Platinum Sponsors

Keystone Solutions Group

KMM Group


Silver Sponsors

Able Electropolishing

AGR Arthur Russell

AIP Precision Machining

AK Graham Engineering

B. Braun

Boulder IQ
Eagle Medical
Forefront Medical Technology
Freudenberg Medical
GlobalMed MDI
IRP Medical
KP Corp.



Supporting Organizations

Device Alliance

Medical Device Manufacturing Summit

Media Sponsors

MedTech Intelligence

Gold Sponsors

Life Science Outsourcing

Lumenous Device Technologies


NDH Medical

QT9 Software

TekniPlex Healthcare

Silver Sponsors

MPS Microsystems

Packaging Compliance

Paragon Medical


Punch Industry






Seaway Plastics Engineering

Sekisui Kydex



Tegra Medical

Teleflex Medical OEM

Vance Street Capital


Bronze Sponsors


BCS Bonifacio Consulting Services

Cirtec Medical

Covington Associates

Cretex Medical

Halkey Roberts


Impact Plastics

Machine Solutions

Marman Industries


MedWorld Advisors


Middle Branch Partners

Mission Plastics






Westfall Technik

Wednesday, October 18
Location: Pacific Ballroom, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
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7:00-8:40 a.m.Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:
Lumenous Technologies
8:40-8:45 a.m.Welcome Address
    Howard Revitch, MPO/ODT Group Publisher
    Sean Fenske, MPO/ODT Editor-in-Chief
8:45-9:00 a.m.Welcome to San Diego
An introduction to the medical device manufacturing community within the region.


Speaker: Scott Johnson, President, DeviceAlliance

9:00-9:45 a.m.State of the Industry
A comprehensive analysis of the latest trends within the medtech manufacturing industry. Future product directions brought on by demographic and financial changes will form the core of the presentation. Also, concerns and considerations relevant to the evolving OEM and supplier relationship will be discussed.

Speaker: Anthony S. Freeman, President, A.S. Freeman Advisors LLC

9:45-10:30 a.m.Reshoring Production Capacities? Manufacturing Automation to the Rescue!
Organizations in manufacturing are rethinking their overall strategy to ensure a robust supply chain for both internal and external capacities. Many of these companies are utilizing automation in various capacities to combat labor shortages, improve efficiencies, scale, and/or improve quality overall. Understanding how automation can help your organization is important when identifying and choosing the proper partner(s). In addition, ensuring proper resources are allocated for the management, implementation, and maintenance of the systems for a successful execution is critical.

Speaker: Ryan Moran, Director of Automation, SMC

10:30-11:15 a.m.Networking Break
Sponsored by:
BMP Medical
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.The Ever-Evolving Landscape of Medical Device Plastics Manufacturing

The healthcare industry relies heavily on plastic for the fabrication of the medical devices used in everything from diagnostic tests to surgical instruments to patient monitors. While molding has been used as a primary method with which to shape these materials into parts for critical products, it is no longer the only protocol used. The increasing interest in additive manufacturing for both the development and prototyping phase as well as for fully finished production parts presents an alternative for designers to leverage different capabilities. What does the future hold for both fabrication methods? What impact will sustainability and recycling efforts have? How will material offerings change? This panel discussion will focus on these questions and more.

Moderator: Bryan Barrera, CEO, LC Innovation International Corp.


  • Brandon Birchmeier, President, Birchmeier Plastic Solutions
  • Paul DiLaura, Chief Commercial Officer, Mantle
  • Suhas Kulkarni, Founder and President, FimmTech Inc.
  • Seema Sood, Associate Director, Reliability & Verification Engineering, BD
12:15-1:30 p.m.Networking Luncheon
Sponsored by:
Vance Street Capital
1:30-2:30 p.m.Supply Chain Recovery: Are We There Yet?
As we look at the medical device supply chain today, where do the pain points still exist? How do these concerns need to be addressed? Further, what lessons were learned from the pandemic and the last few years of challenges that can help the industry develop a stronger supply chain going forward? This panel will discuss these issues in a candid manner and take questions from audience members who are uncertain about some aspects themselves.

