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For Makers Meetup #19 we will be featuring some of our top medtech innovators while hearing an update from one of our Maker Meetup alums, the Noria Smart Air Conditioner
We'll start off with Amira Idris introducing TheraV, showing technology to assist amputees deal with 'phantom pain' without use of narcotics or invasive surgery. Amira is the former intern-organizer of the Meetup and her company graduated from NextFab's accelerator. Next up will be serial entrepreneur Francis Osborne of Action Medical Technologies. They have developed an incredibly simple, and inexpensive, self-injector that might just supplant the EpiPen (and which has many other potential uses). We will also be hearing from Brianna Wronko of GroupK Diagnostics, a leading medtech 'graduate' of the Singh Center for Nanotechnology. Then finally, we'll chill-out as Devin Sidell provides an update on the amazing progress being made to bring the Noria Smart Air Conditioner to the market. Noria raised more than $2 million through their Indiegogo campaign. I visited their booth at CES and can't wait to install one of their units in the window of my daughter's NYC apartment.
The program, networking and pizza will kick off at 5:00 with a table-top Showcase featuring the presenting companies and sponsors as well as microMighty (just launching) and Foxhole, headed by military veteran Faith Leibman. The formal presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 followed by a panel discussion hosted by entrepreneur/investor/professor Rob Weber. Amira Idris
CEO and Founder, TheraV (weartherav.com)
Amira Idris is the CEO and Founder of TheraV, a startup company that strives to help others live pain free using technology. Amira is a social entrepreneur with a passion for positively impacting lives. As a child, Amira was influenced by movies like Robocop which inspired her interest in the medical device and prosthetic field. She has a master’s degree in entrepreneurship and design from the University of Delaware (UD) and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, with minors in biomechanical engineering, and bioelectrical engineering from UD. While pursing both her degrees, Idris was a full scholarship student-athlete for the UD women’s track and field division one team. Amira's career goal is to help others by combining her love for social entrepreneurship and engineering.
CEO and Founder, Group K Diagnostics (groupkdiagnostics.com)
Brianna Wronko has a BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. By training a nanofabrication and device engineer, she brings 6 years of research experience as well as her time in startups to Group K. Additionally, she has valuable experience with FDA and governmental approval processes from her time at Five Eleven Pharma and GSK. Brianna's focus at Group K is on technological development and the vision of the company.
Action Medical Technologies (actionmedicaltechnologies.com)
Frank “Oz” Osborne grew up outside Philadelphia. He founded and self-funded a successful real-estate business at age 22 while also working full-time as a pharmaceutical sales representative.
He maintained both roles for about 15 years before launching HawkGrips in 2012. Specializing in instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), HawkGrips has quickly become one of the leading brands in the rehabilitation/sports medicine industry.
Now as the co-founder of Action Medical Technologies, his newest mission is to help first responders and military personnel better deliver emergency medicine.
Our major sponsor is Arrow Electronics - underwriting the space and the food. Other regular sponsors include NextFab, Duane Morris and Ben Franklin Technology Partners while the non-profit Merchants Fund administers our finances. Erica Minutella manages our social media engagement.
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