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Santa Clara Valley Chapter Monthly Meeting

SCV EMBS Meetings are usually scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month, except July, August, and December. The formal presentation is 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Afterwards, there is an opportunity to network.

The usual meeting location is in Room M114 of the Medical School on Stanford Campus. M114 is in the corner closest to the Clark Bioscience Building.

Meet the Speaker
An optional, no-host dinner with the speaker precedes each meeting, and you are invited. We gather in the Stanford Hospital cafeteria at 6:15 pm. No reservation is needed.

Upcoming EMBS Meeting
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:30pm
Room M-106, Stanford University Medical School

Title: Dialysis. Anywhere, Anytime, Anyone. An under the covers look at the development, architecture and market of the next generation kidney dialysis system and its possible application in natural disasters such as post Maria Puerto Rico.
Speaker: Steve Miller
Outset Medical

This talk will highlight the development of the next generation hemodialysis system starting from a PhD project to the doorway of a $30 Billion market and into the world of natural disasters. The technology employed will be discussed as well as the key events that guided Outset Medical to pivot from the home hemodialysis market to the clinical, hospital, skilled nursing faculties and beyond.
While startups are common in the Silicon Valley, revolutionizing an entire market space is rare. Outset Medical started as a PhD project with a novel idea on how to pasteurize water. The idea needed a product and a market. One year and a thousand letters later and a company was funded. The Outset Medical was founded on the idea of tapping into the $250 Million, underserved market for home HemoDialysis (HD).
The plan was to use modern technology and a home consumer focus to create a small, self-contained, easy to use HD system that could serve the needs of the home users, without all the infrastructure required of a HD clinic.
During our clinical trials word spread within the dialysis community about our product. Very quickly we began to receive requests to provide our system into all corners of the dialysis industry, to make Tablo available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. We did not plan on changing the business model of a $30 Billion industry, but that is the door we have stepped through. The change in direction has required us to pivot significantly and begin an aggressive drive to respond to the needs of this larger market. Of course if that wasn't enough, during our final approval stages the hurricanes hit Huston and Puerto Rico. The dialysis community was in shock as thousands of dialysis patients were left without treatment. This has begun our company to think about how our technology could be deployed into the areas of natural disasters.
The path that Outset Medical and the Tablo dialysis system has followed has taken some surprising turns. The technology that started as a Phd project and developed for one small market has allowed the Tablo to enter into much larger stagnant markets silently waiting for a new approach. Ultimately we may be able to provide relief to problems brewing beyond our original event horizon.

Steve holds a BS in Cybernetics from UCLA. He has been on the forefront of medical device technology for 32 years with technologies covering the first Implantable Defibrillator, DNA/Protein Synthesizers, Electron Beam Accelerators, TOF Mass Spectrometers, Micro Infusion pumps, Microwave Ablation generators, Cytometers and Hemodialysis equipment. The common thread being complex biologically tied systems. He grew up in the heart of Silicon Valley. He was immersed in electronics by 7th grade and build his first oscilloscope in 8th grade. His parent were both veterinarians and he subsequently spent years working in veterinary hospitals assisting in the care of animals and eventually learning to assist in surgeries.
After graduation from UCLA he was hired as the 4th employee at Ventritex (acquired by Saint Jude) a start-up that developed the first implantable defibrillator. This company set the hook for a career of medical device startups. At this point in his career he has been with 6 start ups and 3 "big companies".
Steve's focus is analog, digital and electro-mechanical engineering, EMC compliance, regulatory compliance, and risk management. Steve has been an individual contributor at various levels of management, but has never been able to fully break away from developing science and technology.

Parking at Stanford
Parking is available in the structure at the corner of East Campus Drive and Roth Way. Parking is free after 4pm.
Parking is also available in the Stanford hospital parking structure off Pasteur Drive and Blake Wilbur Drive, but there is a fee.

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