Gold Sponsors

B Braun



Spectrum Plastics Group

Supporting Organizations

Colorado BioScience Association



Media Sponsors

Medtech Directory

Medtech Intelligence

Silver Sponsors

ARC Group Worldwide

Arthur G. Russell


Bentec Medical


Biomedical Innovations




Eldon James

Forefront Medical Technology


Judson Smith

Laser Light Technologies



MW Industries Medical Solutions

Micro Mold







Tegra Medical

Teleflex Medical OEM

Trademark Plastics


Bronze Sponsors


maxon motor


Elyse Blazevich

Elyse Blazevich, COO & CFO, Securisyn Medical LLC
Elyse Blazevich co-founded Securisyn Medical 7 years ago at the age of 28 and has successfully led the company from concept to market ready. Under her leadership, Securisyn has advanced its mission to inspire the world to collaborate to make airway management safer. Later this year, the firm plans to obtain regulatory clearance to market SolidAIRity, the only integrated airway stabilization system designed and patented to significantly reduce, if not eliminate, preventable harm and deaths caused by unplanned extubation. As the company’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer, Blazevich is responsible for oversight of all business functions in the areas of supply chain, regulatory and quality compliance, financial management, human resources, marketing, and general operations. A Colorado native, Blazevich earned her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College and her Master’s in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Applied Business Management from CSU Global.

Natasha Bond

Natasha Bond, General Manager—Technology, Nordson Medical
Natasha Bond is general manager of technology for Nordson Medical, responsible for the company’s Design & Development services’ go-to-market approach, clinical and technical intelligence, and the development of exciting and innovative technologies and services to ensure it maintains capabilities at the forefront of medical technology. She has 20 years of experience in medical device program delivery, integrating technical and commercial teams for success. Bond has developed programs from concept to launch in a wide range of areas: vascular, venous, respiratory, gynecological, analytical testing, and diagnosis and drug delivery. She also has significant experience in regulatory submission support and due diligence activities. Most recently, Bond worked at IDEV Technologies, a vascular stent manufacturer acquired by Abbott Laboratories. Bond received her Master’s Degree in Engineering from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology—Mechanical Engineering with Design, Materials, and Manufacture. She is also a chartered engineer in the UK and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Rodney Brown

Rodney A. Brown, Senior Injection Molding Steward, Eli Lilly & Company
Rodney A. Brown provides expertise in plastic injection molding, mentoring numerous individuals and development of engineering best practices. Before joining Eli Lilly, he worked as a project manager for automotive components at Guide Corporation. He joined Lilly as a consultant engineer in 2006, bringing over 20 years of injection molding experience with him. Brown has been a key technical contributor to numerous delivery system projects critical to Lilly’s future. The outcome of some of the projects has brought significant return to Lilly’s injection-device-enabled business. He is also a recognized expert in plastic injection design and has worked with Lilly partners to ensure robust long-term supply of device components. Brown’s work not only improved existing products, but helped shape the next generation of Lilly devices.

Irena Cantrall

Irena Cantrall, Director of Innovation, Research & Development, Medtronic
Irena Cantrall is leading innovation efforts for Medtronic’s $5B Surgical Innovations business unit. She is passionate about digital health technologies, and her interests involve application of big data, artificial intelligence (AI), data-rich imaging, and extended reality (XR) to healthcare. Her group is pioneering new digital healthcare solutions and has partnered with multiple medical device suppliers to speed up design and development of AI- and XR-enabled devices. Prior to Medtronic, Cantrall worked for Covidien, GlaxoSmithKline and GNS Healthcare, commercializing early-stage technologies that earned multiple awards from BioIT World Magazine and secured $7M in government grants. An avid learner, she holds three Master’s Degrees—biotechnology engineering, chemical engineering, and business administration.

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. 

Anthony S. Freeman

Anthony S. Freeman, President, A.S. Freeman Advisors LLC
Tony Freeman leads A. S. Freeman Advisors, a transaction advisory firm focused on the precision manufacturing and specialty materials industries. With a focus on supply chain companies, Freeman Advisors offers buy-side and sell-side services as well as strategic consulting on market selection and value enhancement. Clients range from Fortune 500 firms to small, privately held companies in the life sciences, aerospace, electronics, and specialty chemical industries. Freeman also serves as executive director of mdmX, an industry organization for medical supply chain executives. He is a regular contributor to MPO and other industry publications. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia University.

