Gold Sponsors

B. Braun




Spectrum Plastics



Silver Sponsors


Pulse Systems

Quality, Microbiology, and Sterilization Services






STI McLean

Stradis Healthcare


Tegra Medical

Teleflex Medical OEM

Trademark Plastics




Supporting Organizations




Media Sponsors

Manufacturing Technology Insights

Silver Sponsors

Applied Plastics

Arthur Russell




Central Plastics & Manufacturing





Instrument Technology


IRP Medical

J-Pac Medical Outsourcing

Judson A Smith



Laser Light Technologies


Merrill's Packaging


Micro Mold

Motion Dynamics Corporation

MW Industries Medical Solutions

NN Life Sciences


Bronze Sponsors


AIP Precision Manufactruing


GF Machining

maxon motors

MedWorld Advisors


Teel Plastics


Thursday, October 3
Location: Grand Ballroom, Marriott San Francisco Waterfront
7:00-8:55 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:
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8:55-9:00 a.m. Welcome Address

    Howard Revitch, MPO/ODT Group Publisher
    Sean Fenske, MPO/ODT Editor-in-Chief
9:00-9:45 a.m. State of the Industry
An insider’s update on the issues and factors in Washington that are impacting the medical device manufacturing industry. Topics will include current efforts to repeal the device tax, drive for greater reforms at FDA and CMS, and other issues important to our industry.

Speaker: Mark Leahey, President & CEO, Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA)

9:45-10:30 a.m. Succeeding Globally in Medtech
Today, changes are constant as we live and operate in a global environment. From supply chain to commercialization, regulatory to marketing, maximizing your company’s profits and ensuring success means you need to be on top of not just one of these business factors, but rather, many of them, as well as the differences between them in various regions across the globe. During this session, discover how to maximize your chances for success in the worldwide medical device community while adjusting to the ever-changing medtech environment.


    Florence Joffroy-Black, CEO, President, and Founder, MedWorld Advisors
    Dave Sheppard, Principal and Founder, MedWorld Advisors
10:30-11:15 a.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
BMP Medical
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Optimizing Supply Chains in the Medtech Industry
This panel discussion will address a variety of sub-themes that can impact the supply chain and, as an extension, the relationship between OEM and supplier. A number of factors will be touched upon, including (but not limited to) growth and consolidation of suppliers, the influence of private equity on the medtech industry, supply chain risk and disruption, globalization, product liability, supplier engineering and co-development, environmental and sustainability issues, workforce availability and development, and cybersecurity. Gain insights from representatives of both OEMs and supply partners during this session.

Moderator: Bill Ellerkamp, President, Precision Coating


    Carlos Ayala, Director of Strategic Procurement, Integer Holdings Corp.
    Todd McCaslin, Global Sourcing Director, Boston Scientific Corporation
    Christopher Oleksy, Co-Founder/CEO, Next Life Medical; CEO, Emergent Respiratory
    Daniel Stemm, VP of Global Key Account Excellence and Government Affairs, Heraeus Medical Components
12:15-1:45 p.m. Networking Luncheon
Sponsored by:
Vance Street Capital
1:45-2:30 p.m. Talking Trade: Recent Trade Actions and U.S. Medtech Supply Chains
For much of the previous 20 years, U.S. medical device manufacturers have sustained their competitiveness by outsourcing and offshoring low-cost elements of their supply chains to countries associated with low-labor costs. These investments have contributed to the creation of several international medtech manufacturing clusters. But changing conditions within these countries may be altering the trading relationship between the United States and these key medtech partners. At the same time, the United States has initiated a number of trade actions that impact U.S. medtech competitiveness. This presentation will discuss the implications for U.S. medtech supply chains in light of these recent developments.

Speaker: Mihir Torsekar, International Trade Analyst, U.S. International Trade Commission

2:30-3:15 p.m. Perfect Storm: Addressing the Changing Face of Regulations in the U.S. and Globally
The medical device industry’s regulatory landscape is changing and it’s leading to a “perfect storm” of deadlines and headaches for an array of companies in the industry. Most notable, the EU is replacing its MDD with the new MDR, which will require review of most devices to be sold in the region, whether already on the market or not. Within the same time frame, the medical device single audit program, or MDSAP, has been implemented and is required to market devices in Canada. The FDA is enforcing stricter biocompatibility documentation per the 2016 guidance. Further, ISO 13485:2016 transition audits are coming into play. All the while, notified bodies in the EU are going to be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of work coming their way. This session will help you prioritize and ensure your focus is on the right tasks for your company.

