Swimming with Sharks: How Anesthesiologist Inventors
Can Move Their Ideas Forward


October 13
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
San Francisco Moscone Center

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Anesthesiology has a long history of innovation, entrepreneurship and close interactions between academicians, private practitioners and industry to bring new concepts to the clinical arena and better care for our patients. Using an entertaining format of Shark Tank™, this session will present anesthesiologists with ideas for innovations to a panel of experts involved in developing such innovations to market in order to educate the audience regarding the multiple steps involved in the process and provide resources for those who hope to advance the practice through innovation.  Apply here to be one of four contestants by July 15, 2018.



  •   Orrin Ailloni-Charas, M.D., M.B.A.; Consultant, San Francisco, CA.
  • Cayce Denton, Director; Temasek Holdings, San Francisco, CA.
  • Wendye Robbins, M.D.; Blade Therapeutics, Inc., San Francisco, CA.
  • Steven L. Shafer, M.D.; Stanford University, Menlo Park, CA.



  • Alexander T. Abess, M.D.; Smart Sharps, Hanover, NH.
  • John Hsu, M.D.; QuivivePharma, Inc., San Diego, CA.
  • Lance Patak, M.D., M.B.A.; Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA.
  • Jason Reminick, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.; Thalamus, Santa Clara, CA.