – Oslo, Norway
Antonio Dai-Pra
: Mkt Access Spclst, U.S. Mission to the EU – Brussels, Belgium
Rowena Gates
: Vice President Business Development, Eng3 Corporation


(2) TOPICAL PANEL: Beyond Philanthropy with Global Health
Global health has long been associated with philanthropy and charity efforts. Is there a place for for-profit companies? Come hear from panel members who understand the challenges of doing business in developing countries and learn how your products can be part of a long-term solution sustainable beyond philanthropic contributions.


Dr. Jordan Tappero
: (Moderator), Rear Admiral, Senior Advisor for Global Health, CDC
Lisa Cohen
: Executive Director, Washington Global Health Alliance
Dr. Corey Casper
: Head of Global Oncology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Steve Davis
: President & CEO, PATH

11:00 – 11:20am

Networking Break

11:20am – 12:30pm

Concurrent Panel Sessions


1) REGIONAL PANEL: Opportunities in Africa
Africa is a huge and diverse continent, filled with opportunities and risks. Our experts will discuss trends in the healthcare sector and how to successfully work in local markets.


Noah Perin
: CEO & Co-Founder, VIA Global Health
Janet Mwangi
: Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy - Nairobi, Kenya


(2) TOPICAL PANEL: Reaching the World with your Medical Device
The medical device market is growing rapidly but regulatory requirements and payments can slow down your export plan. Hear from internationally successful companies on how they did it – and what they wish they had known before they did!


Benjamin Arazy
: (Moderator), CEO, Arazy Group Consultants Inc.
Tara Hart
: President and CEO, IOPI Medical LLC
Trevor Gunn
: Vice President, International Relations, Medtronic, Inc.
David Green: Pulmonary Product Manager, A-M Systems

12:30 – 2:00pm

Luncheon & Plenary Keynote


Maurizio Vecchione
: Sr. Vice President of Global Good and Research, Intellectual Ventures

2:00 -3:00pm

Concurrent Panel Sessions


(1) REGIONAL PANEL: Is Your Next Market in the Middle East?
The Middle East spends heavily on healthcare but accessing the right channels can be difficult. How will the current economy impact purchasing decisions? How long will it take to build the necessary relationships? Learn about upcoming healthcare procurement plans, working with local healthcare systems, and business culture dos and don’ts.


Ralph Foster
: (Moderator), VP Strategy & Development, Exegete Healthcare International
Yael Torres
: Commerical Specialist, U.S. Embassy – Tel Aviv, Israel
Anissa Lahreche
: Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy – Doha, Qatar
Maher Siblini
: Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


(2) TOPICAL PANEL: Taking Pharma Global
What market is the right one for your pharmaceutical? How do you successfully get it there? Our panel experts will share their experiences and recommendations for international market success.


Ravi Koron
: (Moderator), Managing Partner, BioPharma Strategy Advisors, Inc.
Jan Beck
: Vice President & Site Head, Novo Nordisk Research Center
Vaughn Himes
: Executive V.P., Process Sciences & Technical Operations, Seattle Genetics
Sarah Fitt
: Director of Operations, PHARMAC

3:00 – 3:20pm

Networking Break

3:20 – 4:15pm

Concurrent Panel Sessions


(1) REGIONAL PANEL: Asia on the Horizon
Asia is the most populous region in the world with a growing middle class and increasing healthcare needs. Regulations are changing and entry strategies must change with them. Understand how the regulatory framework in various countries might impact your time to market and get updates on intellectual property right protection, growth opportunities, and development plans.


Monique Roos
: Commercial Specialist, U.S. Consulate – Sydney, Australia
Luanne Theseira
: Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy – Singapore
Gary Makowski
: Principal Associate, AsiaMed Associates


(2) TOPICAL PANEL: Big Data, Big Results: How Information is Changing Healthcare
The promise of massive amounts of data improving healthcare is incredible, but how do you get the information and how do you make sense of it? Our big data experts will explore the possibilities of transforming what we know and how we use analytics for better patient outcomes.


Michelle Ouellette
: (Moderator) Ind. Focus Leader for Health IT, U.S. Commercial Service
Joel Rydbeck
: Director of Global Business Development, Infor Healthcare
Murali Karamchedu
: Chief Technology Director, Enli Health Intelligence
Brett McMillen
: General Manager, Civilian Government, Amazon Web Services
Andy De
: Managing Director & Global GM, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Tableau Software

4:15 -5:15pm

Concurrent Panel Sessions


(1) REGIONAL PANEL: Tough Questions on Sanctions: Iran & Cuba
Iran and Cuba are still sanctioned countries. Join our panel experts to understand the relevant laws and BIS and OFAC regulations.


