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MedTech Investing Conference (8th Annual) May 6-7, 2009

Uniting Venture Capitalists to Identify Investment Opportunities in the Multi-Billion Dollar Medical Device Market

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. and MASSAPEQUA, N.Y., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The equity markets and the global economy have been turned upside down, leaving many young medical device companies and private equity investors to ponder how to ensure success in a down market. For venture capitalists, the "New Economy" is having a severe impact on the viability of today's medical device startups, as traditional portfolio company management tactics have to be adjusted to accommodate changing market conditions. For the startup, raising capital in a stagnant market and having a longer time to exit is at the forefront of CEOs minds.

Building device companies in the current environment can only occur if the community as a whole gathers to address these issues with strategies to carry startups through this unstable period. Presented by International Business Forum (IBF) and LifeScience Alley, the 8th Annual MedTech Investing Conference May 6-7th at the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis, MN, provides a unique opportunity to facilitate deals, share information, and address concerns; as this is the premier event for medical device investors and entrepreneurs from around the nation.

2009 Risk Reduction Strategies for Medical Device Companies

The role that venture capitalists play in preserving success for young companies in a volatile market is critical, as limited cash flow and burn rates directly affect the performance. How will today's VCs continue to nurture and build emerging growth companies in a down economy? The panel entitled "The Lightning Round" will highlight William Harrington of Three Arch Partners, Nathan Every of Frazier Healthcare Ventures, Richard Ferrari of De Novo Ventures, Peter McNerney of Thomas McNerney Partners, and Thomas D. Weldon of Accuitive Medical Venture Partners. They will address a variety of candid questions surrounding the current investing landscape and issues relevant to portfolio management. This panel is scheduled for 4:30pm on Wednesday, May 6th. To learn more about the event and to register, visit the newly launched website

Event Sponsors & Exhibitors Include: Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Capital Advisors Group, RBC Capital Markets, Minnetronix and RCRI, Inc.

About LifeScience Alley(TM)

LifeScience Alley(TM) is the largest trade association serving the life sciences in the Upper Midwest. It represents more than 600 member companies, organizations and institutions of all sizes that devote their efforts to the research, development and commercialization of the life sciences. LifeScience Alley acts as the industry's central resource for fostering innovation, offering education and creating consensus. It offers members unique opportunities to network and collaborate and provides them with a strong, unified voice at the state and federal level. Members hail from all life science industry sectors, including medical device, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, health care providers and insurers, agricultural and industrial biotechnology, and renewable energy. For more information, visit:

About IBF*International Business Forum, Inc.

IBF*International Business Forum, Inc. is a leading presenter of venture capital, technology innovation and private equity conferences in the United States. For 20 years, IBF has been presenting conferences which unite investors, emerging growth companies and corporations. IBF produces conferences on the following venture capital subjects: Venture Capital Investing, Early Stage Investing, Cleantech Investing, Corporate Venturing & Strategic Partnering, Biotech & Life Sciences Investing, Medical Devices and Healthcare Technologies Investing, Consumer Medicine, Tech Transfer Investing, and Nanotechnology Investing. To see a full listing of IBF's conferences please visit:

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