Platinum Sponsors

KMM Group

Steri-Tek

Trademark Plastics


Silver Sponsors

Arthur G. Russell
AIP Precision Machining
ATL Technologies
Beaumont
Boulder Sterilizaton
Cadence
Delmiaworks
Donatelle
Eurofins
Forefront Medical Technology
Forum Plastics
Freudenberg Medical
IRP Medical
Kistler
KP Corp.
Marle Group

Supporting Organizations

MDMA

THBI

TMDA

Media Sponsors

Medtech Intelligence

Gold Sponsors

B. Braun Medical

Lumenous Device Technologies

Natech Plastics

Spectrum Plastics

Tekniplex


Silver Sponsors

MedBio

MMT

OKAY Industries

Plastikos

Promimic

Punch Industry

Qosina

QSRAM

Raumedic

RJG

Roechling

Sekisui Kydex

Teleflex Medical OEM

Vance Street Capital

Viant


Bronze Sponsors

Able Electropolishing

Chamfr.com

Cretex

Flexan

Life Science Outsourcing

Maestro

maxon

MedWorld Advisors

MICRO

Paragon Medical

PMCF

Tegra Medical


 

Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson, Founder and President, LMA Consulting Group Inc.
Lisa Anderson is the founder and president of LMA Consulting Group Inc., specializing in manufacturing strategy and end-to-end supply chain transformation. Known as The Strongest Link in Your Supply Chain, LMA Consulting focuses on maximizing the customer experience and enabling profitable, scalable, dramatic business growth. With practical industry experience in manufacturing, Anderson works with companies to bridge the gap between supply chain strategy and execution to dramatically improve service levels, accelerate cash flow, and maximize profits. She partners to improve supply chain and operational efficiencies through the implementation of process improvement programs such as Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (S&OP/SIOP) and in selecting, leveraging, and implementing ERP Systems. Recognized as a Supply Chain thought leader by SelectHub, Anderson has been named a Top 40 B2B Tech Influencer by arketi group, a Top 50 ERP Influencer by Washington-Frank, one of the most influential in Supply Chain by SAP, and a woman leader in Supply Chain by RateLinx.

 

Samantha Betancourt

Samantha Betancourt, Head of Strategy and Marketing, UPS Healthcare
Samantha Betancourt is Head of Strategy and Marketing at UPS Healthcare. In this role, she leads the strategic vision and positioning of UPS Healthcare as a provider of end-to-end healthcare logistics solutions including inventory management, cold chain packaging and shipping, storage and fulfillment of medical devices, and lab and clinical trial logistics. Before joining UPS, Betancourt held the position of Vice President, Supply Chain and External Operations at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, where she was responsible for global logistics planning, procurement, external manufacturing partnerships, and supply chain analytics. She has more than 20 years in various global commercial and operational positions for companies including KEMET, Flex, TE Connectivity, and BPL Plasma. Her industry experience includes contract manufacturing, telecommunications, technology, pharma, and medical device. Betancourt earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in International Business from Central Michigan University. She also received a certificate in Financial Management from Cornell University.

 

John Braun

John Braun, Director of Finance & Administration, rms Company
John Braun is the director of Finance and Administration at rms Company, a contract manufacturer of high-quality, tight-tolerance medical implants, components, and sub-assemblies. He has held this position for the last 10 years. In addition to managing the finance and accounting teams, Braun also manages the supply chain (purchasing, shipping, receiving, and material control), maintenance (machine and facilities), and tooling and grinding teams. He has spent the whole of his career working in a manufacturing environment. Braun began his career on the shop floor of an aerospace company and moved through the ranks in various finance and accounting roles at both large and small manufacturing companies including Siemens Water Technologies, Andersen Windows, and Lucas Aerospace. He takes pride in the companies he works for; he is results-driven and does whatever he can to help them succeed. Braun received a BA in Accounting from Valley City State University.

 

Danielle Lobsinger Bush

Danielle Lobsinger Bush, Director of Policy, Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute
Danielle Lobsinger Bush is the director of policy for the Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute—a trade association representing the life science industry in Texas. As director of policy, she plays a key role advocating on issues important to the life sciences industry in Texas at both the state and federal level. She has nearly 10 years of legislative engagement and public policy advocacy experience. In her previous roles as assistant director of policy and as a government relations specialist at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, she received in-depth exposure to the leadership decision-making in important government health-related programs, including the Texas Medicaid Program, and she also had firsthand experience navigating the relationships between the agency and the Texas Legislature. Prior to that, Bush worked both for a statewide trade association, engaged in front-line advocacy efforts, and in the Texas Capitol, learning the legislative process firsthand as a district director and legislative aide for a State Representative. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri.