Christopher Swift
: Senior Counsel, Export Controls & Nat’l Security, Foley & Lardner LLP
Antonio Cabral
: Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury


(2) TOPICAL PANEL: What’s Cooking in the Lab?
Research and innovation is at the heart of what American companies do best. Join us to hear how thinking differently can change lives and improve outcomes around the world.


Dr. James Hendricks
: (Moderator) Pres., Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Scott Thielman
: CTO, Product Creation Studio
Dr. Karin Rodland
: Laboratory Fellow, Biological Sciences Div., Pacific Northwest Nat’l Lab

5:30 – 7:30pm

“Taste of Washington” Networking Reception

Thursday, September 15, 2016

All Day

One-on-One and Business-to-Business Matchmaking Meetings

7:30 – 8:30am

Continental Breakfast and Networking with Sponsors

8:30 – 9:00am

Opening Remarks and Export Achievement Presentation


Opening Remarks:
Tembi Secrist
: Director, Global Healthcare Team, U.S. Commercial Service
Judy Rising Reinke
: Deputy Director General, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service

9:00 – 9:45am



Dr. Trevor Mundel
: President, Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

10:00 – 11:00am

Concurrent Panel Session


(1) REGIONAL PANEL: Look South
South America is a promising region, but each country has unique complexities. Our expert panelists will explore what you need to know about registration, sales, follow-up support, and purchasing trends, as well as market access issues and entry strategies.


Guillaume Corpart
: Managing Director, Global Health Intelligence
Paola Lugari
: Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy - Bogota, Columbia
Gabriela Lücke
: Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy - San Jose, Costa Rica


(2) TOPICAL PANEL: Can You Survive the Maze? Working with Federal Agencies
The U.S. government has a number of programs to help build and support global health priorities globally. Hear from representatives from the CDC, USAID, and SBIR/STTR grant programs to understand how to enter foreign markets through US programs, and position your products to stay there.


Julie Anne Hennessey
: Director, U.S. Commercial Services, Los Angeles (West)
Charles Barnett
: Loan Officer, U.S. Export-Import Bank of the United States
Dr. Juliana Cyril
: Director, Technology Transfer & Innovation Office, CDC
Verinda Fike
: Country Manager, East Asia, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

11:00 – 11:30am

Networking Break

11:30 – 12:30pm

Concurrent Panel Sessions


(1) REGIONAL PANEL: #India, #China, #Brazil, What’s Everyone Talking About?
India, China, and Brazil are huge markets, and growing. Don’t miss key insights for success and updates on recent changes in the healthcare industry from our in-country experts who hear from buyers every day.


Ken Silverman
: (Moderator), Head, North America, Sannam S4 Group/U.S. Business Cntrs
Ruma Chatterjee
: Commercial Specialist, U.S. Consulate – Mumbai, India
Jefferson Oliveira
: Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S Consulate - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Drew Zwiebel
: Vice President Global Alliances & Channels, Oracle
Dennis Simmons
: Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy – Beijing, China


(2) TOPICAL PANEL: On the Road Again: Medical Travel
As countries increase in wealth, they want the absolute best care and they will come to you. How do you position your healthcare institution to attract international attention and prepare to care for patients coming from overseas? Our panel will share their experiences and lessons learned.


Mark Wen
: Vice President & Director, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Aura Lopez
: GM for Business Development, Global Health Center, Cleveland Clinic

12:30 – 1:45pm

Luncheon & Plenary Keynote


Neil Jordan
: General Manager, Worldwide Health, Microsoft Corp.
Jonathan Zimmerman
: Vice President and General Manager, GE Healthcare

1:45 -2:45pm

Plenary: Regulatory Company Panel


Greg Caressi
: (Moderator), Senior VP, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan
Grant Ramaley
: Director of Regulatory Affairs, Aseptico Inc.
Peter Coronado
: Director of Regulatory Affairs, Varian Medical Systems
Gemma Moore
: Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs, Edwards Lifesciences

2:45 -3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00pm

Global Regulatory Overview Panel: Addressing Policy and Regulatory Challenges by Region


Michael Gropp
: (Moderator), Fmr Medical Technology Intl Regulatory Policy Executive
Dr. Eliana Silva De Moraes
: President, Brazilian Regulatory Affairs Association
Daryl Wisdahl
: Managing Director Canada, Emergo
Lina Kwee-Nguyen
: Manager, Market Access Group in North America TUV Rheinland


Program Concludes

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