October 29, 2015 11:47 ET

OCTANe Set to Host 10th Annual Medical Device & Investor Forum

OCTANe's Signature Event Will Feature Industry Leaders, Workshops and Ten Innovative Companies Changing the Medtech Industry

ALISO VIEJO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 29, 2015) - OCTANe, the Orange County business development accelerator dedicated to driving technology industry growth and innovation by connecting ideas and people with resources and capital, today announced the final agenda for its 10th Annual Medical Device & Investor Forum (MDIF) taking place November 2-3, 2015.

MDIF is the leading medtech industry conference in the West, where industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors come together in the nation's most dynamic medical device environment to explore the latest technologies and investment trends.

MDIF attendees will have the opportunity to attend a myriad of presentations, featuring speakers from medtech companies across Orange County. As 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of MDIF, the conference will be a premier opportunity to network with industry leaders, learn about OCTANe's LaunchPad™ SBDC accelerator companies, and participate in educational sessions that will help grow the medtech industry in the region.

"10 years of MDIF is a significant milestone for OCTANe as well as the region," said Bill Carpou, president and CEO of OCTANe. "The conference has always helped to nurture and expand the medtech ecosystem in Orange County by creating an atmosphere where investors, entrepreneurs, executives and academicians can gather together and address the needs of tomorrow."

Presentations will cover a variety of topics such as medtech's impact on the military, featuring former Navy SEAL Jason Redman; a keynote covering the integration of the largest ever medical technology acquisition in industry history, presented by Brett Wall, president, and Brett Knappe, vice president of Medtronic; and a special interview with Brent Saunders, president and CEO of Allergan.

This year, 10 medtech companies who are trailblazing the industry have been selected to present at MDIF to a panel of judges. Following the session, two winners will be selected to present at the prestigious ROTH Capital Conference in March 2016.

The ten Orange County-based companies vying to secure the top two presenting spots include:

  • Atlas Spine: Developer of advanced technology implant systems used in minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Deton: Creator of the Cough Collector that enables physicians to treat lower respiratory infections effectively based on high-yield and diagnostic fast test results
  • Modulated Imaging: Maker of the Ox-Imager that helps identify wounds by "seeing" deeper and measuring in real-time
  • Neural Analytics: Developer of technology that utilizes "big data" techniques to measure, diagnose and track brain health
  • Onciomed: Inventor of the Gastric Vest System™ (GVS), a minimally invasive medical device that provides the benefits of complex gastric surgery
  • Perimeter Medical Imaging: Creator of an intra-operative imaging tool providing the ability to visually assess tumor margins during surgery
  • Soft Health Technologies: Promoter of Finess®, a clinically proven device for female stress urinary incontinence
  • Spinal Singularity: Inventor of the Connected Catheter that alerts users with spinal cord injuries and paralysis when their bladder is full and allows them to drain their bladder
  • SpineOvations: Developer of minimally invasive therapies for lower back pain and spinal/disc diseases
  • Velox Biosystems: Creator of Integrated Comprehensive Droplet Digital Detection (IC3D) that detects biomarkers of diseases in milliliters of unprocessed blood using a one-step process

OCTANe's Medical Device and Investor Forum (MDIF) will take place November 2-3, 2015 at Hotel Irvine, located at 17900 Jamboree Road. K&L Gates is the title sponsor of MDIF, while Edwards Lifesciences and Medtronic support the event as co-host sponsors.

The date for the 2016 Technology Investor Forum (TIF) has also now been finalized. Business leaders will have access to the latest in innovation coming from Southern California on May 18, 2016, also at Hotel Irvine.

About OCTANe:

OCTANe drives technology industry growth and innovation in Orange County by connecting ideas and people with resources and capital. Its members represent Orange County technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians, and strategic advisors, all working together to fuel innovation in the OC. The organization has helped more than 800 companies via the LaunchPad™ SBDC accelerator. LaunchPad™-certified companies have received more than $847 million in investment and equity exits. OCTANe annually welcomes more than 7,000 people to its programs and events. More than 2,000 business leaders throughout the Orange County region are OCTANe members. For more information, visit

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