Panel of entrepreneurs and business leaders offer their expertise at Fairfield University School of Engineering event on October 8

Image: McAuliffe HallAn impressive array of experts will discuss cutting edge devices at a panel discussion sponsored by the Fairfield University School of Engineering, on Monday, October 8, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Organized by Ratafia Ventures, the event, "Introducing Medical Technology Products," will include a wine and networking reception afterwards, all taking place at Alumni House, on the Fairfield campus. For information on fees and registration, please e-mail Manny Ratafia at
 or call (203) 387-7348.

Moderated by Ratafia, an entrepreneur, management consultant, and angel investor, the panel discussion will feature Robert Altabet, who has headed up business development for RBC Technologies Company for the past decade; Scott DeFelice, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM); Joel Douglas, CTO of Simplified Energy Solutions; John Fitzpatrick, co-founder and CEO of Applivate; Isaac Fram, a principal of Biomedical Imaging Solutions Inc.; John LaViola, group vice president, Engineering for the Breast Health division of Hologic, Inc.; Arthur Rappaport, an entrepreneur focused on a medical device for noninvasive measurement and monitoring of intracranial pressure; and David Sutton, a medical device hands-on entrepreneur, developing innovative technology from R&D to prototype to launch.

Students come to Fairfield's School of Engineering for practical reasons - to work in small-class settings, to collaborate closely with committed faculty in their area of expertise, and to live and learn with fellow logical thinkers so that pooling resources and working as a team becomes second nature.For more information, and for directions to Fairfield, visit

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726,

Posted on September 28, 2012

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