MPO Summit Salt Lake City Highlights Strong Agenda

  MPO Summit Salt Lake City Highlights Strong Agenda

Business Wire

RAMSEY, N.J. -- April 11, 2013

The MPO Summit, June 4-6, delivers a powerful agenda, with extensive education
and networking opportunities.

On June 4-6, Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO) will provide medical device
professionals with top-level learning and networking opportunities during the
MPO Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah. The MPO Summit, held at the Grand America
Hotel, will tap into the state’s innovative and growing medical device market
while addressing broader industry-related issues critical to medical device
manufacturing professionals. The theme for this year—with the conference held
at the foot of the Wasatch and Oquirrh ranges—is “helping medtech
manufacturing move mountains.”

For eight years, at leading manufacturing hubs throughout the United States
and internationally, MPO  events have provided the medical device industry
with the most comprehensive programs addressing critical medical device
outsourcing and manufacturing issues.

The conference topics for this year’s MPO Summit build on almost a decade of
experience with right-sized education and networking meetings geared toward
medical device manufacturing’s busy professionals. As in years past, this MPO
meeting will focus on delivering the mission-critical information and
knowledge-sharing that manufacturers and their suppliers use to succeed.

The MPO Summit Salt Lake City will include sessions on supply chain issues,
product development partnerships, supplier management, quality and risk
management, outsourcing strategies, sourcing decisions, product
commercialization, and insight from leading medical device CEOs.

Among the don’t-miss sessions are:

Setting Strategy to Cultivate Win-Win Growth Partnerships, presented by Sean
MacLeod, President of Stratos Product Development (Seattle, Wash.), and Ashish
Bhargava, Senior Director, Product Development for Cyberonics Inc. (Houston,
Texas). This session will address how well-executed partnerships are
innovation engines for driving revenue and market-share growth. How do
companies identify opportunities for growth, and how can the right
partnerships foster proactive thinking and support bringing the “next big
idea” to fruition? This interactive discussion will uncover how top companies
are leveraging strategic partnerships to assess feasibility, validation and
launch concepts into the marketplace. Takeaways include: Ideas for strategic
partnering vs. tactical outsourcing to build healthy product pipelines; how to
develop partnerships that will supplement existing programs; and insight into
where your organization may be able to use partnerships to better effect.

Connected Health and Collaboration in the Value Chain: Beyond Traditional
Models, presented by  Donna Fedor, founder of the Arden Consulting Group. 
This panel will discuss the new realities and complexities that digital,
connected health is bringing into the value and supply chains of medical
device and pharmaceutical companies. Profits are moving away from the hardware
and the transactional procedure toward the whole patient experience to drive
better outcomes inside and outside hospital. New elements, such as ecosystem
design, patient behavior specialists, consumer platforms, mobile device
management, cloud diagnostics, global data hosting/storage, mobile app
development, and new types of patient support technologies and methodologies
are challenging a traditionally conservative medical device industry approach
to supplier interface and management. Fedor and her panel of industry experts
will address how the industry can develop a more collaborative value chain
approach to co-produce better, more cost-effective outcomes in the coming
connected health era.

In addition to the panels above, other highlights include:

•Medtech Leadership Roundtable, with panelists from leading medical device
companies—OEMs and contract manufacturers. Speakers include Dan Croteau,
President & CEO of Vention Medical (Marlborough, Mass.); Matt Jennings,
President & CEO, Phillips-Medisize Corp. (Hudson, Wis.); Michael Mussallem,
Chairman & CEO of Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (Irvine, Calif., invited); and
Eric Olson, President & CEO of Amedica Corp (Salt Lake City). This interactive
panel will discuss current hot-button industry issues, new technology trends,
changes to healthcare impacting the medical device sector, market challenges
and opportunities, and more.

• Tech Transfer and Partnering for Innovation: Engaging Universities and
Medical Device Companies in New Product Creation, presented by John Langell,
M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Surgeon, Assistant Professor, and Executive Director of
the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah. Dr. Langell will
address how universities engage in technology development and connect with
industry to bring cutting-edge devices to market.

•Risk Management, Supplier Controls and the OEM/Supplier Relationship,
presented by  Mark Leimbeck, Quality and Training Program Manager  of Health
Sciences for UL LLC. Many OEMs are surprised to learn of their obligations
with respect to components and supplier controls, and recent data suggests
that suppliers of medical OEMs are even less aware of the implications of
recent quality standards. This presentation will explore several examples to
prepare OEMs and suppliers for compliance, and how to support each other while
delivering safe and effective products in the marketplace.

But there’s still more. Along with the valuable opportunities for education
outlined above, additional sessions will tackle international supply chain
quality, environmental issues and medtech manufacturing, reducing material
costs, and new market opportunities. Of course, the two-day conference program
also includes multiple networking breaks and meals, supported by event

Visit to learn more about the agenda, speakers and sponsors.
Click here to register.

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growing trend of medical device outsourced manufacturing. In-depth coverage
includes comprehensive feature articles, industry news, trends and other
developments pertinent to the contract manufacturer-OEM relationship. MPO
examines the increasingly complex and demanding requirements of managing
outsourcing partnerships. From regulatory mandates and market shifts to
manufacturing technology and legal concerns and much more, MPO provides, in
print and online, relevant content to help device manufacturers and their
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