Annual Symposium & PDIF Events

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm CT at JLABS@TMC (In-Person)

  1. Proof of Vaccination Required– a picture on your phone is sufficient
  2. Parking Instructions: From Holcombe Blvd. turn into entrance 81 and proceed through gate by pulling a ticket. Once through the gate, turn right and proceed toward the ‘TMC Innovation’ sign. JLABS @ TMC is located in the suite directly to the right of the TMC Innovation offices. We will validate your parking so just make sure to bring in your ticket.
  3. If you have not registered yet, please register via the splashthat link below, not the eventbrite! If you have already registered via eventbrite, you are officially registered and do not need to reregister.

JLABS @ TMC and Southwest National Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (SWPDC) are teaming up again for the 8th Annual Evening of Pediatric Device Innovation. Please join us for this evening of innovation as top experts from Houston and across the country will discuss their views on the latest in pediatric medical device innovation and updates on bringing a pediatric medical device to market.

“Non-Dilutive Federal Funding for Pediatric Device Startups”

Keynote Speaker: Michael Heffernan Ph.D – Fannin Innovation Studio


4:00pm – Registration / Check-in

4:30pm – Program Start

Welcome by Rachel Rath, Interim Head of JLABS@TMC

Featured speaker presentation – Michael Heffernan PhD – Fannin Innovation Studio with introduction by Chester Koh, MD, Executive Director, SWDPC

Panel Discussion / Q&A with Moderator: Dr. Koh (SWPDC and TCH / BCM); Panel Members: Michael Heffernan, PhD (Fannin Innovation Studio), Balakrishna Haridas, PhD (TAMU), Richard Willson, PhD (University of Houston), Tiffanie Johnson, MPH (Fannin Innovation Studio); and Asma Mirza (Steradian Technologies, JLABS company)

5:30pm – SWPDC Annual Update and Business Meeting – Dr. Koh

5:45pm – Reception

7:00pm – End of Event

Past Symposiums and Speakers

Recording of 2021 PDIF #5 Event “Pediatric Surgical Device Development: Challenges and Future Directions
  • 2020: Dr. John Langell, President, N.E. Ohio Medical University. “Creating an Academic Ecosystem to Drive Innovation, Translation and Commercialization of Disruptive Health Care Solutions”
  • 2019: Rachel Rath
  • 2018: Eric Chen
  • 2017: Dr. Vasum Peiris
  • 2016: Sherry Farrugia
  • 2015: Dr. Peter Kim

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