Joseph Hirsch from Globalview Advisors, and a Member of OCTANe, attended OCTANe’s Coffee at The Cove event featuring Visionary Ventures and the ABCs of Medical Device Funding. The event took place at The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation. Discussions with Austin Wilemon (Moderator), Director of Relationship Development at DevicePharm, and Jeffry Weinhuff, Managing Partner at Visionary Venture Fund, focused on the ABCs of medical device funding and an inside look at the Visionary Venture Fund, which was rated top three most active healthcare venture funds in 2017 by PwC. Mr. Weinhuff’s closing quote to end the event was “Solve Problems, and Build the Right Team.”
The Cove is a vibrant gathering place of entrepreneurs and innovators in the Orange County community. From speaker panels to networking mixers, the Cove hosts a variety of events aimed at building ties between investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, industry members, and others excited about the rapidly growing innovation district in and around UCI.
OCTANe has created a successful ecosystem that accelerates the flow of ideas, talent, and capital by creating an infrastructure where entrepreneurs, academia, company executives, and business advisors build and grow sustainable organizations. Its board of directors and executive committee is comprised of leading business executives that have successfully started, built, or grown companies in either the technology or medical technology industries. Each member is committed to providing technology business leaders with a forum to make a lasting impact on the future of the technology industry and the overall quality of life in Orange County. Organized in 2002 with a strong idea: to unite regional biomedical and information technology companies, major university research institutes (University of California, Irvine and Chapman University), and a population of highly educated and entrepreneurial residents that together would build transformational businesses. Its founders, Tom Moebus, former Vice Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, and Dwight Decker, former CEO and chairman of Conexant Systems, began working to create an organization capable of bringing all of these important communities together, and build a vast network of resources, expertise, and capital. The result is a catalyst that drives an unparalleled community of innovation and commercialization in Orange County—home to thousands of biomedical, technology, and clean tech companies.