The only urology-specific incubator of its kind, Innovation Nexus is a powerful forum to advance urologic discovery to solutions that improve patient care and save lives.

Innovation Nexus is focused on creating opportunities for the urologic community to come together, network, learn and explore. It includes multiple elements such as discussion forums, mentorship opportunities, networking, idea generation, expertise sharing from business executives, access to investors, and more.

Be part of the next generation of innovation in urology.
Innovation Nexus
AUA Innovation Nexus
April 27, 2023
McCormick Place South
Chicago, Illinois

AUA Innovation Nexus, the urology research incubator powered by the American Urological Association, will hold its inaugural event on Thursday, April 27, 2023, prior to the AUA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

This one-day event gives startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investors and urologists the opportunity to come together to ignite urologic discovery like never before. Program areas include:
We hope you will join us for a full day of sharing expertise, learning, ideation, and networking!

AUA Member Registration: $150
General Registration: $599
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If you are interested in presenting at the AUA Innovation Showcase, complete your application.
If you are interested in attending AUA Innovation Nexus as a Sponsor or potential investor, please contact the Industry Relations team at AUANexus@AUAnet.org.
Showcase Overview
During the AUA Innovation Nexus Showcase, a select group of the most innovative investigators, startups and mid-size companies have the opportunity to pitch their innovations to a panel of seasoned investors and successful innovators.

This is an ideal time to for individuals and companies to present new data to those looking to invest in urology innovation. The Showcase provides the space for entrepreneurs to share their innovations with the perfect audience, get feedback and make the connections needed to accelerate funding and commercialization.

Interested parties must complete an online application form to have their submission reviewed by an expert panel for selection to present at the Showcase. Those invited to participate will pay a $3,000 Showcase fee which secures a spot to give a 5-minute pitch or presentation, followed by a moderated Q&A session with panels of seasoned strategists, investors, and urology researchers. Participation in the Showcase includes four complimentary registrations to the full Spring Innovation Nexus Program on April 27th and a 10% discount to the Fall Innovation Nexus Boot Camp.

The application to present during the AUA Innovation Nexus Showcase is open. All applications are due on January 15, 2023.
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Applicants will be notified of the selection decision by February 28, 2023. All presentation materials are due to the AUA no later than April 17, 2023.
AUA Innovation Nexus Program Agenda
7:00 - 8:00 AM
8:00 - 8:15 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Steven A. Kaplan, MD, FACS
8:15 – 9:15 AM
The Importance of an AUA Incubator
Moderator: Jim Robinson
CEO, Urovant Sciences

Panel:
John Flavin, MBA
Founder and CEO, Portal Innovations; Co-Founder, Matter

Patrick Flavin, JD
President, Portal Innovations; Co-Founder, Matter

Brian Friedman, JD, MBA
Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets, William Blair
9:15 - 9:45 AM
Urology: Defining the Top of the Funnel
John McConnell, MD
CEO Emeritus and Professor of Urology, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:45 - 10:15 AM
Networking Break
10:15 - 10: 45 AM
Investing in Urologic Discovery
Michael Ragan
Executive Director, Healthcare Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley
10:45 - 12:00 PM
Taking Ideas to Reality
Moderator: Susan Stimson
President & CEO, Zenflow, Inc.

Panel:
Arie S. Belldegrun, MD
Professor and Director, UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology

Theodore Lamson, PhD
Co-Founder, Neotract; Co-Inventor, UroLift
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Lunch and Networking
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Reverse Pitches
Moderator: Jennie Xue
Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities, LLC
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Networking Break
3:30 - 4:45 PM
Showcases
Moderator: Charlie Gasparino
Senior Correspondent, Fox Business Network