Speaker: Christine Scifert, Co-Founder, MRC-X LLC

3:15-4:00 p.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
MTD Micro Molding
4:00-5:00 p.m. The Future of Partnerships with the Influx of Non-Traditional Players & Disruptive Technologies
This panel discussion will focus on the convergence of technology within Silicon Valley and the medical device industry, and explore how emerging players are changing the face of the industry, how we interact with patients, and how partnerships are formed to deliver the healthcare solutions of tomorrow. The panel will discuss challenges faced in design, development, data privacy, regulatory, and other aspects, as well as analyze how they are being addressed. Further, the panel will identify the previously unavailable opportunities that have been enabled through this kind of convergence.

Moderator: John Carlson, President—Health Solutions, Flex


    Ian Hanson, CTO, Bigfoot Biomedical
    Toni Nosbush, DVP Product Development, Abbott Vascular
    Angelo Rago, Head of Ophthalmic Diagnostics (ODx), Carl Zeiss Meditec
5:00-7:00 p.m. 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.
Friday, October 4
Location: Grand Ballroom, Marriott San Francisco Waterfront
7:30-8:45 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:
8:45-9:30 a.m. Managing a Shared Challenge: Product Security and Supply Chain Management for Medtech and HDOs
For too long, medical equipment manufacturers and healthcare delivery organizations (HDO) have, in practice, not been aligned about protecting patient safety from cybersecurity threats. The Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC), a cross-industry coalition partner with government, has finally brought together these key stakeholders to acknowledge a shared responsibility and develop a joint security plan—a mutual commitment of medical technology companies and hospitals to maintain and improve cyber risk management programs for medical technology manufacture and implementation. The HSCC is also set to release a toolkit for healthcare and medical technology supply chain security—how to set up an appropriate enterprise procurement structure with security built in, and what to expect from vendors and service providers. This presentation will highlight the way forward for driving national adoption and measures of success.

Speaker: Greg Garcia, Executive Director for Cybersecurity, Health Sector Coordinating Council

9:30-10:15 a.m. Testing, Regulatory, & Quality: Addressing Medtech’s Concerns with Additive Manufacturing
The new complexities additive manufacturing (AM) introduces to medical device manufacturing are slowly being understood by regulating agencies. This means current approaches to implementation will likely be found shy of necessary safety checkpoints for large scale expansion. The challenges of n=1 batch size, along with new controls involved will reshape the way equipment is placed inside vertically integrating medical device companies. It seems unlikely that even with the levels of confidence industry places in current digital practices, all forms of physical testing will be eliminated. Approaching the realm of verification and validation testing with AM will necessarily be one of, if not the hurdle to overcome for mass adoption to take place. This session will highlight the complexities and challenges in bringing AM devices to market in the U.S.

Speaker: Roy E. Morgan, PE, PMP, Vice President, Engineering & NPI, Eagle Medical Inc.

10:15-11:00 a.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
BMP Medical
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Skilled Labor Shortage: Nurturing Passionate Medtech Manufacturing Talent
American manufacturers will need to fill 3.5 million jobs by 2025, but it is predicted 2 million of those spots will remain vacant due to the lack of skilled trade workers. Perception is part of the problem—the negative stereotype that skilled trade jobs require little skill or thinking and offer no career advancement still prevails. Many of those poised to enter the workforce don’t realize skilled trade occupations in the medical device industry require strong technical know-how and experience and can offer a rewarding career opportunity, often without taking on burdensome student loans. This session will cover the steps academia and industry are taking to combat the skilled labor shortage and cultivate a passionate medical manufacturing workforce.

Moderator: Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, MPO/ODT


    Lisa Carmel, Vice President of Business Development, Ximedica LLC
    George Chao, Regional Manager, Manex Consulting
    John MacDonald, President and CEO, AIP Precision Machining
    William Pratt, VP Operations and Director of Creative Design, Kinamed Inc.
    John Wascher, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Andercraft Manufacturing
12:00 p.m. End of Conference
Wifi/Twitter provided courtesy of maxon motors
* All session times, speakers, and content are subject to change.