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HH NYC From Research to Healthcare Startup: Meet Blink

May 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us and welcome our guest presenter David Schafran, co-founder of Blink and EyeNetra!

Launched in 2015 in NYC, Blink uses technology developed at MIT Media Lab and powered by a smartphone to dramatically improve the convenience and accessibility of vision testing services. Blink uses highly trained Visioneers to conduct in-home and at-work vision tests in concert with a network of licensed optometrists to provide convenient prescriptions for glasses. The Blink service is based on FDA registered technology and products from EyeNetra.  EyeNetra, the company behind Blink, was founded to develop and commercialize current and future MIT Media Lab research on methods to use smartphones to deliver personalized vision correction to the masses. The founders gained their insight into new solutions for eyecare through their experiences using new computational methods for measuring optics and the human eye at MIT Media Lab, David’s experiences in a family of optometrists, and the benefits telemedicine and point of care diagnostics has on health care. Blink/EyeNetra are backed by Khosla Ventures and a large strategic investor. Blink is currently available in NYC.

(B) How to Start a Med Device Startup From Your Garage

In “How to Start a Med Device Startup From Your Garage,” David Kay will challenge your assumptions about how a medical technology company is born by taking a deep look at how to build a meaningful med device startup on a shoe-string budget.

In this whirlwind tour, he will discuss how to build a capital-efficient medical device startup from the ground up, covering topics including:

* Meeting potential co-founders
* Making smart technology decisions
* Buy vs build?
* Avoiding agony and saving tens of thousands of dollars by intelligently navigating the FDA submission process
* To patent or not to patent?
* Understanding the fundamentals of HIPAA
* Rapid prototyping techniques
* Tech transfer: friend or foe?
* Finding the right business for YOU

And, for a brief moment of weakness, we’ll touch on raising capital.

We hope you can join David Kay for what will certainly be a night to remember!

About David Kay

David Kay is a on a mission to simplify medical diagnostics by wielding modern technology. He currently leads software development at SALT, a medical device startup focused on bringing hassle-free salt monitoring to patients at home.

Happy to have been a Google engineer, and even happier to have rapidly resigned, David feels most alive when pushing his own boundaries and the stakes are high.

He was the founding CTO at EnHatch, which provides sales and marketing technology to medical device companies, and the founding CTO of Authy, a security startup which was recently acquired by Twilio.

David also deeply enjoys teaching, and has led mobile development workshops at Princeton University and Rutgers University, taught Ruby on Rails at iHub Nairobi, and served as an Android instructor at General Assembly.

His technical achievements include:

* Winner of the MIT Telehealth grand prize and the Merck Telehealth grand prize at the MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack
* Winner of “best design/best prototype” at the Yale Patient Experience Hackathon
* 3rd place at GHG Patient Outcomes Hackathon
* 2x Global finalist at NASA Space Apps Challenge
* 2x semi-finalist of StartupBus SxSW
* 2nd place at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco
* 2x featured for “Hack of the Month” at New York Tech Meetup
* Led development on several pioneering iPad apps for Otsuka Medical
* Led an 7-man team to build an app in only 3 weeks for a debut on Shark Tank
* Project lead on the Android app for 1-800-GOT-JUNK’s worldwide truck fleet
* iPad lead for Deutsche Bank’s first mobile app, GlobalPrime

Apart from his love for medical technology, David is also an avid inline skater and certified skate instructor.


6 pm // doors open; networking and refreshments

6:15 pm // intro and Blink/EyeNetra presentation, followed by Q&A

7:15 pm //  presentation on How to Start a Med Device Startup, followed by Q&A

8:00 pm // open time for networking

8:30 pm // Event ends







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