PDMA Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh-Based Startup Success Story to Inspire Your Own Business Success

When:  Oct 26, 2021 from 18:00 to 19:30 (ET)
Associated with  Pittsburgh

PDMA Pittsburgh Chapter

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


In-Person Event AND Live Streamed
Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
4765 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Event Description:

A startup success story can be inspiring. It can motivate you and provide you with tips and tricks that you can apply to your own business.

On October 26th, Mark Adkins, Chief Executive Officer of LeanMed — a Pittsburgh-based startup — will share his inspirational startup journey. You’ll learn how an idea from a Pitt medical student turned into a thriving company.

Mark will discuss how LeanMed developed a product that utilizes existing medical technologies to deliver life-saving oxygen to developing nations. He will explain the challenges associated with entrepreneurship, and the lessons he has learned along the way.

Mark’s presentation will focus on:

  • Embracing the process of trial and error
  • Understanding the product or service that customers need (customer discovery)
  • Networking with organizations that can help your cause
  • Deciding where to manufacture your product

We hope you are able to join us for this inspiring event.

About the Speaker: Mark Adkins, NPDP, CEO of LeanMed

Mark Adkins

Mark Adkins is the CEO of LeanMed (www.leanmedinnovation.com), a medical device company dedicated to bringing essential treatment to underserved regions through innovative technologies. LeanMed's first product, the O2 CUBE, is a solar-powered supplemental oxygen production system that delivers vital medical oxygen to patients in developing nations that lack grid electricity. With respiratory infections killing millions of patients each year, the O2 CUBE is a landmark step in improving care and saving lives.

Mark also serves as a director and vice-chair of the Product Development and Management Association https://www.pdma.org. The PDMA community is woven from a fabric of international practicing professionals, professors, students, and service providers that support corporations and startups with their innovation and product development expertise.

Mark is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/CMI/. Professor Adkins teaches Innovation Management to educate the next generation of innovators in the design, development, and commercialization of medical technologies.

He is the founder and president of Smart Hammer Innovation http://www.smarthammerin.com/, a management consulting business that helps companies apply best practices to Innovation Management. During his career, Mark and his teams have led development projects that have launched numerous new products with lifetime sales of over $1B.

Before founding Smart Hammer Innovation, Mark was a Director at Cincinnati Machine where he spearheaded the design of their new product development process that was recognized in 1998 as the best in the world by the PDMA. Mark was also a director at Kennametal where he successfully integrated independent development teams from Europe, Asia, and N. America and launched three next-generation product lines.



In-person Event at CMU Attendee Rates Watch Party via Zoom Attendee Rates

PDMA Members: $25
Students: $FREE

PDMA Members: $FREE
Students: $FREE

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