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KMM Group


Trademark Plastics

Silver Sponsors

Arthur G. Russell
AIP Precision Machining
ATL Technologies
Boulder Sterilizaton
Forefront Medical Technology
Forum Plastics
Freudenberg Medical
IRP Medical
KP Corp.
Marle Group

Supporting Organizations




Media Sponsors

Medtech Intelligence

Gold Sponsors

B. Braun Medical

Lumenous Device Technologies

Natech Plastics

Spectrum Plastics


Silver Sponsors



OKAY Industries



Punch Industry






Sekisui Kydex

Teleflex Medical OEM

Vance Street Capital


Bronze Sponsors

Able Electropolishing



Life Science Outsourcing



MedWorld Advisors


Paragon Medical


Tegra Medical

Tuesday, October 18
Location: Waller Ballroom, Austin Marriott Downtown
7:00-8:40 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:
Lumenous Device 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 Texas
An introduction to the life sciences community within Texas, with an emphasis on the medtech manufacturing environment.


Speaker: Danielle Lobsinger Bush, Director of Policy, Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute

9:00-9:45 a.m. State of the Industry
A comprehensive analysis of the latest trends within the medical device manufacturing industry. M&A activity among both the medical device manufacturing firms and their supply chain partners will be a focal point. Also, concerns and considerations relevant to the OEM and supplier relationship will be discussed.

Speaker: Bryan Hughes, Director, P&M Corporate Finance

9:45-10:30 a.m. What Does the Future of Work Look Like in the Medtech Industry?
Digital transformation in healthcare, medical device development, and workforce management has driven a seismic shift in how work gets done, and organizations positioned to leverage the trends will achieve a considerable competitive advantage. This interactive session will explore how medtech manufacturers—including some of the largest in the world—are evolving their approach to sourcing, attracting, engaging, and leveraging talent. Learn how to utilize a blend of work arrangements through various supply chains to acquire the skills and knowledge your organization needs to innovate and drive human capital value.

Speaker: Joshua Vesely, Senior Vice President, Randstad Life Sciences

10:30-11:15 a.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
BMP Medical
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The Medtech Supply Chain: Reworking the Equation
The world of supply chain is much different than it was just three years ago. Labor shortages, component shortages, a global pandemic, a heated political climate with China, and countless other challenges have led the medical device industry to a push for regionalization, localized supply chains, and flexible manufacturing. Hear from representatives at leading organizations, from logistics to medical device OEMs (and a top contract manufacturer, as well) to discover what those “in the trenches” have to say about the situation. Pose your own questions to the panel during this session as well.

Moderator: David Mabie, President, CincyMED


    Samantha Betancourt, Head of Strategy and Marketing, UPS Healthcare
    Joshua Chaidez, Vice President Global Supply Chain, Intuitive Surgical
    Howard Levy, Vice President – Global Sourcing, Zimmer Biomet
    Steve Livernois, VP Procurement, Direct and R&D Procurement, BD
    Ozzie Murillo, Senior Director of Global Supply Chain and Advanced Sourcing, Flex Health Solutions
12:15-1:45 p.m. Networking Luncheon
Sponsored by:
Vance Street Capital
1:45-2:30 p.m. Creating Flow in High-Variety Environments
Creating flow in fabrication shops with a high complexity of products, demand, and shared resources can be challenging. In this session, Michael Maxon will show attendees how to apply advanced lean principles to create a value stream of multiple product flows at the pull of the customer with a step-by-step process. Topics covered will include determining true product families in complex manufacturing environments; calculating takt time and takt capability for a mix of products with different volumes; determining the interval at the pacemaker for a mix of products; and understanding new concepts on sequencing, such as FIFO lanes and offset scheduling. Maxon will then show these concepts in action through real-world case studies of complex manufacturing operations that have gone beyond basic value stream mapping to create a future state that supports mixed model production. The end result is a process that will reduce inventory, increase on-time delivery, and improve quality to yield a competitive advantage and increased market share.

Speaker: Michael Maxon, Senior Associate, Duggan Associates

2:30-3:15 p.m. Cybersecurity: Securing the Movement Toward Connected Health
This session will focus on initiatives and best practices medical device manufacturers need to keep in mind when developing connected medical devices. Both manufacturers and the hospitals using their technologies need to work together to ensure safety for the digital space. The speakers will provide tools and suggestions companies can use to help eliminate threats.


    Penny Chase, Information Technology and Cybersecurity Integrator, MITRE
    Margie Zuk, Senior Principal Cybersecurity Engineer, MITRE
3:15-4:00 p.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
MTD Micromolding
4:00-5:00 p.m. Alleviating Supply Chain Challenges with a Manufacturing Partner
The pandemic created havoc in a number of ways, but one of the most impactful for medtech manufacturers has been supply chain disruptions. As such, shortages have been created for critical components in a range of areas. Couple this with the labor shortage and manufacturing in the current environment seems untenable. This panel will discuss the current state of the supply chain and explain how manufacturing partners can be a key component in helping alleviate the situation.

Moderator: Chris Oleksy, Founder & CEO, Oleksy Enterprises, SCHAIN101


    John Braun, Director of Finance & Administration, rms Company
    Stacey Christensen, Director of Operations, OsteoCentric Technologies
    Terry Lubben, Senior Vice President of Operations, Treace Medical Concepts
    John Nino, CEO, Life Science Outsourcing
    David Schultz, VP—Chief Supply Chain Officer, Westfall Technik

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.


