U.S.-Taiwan Biomedical Engineering Forum (UTBEF)12/05/2015 - 12/05/2015

U.S.-Taiwan Biomedical Engineering Forum (UTBEF)


UTBEF Mission

  • Promote collaboration between US and Taiwan in the area of biomedical engineering
  • Facilitate biomedical technology and business exchange between US and Taiwan
  • Foster Silicon Valley and Taiwan entrepreneurs to explore opportunities in the biomedical field
  • Help Taiwan biomedical industries broaden international scope

About 2015 UTBEF

In 2014, UTBEF successfully brought the industry leaders in Silicon Valley and key opinion leaders from Taiwan together to share their experiences and perspectives. This year, we would like to continue the same spirit but focus more on how to bridge the gap between concept and startup for young entrepreneurs.

Such concept is driven by the belief that the more sharing of the entrepreneur dreams and the Silicon Valley spirit, the better we can improve the startup entrepreneurship environment in Taiwan.  Through UTBEF, we would like to provide a connection platform for the startups and small-midsized companies from Taiwan with Taiwanese American organizations, Stanford-Taiwan Biomedical Fellowship Program (STB), and companies and VC from Silicon Valley.

The proposed theme for this year is “Medical Device Entrepreneurship: The Art of Fundraising”.  Speakers from Silicon Valley venture capital firms and startups will share their perspectives on the latest trend for investing in the medical device industry.  More specifically, the insights on topics such as how investors evaluate the teams they would like to invest or work with, the “do-s and don’t-s” for medical device startups, etc.  These topics not only will reflect the current thinking in medical device, but also provide great tips for entrepreneurs like you to consider for your startup ventures ahead.

2015 UTBEF Program

​This forum will be held on December 5, 2015, at the well-renowned Plug and Play in Sunnyvale, CA. The event will also coincided with BIOMEDevice San Jose conference in December 2015. 

Following is the tentative program for 2015 UTBEF:

Time Program
11:30 - 12:30 Registration / Light Lunch
12:30 - 12:45 VIP Remarks
12:45 - 13:25 Topic: Working With Investors
(Milton Chang, Founder and Managing Partner of Incubic Management, LLC)
13:30 - 14:10 Topic: Building Your Business with Judicious Investment
(Christopher J. Myatt, PhD., Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director, mBio)
14:10 - 14:30 Break
14:30 - 15:10 Topic: Straddling A Startup between Taiwan and the United States
(Jason Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Stanford University Co-Founder of MedicusTek)
15:15 - 16:00 Panel Discussion: Advices to the New Entrepreneurs & Q/A
Chris Myatt / Milton Chang / Jason Wang (Moderator: York Peng)
16:05 - 17:30 Meet Entrepreneurs from Taiwan:
(1) Heidi Yang, Chief Marketing Manager, Mobiosense
(2) Prof. Bing-Shiang Yang, National Chiao Tung University, ClearMind, Inc.
(3) Prof. Tzu-Ming Liu, National Taiwan University, Flat Medical, Inc.
(4) Prof. Chih-Ting Lin, National Taiwan University, “Personalized IVD: From Nice to Necessary”
17:30 - 19:30 Reception / Networking / Refreshment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will participants receive financial support for the trip? 
    No. UTBEF does not provide financial support to event participants.
  2. When is the final conference program available?
    The planning committee is working on lining up the speakers during the next few weeks, and we expect to have the preliminary program ready by July 2015.