Annual FDA Forum - Keynote Speaker Dr. Susan Alpert, Ph.D., M.D.

Event Description

Event Time-frame:

  • CLE Presentation Forum: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm; registration/check-in will start after 1:30 pm
  • Networking Social: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm; hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Forum Program:  

Join in-house legal experts from Medtronic, Coloplast, Boston Scientific, Smiths Medical, Post, Hormel, Cargill and Schwan's as we discuss recent regulatory and litigation challenges and developments in the food, drug and medical device industries from an insider's perspective. 

This year, we are excited to have as our keynote speaker Dr. Susan Alpert - Former Director of the FDA’s Office of Device Evaluation/CDRH and Former Corporate Senior Vice President for Global Regulatory at Medtronic.  Currently, Dr. Alpert is the principal of SFA Regulatory, LLC, which focuses on strategies to place medical devices and other medical products into the global market, and was a member of the board of the Society for Women's Health Research and the Food and Drug Law Institute.  She holds a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from NYU and an MD from the University of Miami.  Dr. Alpert is considered one of the top U.S. regulatory experts, and serves as a regulatory advisor for many life sciences companies around the world, from start-ups to multi-national firms.

Panelists and attendees are invited to stay for a networking happy hour immediately following the program.

Featured Keynote Presenter:

Dr. Susan Alpert, Ph.D., M.D. | Principal of SFA Regulatory, LLC; Former Director of the FDA’s Office of Device Evaluation/CDRH and Former Corporate Senior Vice President for Global Regulatory at Medtronic

Presentation Panelists: (subject to change)

Food Panel:
Susan Matthees Blum, Senior Attorney | Cargill Inc.
Kiri Somermeyer, Associate General Counsel | Post Consumer Brands
Steve Toeniskoetter, Senior Attorney | Hormel Foods Corp.
Melissa Weiner, Partner | Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, LLP

Device/Drug Panel:
Rachel Brucker, Senior Program Manager, CRHF Core R&D | Medtronic
Rachel Gartner, Sr. Regulatory Specialist | Boston Scientific Corp.
Gretchen Randall, General Counsel | Smiths Medical
Dawn Sorensen, Lead Counsel | Coloplast Corp. North America

Food Panel: Ranelle Leier, Partner | Fox Rothschild LLP
Device/Drug Panel: Peter J. Goss , Counsel; Litigation | Pentair

CLE Credits:

3.0 Standard CLE Credits applied for | Event code: 295824    

Remote Participation: 

Remote attendance is available via webcast.  Please indicate that you will attend remotely when registering.  Instructions will be sent via e-mail a day prior to the program.

Venue for In-Person Participation:  

The FDA Forum will be held at the Minneapolis office of Stinson LLP, 50 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Please take the elevator from the main ground lobby to the 26th floor. The attached parking ramp is located off 6th Street. 


Food Drug & Device (FDD) Law Section Member:  $35.00
MSBA Member not in the FDD Section:  $40.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $50.00
Law Students: Free
New Admittees (attorneys admitted to the Minnesota Bar after 1/1/19):  Free

Join the Food Drug & Device Law Section: MSBA members who are not members of the Food Drug & Device Law Section can join and attend this CLE for FREE.  Click here to add the section to your membership and then contact Geen Mui to register for this meeting at no charge.

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Deadline to Register: March 2, 2020

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Hennepin Room / Stinson LLP Minneapolis, MN United States