Moderator: Patrick Lynch, Principal, chainLEANk solutions


  • Brett Freeman, President, Providence Enterprise USA Inc.
  • Mike Lavaglio, Sr. Director, Supply Chain, Dexcom
  • Jim McCormack, Senior Global Commodity Manager, Hologic
  • Marie O’Malley, Sr. VP Commercial Operations, PiSA USA
  • Robert Schwenker, Vice President of Sales—Specialty Molding, Spectrum Plastics Group, a Dupont Company
2:30-3:15 p.m.Sterilization Struggles: Identifying the Best Process for Your Project

Sterilization currently has a spotlight shining on it, due primarily to questions around the use of ethylene oxide (EtO) and its potential environmental risks. While EtO is used for about half of all medical devices, a variety of other options exist and more are being introduced. As such, it can be challenging to identify which process is best for a new product so leaving this decision until late in the product’s development can be a fatal mistake. This session will explore the most popular sterilization options, their downsides, and the hidden costs that can be associated with each. Often overlooked considerations will also be shared.

Speaker: Darci Diage, M.S., Founder and CEO, TPL Consulting

3:15-4:00 p.m.Networking Break
Sponsored by:
MTD Micro Molding
4:00-5:00 p.m.The Long, Arduous Road to Medtech Innovation Success

Everyone pushes for cutting edge innovation when it comes to healthcare, but the path to get there is filled with obstacles. From regulatory to reimbursement, it can be challenging to navigate successfully. While “me too” products are plentiful, the truly unique innovations are few and far between. Is it because there’s little reward for it? Is it simply too hard to succeed? This panel of experts will field questions on strategies for success while also addressing questions from the audience who may be struggling with their own path for bringing innovation to market.

Moderator: Julie Schulte, MBA, Co-Founder & CEO, Chamfr


  • Kollbe Ahn, Ph.D., CEO, ACatechol Inc.
  • David Ferrera, CEO, RC Medical
  • Jennifer A. Neff, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Allvivo Vascular
  • William Pratt, VP Operations and Director of Creative Design, Kinamed Inc.
  • Rick Sanghera, CEO and Co-Founder, AtaCor Medical Inc.

5:00-7:00 p.m.Networking 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.


Life Science Outsourcing

Sponsored by:

Thursday, October 19
Location: Pacific Ballroom, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
7:30-9:00 a.m.Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:
Medical Component Specialists
9:00-9:45 a.m.Labor Force Focus: Building a Robust Talent Pipeline

In the race to commercialize innovative life-enhancing and life-saving medical devices, OEMs must possess a robust talent strategy to ensure they have the skills necessary to successfully bring products to market. But in a challenging labor market in which specialized skills are increasingly harder to come by, how can human capital and procurement leaders build a sustainable talent pipeline capable of meeting their resourcing needs? With competition for digital and other critical skills heating up, how do they optimize a buy-build-borrow approach that offers agility and access to talent? Highlights from this session will include top medtech trends and their impact on the need for specialized talent; strategies to maintain an agile and innovative workforce; tactics for attracting, hiring, and retaining top talent; and the role of talent partners in supporting workforce development.

Speaker: John M. Ebeid, SVP, Randstad Life Sciences

9:45-10:30 a.m.Reshoring: Rethinking Your Global Supply Chains

Time to Act. That’s what many companies are feeling now that global supply chain risks and vulnerabilities have been exposed by the pandemic. Shipments have been delayed from Asia. Freight rates are volatile. The trade war with China is ongoing. Markets have changed and demand has shifted wildly. The economy is uncertain. Geopolitics are unstable. It’s time to rethink, plan, and act.

Speaker: Rosemary Coates, Founder and Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

10:30-11:15 a.m.Networking Break
Sponsored by:
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.Risk or Reward? The Opportunities and Challenges with Digital Medtech

Medical devices are being made smarter and becoming connected to the healthcare infrastructure. While this brings an array of benefits, it also poses challenges for medical device developers. Do cybersecurity and patient data breach risks outweigh the benefits provided with intelligent innovations? This panel will discuss the role of digital devices in today’s healthcare space, unique ways these technologies can be leveraged for maximum benefit, and best practices for addressing the challenges that can be associated with them.

Moderator: David Sheppard, Managing Director, MedWorld Advisors


  • Christopher Gates, Director of Product Security, Velentium
  • Alex Goryachev, Partner, PragmaticAI
  • Manish Gupta, Managing Director—Medical Products and Related Services, DC Advisory US
  • Jennifer Samproni, Chief Technology Officer, Health Solutions, Flex
12:15 p.m.End of Conference
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MedWorld Advisors
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