North America Life Sciences Expansion
Virtual 1-2-1 Connector Workshop


New York • Boston • Washington DC • Richmond • Chicago, • Indianapolis • Toronto • Miami • Tampa • Austin • Minneapolis • St Paul • San Francisco • Phoenix • Los Angeles • Vancouver


GTM Global


28th & 29th June 2023
15:00 - 19:00 BST


Online Zoom


Interactive 1-2-1 workshop sessions

Land & Expand Your MedTech / Pharma Brand

The demand in the US and Canada for innovative telehealth, telemedicine, wearables and AI preventative healthcare has never been greater.

Designed specifically for UK owner-managed MedTech & Pharma high-growth businesses, our virtual workshop offer game-changing connectivity into North America and advice on;

  • Location Services & Business Development – Find the best city to pilot & grow your Life Sciences business from, connect with specialist Medtech & Pharma business development networks, sales & marketing experts
  • Regulation & Compliance – Understand statutory requirements & mitigate risk in terms of set-up, IP, immigration, tax, banking & audit
  • Access Funding & Talent – Explore the different city/ state grants, funding & talent networks via local investors, economic development boards, universities & accelerator programmes

Why Should You Attend


Connect with in-country experts who will deliver invaluable advice, guidance and insights to help fill knowledge gaps and maximise your chances of success.

  • Talk to key Pharma & MedTech Hubs, R&D Institutions & Investor Networks in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Richmond, Indianapolis, St Paul, Austin, Phoenix & Vancouver
  • Access Federal Government & Military Healthcare Networks, Accelerator Programmes & UK Embassy/ Consulate in Washington & Los Angeles
  • Meet specialist Sales, Business Development & Localisation Experts in Miami, San Francisco, Baltimore & Toronto
  • Understand Risk, Operational, Banking & Regulatory options from US Attorneys, Accountants & Grant Funders in Minneapolis, Chicago & Tucson

Biz Development

Routes to market, channel partners, strategic sales, corporate ventures...


Offices, staff, payroll, HR, warehousing, manufacture, logistics, agreements...


Regulatory & legislative compliance, sales taxes, legal, accounting, reporting...


Investment, debt finance, grants, state aid, R&D tax relief, banking, Fx...

State Aid & Support

Economic Development Organisations & FDI, State benefits & incentives...

Event Advisors

Key regional expansion experts

Mark Stimpfig

Co Founder GTM Global

Providing advice & guidance for tech and digital scale up brands to expand internationally & support companies looking to land & expand into the Greater Phoenix region USA

Chris Howie

Director of Life Sciences, GTM Global

Chris has over 30 years of experience in key sectors such as MedTech devices, Pharma, Bio Pharma, CRO and Academia. He has great access to mission-critical clinical trial and evaluator channels as well as funding, investment, government, and regulatory bodies and networks.

Kylle Jordan

Global Principal, Medical Alley

Kelly is the Global Principle at Medical Alley, which partners to support, advance and transform the Medical Alley healthcare industry, and its connectivity around the world. They champion and facilitate an environment that enables health technology and care organisations to innovate, succeed and influence the evolution of healthcare.

Michael Flynn

Senior Director of Economic Development, Destination Medical Center

Mike is currently responsible for Destination Medical Center’s business attraction and recruitment strategies and direct marketing efforts to attract new business to Rochester.

Chris Schad

Director of Business Development, Destination Medical Center

Chris directs the business and economic development for Discovery Square, a healthcare technology hub that is part of Destination Medical Center, the largest economic development initiative ever undertaken by the state of MN.

Dave Olson

Managing Partner, MedTech Bridge

Dave is an experienced MedTech executive and entrepreneur with broad knowledge of the Minnesota startup environment. As a Managing Partner at MedTech Bridge, Dave helps Nordic and European MedTech companies gain market access and commercialisation in the US Market.

Tim Damgaard Christensen

Managing Partner, MedTech Bridge

Tim has an engineering background, and a 24+ year-long career in the MedTech industry within hardware and software development, project management, program management, and product development. This includes all aspects of MedTech product development from the earliest innovation and ideation phases to phase-out and taking products off markets globally.

Mark Walinske

Managing Partner, Walinske LLC

Mark has deep experience in early-stage growth and innovative business models. He especially excels at synthesizing complex situations into clear, actionable programs. He has +38 years of experience across a dozen industries, forty technology-driven organizations and, has held various positions including CEO, Board Chair/Member, Consultant, Mentor and Social Entrepreneur.

Jim Sackrison

Independent Consultant Medical Devices and Diagnostics

Jim is an independent consultant in medical devices and diagnostics. Currently involved with positioning and launching multiple technologies out of academia into industry.

