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Partnerships for Health: Stories from the Diagnostics and Medtech Space

November 8, 2023
8:30 - 10:00 AM

Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
55 Old Bedford Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

Join the German American Business Council for a Panel Discussion and Networking Breakfast Event! Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds is the proud sponsor of this event. 

The panel will explore differences and similarities in consulting for and starting a business in Germany and starting up such business in the U.S. James Downs will talk about his experience as an entrepreneur in Germany, the transition back to the US, and the status of SCHOTT MINIFAB in the U.S. He will provide an overview of industry partnerships in microfluidic product development. Kristin Wagner will discuss her experiences in various medical device companies and her current MedTech consulting activities. She will also highlight trends in remote patient monitoring.


8:30AM - 9:00AM Registration, Networking and Breakfast
9:00AM - 10:00AM Panel Discussion and Q&A

James Downs - Global Business Development SCHOTT MINFAB
James Downs is responsible for global business development at SCHOTT MINIFAB, a diagnostics business of SCHOTT AG., which offers a single source solution for contract design, development, and manufacturing of rapid diagnostics devices to enable precise treatments and therapies for the diagnostic and life science industries. He is passionate about exploring innovative solutions that support companies developing highly complex clinical diagnostic and life science cartridges and components. With an international career spanning more than 20 years, James offers expertise across a spectrum of the biopharmaceutical and medical device chains. His roles have included management positions with Pfizer Inc. and leadership roles at multiple medical device startups. James has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Business.


Kristin Wagner - Medtech Consultant 

Kristin Wagner is a seasoned MedTech business leader with experience across numerous clinical specialties, business functions and global markets. Her MedTech consulting practice, Veralur Consulting, has helped clients build and execute creative go-to-market strategies for the US market based on clinical need, reimbursement and healthcare system dynamics. Veralur's clients range from large multinationals to startups. Clients leverage Kristin's expertise across developing products & services as well as building businesses, including choosing design, development and supply chain partners and developing advisory boards and driving initial customer contracts. Kristin’s most recent corporate roles include serving as M&A Integration Leader and Business Leader at Philips Medical. Kristin began her professional career at Draeger Medical Systems in 2005.

Kristin earned a B.Sc. in Communications and Psychology from Boston University and a M.Sc. in Management from Harvard University. She originally hails from Munich, Germany and has lived across the US and Germany.


Alexander Adam, Ph.D. - Principal at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds 
Alex Adam is a highly experienced scientist turned patent attorney who drafts and prosecutes patent applications in the fields of medical devices, biotechnology, life sciences, computer systems, electronics, imaging software, control systems, mechanical devices, telecommunications, and clean energy. He also has experience in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, patent litigation, due diligence, and providing invalidity and noninfringement opinions.