 

Joshua Chaidez

Joshua Chaidez, Vice President Global Supply Chain, Intuitive Surgical
Joshua Chaidez is VP of Global Supply Chain at Intuitive Surgical, a global technology leader in minimally invasive care and the pioneer of robotic-assisted surgery. Intuitive brings nearly three decades of leadership in robotic-assisted surgical technology and solutions to its offerings and develops, manufactures, and markets the da Vinci Surgical System and the Ion endoluminal system. Chaidez has more than 20 years in support of Intuitive’s mission, serving various roles in Operations including Procurement, Planning, and Materials Management. In his current position, he is responsible for direct materials supply chain management across all Intuitive’s business units. His span of responsibility includes New Product Introduction to Sustaining Operations, and through End of Life. Chaidez oversees a global team that manages commercialization of new products, strategic sourcing, procurement, and a center of excellence for supply chain business process, applications, and tools. Overall, he has over 30 years of operations experience in high tech and medical device environments.

 

Penny Chase

Penny Chase, Information Technology and Cybersecurity Integrator, MITRE
Penny Chase is the Information Technology and Cybersecurity Integrator in the Human- and Data-Centered Solutions Technical Center at MITRE. She has led MITRE and government-sponsored projects in numerous cyber security and malware threat and analysis efforts, including sharing healthcare fraud data and applying natural language processing to medical device adverse event reports. Chase currently supports MITRE’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) projects on medical device cybersecurity (leading the effort to develop a Common Vulnerability Scoring System rubric tailored to medical devices) and MITRE’s cyber security architecture and workforce development work for U.S. Veterans Affairs. Previously, she led the Malware Attribute Enumeration Characterization (MAEC) project for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); served as the Deputy Director of the Advanced Research and Development Activity (ARDA) Northeast Regional Research Center, managing workshops that addressed Intelligence Community challenge problems; and was a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Advisory Council’s subcommittee on Avionics, Software, and Cybersecurity. Chase earned an M.A. in the History of Science, and an M.S. in Computer Science, from Harvard University.

 

Stacey Christensen

Stacey Christensen, Director of Operations, OsteoCentric Technologies
Stacey Christensen leads the operations functions at OsteoCentric, including supplier management, planning, forecasting, field inventory management, and customer service. She brings over 25 years of operational management experience in the spine, biologics, orthopedic, and trauma industries. Christensen has worked for all sizes of medical device companies, ranging from startup to multibillion dollar companies. Before joining OsteoCentric, she held various management positions in Operations with DJO, Integra Lifesciences, Orthofix, Medtronic, and Biomet. Christensen graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s in Production and Operations management, along with a minor in Accounting.

 

Steven A. Colantuoni

Steven A. Colantuoni, Director of Corporate Marketing, The Central American Group
Steven A. Colantuoni has more than three decades of experience in leading marketing efforts to bring foreign direct investment in manufacturing to Latin American industrial parks, free zones, and shelter companies. He has successfully worked as a part of teams that have brought significant medical device, automotive, electronics, aerospace, and general manufacturing companies to industrial zones throughout the region. He is currently heading marketing activities formulated to bring FDI to the Central American Group’s Green Park Free Zone in Alajuela, Costa Rica. In addition to possessing expertise in traditional marketing methods, Colantuoni is highly experienced in formulating and using integrated online strategies to deliver his organization’s message to potential manufacturing investors successfully. He is proficient and effective in producing and scripting materials (text, video, and audio) for content marketing campaigns. In addition, he produces relevant and valuable text for industry blogs. He has expertise in data-based manufacturing market research, lead generation, search engine optimization (SEO), and search engine marketing (SEM). He also excels in creating and executing highly targeted email marketing campaigns. He has been published in leading economic development and trade industry publications.

 

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez, President, Flexan
Tony Gonzalez serves as President of Flexan, a global medical device contract design and manufacturing company, which was acquired by ILC Dover in August 2021. He brings more than 20 years of experience from the medical device, contract electronics manufacturing, and telecommunications industries. Gonzalez has been recognized for his strong strategic, leadership, decision-making, and technical capabilities. He most recently served as president, CRM & Neuromodulation for Integer Holdings Corporation. While there, he also held roles in operations, strategic projects, customer service, and supply chain. Gonzalez has held leadership positions at Sanmina-Sci Corporation and Bellsouth Telecommunications. He earned his Executive MBA from University of Southern California, Master of Science in Business Administration from Mississippi State University, and Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Administration from Universidad Panamericana.

 

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.

