Gold Sponsors

B. Braun

Donatelle

NATVAR

NDH

Spectrum Plastics

Steri-Tek

TekniPlex


Silver Sponsors

Plastikos

Pulse Systems

Quality, Microbiology, and Sterilization Services

QTS

RenyMed

RJG

Roechling

SigmaTron

STI McLean

Stradis Healthcare

SVC

Tegra Medical

Teleflex Medical OEM

Trademark Plastics

Wytech

Viant

Wytech


Supporting Organizations

CLSA

MDMA

Octane


Media Sponsors

Manufacturing Technology Insights

Silver Sponsors

Applied Plastics

Arthur Russell

Beaumont

Bihlermed

Cadence

Central Plastics & Manufacturing

Cyient

Eurofins

Forefront

Freudenberg

Instrument Technology

IQMS

IRP Medical

J-Pac Medical Outsourcing

Judson A Smith

Kahle

Kistler

Laser Light Technologies

MedBio

Merrill's Packaging

MICRO

Micro Mold

Motion Dynamics Corporation

MW Industries Medical Solutions

NN Life Sciences

Parmatech


Bronze Sponsors

Accu-Tube

AIP Precision Manufactruing

Flambeau

GF Machining

maxon motors

MedWorld Advisors

PMCF

Teel Plastics

Carlos Ayala

Carlos Ayala, Director of Strategic Procurement, Integer Holdings Corp.
Carlos Ayala is the director of strategic procurement for Integer Holdings Corporation, one of the largest medical devices outsource manufacturers in the world. He leads procurement for Integer’s Corporate supply chain, developing and implementing a global supply chain strategy to mitigate risks and drive costs out of the supply chain in order to strengthen the company’s competitive advantage and ultimately provide a value proposition to customers. Since joining Integer 12 years ago, Ayala has coordinated global supply chain activities for various parts of the business, implemented global supplier strategic plans, risk assessments, and developed partnerships with strategic suppliers to drive continuous improvement, optimized delivery, inventory reduction, and new product development. He received a Master of Science from the Ecole des Mines (France), a Master’s Degree in International Project Management from the University of Strasbourg (France), and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from The Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico).

John Carlson

John Carlson, President—Health Solutions, Flex
John Carlson is the president of the Health Solutions group at Flex Ltd., where he has led the transition of the medical business from a primarily manufacturing focus to a Sketch-to-Scale solutions focus that extends from human-factors-based user needs definition through innovation and design, to ramp up, full scale production, and supply chain management. The Health Solutions group is able to leverage technology, expertise, and scale across Flex industries to offer unique and better solutions to its customers. Prior to Flex, Carlson spent 15 years in leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson in research and development, most recently as VP of the Innovation portfolio, where he led research and development activities across the pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer health segments of the company and identified new growth areas. He also served as worldwide VP of R&D for the Ethicon Endo Surgery group, and for the Diabetes Care franchise. Carlson also held previous research and development positions with medical device startup companies in the San Jose, Calif., area.

Lisa Carmel

Lisa Carmel, Vice President of Business Development, Ximedica LLC
As vice president of business development, Lisa Carmel leads client outreach in medtech and drug delivery on the west coast. She has 25 years of international commercialization of healthcare and consumer products with companies in the U.S., Europe, and China, such as Procter & Gamble and MedImmune. As co-founder of a healthcare consulting firm, Carmel led consulting on commercialization strategy and product development with a focus on innovations in medtech, diagnostics, wearables, and novel therapeutics. She also was also a founding executive of a commercialized medical device startup in the EU and helped lead the product development from initial design through regulatory clearance and commercialization. Carmel is a member of the medtech startup community, serving as an advisor to California Life Sciences Institute’s FAST health accelerator and UCSF Health Hub, a digital health accelerator.

