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Creating a Successful Academic Spin-Out

Live, 90-minute event featuring 3 distinguished academics / entrepreneurs discussing their Academic Spin-Out successes, adventures and insights.

Bill Walker describes launching four companies from within academia and from coaching dozens of academic startups. He will share the general principles he’s identified and some of the ways that academic ventures go off the rails.

Lori Arakaki shares insights and lessons from her just closed $4.6 Million in funding to develop the first cell O2 monitor for reducing organ failure as she describes Opticyte’s journey so far.

Dr. Magdy Younes draws upon his experience as a Canadian physician and researcher specializing in respirology and sleep medicine to share how an academic physician ended up being an inventor/entrepreneur? Spoiler alert: “It is not what you think”.

Each presenter will include plenty of examples and actionable advice.

“Fantastic presenters and very informative. Thank you.” -Attendee Feedback from previous Virtual Medical Device Playbook events.



Behaviors and decisions that seem to be almost universally fatal for Academic Spin-Outs

How do I know if I have a good idea? • Should I leave my day job? • How can I find a “good” CEO to run my venture? • Where do I go to raise money?

Raising capital, grant strategies, relationship with university

Unique struggles that co-founders who are academics can face and need to overcome


February 26, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm




StarFish Medical
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