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Industry Roadtrip: Business and Product Development
April 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Ernesto Chanona, Ph.D. is the Director of Business Development at CSSi LifeSciences. He manages the team establishing partnerships with early-stage biotechnology companies that are commercializing therapeutics, diagnostics, and medical devices. Through CCSi LifeScience’s programs, he helps clients establish their strategy for FDA approval in a way that mitigates time, risk and expense. He also helps connects companies to over 2000+ investor groups and hosts them at CSSi’s partnering forum JPM Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. Ernesto drives the relationships between the company and international government trade agencies as well. He aids companies seeking to enter the U.S. market, through FDA approval, by providing a soft-landing program at CSSi. This program includes connections to ecosystem partners, including the Federal Laboratories (NIH), universities like Johns Hopkins, economic development agencies, investors, incubators and real estate brokers. Through partnerships with trade organizations, he organizes educational programs to best prepare foreign companies for updates in FDA regulations, intellectual property protection, investor pitch strategies and digital conference preparedness.
Damini Agarwal is the Director of Product Development at Infinite Biomedical Technologies LLC, a medical device company based out of Baltimore that develops electronics and control systems for upper limb myoelectric prosthesis systems. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and was recently awarded the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. At IBT, she oversees the development, manufacturing and regulatory approvals of commercially available FDA Class 1 and Class 2 devices which are a combination of cutting edge technologies in flexible electronics, hardware and advanced machine learning algorithm design. She also manages the translation of other control systems from research to product development and supports the clinical team in user fittings and training. Damini finds that working with amputees and developing next generation technology for upper limb prosthetics is a very rewarding use of her technical capabilities and she enjoys it very much.
Gaspar Tognetti, Ph.D. was born in 1984 in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. He received a degree in Electronics Engineering from Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca in 2012. In 2013, he started his PhD at the Sensory Communications and Microsystems Lab with Prof. Andreas Andreou at the Johns Hopkins University. He received a MS and PhD (2015, 2020) from the same institution. At JHU, his research focused on bio-inspired microsystems for hardware AI and Machine Intelligence. In 2020 he accepted a job at Apple, Inc. in the Analog Mixed-Signal IC design group in Austin, TX.