Alex Tilson, "Loma Vista Medical: Lessons About Pivoting and the Hidden Dangers of Product Launches"

You may be familiar with “pivoting”: when an entrepreneur has to discard half of his or her concept and develop the other half for a different market. But uncertainty also lurks when a product is launched. Even though you may have tested a device at the bench, in animals, and on patients, in a real commercial launch it often meets unanticipated challenges, many stemming from outliers that only emerge in large populations. Staying close to your customers and acting on their feedback is crucial. Alex Tilson, founder and former CEO of Loma Vista Medical, will share the lessons he learned as his company commercialized its product—high performance flexible composite medical balloons—and made a successful exit.

Schedule

5:00 – 6:00 pm       Registration + networking (drinks & refreshment will be served)
6:00 – 7:00 pm       Featured speaker: Alex Tilson

About the Speaker

Alex Tilson is the founder and former CEO of Loma Vista Medical. Loma Vista Medical was a lean, dynamic, innovative and successful Silicon Valley based, venture capital funded medical device start-up. The company designed, built, patented, and sold (in both Europe and the US) the world’s highest performing medical balloons. Their products leverage a unique flexible composite platform and are utilized for TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement). Alex took the company from inception to acquisition (by CR Bard in July of 2013).
Alex has spent the last twenty years leading high performance teams that build innovative, world-class products, including solar powered race vehicles (Stanford University, across the U.S. 2x and across Australia), film industry animatronic special effects (Edge Innovations (‘Free Willy’ and ‘Anaconda’)), surgical robotics (Intuitive Surgical), products for interventional cardiology (Guidant), implantable coronary devices (Converge Medical), and extended wear hearing aids (InSound Medical). He is a Stanford mechanical engineer and earned an MBA from Harvard. Alex is an avid cyclist (bicycled across the US 4x and across Asia), competitive distance runner (Olympic Trial marathoner and former American 50k record holder), and proud father.