OC LIFe (Lifesciences Innovators Forum)

From Clinical Insight to Commercialization: Innovations That Can Transform Pediatric Healthcare.

How can hospitals improve the efficiency of translating research and innovation from academia into practice? What are the unique challenges in supporting pediatric healthcare entrepreneurs and innovators? These experts will share their experiences, and the unique opportunities to increase pediatric medical device development and close the gap between clinical needs and the availability of pediatric devices.

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Event Speakers


Dr. Terence Sanger, MD, PhD

Vice President for Research and Chief Scientific Officer at CHOC Children’s

A renowned physician and research scientist, Dr. Terence Sanger is vice president for research and chief scientific officer at CHOC Children’s. He brings decades of experience in pediatric neurology, movement disorders and robotics to CHOC’s Research Institute.


Dr. Michael G. Muhonen, MD

Neurosurgeon and Medical Director of the CHOC Neuroscience Institute

For more than 20 years, Dr. Muhonen’s research interests have included hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, traumatic head injuries, spina bifida, brain tumors, Moyamoya disease, and vascular malformations of the brain.

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Dr. Suresh N. Magge, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Medical Director, Neurosurgery, Co-Medical Director of the CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Institute and Innovator

As an expert in pediatric neurosurgery, Dr. Magge cares for babies, kids and teens with a wide variety of diseases of the brain and spinal cord, including brain and spinal cord tumors, neurovascular diseases including arteriovenous malformations (AVM) and Moyamoya disease, craniosynostosis (endoscopic and open surgery), Chiari malformations, hydrocephalus, tethered cord syndrome, spina bifida and other neurological disorders.

Event Partners


Since 1964, CHOC has been steadfastly committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, our regional pediatric healthcare network includes a state-of-the-art 334-bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, and a hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo. CHOC also offers many primary and specialty care clinics, more than 100 additional programs and services, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.


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