Dawn Lissy

Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical
Dawn Lissy is a biomedical engineer, entrepreneur, and innovator. Since 1998, the Empirical family of companies (Empirical Testing Corp., Empirical Consulting, LLC, and Empirical Machine, LLC) has operated under Lissy’s direction. Empirical offers the full range of regulatory and quality systems consulting, testing, small batch and prototype manufacturing, and validations services to bring a medical device to market. Empirical is very active within standards development organization ASTM International and has one of the widest scopes of test methods of any accredited independent lab in the United States. Because Lissy was a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, she has first-hand, in-depth knowledge of the regulatory landscape. Lissy holds an inventor patent for the Stackable Cage System for corpectomy and vertebrectomy. Her M.S. in biomedical engineering is from The University of Akron, Ohio.

Laura McGuire

Laura McGuire, Chief Operating Officer, VineaGroup
Laura McGuire is co-founder of VineaGroup. She is a successful entrepreneur, having established four other B2B marketing service and technology companies. McGuire is an innovator and a nationally-recognized sales lead management expert with many industry and client citations to her credit. She is a lifelong resident of Colorado and has proudly served on the boards of state and local civic, non-profit and faith-based organizations. She is a five-time technology entrepreneur and nationally recognized expert in B2B prospect engagement, customer acquisition, and sales lead management. Her companies have pioneered innovative ways to identify, capture, communicate, and evolve relationships with any constituent group whether they are prospects, customers, members, donors, patients, suppliers, voters, or citizens.

Maureen Reitman

Maureen Reitman, ScD, PE, Principal Engineer, Director of Polymer Science and Materials Chemistry, and Corporate Vice President, Exponent
Maureen Reitman, ScD, PE is a principal engineer, director of Polymer Science and Materials Chemistry, and a corporate vice president at Exponent, a scientific and engineering consulting firm. She works across the supply chain to help business leaders and technical teams bring new products to market, support continuous improvement, address risk, understand service life, and facilitate innovation in many industries, including the medical device sector. Dr. Reitman earned her SB and ScD at MIT. She then worked at 3M in technology and product development roles before joining Exponent in 2002. She is a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and has served in leadership positions in SPE’s Medical Plastics Division, Failure Analysis and Prevention SIG, and the New Technology Forum Committee.

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson, Vice President of Operations, Quality Systems Consulting Services
Paul Robinson is an accomplished quality executive with over 25 years of domestic and international experience. His career has been built on a solid foundation in quality, engineering, and manufacturing through progressive positions focused on quality systems, design assurance, and operational excellence with companies such as Covidien, Boston Scientific, and BARD. Robinson is a recognized QA/RA leader, having maintained over 20 manufacturing plants worldwide that produced various products including plastics, electronics, pharmaceuticals, biologics, and woven/non-woven materials. As an operational excellence head, he conceived and launched an organization-wide effort that realized over $260 million in three years. Currently, Robinson is the vice president of operations for Quality Systems Consulting Services (QSCS). QSCS offers the unique value proposition of delivering regulatory compliance essentially free by integrating operational excellence principles.

David Robson

David C. Robson, Principal, Robson Advisors
David C. Robson, a principal at Robson Advisors, has spent 30 years concentrating on the development of medical devices. Seventeen of those years were spent working for a full-service product development firm where he interacted with both large and small medical device companies and reviewed statements of work and requests for quotation, wrote proposals, and negotiated hundreds of work agreements. Robson and his partners now offer product development guidance and advocacy to early-stage medical device clients.

Christopher Scott

Christopher Scott, Vice President, Eurofins Medical Device Testing
Christopher Scott has spent nearly 30 years in the medical device industry working for prominent global organizations, as well as running several start-ups. He has worked across a range of sectors including cardiovascular, orthopedics, general surgery, dental, and robotics. Currently, Scott is vice president for Eurofins Medical Device Testing, an organization with 16 laboratories around the world providing a broad portfolio of testing services focused on the needs of medical device companies.

Scott Scully

Scott Scully, Corporate Director, Terumo Cardiovascular Systems
Scott Scully is a plastics veteran of 39 years, working the last 17 years at Terumo Cardiovascular Systems. He has Master Molder II, Six Sigma Green Belt, and World Class Manufacturing and Project Management certifications. He was an apprentice, journeyman, mold designer, business owner, medical molding engineering chief, business unit manager, and now a corporate director with Terumo. Scully has a solid foundation in project management, tooling, processing, Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing through progressive positions, proper training, and being a constant seeker of new information. He focuses on using new technologies to improve quality, throughput, and cost. Scully is involved with project management at a dozen sites at any given time both domestically and internationally. Conceived and launched project initiatives that have saved the company over $2.5 million per annum. He created a validation/troubleshooting team to assist suppliers in educating and developing validation procedures that are compliant and cost-effective.

