April 21, 2010 13:33 ET

BioMedGPS Announces an Expanded Program for JointVentures All-Orthopedic and Spine Strategic Partnering and Investment Conference

June 14-15, 2010, Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare, Rosemont, IL

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2010) -  BioMedGPS, LLC, the developer of the SmartTRAK Online Business Intelligence system, has announced the program for its JointVentures Strategic Partnering and Investment conference focused exclusively on the orthopedic and spine industry, which will be held on June 14th and 15th at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare in Rosemont, IL, prior to OrthoWorld's OMTEC 2010 conference.

This specialty-focused meeting, which will feature 30+ musculoskeletal start-ups, has been expanded to two days to include a series of panels, presentations and workshops designed to provide insight on the current investment climate and impact of healthcare reform with focus on the ortho/spine industry, plus strategies for both small and large companies to employ during these times of change. Dane Miller, PhD, Founder and former President & CEO of Biomet, will discuss the new challenges facing the orthopedic and spine industry in an era of increased regulation in his keynote presentation. Charles Chon, Director at Thomas Weisel Partners, will provide Wall Street's perspective on the orthopedic/spine marketplace and Stan Mendenhall of Orthopedic Network News will discuss pricing trends.

Canaccord Adams analyst, Bill Plovanic, will moderate a panel on funding strategies which will include venture capitalists: Dave Stassen of Split Rock Partners, Mike Sherman of MB Venture Partners; Hal Mathews, MD, VP of Medtronic Spinal & Biologics; Dave Hood, of DH3 & Associates and former advisor to the US Army MRMC, and Anthony Viscogliosi, of the Viscogliosi Bros. and Chairman/CEO, Small Bone Innovations.

Janet Webb, President of MEDVantage will moderate a panel entitled "From Here to Device Commercialization: Regulatory/Reimbursement Challenges and Opportunities." Confirmed panelists include Glenn Stiegman, VP, Regulatory Affairs, MCRA; Charles Schneider, VP, Reimbursement, MCRA; Thomas Novelli, Director of Federal Affairs, Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA); and Neal Defibaugh, VP Clinical & Regulatory Affairs, AxioMed Spine Corporation.

On Monday, June 14th, two back-to-back educational workshops will be held by co-sponsors Medmarc and Musculoskeletal Clinical Regulatory Advisers (MCRA). Together these sessions will provide timely education and insight on the top issues impacting emerging ortho-spine companies in these critical areas: clinical, regulatory, quality assurance, reimbursement, IP, and product liability.

Throughout the two day conference, 30+ early- to late-stage companies seeking funding, acquisition, and/or strategic partnership opportunities, that are developing technologies for all areas of ortho-spine including arthroscopy, orthobiologics, extremities, joint replacement, sports medicine, trauma, image-guided surgery, pain management, diagnostics and others will be showcasing their companies. Presenters to date include Anulex Technologies, Articular Engineering, Bone Biologics, Innovative Medical Device Solutions (IMDS), Life Spine, LifeModeler, ORTEQ Bioengineering, OrthoCor Medical, ProChon Biotech, Soft Tissue Regeneration and TissueGene, among many others being confirmed regularly.

The JointVentures event represents a unique opportunity to network with a focused audience comprised of the most important dealmakers in orthopedics and spine. More than 150 senior-level corporate business development executives from all the major musculoskeletal device companies, investment and venture capital firms will be in attendance.

Sponsors include Medmarc and their strategic alliance partners, The Hartford and Biomedic-Insure, Musculoskeletal Clinical Regulatory Advisers (MCRA), P&M Corporate Finance, OrthoWorld and their upcoming OMTEC 2010 conference, the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), and Marketwire.

To attend, sponsor or become a presenter at JointVentures 2010, contact BioMedGPS or visit

About BioMedGPS, LLC
Founded by Sharon O'Reilly, Founder and former CEO of Medtech Insight and the In3 conference series, BioMedGPS provides online business intelligence and dynamic decision-making tools specifically designed for life science executives. Visit the BioMedGPS website for an online tour of the Company's new SmartTRAK Online Business Intelligence platform, or call to schedule a live demo.

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