Ben Wyatt

CEO and Founder, Centuries Technical Translations

Ben has a background in Petrochemicals and Intellectual Property law which led him into the translation business. As a founder of Technical Translations, Ben has worked with a range of successful exporters on every continent, and is able to advise those new to exporting and also those more experienced who are looking at a new market opportunity.

Mark Swanson

Healthcare Regulatory Advisor, QRx Partners

Mark has been a leader in Quality and Regulatory for over 25 years. His career includes roles in quality engineering, design assurance, audit, and quality management for companies, including St. Jude Medical and Medtronic, and has provided guidance to numerous medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers of all sizes.

Martin Shiderov

Associate Director, Akeso & Company

Martin is an Associate Director at Akeso & Company, an independent and dynamic management consultancy specialising in delivering operational improvements across the Healthcare and Life Science industry. They help companies achieve their goals through expert consulting, analytics and managed service support.

Juhi Naithani

Principal, bGlobal Consulting

Juhi, with a background in economic development, offers a suite of strategic solutions for emerging technology businesses looking to land in the USA; especially in the Washington DC Metro region and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Antoine Guillaud

Accountant & President, International Management Solutions Inc

Antoine is an ‘Expert Comptable’ with more than 25 years of experience assisting foreign companies establish themselves in the US market.

Sonia Kanjee

Director, UK Practice, International Management Solutions Inc

Sonia is a CPA with ten years of experience in US taxation, specializing in cross border transactions for European corporations with US inbound investments and operations.

Thomas Thorelli

Attorney & Founding Partner, Thorelli & Associates

Tom is a Founding Partner of Thorelli & Associates, who specialise in assisting small and medium-sized foreign companies in minimizing their legal risks when doing business in the U.S. through taking advance preventive action.

Stephen Bridges

Director UK and Ireland, Indiana Economic Development Corp

Stephen is a Director for UK and Ireland at Indiana Economic Development Corp - Indiana's lead economic development agency, helping businesses launch, grow & locate in a state that works.

Robert Gangi

International Consultant, Embark Business Solutions

Former Citibank Commercial RM and current business consulting practice owner with a robust network, strong connections, and a vibrant Advisory Board.

Rob Burton

Senior Associate - Business Development, Global Reach

Rob is a Senior Associate at Global Reach, a leading foreign exchange specialist, providing international payments, risk management, and strategic hedging solutions to a wide range of corporate and institutional clients.

Mark Magnacca

Founder, gigCMO

Mark is the Founder and CEO of gigCMO with over 30 years of business experience in senior leadership roles across a diverse range of industries. He recognises the biggest challenge of many established businesses and scale ups is getting access to the right talent at the right time.

Sandy Findlay

Innovation Funding, Partnerships Director, ABGi

Sandy is working with partners across the UK to help their members and clients make better-informed decisions about their innovation funding choices and grow the take-up of innovation incentives, ensuring British companies are better placed to choose the innovation funding that is right for them.

Lisa Harding

Founder and Chief, XtraBandwidth

Lisa is leading a team of Canada-based specialists who provide expertise and knowledge to help businesses expand internationally into or out of Canada.

Stephen Marshman

Business Development Director, SGK

Stephen assists organizations of all sizes in implementing effective processes for developing packaging and branded content. His expertise in highly regulated industries, particularly the pharmaceutical sector, has earned him a reputation for helping clients optimize their marketing supply chains with a proven track record of success.

Tom Czarnowski

Business Development, Brand Experience at SGK

Brand and sports marketing specialist with an emphasis in strategic brand management, consumer experience, retail brand presentation, athlete representation, athlete management, event production, event activation, sponsorship, sales, consulting, budget management, and leadership.

Simon Cole

Business Development Director, SGK

25 years of new business development for digital and innovation agencies on multiple continents. Digital and innovation consulting, from start ups to Fortune 500 companies. From application development, System Integration through to B2C media campaigns.

Chris Hornby

Director, Sheffield Haworth

Chris leads executive hiring and talent advisory for the Sheffield Haworth’s early-stage technology clients across the Americas market. He has provided consultancy to some of the most innovative brands in the industry, hiring Executives, NED`s and wider leadership talent that have been pivotal to the growth trajectory of some of his clients.

Nasser Sagheb

Founder, COO, Inner Onion

Nassar is the Founder and COO of Inner Onion LLC, helping international companies create an immediate presence in the United States with support for executing go-to-market plans, developing and managing sales teams or reseller channels, and creating technical support operations.

Events Sponsors & Partners

Regional Partner Network
Medical Alley
MedTech Bridge
Destination Medical Centre
QRx Partners
gigCMO logo
Global Reach
Centuries Technical Translations

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North America Life Sciences Expansion Workshop


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