Platinum Sponsors

KMM Group

Spectrum Plastics


Silver Sponsors

Able Electropolishing

Able Medical Devices

Arthur G Russell







Elmas Medical



IRP Medical



Magnum Medical




MTD Micromolding

MW Medical Solutions

Supporting Organizations


EDC Utah

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Gold Sponsors

B Braun


Natech Plastics

NDH Medical

Trademark Plastics

Silver Sponsors

Nelson Labs


Quality, Microbiology & Sterilization Services



Spectrum Solutions


Teleflex Medical OEM


Vance Street Capital



Bronze Sponsors

Culper Capital

Keystone Solutions


OKAY Industries


Media Sponsors

Medtech Intelligence


Wednesday, September 1
Location: Grand Ballroom, The Grand America Hotel
11:30 a.m.-1:25 p.m. Registration & Networking Luncheon
Sponsored by:
Keystone Solutions
1:25-1:30 p.m. Welcome Address

    Howard Revitch, MPO/ODT Group Publisher
    Sean Fenske, MPO/ODT Editor-in-Chief
1:30-1:45 p.m. Welcome to Utah
An introduction to the life sciences community within Utah, with an emphasis on the medtech manufacturing environment.

Speaker: Kelvyn H. Cullimore Jr., President and CEO, BioUtah

1:45-2:30 p.m. State of the Industry
A comprehensive analysis of the latest trends within the medical device manufacturing industry. M&A activity among both the medical device manufacturing firms and their supply chain partners will be a focal point. Also, concerns and considerations relevant to the OEM and supplier relationship will be discussed.

Speaker: Ben Dunn, Managing Director, Covington Associates

2:30-3:15 p.m. Finding Sustainability Across Your Packaging Lifecycle
Sustainability has made it to the forefront of medical device companies and the healthcare facilities they serve. As this trend grows across the industry, medical device manufacturers are seeking ways to improve the sustainability of their packaging systems while organizations like the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council are exploring ways to avoid landfilling or incineration of these materials. The goal is to enable alternative end of life solutions for these materials. During this session, we’ll explore how manufacturers can improve the sustainability of their packaging designs, packaging processes, and present some ideas on where sustainability opportunities may be found across the lifecycle of their products.

Speaker: Nick Packet, Medical and Pharmaceutical Tyvek® Packaging—East Coast MDM Specialist, Dupont

3:15-4:00 p.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
4:00-5:00 p.m. Cost Constraints: Where’s the Disconnect?
Suppliers and contract manufacturers face rising material costs while many OEMs insist on fixed long-term pricing and even year-over-year cost reductions to address pricing pressures from their customers. The formula can create polarizing perspectives and unsustainable economic impacts. Most stakeholders are interested in finding a middle ground that works for everyone, but often, win:win solutions seem impossible to identify. This panel will address these issues facing the industry and the contract manufacturer/OEM relationship as it relates to costs to see if the disconnect between the two can be identified and suggestions made for improvements.

Moderator: Jim Fitzgerald, CEO, Flexan


    Jared Goble, Sales Director, Avient Distribution
    Nikin Shah, co-CEO, Polyzen
    David A. White, Vice President Global Procurement, Merit Medical Systems Inc.
    Marshall White, President & CEO, TEAM Technologies Inc.
5:00-7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Join attendees, speakers, and exhibitors for drinks and hors d’oeuvres during an evening reception. 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, September 2
Location: Grand Ballroom, The Grand America Hotel
7:30-9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:
9:00-9:45 a.m. The Business Case for a Purpose-Led Company
What does it mean to be a purpose-led company and what is the business case for becoming one? This session will discuss the impetus for companies to adopt and live into a purpose that delivers both business and social impact. The concept of shared value will be discussed, as well as approaches to get started on developing a corporate responsibility strategy. Recent trends, examples, and tools will be offered, and participation from the audience to share their own experiences and shape the discussion is encouraged.

Speaker: Adeeb Mahmud, Managing Director, FSG

9:45-10:45 a.m. Drug Delivery: Growth Through a Convergence of Trends
What do healthcare at home, wearables , and an increase in healthcare data all have in common? The move from hospital care to home is a trend that is clearly established for the next decade. Patients will take greater control over their own therapies and will need feedback and support as they assume responsibilities that have been traditionally performed by physicians and nurses. The year 2021 has brought even more opportunities for drug and device companies to work together to support the patient-centric continuum of care. Join Medi-Vantage and a panel of experts in drug delivery as they discuss what this means for medical devices in general and drug delivery in particular.