George Chao

George Chao, Regional Manager, Manex Consulting
George Chao is the regional manager for Manex and has more than 15 years of business development experience in technology and advanced manufacturing areas. He assists companies in finding capital resources, developing business strategies, and working with different government agencies. Prior to joining Manex, Chao held a key position with a utility scale solar development company, where he was instrumental in bringing in strategic partners and investments, as well as working with local government. He works closely with UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs on Entrepreneurship and Advanced Manufacturing initiatives. Chao also spent six years as an IC Design Engineer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, working with a team of scientists and physicists on several important energy and physics projects. He serves on the board of Work2Future Foundation, which is the workforce and economic development organization for Santa Clara County, in collaboration with small and large businesses, educational institutions, and community-based organizations. Further, he serves on the advisory board for Camp BizSmart, the world’s premiere business and entrepreneur academy for “Tweenpreneurs” ages 11 to 15. Chao holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bill Ellerkamp

Bill Ellerkamp, President, Precision Coating
Bill Ellerkamp is a medical device industry executive and strategic advisor. He has more than 35 years of operating experience, primarily in medtech contract manufacturing. He is currently president of Precision Coating—a medical coatings service provider—serves on several boards, and consults with private equity firms, corporations, and independent business owners on strategy, market assessment, business development, operational planning, buy- and sell-side planning, and due diligence.

Greg Garcia

Greg Garcia, Executive Director for Cybersecurity, Health Sector Coordinating Council
Greg Garcia is the executive director for cybersecurity of the Health Sector Coordinating Council, the convening organization for critical healthcare infrastructure organizations across six major subsectors, working in partnership with HHS and other government agencies to protect the security and resilience of the sector, patient safety, and public health. He was the nation’s first DHS Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications under President George W. Bush, 2006-09, where, among other achievements, he initiated the creation of the National Cyber and Communications Integration Center. He also served as executive director of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council, and held executive positions with Bank of America, 3Com Corporation, Information Technology Association of America, and Americans for Computer Privacy, all with the responsibility of driving change in public policy and business operations to strengthen the security and resiliency of the nation’s critical infrastructures. Garcia also served as professional staff on the Committee on Science in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he helped draft and shepherd enactment of the Cyber Security Research and Development Act of 2002.

Ian Hanson

Ian Hanson, CTO, Bigfoot Biomedical
Ian Hanson is an expert in drug delivery systems, device development, and product commercialization with nearly 20 years of experience in the medical device industry. He joined Bigfoot in 2018 from Unilife, where he served as senior vice president and chief operating officer and led the development of their wearable injector platform and advanced drug delivery systems. Prior to Unilife, Hanson held senior leadership roles with Medtronic Diabetes, where he created their Advanced and Systems Engineering Department and was responsible for development and commercialization of insulin delivery devices and diabetes management systems for over a decade. He is passionate about diabetes care and developing technologies to significantly reduce the cognitive, emotional, and financial burden of people with insulin-requiring diabetes.

Florence Joffroy-Black

Florence Joffroy-Black, CEO, President, and Founder, MedWorld Advisors
Florence Joffroy-Black is a medical device marketing executive with 25 years of expertise in the international markets arena. She is an expert in setting marketing strategies while also successfully creating and implementing strategic roadmaps in global environments. Joffroy-Black is a driver of key M&A strategic acquisition and licensing plays to increase inorganic value. She served as global vice president and global director of strategic marketing for both large and small corporations, as well as public and private (including private equity backed), including Draeger Medical, Itamar Medical, and Beaver Visitec International. Joffroy-Black has provided marketing consultation for corporations such as HP Medical, Tyco Electronics, and TRW. She’s been involved in “go-to-market” strategies on every major developed continent (i.e., Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America). She has a double Master’s degree in marketing and finance.

Mark Leahey

Mark Leahey, President & CEO, Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA)
Mark Leahey is the president and CEO for the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), a national trade association in Washington, DC, that represents hundreds of research-driven medical technology companies. His responsibilities include advocating on behalf of the entrepreneurial sector of the medical device industry to Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and other federal and state agencies. He has lobbied for a more reasonable user fee for smaller companies, worked to open access to the hospital marketplace by challenging the exclusionary and anti-competitive nature of certain large group purchasing organizations (GPOs), as well as ensure that medical device technologies are reimbursed adequately. Leahey was named one of the medical device industry’s top lobbyists. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a graduate of Georgetown University, the Georgetown Law Center, and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

John MacDonald

John MacDonald, President and CEO, AIP Precision Machining
John MacDonald is the president and CEO of AIP Precision Machining. He has over 28 years of experience in precision machining polymers and composite materials for applications within medical and life sciences, aerospace and defense, specialized industrial, and power and energy markets. MacDonald has held the following positions during his career: quality and regulatory manager, sales engineer, vice president of business development, in addition to his current role. He received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., after transferring from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass.

Todd McCaslin

Todd McCaslin, Global Sourcing Director, Boston Scientific Corporation
Todd McCaslin is a global sourcing director for Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC), a leading innovator of medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. He joined BSC in 1984 and has held leadership positions in manufacturing operations, plastics engineering, process development, external manufacturing (OEM/CM), and global sourcing. In his current role, McCaslin and his team are responsible for working with the 16 BSC manufacturing locations and seven business units to develop and apply global sourcing strategies and relationship management skills to drive value and innovation across the packaging material commodity, while ensuring direct linkage to BSC’s overall business strategy. He is also responsible for the global process excellence and analytics functions.

Roy E. Morgan

Roy E. Morgan, PE, PMP, Vice President, Engineering & NPI, Eagle Medical Inc.
Since entering the medical device field in 1997, Roy Morgan has distinguished himself at Abbott Labs; Product Improvement Laboratories LLC; Artemis Medical Inc.; Stryker Corporation, and several successful Silicon-Valley device startups. Among the many products successfully brought to market is Stryker’s Crossfire-2 (originally SERFAS) system. Morgan has driven the IP and development of Abbott Laboratories’ Flash Glucose Meter, Navigator Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, Insulin Infusion Pumps, and Meditrina’s first wired and wireless all-in-one office-based Hysteroscopy System. His experience includes team building, platform strategy, intellectual property filings, project management, budgeting, and scheduling. His product design and engineering skills are highly sought after in the medical device field. Morgan has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Semiotics from Brown University and a degree in Project Management from the University of California at Berkeley.

Toni Nosbush

Toni Nosbush, Divisional Vice President, Global Product Development, Abbott Vascular
Toni Nosbush leads the R&D organization for Abbott Vascular, focused on defining solutions for unmet needs. She is an electrical engineer who has worked in high-reliability industries during her entire career, but in medical devices specifically for over 25 years. Prior to joining Abbott in 2018, she owned a consulting company, partnering with more than 100 clients in crisis situations like medical recalls, stalled R&D pipelines, acquisitions, etc., to lead them through the extreme challenge. Nosbush also led turn-around and critical change projects working at Medtronic for many years. She is passionate about mentoring teams of skilled engineers and scientists, unleashing their unique talents to solve difficult questions.

Christopher Oleksy

Christopher Oleksy, Co-Founder/CEO, Next Life Medical; CEO, Emergent Respiratory
Christopher Oleksy is co-founder and CEO of Next Life Medical. He is also currently the acting CEO of Emergent Respiratory—an emergency CPAP company acquired by Next Life Medical. Emergent is known for its CPAP device, the PortO2Vent™ CPAPos. Previously, Oleksy was president of Integra Biotechnical (now Providien Medical), a vertically integrated medical device contract manufacturing company providing a full range of supply chain services such as injection molding, assembly, packaging, and sterilization management for Class II and Class III devices. He has also served as president of ATEK Medical (acquired by Vention Medical in 2011). Oleksy has also held several executive supply chain management positions within Medtronic Inc. and Dow Corning Corporation. Oleksy is known as a supply chain pioneer and thought leader who has developed, authored, presented, and, successfully implemented customer-focused value chain thinking for over 30 years. He was one of the founding authors of the global, industry ANSI standard, Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) Model facilitated by PRTM and AMR.

William Pratt

William Pratt, VP Operations and Director of Creative Design, Kinamed Inc.
William Pratt has worked in the medical device industry for over 30 years in a variety of manufacturing, operations, and design roles. He holds several U.S. and international patents related to surgical implants and instruments, many of which have been successfully commercialized. His design activities range from direct product development and collaboration to manufacturing process and equipment development. Pratt’s board memberships include the Southern California Biomedical Council and Ventura County Workforce Development Board. He advises biotechnology programs at Ventura and Moorpark Colleges, and he is an industry advisor to the Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials and the Bioengineering Department of UC Riverside.

