Texas Trailblazer: Dr. Billy Cohn
JLABS @ TMC , John P. McGovern Campus , Houston , TX 77021
October 12, 2017 from 18:30 PM to 21:00 PM (CST)
$10 - $35
In the Lone Star State, Texans have a pride that’s unmatched, and in the new Texas Trailblazers series at JLABS @ TMC, we’re tapping into these hometown heroes that have been brave enough to forge into the unknown and make a real difference in their industries. The Texas Trailblazers are an elite group of Texans that have achieved insurmountable successes in their endeavors, and JLABS @ TMC is providing a platform for them to discuss their failures, successes, and advice for budding entrepreneurs.
What do mosquitos, the weather in the Northeast, and the muscle that give you the hiccups have in common? They are the inspiration behind medical device innovations.
Our Texas Trailblazer Series continues with Dr. Cohn, current Professor of Cardiothoracic Transplantation & Circulatory Support Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Cohn has had many successful innovations including one of the first commercially available self-retaining coronary stabilizers for performing off-pump beating heart coronary artery bypass, The SentreHeart LARIAT, a percutaneous system for excluding the left atrial appendage in patients with atrial fibrillation at risk for embolic stroke, The TVA Medical percutaneous system for creating arterio-venous fistulas for hemodialysis access in renal failure patients, and the granddaddy of all innovations, working closely with O. H. “Bud” Frazier on the first continuous flow total artificial heart.
Recently, however, Dr. Cohn has credited mother nature herself for his current medical device innovations and will be at JLABS @ TMC to teach you how to think outside the laboratory and see that innovation is all around you.
4:30 PM | Registration Opens, Networking
5:00 PM | Presentation
6:00 PM | Q&A
7:00 PM | Program Close
Billy Cohn | Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, Center for Device Innovation read bio»
General public | $15
JLABS @ TMC
John P. McGovern Campus
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite J
Houston, TX 77021
Please park in the self parking areas of the McGovern Campus. Grab a Token at the gate and bring it to the event space. We encourage carpooling and using the TMC shuttles.
Billy Cohn, M.D. | Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Director, Center for Device Innovation
Dr. William Cohn is a Vice President of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Director of the Center for Device Innovation. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Cohn was Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation and Director of the legendary Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratory at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. Billy is a noted cardiovascular surgeon and visionary serial inventor. He is a Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at both Rice University and the University of Houston. His major research interests have been focused on decreasing the invasiveness of medical procedures in a wide variety of fields. Dr. Cohn has been intimately involved in the development of the continuous-flow, totally implantable, artificial heart. In 2011, Dr. Cohn and Dr. O. H. Frazier successfully implanted the first pulseless total heart replacement device in a human patient. Dr. Cohn has a passion for medical device development and has more than 90 US patents granted or pending for his medical innovations that have provided the core technology for six venture-backed medical start-ups. His numerous awards include an honorary doctorate in science from Oberlin College, the Distinguished Scientist Award, given by the MacDonald Fund, and the Edison Award for excellence in human-centered design and innovation for the SentreHEART® Lariat®.
In 2000, Dr. Cohn was named the distinguished Inventor of the Year by the U.S. Intellectual Property Owners Association. In 2014 he was named Outstanding Inventor of the Year by the Houston IPO. In addition, in 2014 he received the Innovation award at ICI in Tel Aviv for inventing the TVA everLINQ system for percutaneous AV fistula creation and for founding TVA Medical. In 2015, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for healthcare innovation by the Houston Technology Center. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from Oberlin College in Ohio, Billy went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He then completed seven years of general surgical and cardiothoracic surgical training at the Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals and a one-year cardiothoracic fellowship at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. After completion of his training, he stayed on as a staff Cardiothoracic surgeon at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and as a full-time faculty of Harvard Medical School for ten years before being recruited back to his hometown of Houston.
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