Gold Sponsors

B. Braun Medical OEM






Supporting Organizations





San Diego Regional EDC

Media Sponsors

Med Tech Directory

RTC Media

Silver Sponsors

5th Axis




EG Gilero

Eldon James

Forefront Medical


Judson Smith





Micro Mold

MW Industries



Pryor Products




Spectrum Plastics Group

Surgical Technologies, Inc./McLean Medical and Scientific, Inc

Tegra Medical

Trademark Plastics


Bronze Sponsors


Bonifacio Consulting Service

Covington Associates

MedWorld Advisors



Teleflex Medical OEM


Wednesday, October 18
Location: Marina Ballroom, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
7:00-8:55 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:
Inverness Graham

8:55-9:00 a.m. Welcome Address

    Howard Revitch, MPO/ODT Group Publisher
    Sean Fenske, MPO/ODT Editor
9:00-10:00 a.m. State of the Medtech Industry
A dual-presenter session that reviews key aspects of the medtech industry, including the outsourcing market, M&A activity within both the supplier and the OEM space, and expectations for the next year. Audience is encouraged to pose relevant questions to the speakers during the session, but questions may also be submitted ahead of time (send to


    Bryan Hughes, Director, P&M Corporate Finance
    Randall Sword, Principal, RidgeRunner Advisors
10:00-10:45 a.m. Medical Device Supply Chain 2020: How to Prepare
We are in the early to mid-phases of a healthcare transformation similar to that of the banking/financial industry circa 2000s. Can the medical device supply, value, and care chains avoid a collapse similar to what took place in the housing collapse of 2008? Maybe/maybe not! Now is the time for leaders from all disciplines to recognize the historical similarities and establish a plan to “navigate” the issues ahead.

Speaker: Chris Oleksy, Founder and CEO, Oleksy Enterprises and Next Life Medical; CEO, Emergent Respiratory

10:45-11:30 a.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
BMP Medical
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Panel: Make vs. Buy
How does a company decide which products or components to make and which to buy? In the outsourcing environment, this decision is of critical importance and can make a significant difference in terms of cost of a finished product’s development. This panel will review best practices and strategies OEMs need to take to come to a decision on this question. With representatives from both medical device OEMs and suppliers, each side of the discussion is covered. Audience is encouraged to pose relevant questions to the panelists during the session, but questions may also be submitted ahead of time (send to


    Jessica Lenhardt, Sr. Director, Teleflex Medical OEM
    Patrick Lynch, Supply Chain Director, Sonendo
    Paul Orlando, Vice President of External Operations, Olympus Surgical Technologies America
    Alex Porion, Global Sourcing Senior Manager, Boston Scientific Corporation
    John F. Somers, President & CEO, Harmac Medical Products

Moderator: Sean Fenske, Editor, MPO/ODT

12:30-2:00 p.m. Networking Luncheon
Sponsored by:
Teleflex Medical OEM
2:00-2:45 p.m. Effective Risk Management of Outsourcing Partnerships
New medical device regulations and standards are placing an increased emphasis on risk management of the supply chain in addition to product design and manufacture. OEMs are expected to show greater control and oversight of their supply chain, consequently raising the bar for suppliers. This session will explore a collaborative approach to risk management that can enhance the value of outsourcing while meeting rigorous regulatory requirements.

Speaker: Brian Weller RAC, Partner, Business Value Group Intl.

2:45-3:30 p.m. Global Sourcing for a Worldwide Marketplace
As the world continues to open up to medical device manufacturers, offering exciting market opportunities in new locations, so too does the global supply chain. What strategies can device manufacturers leverage to take advantage of localized outsourcing support in new regions?

Speaker: Bill Ellerkamp, Operating Partner, Inverness Graham Investments

3:30-4:15 p.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
MTD Micromolding
4:15-5:00 p.m. Celebrating the Partnership: A Case Study
Finishing up Day 1 after a comprehensive overview of the critical elements required to make the outsourcing partnership work, this session will showcase a successful outsourcing venture between medical device OEM and service provider. Each side will provide insights on what makes for a successful arrangement that results in a true collaborative effort to get a product to market in a timely and cost-effective manner.


    Linda Braddon, Ph.D., President, Secure BioMed Evaluations
    Bryan Brosseau, Regulatory, Quality, & Technical Support, Secure BioMed Evaluations
    George Diamantoni, CEO, Manager, and Chairman of the Board, Hip Innovation Technology
    Nnamdi Njoku, Senior Business Director, Pelvic Health Minimally Invasive Therapies, Medtronic
5:00-7:00 p.m. Reception
Join attendees, speakers, and exhibitors for drinks and hors d’oeuvres during an evening reception at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Take advantage of the setting for networking and conversation with peers within the medtech manufacturing industry.

Sponsored by:

* All session times, speakers, and content are subject to change.
Thursday, October 19
Location: Marina Ballroom, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
7:30-8:45 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:
Inverness Graham
8:45-9:30 a.m. Connecting with Strategics for Emerging Technology Companies
Getting in on the ground floor in an emerging technology area can result in being the first to market with a disruptive product. Many start-ups, however, don’t consider critical factors in their journey. This session will examine important factors such as commercialization, international channel distribution, strategic investment and/or acquisition, private labeling, and licensing.

Speaker: David Sheppard, Chief Operating Officer and Principal, MedWorld Advisors

9:30-10:15 a.m. Designing the Perfect Instrument
The perfect surgical instrument is a seamless extension of the human hand. It makes surgeons better at what they do. It enhances precision, control, and dexterity; it minimizes exposure to stress and strain. The perfect design also makes an important emotional connection with the surgeon. It engages the user on all sensory levels and creates a unique, empowering experience of confident use. What does it take to make a surgical instrument that is the best of the best?

Speaker: Bryce G. Rutter Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Metaphase Design Group Inc.

10:15-11:00 a.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
Freudenberg Medical
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Panel: Preparing the Next Generation of Medtech Manufacturing Professionals
With companies seeing shortages in skilled labor for sectors that impact medical device manufacturing, a number of firms and organizations are attempting to address the issue through their own unique solutions. From bringing back apprenticeship programs to establishing training and educational agendas, some companies are attacking this problem head on. This panel session will highlight the labor needs of the industry while providing real-world examples of how each of the panelists’ organizations are addressing the issue. Audience is encouraged to pose relevant questions to the panelists during the session, but questions may also be submitted ahead of time (send to


    Scott Covert, Full Time Instructor/Journeyman Precision Grinder, Penn United Technologies
    William Pratt, VP Operations and Director of Creative Design, Kinamed Inc.
    Thomas F. Taylor, President & CEO, Foxx Life Sciences
    Michael White, CTO, Fusion Biotec
    Christopher M. Yakacki, Ph.D., Associate Professor, The University of Colorado Denver

Moderator: Sean Fenske, Editor, MPO/ODT

12:00 p.m. End of Conference
Wifi/Twitter provided courtesy of maxon precision motors
*Sessions and speakers subject to change.