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Latest Trends in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

By John Black

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an imaging technology that can analyze tissue structure to a depth of 1-2mm and an accuracy of 1 to 10 microns. It can be used to detect disease conditions that modify tissue structure like arteriosclerosis, glaucoma, tooth cavities, and Alzheimer’s that affects the optic nerve. It supports any procedure that benefits from real-time tissue structure information such as the accurate placement of a drug or device, or to assess treatment effects that change tissue structure such as cauterization or ablation.

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What’s Your Patent Strategy?

What’s Your Patent Strategy?

Most startup and mid-market CEOs are having a difficult time articulating their patent portfolio strategy, and an even harder time connecting a patent to their company’s value proposition.

The main reason for this phenomenon is that patents are typically associated with technology and NOT with business strategy. Why is that?


Company News

Welcome Aboard, Mike!

We would like to welcome aboard Mike Moleschi, our new Director of Business Development.

Mike has an extensive background in system integration and automation, having worked in various capacities as an application engineer, analyst, and consultant for Schneider Electric, and Deloitt, among others. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Computer Engineering, and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.


Thanks, Mark Shughart!

IoT and Wearable Meetup

Thank you, Mr. Mark Shughart, Director of Hardware Engineering for Cala Health, for speaking at the September edition of our IoT and Wearable Devices Meetup on Neuro Science Retuning the Body – Wearables by Cala Health.

Cala Health is a bioelectronic medicine company whose wearable neuromodulation therapies merge innovations in neuroscience and technology to deliver individualized peripheral nerve stimulation. The company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and backed by leading investors in both healthcare and technology.


Upcoming Events

October 15th

Adding LTE To A Wearable – 10 Steps

7PM Mindrome Workspace – IoT & Wearable Devices Meetup, 4701 Patrick Henry Dr #25, Santa Clara, CA 95054, Santa Clara, CA

Learn how Mobilestack Inc. adds cellular technology to a Wearable and launches it in a carrier network. Praveen Gupta shares 10 steps for adding LTE / CAT-M / NB-IoT or legacy 2G / 3G wireless technology to a Wearable.

October 16th

IEEE: Digital Biosensing For Wearable Devices, Speaker: Walt Maclay

7:30 PM Room M-114, Always Bldg., Stanford University School of Medicine

(optional dinner 6:15 – 7:15 PM) Networking and opportunity to meet with Walt Maclay.

Walt Maclay will discuss the many challenges in performing biometric data — such as heart rate, blood glucose, blood pressure, temperature, oxygen levels, and weight — along with how new technologies are dramatically reducing the cost of sensors. Walt will also provide an overview of the current trends and challenges for these wearable devices like long battery life, accuracy, small form factor, and clinical performance

Parking is free after 5 PM at Roth Way Garage, located at the corner of Roth Way and Campus Drive. The Stanford Hospital Cafeteria is across Campus Drive from Roth Way Garage. The meeting is in Room M-114 of the Alway Building, which is also across Campus Drive from Roth Way Garage. Check Campus Map Here.


November 6th – 8th

October 29th

Will Your Device Be Hacked?

Learn How To Design Secure Devices

7 PM Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, – IoT & Wearable Devices Meetup, 650 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA

Product developers, designers, innovators, engineers join our expert panel discussion on the importance of security and the issues for wearable devices and IoT devices. These devices have very high-security concerns because they are not controlled, they move around, and they may not be on the person that is expected. The panel will advise what type of security is needed. For medical devices, end-to-end security is usually required, which means not only is data encrypted, but the user is positively identified, and data is protected from the device to the app or cloud storage. Software updates are another potential vulnerability. You will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel to learn how to meet the level of security needed for your device.

The Security IoT Expert Panel will be composed of experts from TalaSecure, SecureRF, Springborne Life Sciences, and Xeeda.

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November 5th

Tariff Resistant Supply Chain

Today’s ever-changing and uncertain tariffs have the potential to blow up your product supply chain. A carefully considered supply chain strategy using a tariff resistant approach can minimize the undesirable impact caused by fluctuations and uncertainty. Join us for a dynamic and interactive panel discussion led by two long-time supply chain and tariff experts, Shirish Joshi and Ron Keith.

At this session we will cover:

  • How a tariff resistant strategy can be beneficial
  • Risk mitigation in a complex environment
  • “Hidden costs” associated with offshoring
  • The difference between “price” and “cost”
  • Tips for protecting intellectual property

Speakers (fireside chat format):

  • Shirish Joshi, Supply Chain Practice Lead, PRG & Founder, Amphion Solutions
  • Ron Keith, Founder & Exec. Director, Supply Chain Resources Group

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November 6th – 7th

Japan-US 6th Annual MedTech & Healthtech Innovation Forum

Tokyo & Kobe, Japan. Wearables & Remote Monitoring for Elderly Patients Speaker: Walt Maclay

The Japan-US Medical Device Innovation Forum brings together experts from a range of medical disciplines, including Stanford University, Japan and US enterprises, medical personnel, and incubators/accelerators engaged in developing a core of medical device innovation.

50% Discount for Early Birds

Simply enter the code “SPK5”

November 20th – 21st

Voler Systems President and founder, Walt Maclay, will be speaking at the upcoming IDTechEx Show, which will be held from Nov. 20-21 at the Sta. Clara Convention Center.

At his talk titled, “Sensor Fusion: Trends in Wearable Medical Devices,” Walt will discuss common sensors for physiological measurements in wearable devices, along with their use, advantages, and disadvantages. Their power consumption will be compared and battery limitations will be discussed, as well as ways to extend battery life.