Innovation Nexus Conference

Registration for the AUA Innovation Nexus Conference is now open. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with program presenters, ask questions, and provide feedback throughout this year’s engaging sessions. Review key details and register today to enjoy outstanding speaker and panel sessions, Showcase presentations, Reverse Pitch discussions, networking, and more!

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2024 Program Agenda
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX
May 2, 2024

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Individual Speaker Session Welcome and Opening Remarks
Steven A. Kaplan, MD, FACS
Professor of Urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Video Presentation Innovation Nexus Year One Successes

This highlight reel will feature three start-ups from the 2023 Innovation Nexus Showcase and the progress they have made in moving their innovations from concept to reality in the last year.

Panel Discussion The State of Innovation in Urology – The Large Company View

Tommy Johns, MBA
President, Interventional Urology - Coloplast

Mira Sahney, MS, MBA
President, Pelvic Health Operating Unit at Medtronic Inc.

Liz Barrett, MBA
President and CEO, UroGen Pharma

Moderator: Susan Stimson, BS
Managing Director, KCK Medtech

Panel Discussion The State of Innovation in Urology – The Investor View

Dennis McWilliams, MS
Managing Director, Santé Ventures

Jennie Xue, BS
Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities, LLC

Jon Norris, JD, BS
Managing Director, HSBC Innovation Banking

Moderator: Ryan Drant, BA
Founder and Managing Partner, Questa Capital Management

Panel Discussion
The State of Innovation in Urology – The View from the FDA And CMS

Douglas Kelly, MD, MBA
Deputy Center Director for Science, Chief Scientist, Center for Devices & Radiological Health (CDRH), FDA

Michelle Tarver, MD, PhD
Deputy Center Director, CDRH Chief Transformation Officer

Moderator: Andrew Cleeland, BS
CEO, Fogarty Innovation

Individual Speaker Session So, You Want to Be
an Innovator!

Greg Bakan, MBA
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Fogarty Innovation

Multi-Presenter Session

New in 2024! Emerging Concepts The path from initial idea to a new tool adopted in the clinic has many steps. Before prototypes can be created, startups can be founded, capital can be raised, or research trials conducted, all innovators start with a promising spark to be developed into a new advancement for clinical care. The new Emerging Concepts session will feature a selection of the most compelling early-stage urology innovators and their nascent ideas workshopped at the Nexus Boot Camp.
Multi-Presenter Session Reverse Pitches This session profiles leading industry partners as they share their passion for research and innovation, what real-world problems they are trying to solve, and engage in a dynamic and interactive discussion on the unanswered questions they are interested in exploring. This unique format gives Industry the opportunity to “pitch” the real-world business challenges they would like to see enthusiastic innovators addressed and the kinds of problems they are interested in collaborating to solve.
Individual Speaker Session Keynote Presentation

Meghan Scanlon, MSME, MBA
Senior Vice President and President, Urology, Boston Scientific

Multi-Presenter Session Showcases

Through a rigorous and highly competitive selection process the AUA selects a handful of the best, most exciting startups in urology to showcase their innovations. These highly innovative companies span the globe and present products—devices, artificial intelligence platforms, diagnostic tests, etc.—covering a variety of urologic issues such as prostate and bladder cancer, kidney injuries, fertility testing, nocturnal enuresis, overactive bladder, and interstitial cystitis.

Individual Speaker Session Closing Remarks

Steven A. Kaplan, MD, FACS
Professor of Urology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai