Gold Sponsors

B. Braun




Spectrum Plastics



Supporting Organizations




Silver Sponsors

Applied Plastics

Arthur Russell




Central Plastics & Manufacturing






IRP Medical

J-Pac Medical Outsourcing

Judson A Smith



Laser Light Technologies


Merrill's Packaging


Micro Mold

Motion Dynamics Corporation

MW Industries Medical Solutions



Pulse Systems





STI McLean

Stradis Healthcare

Tegra Medical

Teleflex Medical OEM

Trademark Plastics




Bronze Sponsors


GF Machining

maxon motors


Teel Plastics

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.

Bill Ellerkamp

Bill Ellerkamp, President, Precision Coatings
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.

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.

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.

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.