Innovation Showcase: Robotics & Automation

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MedTech Association & MassMedic
Thursday, August 18, 2022
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Berkshire Innovation Center, Pittsfield, MA

From performing the most delicate of surgeries to retooling traditional manufacturing processes, robotics and automation are revitalizing the way we work in healthtech. It’s not simply thought leadership – many companies in our region are working on new innovations in the robotics and automation space that are poised to disrupt the future of healthcare as we know it. 

Join us for this exciting half day program at the beautiful Berkshires Innovation Center where you’ll have a chance to learn about the technology of tomorrow and develop partnerships to bring it to market today.


12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Lunch & Networking

  • Opening Remarks: Kenneth Turner

1:00 pm-2:00 pm: The Future is Here

  • This panel discussion will focus on the future of our industry with robotics and automation in mind. We will cover current trends and how robotics/automation can impact the industry, including assisting with current challenges like labor.
  • Brian Johnson, President, MassMedic; Ben Linville-Engler, Chief Investment Strategist & Program Executive, MassTech; Winthrop Thurlow, Executive Director, MedTech Association; Kenneth Turner, President & Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Designing Your Manufacturing with Automation in Mind

  • This roundtable discussion will explore developing your manufacturing line, thinking about harnessing the benefits of robotics and automation. We’ll also talk about how to retrofit manufacturing lines already in place to integrate automation. Our panel of experts will cover the benefits of including automation in manufacturing and best practices/case studies from their experience.
  • Matthew Boyd, Chief Commercial Officer, Boyd Technologies; Quinton Farrar, Senior VP Manufacturing & Operations, Velano Vascular; Scott Marsic, Group Product Manager, Epson Robotics; Frank Pagano, General Manager, Practical Robotic Services

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Cross-Industry Collaborations

  • This panel discussion will explore how varying industries - including aviation and automobile - currently use automation and robotics and what we can learn from them. With a goal of identifying best practices for integration into life sciences and medical technology, our panelists will share lessons learned from their varying careers and suggestions for partnership across industries.
  • Marc Jin, Chief Operating Officer, Lexington Medical; George Trutza, VP Global Marketing Advanced Surgical, CONMED; Jeff Valk, Co-Founder and CEO, Admetsys; Kim Wilson, Business Consultant, Life Sciences & Healthcare Industry, Dassault Systemes

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Networking Reception




Matthew Boyd, Chief Commercial Officer
Boyd Technologies



Quinton Farrar, Senior VP Manufacturing & Operations
Velano Vascular

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Marc Jin, Chief Operating Officer
Lexington Medical

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Ben Linville-Engler, Chief Investment Strategist & Program Executive


Scott Marsic, Group Product Manager
Epson Robotics
Frank Pagano, General Manager
Practical Robotic Services, LLC


 George Trutza

George Trutza, Vice President, Global Marketing, Advanced Surgical


Kenneth Turner, President & CEO
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

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Jeff Valk, Co-Founder & CEO

Kim Wilson

Business Consultant, Life Sciences & Healthcare Industry
Dassault Systemes



The $100 registration fee includes lunch, program, snacks and drinks at reception.  MedTech Association members can save $25 with code "25OFF" at checkout. Not yet a member? Contact us about joining!

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