 

Christine Kattappuram

Christine Kattappuram, Senior Director, MedTech Strategy, Veeva Systems
Christine Kattappuram is a Senior Director, MedTech Strategy with 15+ years of strategy and operations experience across healthcare, retail, technology, and financial services clients. She currently serves a Market Owner working with sales, marketing, services, solution consulting, and customer success to implement leading technology solutions across a variety of medtech organizations. Kattappuram has led projects that include process improvement, product selection, new product development, system modifications, and implementations. She leverages data and proven root-cause analysis techniques to solve complex, global challenges and design innovative and transformative solutions. She has helped to develop organizational strategies with full top-down and bottom-up transformations improving the ability to achieve mission objectives and gain substantial operational efficiencies. Kattappuram was trained at GE as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional and has enterprise level experience with cross functional teams including executive stakeholders, suppliers, and customers.

 

Howard Levy

Howard Levy, Vice President – Global Sourcing, Zimmer Biomet
Howard Levy is Vice President – Global Sourcing at Zimmer Biomet, a global medical technology leader with a comprehensive portfolio designed to maximize mobility and improve health. Since 2015, Levy has led all of Zimmer Biomet’s direct and indirect sourcing, including global sites in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to the Zimmer Biomet merger, he was Chief Procurement Officer at Biomet. Levy joined Biomet in 2007 and created a new global sourcing organization. Before Biomet, he served as Chief Procurement Officer at Ryerson (metals distributor), and as a Senior Vice President of Purchasing at Case New Holland (agriculture and construction manufacturer) and CSX (a freight railroad). Levy also led all global direct and indirect sourcing as well as supplier quality at Navistar International Transportation Company (truck and engine manufacturer). Earlier in his career, he held a variety of purchasing positions with Ford Motor Company.

 

Steve Livernois

Steve Livernois, VP Procurement, Direct and R&D Procurement, BD
Steve Livernois serves as Vice President of Procurement for Direct Materials and R&D Sourcing for BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. In this role, he oversees the global sourcing and supplier management activities for finished goods, direct materials, and new product development. As a member of the Procurement Leadership Team, Livernois is also responsible for setting the strategic direction of the function in support of the Business. He joined BD in 2002 as a Global Category Manager in Procurement. After various roles of increasing responsibility within Procurement, Livernois was promoted to Vice President of Procurement in 2012. Prior to BD, he held positions at AlliedSignal and Corvis Corporation in the areas of Procurement and Supply Chain.

 

Yarisol Lopez

Yarisol Lopez, Deputy Executive Director, National Free Zones Council of the Dominican Republic
Yarisol Lopez is a foreign trade professional, with more than 27 years of experience in the free zone sector. She offers vast competence in exports promotion, attraction of investment, international business, as well as in projects for the promotion of industrial linkages. Lopez has participated in multiple national and international trade fairs and events, as well as trade missions in various subsectors, including medical devices, among others, with the purpose of attracting foreign investment to the Dominican Republic, presenting the favorable scheme of incentives for the free trade zones sector in the country. She was part of the team that worked on the review of the productive transformation policies of the Dominican Republic, carried out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Lopez is a Summa Cum Laude graduate in Hotels Management and Tourism from the National University Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU) in the Dominican Republic, complementing her professional experience in the free zone sector with studies, conferences, and seminars conducted in the Republic of Korea, Ecuador, the United States, and China, as well as the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Dominican Republic.

 

Terry Lubben

Terry Lubben, Senior Vice President of Operations, Treace Medical Concepts
Terry Lubben is the senior vice president of operations for Treace Medical Concepts. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic development and execution of the company’s operations, supply chain, manufacturing, and supplier management, as well as facilities functions. Lubben has over 30 years of experience in global operations, including supply chain, manufacturing, IT, facilities, manufacturing engineering, technical service, and customer service. Prior to joining Treace, he worked for Cantel Medical as senior vice president of operations and global supply chain. Prior to that, Lubben spent nearly 20 years in supply chain and operations leadership roles for Smiths Medical, Medtronic, Covidien, SuperDimension, The Toro Company, and DLP Inc. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Calvin University.

 

DAVE MABIE

David Mabie, President, CincyMED
Dave Mabie started his thirty-year career in the Life Sciences industry in technical sales of medical raw materials, later moving into program management, marketing, and director roles for injection molded components and manufacturing of Class ll and Class lll single-use medical devices. From 2006 to 2019, he served as Vice President, Business Development for outsourced manufacturing partners ATEK Medical (exited to VENTION Medical 2011), followed by Providien (exited to Carlisle CIT 2019), where he assisted the world’s leading medical device companies by shifting manufacturing within the US and to Costa Rica and Mexico for improved quality, lower cost of manufacturing, and supply chain consolidation. To meet demand during his time at ATEK, the company expanded capacity by adding one new manufacturing operation in the United States and two in Costa Rica, all within a span of five years. In 2010, ATEK was named by Inc. Magazine as a U.S. Top 500 growth company.

