GIANT Health Event

North American Healthcare / Health-tech Market Entry & Expansion Workshop

Virtual 1-2-1 Connector Meetings with In-country Experts from 12 Major North American Cities
7th & 8th December 15:00-19:00 GMT

Medical Alley
British Columbia Canada


GTM Global


7th / 8th Dec 2022
15:00 - 19:00 GMT


Online Zoom


Interactive 1-2-1 workshop sessions

Connect your company to the world's leading health technology & innovation clusters

With US annual Pharma & Digital Health markets reaching over $1trillion by 2028 - AND a dominant dollar giving your clients a built-in discount – NOW’S THE TIME to land and expand your medical/ health-tech business in North America!

Designed for owner-managed healthcare / med-tech scale-up businesses, these virtual workshops will give you game-changing advice on how to successfully land & expand your Operations and Sales across the pond in 2023. We will connect you to key partners and players in our US Health & Innovation networks. Find out about:

  • Go to market strategy, business development, marketing and localisation.
  • Business setup, legal, compliance, IP protection and visas.
  • Accounting, tax advice, banking and employment/HR.
  • Regional access to key business sector specialists, incentives and accelerator programmes.
  • Access to grants, funders and investor networks.

Why Should You Attend


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

  • Connect to Medical Alley the Global Epicenter of innovation and care in Minneapolis / St Paul
  • Access Federal Government & Military Healthcare Networks, Accelerator Programmes & UK Embassy/ Consulate in Washington & Los Angeles
  • Talk to key Healthcare, Pharma, Med-tech Hubs, R&D Institutions & Investor Networks in Boston, New York, Indianapolis, Phoenix & Vancouver
  • Ensure specialist Healthcare Regulatory Standards Quality Assurance & Compliance in Minneapolis / St Paul
  • Meet specialist Healthcare Sales, Market-Entry, Business Development & Localisation Experts in Minneapolis / St Paul , Miami, San Francisco, Baltimore & Toronto
  • Understand Risk, Operational, Banking & Regulatory options from US Attorneys, Accountants & Grant Funders in 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...

Events Sponsors & Partners

Regional Partner Network
QRx Partners
Med Tech Bridge
Destination Medical Centre
gigCMO logo
Move Marketing
Global Reach
Bam Beyond
Giant Health
CHIL Lifesciences

Event Advisors

Key regional expansion experts

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.

Ian Metcalf

UK Director, FCEDA

Ian is a UK Director of Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, helping UK SMEs make their first steps in the US. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County.

Kelley Keffer

Economic Development Project Manager, City of Mesa Office of Economic Development

Kelly is an Economic Development Project Manager with oversight of Mesa's Business Incubator - LaunchPoint & the Mesa Business Builder Small Business Initiative. Her key areas of focus include entrepreneurship, economic development, business attraction, retention & expansion, contracts and leases, budget management, facility oversight, and marketing.

Elyce Gobat

Economic Development Specialist, City of Mesa Office of Economic Development

Elyce is an Economic Development Specialist at the City of Mesa Office of Economic Development, an economic development organisation working closely with businesses to provide solutions and ensure their transition to starting, running, expanding, or relocating a business in Mesa is smooth and successful.

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.

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.

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.

Steve Gompertz

Chief Operating Officer & Partner, QRx Partners

Steve has been a leader in Quality Systems management for 30 years. His career includes roles in quality systems development and implementation, project management, engineering automation, configuration management, audit, and software development for companies including Pelican Biothermal, St. Jude Medical and Boston Scientific.

Chris Schad

Director of Business Development, Destination Medical Center

In his current role as Director of Business Development for Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency, Chris develops and executes the strategy for Discovery Square, an innovation district adjacent to Mayo Clinic. His role is to recruit technology companies into Discovery Square where they develop products and services for market.

Michael Flynn

Senior Director of Economic Development, Destination Medical Center

Michael is a Senior Director of Economic Development at Destination Medical Center. In his role at DMC, Michael is responsible for building a comprehensive corporate recruitment and business marketing strategy designed to increase the level of investment made in the DMC district.

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.

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.

Sonia Kanjee

Senior Manager, 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.

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.

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.

Robert Gangi

International Consultant, Embark/RG Business Consulting

Robert is an international consultant, helping firms of varying sizes and industries create, revisit, and realign their respective strategic plans and financial profiles. Additionally, he manages an extensive network of dot connectors helping businesses across the industry spectrum.

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.

Millar “Joe” White

Trade and Investment Officer - Clean Energy & Infrastructure, DIT

Joe is an international trade and global business professional with experience in both the private and public sectors in the US and the UK, currently working as Trade & Investment Officer for Clean Energy & Infrastructure for the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) at the British Embassy in Washington, DC, covering four mid-Atlantic states: DE, MD, VA, WV, & DC.

Matthew Melling

Vice-Consul, Trade & Investment Officer (Technology), DIT

Matthew manages the UK international technology trade strategy for the South West Region of the United States. He identifies and develops relationships with emerging UK tech companies, and supports market entry/US growth with research, analysis, introductions and growth expertise.

Luis Novella

Consulting Partner, Vivat

Luis works as a strategic advisor to CXOs regarding the implementation of business models and go-to-market strategies.

Chris Howie

Managing Director, CHIL Lifesciences

Chirs is a Managing Director of CHIL Lifesciences. He supports UK and European Life Sciences SMEs and Startups successfully develop their businesses and help with their overall growth ideally moving towards M & A activity.

Laetitia MacDougall

Trade and Investment Specialist, British Columbia Trade and Invest

Laetitia is a trade and investment specialist working primarily in the Life Sciences & Health sectors. She assists UK and European companies considering setting up, expanding, consolidating or maintaining physical operations in British Columbia.

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.

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North American Healthcare / Health-tech Market Entry & Expansion Workshop


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