The Health Cell Spotlights Healthtech and Medical Device Startups

By Iris Gonzalez
An image of five Health cell panelists

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a healthtech company and a medical device company? Some may think the descriptors are interchangeable but they are not. Regulatory pathways to get a medical device to market are markedly different than what it takes to get a health-focused technology product in the hands of the consumer. The amount of money it takes to launch and develop products for healthtech and medical device companies is not comparable, either.

The Health Cell is sponsoring this panel to help innovative entrepreneurs understand the differences, as well as learn what it takes to launch each of these companies. Register here for the lunch, panel discussion, and question and answer period.  The event will take place April 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Magnolia Halle, located at 10319 Huebner Road.

The cost for lunch and the program is $35, $30 for The Health Cell members and employees of sponsors. Parking is free.

Panelists include:

Chani Cordero is chief information officer (CIO) and director of the information management division at the Medical Education Training Campus (METC) located at Joint Base San Antonio.

Pratap Khanwilker is vice president of product development at InCube Labs.

Ashley Hixon is chief executive officer (CEO) of knee therapy medical device company Gap-Flex, Inc. and physical rehabilitation and physical therapy equipment company Xeras Medical Technologies.

Jonathan Larson is CEO of MedSpoke, a physician-centric, health-tech company focused on solving healthcare credentialing.

Angela Pierce is the chief financial officer of AirStrip Technologies, providing mobile interoperability solutions for healthcare delivery.

The Health Cell works to help entrepreneurs in the life science space develop successful companies in San Antonio.

“San Antonio is an excellent ecosystem to give rise to and nurture healthtech startups based on its solid medical device industry, strong healthcare system, and the burgeoning tech scene happening downtown,” The Health Cell organizer Cynthia Phelps said.


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