 

Michael Maxon

Michael Maxon, Senior Associate, Duggan Associates
Michael Maxon has worked in Lean and operational excellence for over 25 years. He has worked with aerospace and private equity clients, conducting training and implementation of Operational Excellence, including large-scale, diverse projects. Having spent the majority of his career working for GKN, Maxon understands what it takes to implement and sustain operational excellence.

 

Ozzie Murillo

Ozzie Murillo, Senior Director of Global Supply Chain and Advanced Sourcing, Flex Health Solutions
Ozzie Murillo is senior director of Global Supply Chain and Advanced Sourcing for Health Solutions at Flex, a $3 billion medical device business unit. In this role, he provides supply chain and risk management strategies for customer manufacturing solutions. His breadth of responsibility includes lifecycle management from design to commercialization through end of life. Murillo brings more than 20 years of medical supply chain experience working in contract manufacturing, with OEMs on establishing resilient supply chains, and ensuring security of supply. He has worked closely with major medical healthcare companies, mid-level OEM medical device firms, and start-ups. Murillo has experience leading global teams across all supply chain disciplines in all worldwide regions while managing multi-national supply bases. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles; an MBA from the University of the Incarnate Word, and an MS from UT San Antonio. Murillo has been certified as a supply chain professional in the U.S., Europe, and Canada, as well as a certified professional negotiator and certified project management professional.

 

John Nino

John Nino, CEO, Life Science Outsourcing
John Nino is the CEO of Life Science Outsourcing Inc and has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, production operations, program management, and product development. He has held executive leadership, senior operations, and technical positions with aerospace, medical device, automotive OEMs, and business development companies. He also has extensive U.S. and offshore contract manufacturing experience. Nino holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of California with an emphasis in robotics. He is Lean Manufacturing trained and has won multiple awards for his healthcare and aerospace achievements. He holds over 20 utility and design patents related to surgical instrumentation and related technologies.

 

Christopher Oleksy

Chris Oleksy, Founder & CEO, Oleksy Enterprises, SCHAIN101
Christopher Oleksy is Founder and CEO of Oleksy Enterprises and currently, SCHAIN101, an Oleksy Enterprise Company. He is widely known as a supply chain pioneer and thought leader who has developed, authored, presented, and successfully implemented customer-focused supply chain execution for over 40 years worldwide. Oleksy has held executive management positions within the medical device contract manufacturing industry at ATEK Medical and Integra Biotechnical as well as lead strategic supply chain transformation at two Fortune 50 Companies—Medtronic and Dow Corning. Additionally, he served as CEO of Emergent Respiratory, before transitioning it to a group of partners. This vast, unique experience set encompassing the entire supply chain continuum positions Oleksy to assist organizations of all types regardless of where they sit within their supply chain—“chain of chains.” Oleksy is currently launching SCHAIN101—a revolutionary case-study driven approach to assist and mentor organizations on the application of world class supply chain principles. SCHAIN101 will offer various immersion-based apprentice sessions at its headquarters in San Diego, California, as well as on site at customer locations. Additionally, SCHAIN101.COM will provide topic-specific content online.

 

David Schultz

David Schultz, VP—Chief Supply Chain Officer, Westfall Technik
David Schultz is a senior management executive whose broad business experience and data-driven approach enables organizations to dramatically reduce costs in extremely competitive markets. He is an imaginative dealmaker passionate about building trusting relationships and highly skilled at managing several billion dollars of spend resulting in significant dividends and speed-to-margin. He brings highly relevant and valuable experience with global companies, including Boston Scientific, GE, CONMED Corporation, and through leading a joint-venture business in partnership with Nypro (A Jabil Company). Schultz has also held several advisory board positions, primarily with early-stage companies, as they navigate through the challenging funding process in support of their future growth initiatives. Prior to joining Westfall, Schultz served as VP CSCO/Chief Procurement Officer for multiple publicly held companies. He has held several cross-functional roles culminating in full P & L responsibilities and thrives in organizations that promote and support the acquisition of new skills, technologies, and transformative thinking. He has spent much of his career building winning teams that are highly engaged and focused on making a difference.

