|By Marketwired .||
|October 22, 2013 11:30 AM EDT||
ALISO VIEJO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/22/13 -- OCTANe, the Orange County startup accelerator dedicated to connecting people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth and create jobs, today kicked off its eighth annual Medical Device and Investor Forum. The annual event focuses on the most important factors that are impacting the healthcare and medical device industries; along with the convergence between healthcare and information technology.
The signature event highlights keynote speakers who are leaders in the medical field:
- Dr. Rick Afable, president and CEO of Covenant Health Network will focus on how to empower the consumer to take an active role in healthcare delivery to help increase efficiencies in the system.
- Joe Kiani, founder, chairman and CEO of Masimo Corporation will examine how to eliminate preventable patient deaths by sharing data.
- Paul LaViolette, partner at SV Life Sciences will report on medical device investment opportunities.
- Dr. Harry Greenspun, senior advisor for Healthcare Transformation & Technology at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions will address emerging trends that face the healthcare industry in mobile technology.
"OCTANe is committed to building the high technology and life science ecosystem in Orange County," said Matthew Jenusaitis, president and CEO of OCTANe. "The life science sector has always been one of the technology strengths of Orange County, and record attendance at this meeting shows that we are collaboratively leveraging this opportunity to build our regional, state, and national economy."
The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, will feature 12 of the best LaunchPad SBDC companies, more than 600 attendees and more than 50 sponsor companies, including K&L Gates listed as the event's title sponsor.
OCTANe connects people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth in Orange County. 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 companies have received more than $420 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 www.octaneoc.org.