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Cutting Edge Surgical Innovations

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • WPI's Rubin Campus Center, Odeum 3rd floor


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Minimally invasive surgical techniques, new instruments such as laparoscopes, endoscopes and robots and new technologies like AI, virtual reality and personalized medicine have revolutionized the art, science, and business of surgery. No longer constrained to painfully bend over the patient, the surgeon can operate while comfortably seated either in the operating room, or at a distant location, while robot arms do the actual surgery, thus extending both the reach and the working lifetime of the surgeon. Liberated from a two-dimensional end-on view through an endoscope, new views not only give the surgeon an off-axis 3D view of the surgical field inside the body, they also reduce the number of people needed to assist. Also reducing physician workload is a kidney stone removal device that puts the critical task of controlling the basket in the surgeon’s hand.

On October 15th our expert surgery panelists will amaze you with the advances in surgery they are leading. Panelists will also be available to meet and greet attendees, so please bring your great questions! We’ll be there to help you find the answers.

See you at The Venture Forum!

Dr. Gianluca De Novi

Dr. Gianluca De Novi is the CEO of XSurgical. He received his Masters degree in Electronics Engineering and his Ph.D. in Robotics and Control Systems from the University of Bologna. After spending a year as a visiting researcher at the Bio-Robotics Laboratory of Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, he completed his postdoctoral fellowship in medical simulation at the Department of Imaging of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is an instructor at the Harvard Medical School and a former Visiting Professor at the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. He is currently the Director of the Medical Device and Simulation Laboratory at the MGH. Dr. De Novi has also acted as scientific consultant to many leading corporations and research institutions. He has been a scientific and strategic advisor at ADM Tronics Unlimited Inc. since May 2015 and served as a member of its Advisory Board since September 2014. The PrimiDieci Society and the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce recognized Dr. De Novi as one of the ten most distinguished Italian Professionals in the United States under the age of 40.

Bryce Klontz

Bryce is the President and CEO of Boston-based New View Surgical, Inc. an emerging medical device company focused on the development and commercialization of the VisionPort™ System, a novel surgical imaging and access system for minimally invasive surgery. He is an accomplished global sales and marketing executive, having built and led commercial teams in the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining New View Surgical, Mr. Klontz was the Vice President of Commercial Strategy, Emerging Markets at Covidien, where he led efforts to build commercial capabilities within the Asia, Latin America, Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa geographies. Mr. Klontz spent 14 years at Covidien in various leadership roles including Marketing Director in both the US and Europe, as well as 3 years as Vice President, Surgical Devices, in Asia. Mr. Klontz also served as the global post-M&A integration lead for two of Covidien's most impactful acquisitions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Klontz played a pivotal role in the global launch of The CO2 Heart Laser System while at PLC Medical Systems in Franklin, MA. Mr. Klontz received his MBA in marketing and finance from Carroll School of Management at Boston College and a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.

Marina Vornle von Haagenfels

Marina Vornle von Haagenfels is a Project Manager in the Boston Scientific’s Urology and Pelvic Health Division in New Product Development focusing on stone disease. In this role, she communicates with people from many different areas such as Regulatory, R&D, and Marketing to make sure everyone understands the goals and milestones of the project. She drives team to a common goal, while keeping track of budget, schedule and resources. Recently she launched LithoVue Empower ™ where her team was recognized as “High Power Team”, and continues to receive industry recognition (Silver at the Edison Awards in April-2019, as well as, Silver at the Medical Design Excellence Awards in June-2019).

Previously she worked at BSC in the Post Market Surveillance group where she communicated with customers to understand the failures of the devices in the field and report to the competent authorities (depending on the location of the procedure). Before that she had a research position at Triton Thalassic Technologies on researching non-thermal and non-chemical pathogen inactivation for a variety of applications.

Marina’s leadership and influence expands well beyond the day to day project work. She is the Lead of the Woman’s Network Book Club at BSC which meets each quarter, as well as organizing events within Woman’s Network. She is involved in mentoring the BSC incoming Co-Ops and Interns, and within the Girls’ INC program providing mentorship in the areas of interpersonal skills within a professional environment.

Marina holds Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s Degree in Project Management, with a concentration in Clinical Design, from Northeastern University.

5:30 PM for networking and light dinner, 6 PM for the program.

Parking:  WPI Park Avenue Garage (map)

Local Directions:  WPI will email you a parking pass that you can print and leave on your car's dashboard. When you walk out of the garage, turn left onto the garage access road. At the stop sign, turn right and walk up the path that leads to steps up to a tiny rotary. Walk straight across the rotary, under the arch then up the stairs, then turn right onto the path to the back door/cafeteria of the Rubin Campus Center. Head towards the cashiers, then take the stairway there to the 3rd floor. The registration table, with your name badge, should be there. The Odeum Room is just to its left.


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