Angelo Rago

Angelo Rago, Head of Ophthalmic Diagnostics (ODx), Carl Zeiss Meditec
Angelo Rago launched his career with Siemens Medical Solutions, where he held several positions, culminating to the VP of Global Customer Services—Oncology Division. He joined Medical Optics (acquired by Abbott Medical Optics) where he was president of Integrated Surgical Solutions. Prior to joining ZEISS in 2012, Rago served as the division VP of Equipment Operations & Services for Abbott Medical Optics. He has spent over 30 years developing and marketing new medical technologies worldwide.

Christine Scifert

Christine Scifert, Co-Founder, MRC-X LLC
Christine Scifert is co-founder of MRC-X LLC (previously Memphis Regulatory Consulting LLC), which offers services in the regulatory, quality, reimbursement, compliance, and clinical areas related to medical devices. She has been consulting for 10 years and has assisted both small and large medical device companies with strategy, regulatory submissions, quality systems, training, due diligence, and many other activities. Prior to consulting, Scifert spent 9 years at Medtronic Spinal and Biologics, directing the regulatory department of 22 people. Prior to Medtronic, she performed evaluations of injury mechanisms associated with automobile collisions, slip and falls, and sport/recreation accidents. Scifert received a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from Hamline University and a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering from University of Iowa. She also completed a Master’s in Engineering Management from Christian Brothers University.

Dave Sheppard

Dave Sheppard, Principal and Founder, MedWorld Advisors
Dave Sheppard has been involved in the medical device industry in various roles for more than 30 years. In M&A, he’s participated on both the sell side and buy side for over 19 years. Sheppard has served as president, GM, and VP for companies of various sizes. He’s completed distribution and licensing deals with over 100 international businesses, comprising of major Fortune 500 companies (e.g., GE, Philips, and Siemens), as well as smaller entities. His global network includes thousands of contacts with strategic industry leaders, large and small. Sheppard has aided with “go-to-market” strategies on every major developed continent (i.e., Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America). He’s worked at start-up organizations (including pre-IPO on a successful IPO company) and successfully obtained EBIT growth through successful M&A activities.

Daniel Stemm

Daniel Stemm, VP of Global Key Account Excellence and Government Affairs, Heraeus Medical Components
Daniel Stemm, vice president of global key account excellence and government affairs for Heraeus Medical Components, has over 30 years of experience working in global sourcing, global business development, and global logistics roles. Most recently, he was responsible for driving development of new supply chains in the medical device space that has supported vertical integration, vendor reduction, operational optimization, and cost reduction objectives. To further improve project return on investment formulas, local government business development incentives were leveraged to support their implementation and execution. These programs have generated great value for all parties involved—supplier, device company, and supporting government.

Mihir Torsekar

Mihir Torsekar, International Trade Analyst, U.S. International Trade Commission
Mihir Torsekar has been covering the medical device industry for the past decade and has published various journal articles and working papers on competitive conditions affecting global medtech trade. He has also contributed medical device-related research to several of the Commission’s statutory investigations, most recently on the likely economic effects of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. His industry research has been referenced in the New York Times and he has also published nearly a handful of supply-chain related articles in MPO magazine. Torsekar received his Bachelor’s degree from Case Western University and completed two Master’s degrees in Applied Economics and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

John Wascher

John Wascher, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Andercraft Manufacturing
John Wascher began his professional career as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He received his BS in Aviation from San Jose State University and designation of Naval Aviation Safety Officer while on active duty. As a combat helicopter pilot, Wascher served during Operation Iraqi Freedom-1, supporting casualty evacuation missions. Utilizing the skillset from the Marine Corps, he became a product manager at a large plastics injection molding company. Being able to speak on a deep technical level with engineering and then turn around and communicate effectively with customers has been a great strength he brings to the table. Wascher has managed multi-million-dollar budgets and oversaw expansion within the R&D pipeline. Tasked with focusing his efforts on M&A, his role was to onboard, rebrand, and relaunch new revenue streams for his organization. Wascher prides himself on his uncanny ability to remain calm regardless of the chaos around him and get the job done while maintaining customer confidence. His current responsibilities heading the Sales & Marketing department include a full company rebrand and awareness campaign. He is an active outdoorsman and spends most of his free time with his family while camping or on the ocean fishing.