 

Dave Sheppard

David Sheppard, Managing Director, MedWorld Advisors
David Sheppard has been a leader in the medical device industry for more than 30 years. His experience includes positions such as GM and VP, as well as high impact sales and marketing leadership roles at Major 500 corporations (Medtronic/Covidien, BD/Bard, Cooper and Ciba). His achievements also involve work at start-up organizations (including working pre-IPO on a successful IPO company). As a managing director at MedWorld Advisors, Sheppard is focused on exit strategies for the MedDevice, BioTech, DentalTech, DigitalHealthTec, and OEM Medtech companies. For M&A, the goal is to help small- and medium-sized companies maximize their value with their exit strategy and/or achieve success with their acquisition strategy. Having completed international/cross-border deals, an important component to MedWorld’s success is its global reach and ability to cross boundaries to successfully facilitate transactions. In addition to M&A achievements at MedWorld Advisors, his medtech career worldwide results include completing distribution and licensing deals with international businesses, comprising of major Fortune 500 companies (e.g., GE, Philips, Stryker, NK, Mindray, etc.) as well as smaller entities. These experiences have led to a global network of contacts with channel partners both large and small. Sheppard has been involved in “go-to-market” strategies on every major developed continent (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America).

 

Joshua Vesely

Joshua Vesely, Senior Vice President, Randstad Life Sciences
As senior vice president at Randstad, Josh Vesely offers 17 years of experience in human capital. He is currently leading the Randstad Life Sciences team, enabling Device + BioPharma organizations to access and bundle their HR technology innovations, staffing, and solutions portfolio in one integrated channel. Vesely is also committed to giving back to his community, particularly through mentorship opportunities. At Randstad US, he has mentored employees through the Women in Randstad Empowering Development (WIRED), and outside of the company, he has served as a mentor at the Chicago YMCA. Vesely also sits on the board of Imcon International as an independent director advising the firm on growth and human capital strategies.

 

Tom Wilmering

Tom Wilmering, Principal and Consultant, Mold Metis
Tom Wilmering has been involved with medical devices since the early 1980s, working across multiple domains, including medical informatics, non-invasive critical care measures, blood oxygenation and extracorporeal circuits, and a large variety of disposables. He has deep domain expertise in all aspects of plastic conversion, including hands-on tool and die trade skills. Wilmering has run software teams, both on the applications and embedded side, and has applied “agile” approaches to both kinds of software, as well as brought that thinking to mechanical systems and electrical hardware design. Recently, Wilmering led a team that created an IT services group for a new medical informatics business, which grew from $0 to $15 million/year in sales over four years. He currently leads Mold Metis, a consultancy that helps small- to medium-sized medical device manufacturers realize their designs. Wilmering lives in Eldorado Springs, near Boulder, CO, and enjoys grandkids nearby, as well as all that Colorado offers.

 

Carlos Wong

Carlos Wong, Managing Director, Coyol Free Zone (Costa Rica)
Carlos Wong has extensive experience working as General Director in several Free Trade Zones, including the Metropolitan Free Zone, Global Park, and Coyol Free Zone. In the public sector, he has had responsibilities in the Free Trade Zones Corporation and has participated in CINDE—the investment promotion agency of Costa Rica—where he worked in several positions—Investment Program Director and Director for Asia Pacific Region based in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Wong has also been a consultant for the World Bank and a Professor and Researcher at the Institute of Economic Sciences of the University of Costa Rica. He has an MBA in Management from the InterAmerican University of Costa Rica, as well as participated in postgraduate programs in International Marketing at Georgetown University. Wong graduated from the School of Economics at the University of Costa Rica. He has participated in the Boards of Directors of private sector organizations such as AZOFRAS, CPC, Cadexco, UCCAEP, and AZFA.

 

Margie Zuk

Margie Zuk, Senior Principal Cybersecurity Engineer, MITRE
Margie Zuk is a Senior Principal Cybersecurity Engineer at MITRE, with more than 35 years of cybersecurity experience. She is currently the Cyber Engagement Lead for Healthcare in the Cyber Solutions Technical Center, where she leads MITRE’s support to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on medical device cybersecurity preparedness and response. As the Industry Collaboration Department Head for many years, Zuk led MITRE’s work in cross sponsor initiatives and cyber partnerships providing expertise in Threat Based Defense, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Security Automation, Software Assurance, Privacy, and Social and Behavioral Science. She led the evolution of the cyber standards work at MITRE, from the launch of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) to the recent structured threat work with Structured Threat Information eXpression (STIX) and Trusted Automated eXchange of Indicator Information (TAXII) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Zuk developed trusted partnerships with senior leaders across government and industry to establish governance models and to evolve the cybersecurity standards strategy. Prior to this, she led MITRE’s support to the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). Zuk was an initial member of the Common Evaluation Methodology Editorial Board, and participated in the development of the U.S. scheme for the Common Criteria.