Sponsored by:
K-Tube Technologies

* All session times, speakers, and content are subject to change.
Wednesday, October 19
Location: Waller Ballroom, Austin Marriott Downtown
7:30-9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by:
LifeScience Outsourcing
9:00-9:45 a.m. How Smart Should Your Medical Device Be?
Developing a medical device today with smart functionality and connectivity seems to be almost a requirement to get your product any attention in the market. But is it the right strategy for everyone and how “smart” should you make a device? Extraneous features can increase the price and lengthen the time to market of a device, perhaps without offering necessary clinical benefit, and even raising additional risks, dooming it to fail. This session will look at a user-centric decision-making framework for companies to apply when considering a smart medical device.

Speaker: Tom Wilmering, Principal and Consultant, Mold Metis

9:45-10:30 a.m. Quality 4.0: Considering a Holistic Approach to Industry 4.0
Today, as we are in the midst of Industry 4.0—the fourth industrial revolution—it is critical for organizations to consider a holistic approach that includes Quality 4.0, which represents an opportunity to revolutionize operations end-to-end with a focus on automation. We will discuss how organizations can leverage Quality 4.0 to align quality management with the emerging capabilities of Industry 4.0 to ensure quality is encompassed within the broader organizational strategy and drive organizations to operational excellence. Current labor shortages and increased processing demands have made it imperative to focus on automation opportunities as part of this approach. Developing an effective Quality 4.0 strategy will enable organizations to gain a competitive advantage and proactively enhance product quality and overall customer satisfaction.

Speaker: Christine Kattappuram, Senior Director, MedTech Strategy, Veeva Systems

10:30-11:15 a.m. Networking Break
Sponsored by:
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11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Shifting Manufacturing: Is Nearshoring the Answer for Medtech?
The pandemic spawned a good amount of discussion around the concept of nearshoring and reshoring for medical device manufacturers as a way to avoid the shortages and delays seen during the crisis. How likely is this to happen, where might some target locations be for manufacturers, what considerations need to be kept in mind, and what factors should be determined before a company makes the decision. This panel will discuss a number of topics around this possible trend that could reshape the face of manufacturing in the next decade.

Moderator: David Sheppard, Managing Director, MedWorld Advisors


    Lisa Anderson, Founder and President, LMA Consulting Group Inc.
    Steven A. Colantuoni, Director of Corporate Marketing, The Central American Group
    Tony Gonzalez, President, Flexan
    Yarisol Lopez, Deputy Executive Director, National Free Zones Council of the Dominican Republic
    Carlos Wong, Managing Director, Coyol Free Zone (Costa Rica)
12:15-3:15 p.m. Working Luncheon and Supply Chain Workshop

Christopher Oleksy is Founder and CEO of Oleksy Enterprises and SCHAIN101, an Oleksy Enterprise Company. Chris has been a long time MPO editorial advisory board member and regular MPO column contributor/speaker who is launching his latest endeavor, SCHAIN101.

SCHAIN101 is a fact-based, case-study approach built on Chris’ 40 years of experience to assist and mentor organizations on the application of world-class supply chain “Art and Science.” SCHAIN101 offers various in-person immersion-based apprentice sessions at its headquarters in San Diego, California, as well as onsite within customer locations. Additionally, various content elements will be made available online at SCHAIN101.COM.

This workshop taught by Chris will consist of a portion of the SCHAIN101 immersion content to help address today’s supply chain challenges being faced by virtually all organizations in attendance. Chris believes applying just one of the many topics covered will be valuable enough to aid every attendee.

The workshop will focus on a number of elements including:

  • Where did all the workers go? The talent shortage has impacted operators to the C-suite. This extremely important component is endangered; find out what to do about it soon.
  • Geographic instability and the very real risk to short term or possibly permanent global raw material/component availability. Why many inter region supply chains will need to become intra region supply chains.
  • Got milk? Got SCOR? (Why the SCOR model is not optional.)
  • Why the OE-Tier5 Model is imperative to ensuring an organization’s “mission” is executed properly. A proof positive case study presented.
  • Why supply chain color-coded mapping is not optional.
  • Becoming comfortable with the “Chain of Chains” concept and where you “fit” today might not be where you “fit” in tomorrow’s quickly changing ecosystem.
  • The importance of understanding healthcare’s continual consolidations and needed supply/care chain re-configurations.
  • The difference between the “Art”, “Science” and “Traits” of supply chains.
  • The “1 in 100” Paradox: Why we “Major in the Minors” and “Minor in the Majors” and why it’s killing our supply chains and, ultimately, many companies.
  • Why the supply chain “App Store” is so important to know about…more importantly, leverage!
  • The importance of applying change management behaviors in an evolving global landscape “reset.”
  • The “Tea Leave/Cloud Trait” and why it is critical to an organization’s survival.
  • What pandemics and junk science have in common and how to get ready.

Sponsored by:
TradeMark Plastics
3:15 p.m. End of Conference
Wifi/Twitter provided courtesy of MedWorld Advisors
* All session times, speakers, and content are subject to change.