Charlotte MedTech Forum 2018: A Conversation About Regional MedTech and Growth Resources

Medical technology companies such as medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers should register to learn how to expand their business. Our panelists will share their expertise on exporting and international market opportunities, regional workforce resources, and paths to grow your business.  While the event is free of charge, our seating is limited – so register today.

Presented by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina's Southwest Zone and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's Greater Charlotte regional office.



9:30-10 a.m. Registration and networking
10-10:15 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
10:15-11 a.m.

Beyond Borders – A Look at Global Opportunities

  • Moderator: Stuart Hair, Director of Economic & Community Affairs, Aviation Department, City of Charlotte
  • Mike Hubbard, director of international trade, EDPNC
  • Crystal Mills, international trade specialist, U.S. Commercial Service
  • Jennifer Simpson, eastern regional manager, EXIM Bank
11-11:45 a.m.

Talent Development – A Wealth of Workforce Resources

  • Moderator: David Hollars, executive director, Centralina Workforce Development Board               
  • Karen Summers, divisional director medical careers, Central Piedmont Community College,
  • Jay Skipworth, associate director, UNC Charlotte Career Center
  • Eric Lewis, director of business services, Charlotte Works
  • Paul Bill, director of veteran employment, Veterans Bridge Home  
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Networking and lunch break
12:15-1 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker – Pulling Back the Curtain:  A Discussion About Domestic and International Intellectual Property

  • Blake Vande Garde, JD, patent attorney and partner, Erickson Kernell IP
1-2 p.m.

Transformation – Paths to International, Regional, and Start-up growth

  • Moderator: John Richert, Retired, Vice President, Business & Technology Development Program, North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • Dave Bodel, founder and managing director, Kalex Ventures
  • Chris Steadham, general manager, Medical Murray
  • David Walker, technology commercialization counselor, SBTDC
2-2:15 p.m. Closing remarks





Free parking is available in the Polymers Center lot.


Polymers Center of Excellence
University Research Park
8900 Research Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

Medical Devices
scroll back to top of page