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Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

Building MedTech Innovations

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Have you ever wondered how MedTech Innovations came about? With the rise of deep tech advancements, MedTech continues to be a popular industry of innovation. However, the innovation process is not easy with its complex rules for approval.  
Join us for a panel discussion where distinguished speakers in the MedTech and Deep Tech fields will discuss the process in building these MedTech innovations– from startups’ growth support to collaborations with corporates.

Date: 23 May 2019, Thursday    
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm    
Venue: BASH, Level 3, Block 79 Ayer Rajar Crescent, Singapore 139955

Programme Details:
5:00pm – 5:30pm: Registration
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A
6:30pm – 7:00pm: Networking


  • Dr. Buzz Palmer, Co-founder and CEO, Actuator
  • Nilesh Wadhwa, Director, New Ventures & Transactions, Singapore, India and Southeast Asia, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Asia Pacific


  • Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Speakers’ Profiles:

Dr. Buzz Palmer, Co-founder and CEO, Actuator

Dr. Buzz Palmer is one of Australia’s leading and most visible voices in entrepreneurship and MedTech innovation. Buzz is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Actuator (Australia’s National MedTech Catalyst), Founding Partner in Dialectica Group, Co-Founder of HTA, serial entrepreneur and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Monash University. Buzz is a passionate technologist who enjoys mentoring startups on executing their strategy and commercialisation journey.

Nilesh Wadhwa, Director, New Ventures & Transactions, Singapore, India and Southeast Asia, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Asia Pacific

Nilesh Wadhwa is Director of New Ventures and Transactions (Singapore, India & South-East Asia) at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Asia Pacific. In this role, he is responsible for establishing networks within local biotech ecosystems and forging collaborations with scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs for delivery of innovative solutions covering Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Healthcare and Medical Device sectors.

Nilesh has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences sector. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Nilesh has worked with Solvay (India), Banner Pharmacaps, Sanofi (APac) and Takeda (APac) in roles spanning sales & marketing, international business expansion, and strategy & business development. He has been actively involved in forging a series of alliances and has led and closed several licensing and merger and acquisition projects.

Nilesh received a Bachelors in Pharmacy followed by a Masters in Business Administration from Pune University, India.

Moderator's Profile:
Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experience, having played key roles in building several global companies in areas such as Software, Hardware and Services. Although born in the US, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the larger global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.

In his current role as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate – a private limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government – Mr Leonard has been chartered to lead an organisation that builds ‘deep-tech’ companies. Capitalising on the science and technology research for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, Mr Leonard’s team works with local and international partners, including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations to help technical founders imagine, start and scale globally-relevant early stage technology companies from Singapore.

Prior to his role as the CEO of SGInnovate, Mr Leonard served three years as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), a government statutory board under the purview of Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information. In that role, he had executive responsibility at the national level for various aspects of the information technology and telecommunications industries in Singapore.

Mr Leonard serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore. Mr Leonard also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Singapore Post Ltd (SingPost), a global leader in e-commerce logistics; and AsiaSat, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed commercial operator of communication spacecraft.

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BASH, Level 3,
79 Ayer Rajah Crescent,

Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

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