Inspiring Leaders: Derek Herrera - Rebuilding Mind, Body and Business

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Inspiring Leaders: Derek Herrera - Rebuilding Mind, Body and Business

JLABS @ Toronto , 661 University Ave , Toronto , ON M5G 1M1

February 16, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 14:30 PM (EST)

$10 - $35

Being an entrepreneur takes resilience, perseverance, determination - all qualities that a decorated, Marine Special Operations Team Leader would embody. Meet Derek Herrera, Marine Captain turned entrepreneur - a man who epitomizes the idea of turning a problem into an opportunity, and a truly inspiring leader. In June 2012, after a six year career building and leading teams of Marines all over the world, Captain Herrera was shot and paralyzed by enemy small arms fire while leading his Marine Special Operations Team on patrol in Afghanistan. Derek returned to work just 7 months after his injury, and 4 months after that completed his first para-triathlon.

In true entrepreneur fashion Derek "pivoted," and after pursuing an MBA from UCLA founded Spinal Singularity, whose first product, the Connected Catheter™, is the world's first semi-permanent, fully internal, smart catheter system. Derek has led the Spinal Singularity team to win numerous business plan competitions including being a top 20 finalist in the MedTech Innovator program and winner of the primeUC competition.

Join us for a fireside chat with Derek and experience the lessons he's learned about selflessness, resilience and recovering from seemingly insurmountable odds.

The Inspiring Leaders series provides unrivaled access to been there done that industry leaders in an intimate and unique setting. The highly sought after, featured speakers share their forecasts and vision for the future as well as lessons learned from the trenches. The series is designed to be an interactive and highly educational experience for all who attend.

Derek Herrera | CEO, Spinal Singularity read bio»
[interviewer] Nicole DeKort | Vice-President of Government Relations: Federal and Ontario, MEDEC read bio»

11:00 AM | Registration Opens
11:30 AM | Presentation, Interview and Q&A
12:45 PM | Lunch & Networking
1:30 PM | Program Close

CA$ 40 | General Public
CA$ 30 | Student/Academic
CA$ 55 | At the door

JLABS @ Toronto
661 University Ave, Suite 1300
Toronto, Ontario

Speakers' Biographies:

Derek Herrera | CEO, Spinal Singularity
In November 2014, Captain Derek Herrera medically retired from Active Duty in the US Marine Corps after 8.5 years of service as an Infantry and Special Operations Officer. After graduating from the US Naval Academy in 2006, he has spent his first six years in the Marine Corps building and leading teams of Marines, Sailors and Soldiers all over the world. In June 2012, Derek was shot and paralyzed from the chest down while leading his Marine Special Operations Team on patrol in the Helmand River Valley, Afghanistan. He's received numerous personal decorations including the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Bronze Star (with combat distinguishing device), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Captain Herrera graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Management where he earned an MBA, with a certificate in Entrepreneurship in 2015. While at UCLA, Derek was awarded the John Wooden Global Leadership Fellowship for exceptional leadership and was recognized by Poets and Quants as one of the top 50 EMBA students of 2015.
Recently, he founded Spinal Singularity, a company that designs medical devices to improve the quality of life for people with Spinal Cord Injury and Disease (SCI/D). In May 2015, Derek led the Spinal Singularity team to win the UCLA Knapp Business Plan Competition and the UCLA Student Engineering Venture Competition. Spinal Singularity was a finalist in the MedTech Innovator program (top 20/292 companies) and won the Johnson & Johnson Innovation sponsored primeUC Award.
Derek has shared his story with the hopes of advocating for the Special Operations and Paralysis communities and has spoken for many different groups and been featured on National Media Outlets. He has also worked to support non-profit organizations that he's passionate about including involvement on the Boards of The MARSOC Foundation, American Technion Society and Renovating Hope.
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Nicole DeKort | Vice-President of Government Relations: Federal and Ontario, MEDEC
Nicole DeKort is the Vice-President of Government Relations: Federal and Ontario for MEDEC – the industry association representing Canada’s Medical Technology Companies – pursuing opportunities to demonstrate the value of innovative medical technology to government, stakeholders and key partners in the health care system.
Prior to joining MEDEC, Nicole has a 14 year background in politics and government in a diverse portfolio of roles which includes working in opposition, in government (in both the Premier’s office and in Minister’s offices), and for the Ontario Liberal Party as Executive Director. Nicole also has extensive campaign experience having served in a variety of roles in over 40 provincial, federal and municipal election campaigns – both centrally and at the local level.
Nicole’s last role in government prior to joining MEDEC was serving as the Executive Director of Strategic Planning for the Hon. Deb Matthews, then Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Connect with Nicole:   Connect on LinkedIn

JLABS @ Toronto

About Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS (JLABS) is a global network of open innovation ecosystems, enabling and empowering innovators to create and accelerate the delivery of life-saving, life-enhancing health and wellness solutions to patients around the world. JLABS achieves this by providing the optimal environment for emerging companies to catalyze growth and optimize their research and development by opening them to vital industry connections, delivering entrepreneurial programs and providing a capital-efficient, flexible platform where they can transform the scientific discoveries of today into the breakthrough healthcare solutions of tomorrow. At JLABS we value great ideas and are passionate about removing obstacles to success to help innovators unleash the potential of their early scientific discoveries. JLABS is a no-strings-attached model, which means entrepreneurs are free to develop their science while holding on to their intellectual property. JLABS is open to entrepreneurs across a broad healthcare spectrum including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and healthtech sectors. The JLABS flagship opened in 2012 in San Diego at Janssen's West Coast Research Center, and since then has grown to ten global locations including the Bay Area, Boston & Lowell, MA, Houston, Toronto, Beerse (Belgium), with New York City, opening in June 2018, and Shanghai in 2019. For more information please visit or follow @JLABS. About Johnson & Johnson Innovation Johnson & Johnson Innovation focuses on accelerating all stages of innovation worldwide and forming collaborations between entrepreneurs and Johnson & Johnson's global healthcare businesses. Johnson & Johnson Innovation provides scientists, entrepreneurs and emerging companies with one-stop access to science and technology experts who can facilitate collaborations across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer companies of Johnson & Johnson. Under the Johnson & Johnson Innovation umbrella of businesses, we connect with innovators through our regional Innovation Centers, Johnson & Johnson Innovation | JLABS, Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JJDC, and our Business Development teams to create customized deals and novel collaborations that speed development of innovations to solve unmet needs in patients. For more information please visit or follow @JNJInnovation.

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