Therapist Innovation Round Table

Join us for a casual happy hour and round table discussion to learn from fellow therapist entrepreneurs, intellectual property professionals, a manufacturing and marketing expert, and an FDA consultant to discuss what it takes to make ideas into products/programs, how to protect the intellectual property related to your idea, how to comply with FDA regulations, etc. We will also collaborate ideas and learn about new tools created by therapists, and how they turned their vision into reality.

About this experience

Therapists /entrepreneurs, Erica DeMarch and Mandy Shintani, aspire to bring together like-minded therapists looking to broaden their profession with innovation.  Learning about intellectual property, manufacturing, FDA regulations, playing the dual role of both an entrepreneur and clinician can be extremely overwhelming. As small business owners, support from fellow therapists is key to expanding our ideas to best help our patients.

Erica and Mandy are clinicians who put their ideas in motion and are now learning how to complement their innovation and clinical expertise for use in clinics. Join us to learn what it takes to turn your ideas into products or programs.

All who may benefit from this discussion are invited to a casual Therapist Innovation Round Table Happy Hour on February 13, 2020, from 5-7 pm at the Denver Athletic Center (2 min walk from the Convention Center).  This wine and cheese event is sponsored by Craig Mueller and Ian Walsworth from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

Our panelists include: Erica DeMarch, PT with Step and Connect, Mandy Shintani, OT with Urban Poling, Helena Esmonde, PT with Vestibular First and John Dean, ST with Triad Health IA.  Craig Mueller and Ian Walsworth, intellectual property attorneys, Lisa Boswell, a FDA consultant and author and entrepreneur coach, Dennis Shaver will also share their recommendations on trademarks/patents, marketing and on complying with FDA guidelines for products. 

Be sure to sign up today as seating is limited.

The first 20 confirmed attendees will receive a copy of Dennis’s book,  The Entrepreneurial Incubator: Secrets to Getting Your Invention from Mind to Market.**


Erica DeMarch, Founder of Step and Connect
Erica DeMarch, MSPT is the Founder and CEO of Step and Connect She invented the patented Balance Matters®, a device modeled on scientific evidence, that incor­porates sensory feedback to improve balance and gait. Erica is also the author of the children's book, How do you Balance Like That?

Mandy Shintani, Founder of Urban Poling
Mandy Shintani, OT & gerontologist. She developed of the ACTIVATOR Poles in 2005. Patented ACTIVATOR Poles are a popular alternative to canes/walkers/crutches, and the focus of 9 current studies. Sold in 700+ retailers, hospitals, clinics and Senior Living in Canada, UK, lreland, Australia and recently in the USA.

Helena Esmonde, PT, DPT, NCS, Co-founder of Vestibular First
Helena Esmonde, PT, DPT, NCS, is co-founder of Vestibular First, a company that make affordable infrared video goggles and vestibular education tools. Her compa­ny is 2 years old and is making a transition to tooling and manufacturing of the goggles on a larger scale in the spring of 2020, with FDA clearance pending.

John Dean developed Triad Health Al
Speech language pathologist John Dean is developing the Triad to develop exercise activities that combine movement, voice, and cognition, while leading a startup that is creating technologies to help scale up this approach to exercise to people living with Parkinson's around the world. triad­

Craig W. Mueller
Craig W. Mueller practice includes counsel­ing clients on issues relating to all areas of intellectual property law, drafting and prosecuting utility and design patent applications, preparing and prosecuting trademark and copyright applications, and drafting technology-related contracts and agreements.

Ian Walsworth
Ian guides clients in developing their
patents and trademarks and assists clients with corporate transactions and internal policies. Ian also resolves IP disputes through litigation, arbitration, mediation, and by direct negotiation. Ian's clients range
from startups to Fortune 500 companies spanning diverse technologies, including medical devices, mining/energy, consumer products and software/Saas . 

Dennis G. Shaver

As a product-development entrepreneur, #1 best selling author and mentor, Dennis G Shaver is dedicated to empowering aspiring Inventor-Preneurs, demystifying long-held product development secrets, and simplifying the invention process into tangible, actionable and efficient steps...from Mind to Market to Profit. Dennis is the author of the book The Entrepreneurial Incubator, "Getting your idea from Mind to Market".

Lisa Boswell,
Founder of ELBE-Bio Consulting
Lisa is a molecular biologist with a passion for novel technologies. Lisa has extensive experience with FDA regulatory processes and compliance, including investigational device/drug applications, 51 0(k) filings and meetings with the FDA. Lisa currently runs her own consulting firm, ELBE-Bio Consult­ing.

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