Moderator: Maria Shepherd, President and CEO, Medi-Vantage


    Binita Bhattacharya, MA, MBA, Manager—Human Factors, Industrial Design, and Data Science, West Pharmaceutical Services
    Michael Burr, VP—Product Development, iVeena
    John Higuchi, Co-Founder, Spriaso LLC; Co-Founder, Lipocine Inc.
10:45-11:30 a.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
Team Technologies
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The Two Sides of Human Factors
Many involved with medical device manufacturing have some contact with human factors; for some, it’s from a design aspect, while others address it from a regulatory perspective. This session will seek to address the topic from both sides, discussing best practices for implementation, the benefits of it, and why it should matter to everyone from design team through to marketing. Join these two seasoned professionals as they have an open dialogue on topics including usability testing, formative vs. summative testing, human factors for a device used by a patient vs. a healthcare professional, and more.


    Michael Drues, Ph.D., President, Vascular Sciences
    Bryce G. Rutter Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Metaphase Design Group Inc.
12:15-1:45 p.m. Networking Luncheon
Sponsored by:
Vance Street Capital
1:45-2:45 p.m. What Docs Want: A Discussion with End Users
Medical device companies develop and market technologies for medical professionals to use, but are they truly producing “what docs want”? Interested in hearing what physicians have to say? This panel discussion will bring several medical professionals together from the region to share their thoughts and experiences with medical technologies. Find out what they like, what they dislike, and where they think there’s room for improvement. Attendees will also have the opportunity to pose their own questions to the panel to gain feedback.

Moderator: Kai Kuck, Ph.D., Director of Bioengineering, Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Utah


    Bryan R. McRae, MD, Executive Director (Interim), Center for Medical Innovation (CMI); Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery (ENT), University of Utah School of Medicine
    Derek Sakata, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Utah
    Rami M. Shorti, PhD, MBA, Lead R&D Scientist and Emerging Technologies Consultant, Transformation Lab, Intermountain Healthcare
2:45-3:30 p.m. Supply Chains Turned Upside Down…and Inside Out!
The world’s healthcare supply chains have been turned “upside down and inside out” over the past 18 months due to the COVID pandemic. There has never been a time in modern history where the term “supply chain” has been more important as well as misunderstood than now. Topics to be addressed will include The Duplicate Capacity Dilemma (the cost of creating contingency capacity vs. the risk of not doing so); Supplier/Partner Model (too much risk and dependence on single supplier sources?); Will the COVID-based hyper-sensed desire for supply control result in more in-sourcing vs. outsourcing? Protecting supply lines; Impact of logistics/transportation/warehousing; Should we/will we be returning to the United States? What time line lenses should i be using to configure my supply chains? What we learned from toilet paper (i.e., inventory value vs. cost); Just In Time/Lean vs. COA Planning Models; and finally, Talent.

Speaker: Christopher Oleksy, Co-Founder/CEO, Next Life Medical; CEO, Emergent Respiratory

3:30-4:15 p.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
4:00-5:00 p.m. 20/20 Vision: A 15-Year Outsourcing Retrospective and Forecast
As the MPO Summit celebrates 15 years of serving the medical device manufacturing industry, this panel looks at where the industry has come from with regard to outsourcing, what’s currently happening within the space, and where it’s headed. Using the 15 years timeline within which to frame the discussion, the panel will look at changes experienced as well as what is expected in the next 15 years. Insight from audience members based on their perspective is certainly encouraged.

Moderator: Anthony S. Freeman, President, A.S. Freeman Advisors LLC


    Donna M. Bibber, Vice President of Business Development, Isometric Micro Molding Inc.
    Tom Black, New Business Development Manager, Command Medical Products
    David Mabie, President, CincyMED LLC
    Paul Orlando, VP of External Operations, Olympus Surgical Technologies America
    John F. Somers, President and CEO, Harmac Medical Products
5:00 p.m. End of Conference
Wifi/Twitter provided courtesy of maxon
* All session times, speakers, and content are subject to change.