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    The mission of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), a unit of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, is to:

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    • Create successful technology ventures; and
    • Connect Maryland companies with university resources to help them succeed.

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    Startup forum

    Mtech Startup Fall Forum: Two Virtual Events for Entrepreneurs!

    Fireside Chat with Harpoon Medical Co-Founders; Innovation at Sikorsky
    Thursday, November 12, 2020
    2-4 p.m. | Online via Zoom (
    Free, Open Entrepreneur Office Hours
    Thursday, November 19, 2020
    2-4 p.m. | Online via Zoom (



    Join Dr. James Gammie and Bill Niland, co-founders of UMB spin-out Harpoon Medical, as they share their path to commercialization and eventual acquisition by Edwards Lifesciences Corporation for $100 Million. This fireside chat will be facilitated by Dr. Deborah Hemingway, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor.

    Innovation at Sikorsky, Carmen Kuchta

    Carmen Kuchta is a Program Manager and Open Innovation Portfolio Manager, Advanced Programs for Sikorsky Innovations at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company. Based out of Stratford, CT, Carmen has led multiple R&D programs for military customers and has a background in engineering, project management, and entrepreneurship. She works with small- to medium-sized innovators around the world, and tech scouts for the Open Innovation Portfolio. She will be talking about entrepreneurship programs and Sikorsky innovations.

    Bill Niland

    Bill Niland currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President at ReGelTec, Inc. Bill was the CEO of Harpoon Medical, a startup in Baltimore that developed a device for less invasive mitral valve repair, a type of heart surgery. Harpoon's device was designed to shorten the duration of both the procedure and recovery period. The company was acquired by Edwards Lifesciences for $100 million in December 2017. Bill has spent his 35-year career exclusively in the healthcare industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in Law, Justice from Rowan University.

    Dr. James Gammie

    James  Gammie, MD, is Professor and Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery at The University of Maryland School of Medicine. Through Harpoon Medical, Dr. Gammie and his team invented a device that enables minimally invasive beating-heart mitral valve repair and founded Harpoon Medical in 2013 to commercialize the technology. The device was approved for clinical use in Europe. Harpoon was acquired by Edwards Lifesciences in 2017. In 2012, Gammie was appointed Chief of Cardiac Surgery for the School of Medicine. He has overseen a doubling of the division's market share at the University of Maryland from FY12 to 2019.



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