Panel:
Amarpreet S. Sawhney, PhD
General Partner, Incept LLC

Kevin Slawin, MD
Founder & Managing Partner, Rapha Capital Management, LLC

Jennie Xue
Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities, LLC
4:45 - 5:15 PM
Lessons Learned: My Successes and Failures
Moderator: Mitch Steiner, MD
Chairman, CEO, & President,Veru
5:15 - 5:30 PM
Closing remarks
Steven A. Kaplan, MD
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Networking Reception
AUA Innovation Nexus Program Speakers
Charlie Gasparino
Keynote Speaker
Senior Correspondent, Fox Business Network
Steven Kaplan, MD, FACS
Professor of Urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Arie S. Belldegrun, MD
Professor and Director, UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology
John Flavin, MBA
Founder and CEO, Portal Innovations
Co-Founder, Matter
Patrick Flavin, JD
President, Portal Innovations; Co-Founder, Matter
Brian Friedman, JD, MBA
Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets, William Blair
Theodore Lamson, PhD
Co-Founder, Neotract; Co-Inventor, UroLift
John McConnell, MD
CEO Emeritus and Professor of Urology, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Michael Ragan
Executive Director, Healthcare Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley
Jim Robinson
CEO, Urovant Sciences
Amarpreet S. Sawhney, PhD
General Partner, Incept LLC
Kevin Slawin, MD
Founder & Managing Partner, Rapha Capital Management, LLC
Mitch Steiner, MD, FACS
Chairman, CEO, & President, Veru
Susan Stimson
President & CEO, Zenflow, Inc
Jennie Xue
Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities, LLC
Boot Camp
AUA Innovation Nexus Boot Camp
September 2023
Linthicum Heights, Maryland

The AUA Innovation Nexus Boot Camp takes place in the fall of 2023 at AUA Headquarters in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. This intimate event consists of concentrated workshops highlighting the steps for moving an idea from concept to realization, the tools needed for successful innovation, and tailored advice for urologic entrepreneurs. Attendees have the opportunity to hear from successful inventors, participate in intimate round table discussions, attend mentoring sessions, and network with others on a more individual level.

This event will be held in September 2023 to allow sufficient time for participants to continue to refine their ideas and prepare for the next Innovation Nexus Showcase in 2024.

Additional details will be released in the winter of 2022 and will be accessible from this site.
Meet the Committee
AUA Innovation Nexus Program Committee
Steven Kaplan, MD, FACS
Professor of Urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Margot Damaser, PhD
Professor of Molecular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
Senior Rehabilitation Career Scientist, Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs
Neil Fleshner, MD, MPH, FRCSC
Chair, Division of Urology, University of Toronto
Martin Gleave, MD
Chair of Department of Urologic Sciences, University of British Columbia Vancouver
Manoj Monga, MD, FACS, FRCS
Chair, Department of Urology, UC San Diego
Yaw Nyame, MD, MS, MBA
Assistant Professor of Urology, University of Washington
Siam Oottamasathien, MD
Director of Innovation & Technology Development, Department of Urology, Boston Children's Hospital
Ganesh Raj, MD, PhD
Chair of Urology, UT Southwestern
Robert Reiter, MD, FACS
Director, UCLA Prostate Cancer Program
Chief, Division of Urologic Oncology
Jim Robinson
CEO, Urovant Sciences
Neal Shore, MD, FACS
U.S. Chief Medical Officer, Surgical Oncology and Urology, Genesis Care US
Susan Stimson
President & CEO, Zenflow
Ronald Tutrone, MD, FACS, CPI
Director, Chesapeake Urology Research Associates
Sponsorship Information
The AUA Innovation Nexus is a business venture that bridges multiple arenas within and outside of the traditional urologic community. It provides a unique opportunity for established partners and new allies to have a profound impact on the field of urology. The AUA Innovation Nexus Annual Corporate Sponsorship Program enables large companies, startups, innovators, venture capitalists, and like-minded groups to play an active role in the success of this initiative. Several levels of sponsorship are available to make involvement accessible to any organization, group or person interested transforming the future of urology.
Annual Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities
DIAMOND MEMBERSHIP – $100,000
SAPPHIRE MEMBERSHIP – $50,000
EMERALD MEMBERSHIP – $25,000
RUBY MEMBERSHIP – $10,000
For more information on how to become a Corporate Sponsor, please contact Keith Price via email at kprice@auanet.org.