Maria Shepherd

Maria Shepherd, President and CEO, Medi-Vantage
Maria Shepherd has more than 20 years of leadership experience in medical device/life-science marketing in small startups and top-tier companies. After her industry career, including her role as VP of marketing for Oridion Medical where she boosted the company valuation prior to its acquisition by Covidien/Medtronic, director of marketing for Philips Medical, and senior management roles at Boston Scientific Corp., she founded Medi-Vantage. Medi-Vantage provides marketing and business strategy as well as innovation research for the medical device industry. The firm quantitatively and qualitatively sizes and segments opportunities, evaluates new technologies, provides marketing services, and assesses prospective acquisitions. Shepherd has taught marketing and product development courses and is a member of the Aligo Medtech Investment Committee.

James Shore

James Shore, Chief Quality Officer, Quality Lean Solutions
James “Gunny” Shore is the chief quality officer of Quality Lean Solutions, which provides medical device companies with support in compliance, quality systems, operational and Lean principles. He has 25 years of quality and supplier management experience working in medical devices, semiconductor, aerospace, and defense (Boston Scientific, Aspect Medical, ACMI (Olympus), Brooks Automation, and Raytheon). His professional certifications include ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, ASQ Certified Quality Manager/Operations Excellence, Certified Quality Auditor and Certified Mechanical Inspector, and ASQ Senior Member. Shore is the co-author of the book entitled “Proactive Supplier Quality Management in the Medical Device Industry,” which is published by Quality Press. All of the royalties from the book are donated to Veteran service organizations. Shore served in the United States Marine Corps for 15 years and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (E-7).

Matt Therrien

Matt Therrien, Business Development Manager—Medical, RJG Inc.
Matt Therrien is the business development manager—medical, for RJG Inc. with 28 years of experience focusing on promoting customer success. Strategies include a strong consultative approach, with an emphasis on driving results and developing innovative solutions to a broad range of customer concerns, as well as client education. He has completed the RJG Master Molder I Certificate Program. Therrien is a BSME graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his experience is drawn from technical and commercial management positions at the global companies of Nypro, Husky Injection Molding Systems, MoldMasters Inc., and UPG/MedPlast. He has implemented successful business models across all market segments, with the last 15 years focused on medical device/assembly manufacturing.

Kim Trautman

Kim Trautman, Executive Vice President—Medical Device International Services, NSF International
Kim Trautman has over 30 years of experience in medical device quality systems and international regulatory affairs. She is focused on expanding international regulatory affairs and compliance services for NSF’s medical device clients, including expanding medical device training services worldwide and spearheading the development of an independent, third-party regulatory certification program, which includes NSF Health Sciences Certification, NSF International’s authorized Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) Auditing Organization, as well as NSF Certification Ireland, which is currently applying for designation as a notified body under the new EU Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations. Trautman was previously associate director for international affairs in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) where she led the CDRH’s international efforts and initiatives. Her experience includes leading the conception and development of MDSAP, writing the current U.S. FDA Medical Device Quality System (QS) regulation, 21 CFR 820, and leading the implementation, rollout and training associated with the QS regulation. She also led continuing harmonization efforts for ISO 13485 since its inception in 1994, where she is an international delegate to ISO/TC 210, author of ISO 13485, and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group co-chair for ISO/TC 210.

Ben Walker

Ben Walker, Executive Director—Life Sciences, Innosphere
Ben Walker is the executive director of the Life Sciences program at the Innosphere. The Innosphere is an incubator with offices in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver, and focuses on serving both startup and scaleup companies. Walker has been involved with several startup companies and spent 28 years with Hewlett-Packard as a director level marketing manager with multiple product lines and worked for HP Corporate in the Mergers and Acquisitions office. He has a passion for commercialization and downhill skiing.

Ken Ward

Kenneth L. Ward, President and Founder, TeraSTRAT Consulting
Kenneth L. Ward has 40 years of experience in operations and supply chain leadership within the manufacturing industry. As director of supply chain and machine shop operations at Varian Medical Systems, he achieved inventory accuracy of 99 percent, supplier OTD of 98 percent, supplier quality of 99.98 percent, while improving customer OTD by 47 percent. Later, he founded TeraSTRAT, a firm dedicated to creating and executing strategies to significantly improve manufacturing operations and the total supply chain. Ward holds an Executive MBA from the University of Utah, is APICS certified in production and inventory control at the “fellow” level, is certified in “Integrated Resource Management,” and serves as an advisor to the Salt Lake Chapter of APICS. He also holds a certification as a lean/six-sigma green belt through Lockheed-Martin.