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Innovate Nebraska - Building the Healthtech Ecosystem

October 3, 2023 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM (CDT)


Join us on October 3rd to explore the distinctive attributes that position Nebraska as an ideal MedTech hub. Innovate Nebraska will be an enlightening day filled with engaging TED Talk-Style presentations and captivating keynote talks, all centered around the state's thriving MedTech innovation ecosystem. Discover the remarkable opportunities and resources that set Nebraska apart in medical technology.

10:30 A.M.  
Check-In Opens
11:00 A.M.  

Welcome and Introduction to Innovate in Nebraska

Heath Mello, President and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber

11:20 - 12:00 P.M. 
Keynote 1:
Dan Burnett, TheraNova
12:00 – 12:45 P.M. 
12:45 – 1:00 P.M. 
TED Talk 1
Erica Wassinger, Proven Ventures – “Untapped Opportunities”
1:15 – 1:30 P.M. 
TED Talk 2
1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
Keynote 2:  Design Thinking 
Doug Deitz – UNMC Design Thinking Interactive Workshop
2:30 – 2:45 P.M.
TED Talk 3
Alexi Wellman, Altaba – “Ask for Forgiveness not Permission"
2:45 – 3:00 P.M. 
TED Talk 4
Michael Hollins - iExcel
3:00 – 3:10 P.M.
UNMC Core Units Overview
Ken Bayles
3:10 – 3:30 P.M.
Break, Interaction with UNMC Core Representatives
3:30 – 4:00 P.M.
Keynote 3
4:00 – 5:30 P.M.
Reception – Sponsored by Bio Nebraska

Benefits of Attendance:

  • Cultivating Collaboration: The event seeks to build bridges within the local MedTech community, encouraging meaningful connections between stakeholders. By fostering collaboration between startups, established companies, and research institutions, we aim to create a collaborative ecosystem that drives collective success.

  • Inspiring Innovation: Innovation lies at the heart of the MedTech industry. This event will host various visionary speakers highlighting groundbreaking advancements in the field. Attendees will be inspired by their stories and insights, encouraging them to think outside the box and drive innovation in their respective domains.

  • Empowering Technology Advancements: Technology plays a pivotal role in the future of MedTech. Attendees will be exposed to cutting-edge technologies, ranging from 3D simulation and robotics to digital health solutions. Experts will demonstrate how technology can revolutionize healthcare and reshape the industry.

  • Spotlight on Research: Research is the backbone of medical technology. The event will celebrate and showcase research endeavors undertaken by Nebraska's universities and research institutions. Participants will gain valuable insights into ongoing projects, forging potential collaborations that accelerate the development and adoption of innovative solutions.

  • Fostering Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs are the driving force behind disruptive solutions. At the event, we will highlight local emerging businesses paving the way for a growing MedTech hub in Nebraska.

Event Highlights:

  • Keynote Presentations: Visionary leaders from the MedTech industry will share their insights on the growing ecosystem in Nebraska and how it aligns with their predictions for the future of healthcare.

  • TED Talk-Style Presentation Series: Prepare to be captivated by a series of thought-provoking TED Talk-style presentations, where we showcase groundbreaking ideas, out-of-the-box thinking, and revolutionary innovations transforming the face of healthcare. Drawing inspiration from the renowned TED Talks format, our event will feature influential speakers sharing their vision, experiences, and insights in concise, impactful talks designed to engage and inspire.

  • Networking Opportunities: Dedicated networking opportunities will enable participants to connect with potential collaborators, investors, and mentors.

Presenting Sponsors:





Embassy Suites - La Vista

12520 Westport Pkwy., La Vista, NE, 68128, United States

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