Gold Sponsors

B. Braun Medical OEM





Supporting Organizations




Silver Sponsors




Eldon James

Forefront Medical

GW Plastics




MW Industries




Spectrum Plastics Group

Surgical Technologies, Inc./McLean Medical and Scientific, Inc

Tegra Medical

Trademark Plastics

Bronze Sponsors

Bonifacio Consulting Service

Covington Associates



Teleflex Medical OEM

Jenni Buckley

Dr. Jenni M. Buckley, Associate Professor—Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
Dr. Jenni M. Buckley is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at University of Delaware (UD). She has over 10 years of engineering experience in medical device design and biomechanical evaluation and has research interests in human factors design, medical device development, and equity and inclusion issues in engineering education. Dr. Buckley serves as the director for the Working Group on Undergraduate Diversity at UD College of Engineering. She is also the co-founder and president of The Perry Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to diversifying the pipeline in engineering and medicine through hands-on learning. Dr. Buckley has received numerous awards for her teaching and service, including the 2016 University Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2016 Arthur A. Trabant Award for Women’s Equity.

Bill Ellerkamp

Bill Ellerkamp, Operating Partner, Inverness Graham Investments
Bill Ellerkamp is a medical device industry executive and strategic advisor. He has more than 35 years operating experience, primarily in medtech contract manufacturing. He currently 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.

Bryan Hughes

Bryan Hughes, Director, P&M Corporate Finance
Bryan Hughes is a director of PMCF and leads the firm’s medical technology team. His practice focuses on assisting clients with mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, private placements, financings, valuation and strategic consulting. His clients have ranged from global medical technology companies to small, privately held businesses.

Jessica Lenhardt

Jessica Lenhardt, Sr. Director, Teleflex Medical OEM
Jessica Lenhardt is the senior director of Teleflex Medical OEM and a member of the Teleflex Incorporated global executive team. Since joining Teleflex Medical OEM in 2005, she has helped the company become a global leader for custom-engineered extrusions, interventional and diagnostic catheters, balloons and balloon catheters, and performance fibers. She has played a significant role in the development of innovative, medical product development capabilities, ensuring Teleflex Medical OEM maintains its leadership position in an ever-changing, increasing demanding medical marketplace. Lenhardt has more than 20 years of management and product development experience, including 12 years at Teleflex Medical OEM, as well as similar positions at Cardinal Health, Leica Microsystems, and Cole-Palmer. In addition, she is known through the OEM industry for her expertise in extrusion technologies and applications. Lenhardt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Chemistry from Knox College, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Business.

Chris Oleksy

Chris Oleksy, Founder and CEO, Oleksy Enterprises and Next Life Medical; CEO, Emergent Respiratory
Christopher Oleksy is co-founder and CEO of Next Life Medical, a firm co-founded with his son Ryan Oleksy in 2011. He is also currently CEO of Emergent Respiratory, an emergency CPAP company Next Life Medical acquired in July, 2016. Previously, Oleksy was president of Integra Biotechnical, now Providien Medical, as well as president of ATEK Medical (acquired by Vention Medical in 2011). Prior to ATEK, he 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; developed the proprietary OE-Tier5 models to help organizations align their business models across the supply/value/care chain; and regularly writes for Medical Product Outsourcing, for which he also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board.

Alex Porion

Alex Porion, Global Sourcing Senior Manager, Boston Scientific Corporation
Alex Porion is a senior global sourcing manager at Boston Scientific Corporation. He has over 17 years of experience in the medical device industry. After gaining a Master’s degree in Material and Polymer Science at the international Ecole d’ingenieur of Strasbourg in France, Porion worked at various medical device multinationals in Ireland. His experience spans across process engineering, project management, insourcing, outsourcing, plant network optimization, acquisition integration, new product launches, change management, and global sourcing. He spent a significant time working for Millipore (now Merck Medical) and Depuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, in addition to over 10 years at Boston Scientific. After supporting the change management of the sourcing organization at Boston Scientific from a local procurement to a global center led organization, Porion recently led the overhaul of the Make vs. Buy process at Boston Scientific for the Global Sourcing organization.

Bryce Rutter

Bryce G. Rutter Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Metaphase Design Group Inc.
Dr. Bryce Rutter is the founder and CEO of Metaphase Design Group Inc., a company that specializes in the research and ergonomic design of hand-intensive products for national and international consumer and business clients. He is a specialist in innovation and business strategy, as well as the integration of research, ergonomics, and design into new product development. Dr. Rutter is a member of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, the Design Management Institute, and IDSA. He serves on the Industrial Design Advisory Panel of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the Advisory Council of the Design Management Institute. Dr. Rutter has served as an invited juror for international design award programs including the Consumer Electronics Show Awards, the Industrial Design Excellence ID Magazine, and Medical Design Excellence Awards. He received a BID (Bachelor of Industrial Design) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, an MFA in Industrial Design, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Founded in 1991 and based in St. Louis, Dr. Rutter’s company, Metaphase, has partnered with numerous global brands to drive innovation and create powerful brand experiences, receiving more than 75 international awards, with two designs selected by the Museum of Modern Art, and operating with more than 125 design patents.

David Sheppard

David Sheppard, Chief Operating Officer and Principal, MedWorld Advisors
David Sheppard has been a leader in the medical device industry for more than 30 years, with experience in positions such as GM and VP, as well as high impact sales and marketing leadership roles at major 500 corporations (Covidien, Bard, Cooper, and Ciba). His achievements also involve work at start-up organizations (including working pre-IPO on a successful IPO company). Sheppard has become an expert in delivering Organic Growth for companies of all sizes in global environments. He has also successfully obtained EBIT growth thru successful M&A activities. At MedWorld Advisors, Sheppard works with clients focused on growth, international channel development, and getting companies on the market. He collaborates as he leads the strategic development of client organizations and creates tactical execution plans that help exceed organizational objectives for short and long term growth.

John Somers

John F. Somers, President & CEO, Harmac Medical Products
John F. Somers is the president and CEO of Harmac Medical Products Inc., a contract engineering and manufacturing company of single-use medical devices that has served the global marketplace for more than 35 years. The privately held company, with headquarters in Buffalo, NY, provides innovative technical solutions and manufacturing services for companies of all sizes including leading Fortune 500 medtech companies. Somers, along with his executive team, have overseen the company’s growth including the addition of manufacturing locations in Ireland and Mexico to complement its U.S. operations. Today, Harmac has over 1,000 employees and has received numerous awards for operations excellence, sustainability, and community investment. Prior to his involvement with Harmac Medical Products, Somers lived in Boston for 10 years working in the technology industry with Computervision Corporation and Unitrode Corporation. He is a board member of Advamed Accel, Buffalo Renaissance Group, The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and the Buffalo Urban League. Somers has a BA from Williams College, an MBA from Boston University, and is a graduate of the President’s Program in Leadership at Harvard Business School.

Tom Taylor

Thomas F. Taylor, President & CEO, Foxx Life Sciences
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Brian Weller

Brian Weller RAC, Partner, Business Value Group Intl.
Brian Weller is a quality and risk management expert who leads the Management Systems and Compliance practice at BVG. Much of his 30-year career has been dedicated to developing and implementing business strategies for EMS and contract design organizations focused in healthcare. He led a global process development team at Flextronics that supported the creation of a medical division within the organization. He also led a similar effort at Nypro Healthcare, implementing an operational model that integrated design and manufacturing services for drug delivery products. Weller has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University and is Regulatory Affairs Certified by the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS). He also serves as an expert advisor to the Advanced Studies Program in Medical Device Engineering at UC San Diego.

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