Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM EST
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UConn Health
Technology Incubation Program Building
400 Farmington Ave.
Farmington, CT 06032

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Paige Rasid 
UConn Technology Incubation Program 

Thank you to our Sponsors

This event is supported by
and our UConn TIP Sponsors through
the TIP Enhancement Fund

Lead Sponsors:                        
Fiondella, Milone &
LaSaracina, LLP 


Wiggin and Dana, LLP

Gold Sponsors:                        
American Laboratory Trading
Locke Lord, LLP   

Silver Sponsors:                         
Cohn Reznick, LLP                              
Fisher Scientific               
Horizon Technology Finance   

Innovation & Investment Series

The Trials and Tribulations of a Serial Entrepreneur: a Different Point of View


Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating presentation by Manny Villafaņa, an internationally recognized entrepreneur and medical device developer. 

Manny Villafaņa, whose companies have revolutionized cardiac surgery and improved the lives of millions of people, will share insights from his career—and will focus on what it takes to succeed in commercializing technologies and inventions.

Read more about our Manny Villafaņa below 

A networking reception will follow the presentation. 
Special thanks to our event sponsor, UBS. 
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UConn Innovation & Investment Series -- a sequence of events in which industry leaders share advice and expertise on investment, research and business best practices with the UConn community.   

The presentation will be followed by a networking reception. 

More about Manny Villafaņa

His rich biography is a tale of a rough start in the South Bronx to become the founder of several successful medical device companies, including St. Jude Medical (now a key component of Abbott), Cardiac Pacemakers (now a key component of Boston Scientific) and ATS Medical (now a key component of Medtronic) in addition to several other companies that went public. 

After beginning his medical career with the medical device exporter Picker International, Villafaņa joined Medtronic in 1967 and became the company’s first international sales administrator. In the early 1970s, he found.ed Cardiac Pacemakers Inc, which pioneered the first lithium-powered pacemakers and defibrillators—technology that is incorporated into virtually every pacemaker and defibrillator in the world. In 1976, he established St. Jude Medical Inc., which developed a mechanical heart valve that continues to dominate the market.

Villafaņa has established other successful medical technology companies over the past several decades. His most recent startup, Medical 21 Inc., is focused on the development of an artificial artery that would spark a major advancement in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery


3:00 - 3:30 pm    Arrivals, Networking
3:30 - 4:30 pm    Welcome & Opening Remarks
............................. Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D., Executive Director, Venture Development, UConn

....................Speaker Introduction
. James Fasi, CFP, CEPA , Senior Vice President - Wealth Management at
............................UBS Financial Service

....................Presentation by Manny Villafano

........................... Manny Villafaņ, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder, Medical 21

4:30 - 5:30 pm    Networking reception

This event is free for participants.  Pre-registration is required.  

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact

Technology Incubation Program at 860-486-8718 or email: tip@uconn.edu by (11/7/18).
TIP Is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research

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