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Dr. Billy Cohn | Director of Johnson & Johnson Center for Innovation

April 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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Physicians have always played an important role in the development and implementation of new medical technology. More recently, the role of physicians has expanded to include the entrepreneurial aspects of these types of activities. Join Dr. Billy Cohn, Director of J&J Center for Innovation, as he shares what he’s learned about how to run with an idea, assemble a team, raise capital, and create value. He’ll highlight some of his mistakes and describe his successes over the years,

Who Should Attend:

  • Innovators, founders and entrepreneurs of all types and industries

What You’ll Learn:

  • Dr. Cohn’s personal story of innovation
  • What it takes to launch startups and new products in the medical field
  • The story behind one of the most sought-after medical breakthroughs of the past century


About the Speaker – Dr. Billy Cohn:
William E. Cohn, MD, is Vice President of Medical Devices and Director for the Center of Device Innovation in Houston, Texas at Johnson & Johnson. He is also a professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an adjunct professor of Bioengineering at both Rice University and the University of Houston. His major research interests include the development of new technology for decreasing the invasiveness of cardiac and vascular surgery and development of the continuous-flow totally implantable artificial heart.

In 2011, Dr. Cohn and Dr. O. H. Frazier successfully implanted the first pulseless total heart replacement device in a human patient. Dr. Cohn has a passion for medical device development and has more than 90 US patents granted or pending and another 60 international patents for his medical innovations. His numerous awards include an honorary doctorate in science from Oberlin College, the Distinguished Scientist Award, given by the MacDonald Fund, and the Edison Award for excellence in human-centered design and innovation for inventing the SentreHEART ® Lariat ® Suture Delivery Device. In 2000, Dr. Cohn was named the distinguished Inventor of the Year by the U.S. Intellectual Property Owners Association and in 2014, he was named Outstanding Inventor of the Year by the Houston IPO. In addition, in 2014 he received an award for the most Innovative Medical Device Startup of the year at the Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions Conference in Tel Aviv for inventing the TVA Everlin q system for percutaneous creation of AV fistulas and for founding TVA Medical. In 2015, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for healthcare innovation by the Houston Technology Center. He is a Venture Partner at Santé Health Ventures, and Chief Medical Officer of BiVACOR Inc. and Reliant Heart. Dr. Cohn graduated with a B.S from Oberlin College and his MD from Baylor College of Medicine.

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April 11, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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