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Theranos Whistleblower, Segway Inventor Scheduled to Speak at BIOMEDevice Boston

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Theranos whistleblower Erika Cheung, Segway inventor Dean Kamen, and a panel of senior-level executives from MedExecWomen will deliver keynotes at next month’s event dedicated to the global biomedical industry.

BIOMEDevice Boston has announced keynote speakers for the event, which takes place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Sept. 28 and 29, and it’s an impressive lineup, indeed. Theranos whistleblower Erika Cheung, Segway inventor Dean Kamen, and a panel of senior-level executives from MedExecWomen are confirmed for the trade show and conference dedicated to the nearly $500 billion global biomedical industry.

Cheung worked in the clinical lab testing patient samples at Theranos, the company founded by Elizabeth Holmes that promised to deliver a comprehensive diagnostic from a single finger prick. The endeavor turned out to be a massive fraud, and Cheung was among the whistleblowers who brought the deceit to light. She is now CEO of Ethics in Entrpreneurship, which assists startups in fostering an ethical culture. “Despite Theranos ending the way it did, I still have immense enthusiasm for advancements in biotechnology and medicine,” said Cheung in a prepared statement. “I hope that by sharing the Theranos saga, the story will serve as a cautionary tale on what not to do, as well as highlight a new vision for leaders to prioritize ethics at every step of building a business.”

Kamen is a serial inventor, who is best known by the general public as the man behind the Segway. Although it did not revolutionize personal mobility, as first envisioned, and is no longer in production, the Segway captured people's imagination and retains a certain coolness factor. Previously, Kamen was responsible for bringing to market the first drug infusion pump. His company DEKA also holds patents for the technology used in portable dialysis machines, an adaptation of the earlier infusion pump, and an all-terrain electric wheelchair. At BIOMEDevice Boston, he will recount his experience on building companies from the ground up.

Both Cheung and Kamen will deliver their keynotes on Sept. 28.

On day 2, Sept. 29, MedExecWomen will host a panel on driving adoption of software as a medical device and other digital products into medical practice. MedExecWomen is an organization focused on empowering female executives to accelerate the positive impact of medical devices, diagnostics, drug delivery, and digital healthcare around the world. The panel comprises some of the top female medical executives in the country.

“With the intense disruptions and changes that the biomedical and healthcare markets are facing, startups and seasoned business owners alike need to understand how trends are evolving,” commented Adrienne Zepeda, Group Event Director, BIOMEDevice Boston. “We can’t wait for this year’s amazing lineup of keynote speakers, each hand-picked for their wealth of expertise and insights that will benefit everyone in the industry.”

In addition to keynote presentations, attendees have the opportunity to engage with speakers and ask questions immediately following the addresses.

More than 150 exhibitors are already signed up to present their products on the show floor, including Accumold, Canon U.S.A., Fort Wayne Metals, KNF, Maxon, Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, New England Wire Technologies, Onyx, and Sager Power Systems.

Alongside BIOMEDevice Boston, Biotech Week Boston is an annual weeklong series of co-located events focused on improving efficiencies across the entire drug-development value chain. Biotech Week Boston 2022 will take place from Sept. 27 to 30 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

For complete, up-to-the-minute details on the event and keynote schedules, go to the BIOMEDevice website.

In the interest of full disclosure, BIOMEDevice Boston is organized by Informa, which also produces PlasticsToday.

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