Leadership

MDG Boston Officers and Board of Directors

All-Volunteer Board of Directors

MDG Boston has 13 members on its all-volunteer Board of Directors composed of three officers and 11 at-large members. These individuals are elected by the MDG Boston Members for 2-year terms. Former volunteers, officers or directors who have provided extraordinary service to the organization are honored with Director Emeritus status.

Jeff Karg, MSME  |  President

Managing Director, Boston Innovation

Jeff has served as President of MDG Boston since 2020. He has been involved with MDG since 2012 and was Chair of Program Central, which plans all of MDG Boston’s Forums and other events from 2012 to 2020.

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Jeff’s professional experience encompasses technology development, entrepreneurship, and business leadership. Jeff has demonstrated success in technology creation and product development in both startup and corporate environments. He has been through multiple development and funding cycles and is expert in navigating complex projects with large teams. Jeff has accumulated 23 client-owned patents in a wide range of products. As CEO of his startup nAscent BioSciences, he led a small but amazing group developing drug discovery tools for pharmaceutical and biotech companies; nAscent was later sold to ThermoFisher Scientific.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Jeff moved with his family to attend Stanford University for a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering on full scholarship from AT&T Bell Laboratories. He currently leads product development for New View Surgical, a startup based in Boston.

Eric Walters, CPA  |  Treasurer

CEO, a Co-Founder, and a Director of ONEighty C Technologies Corporation

Eric has served as Treasurer of MDG Boston since 2018. Eric has been a senior financial executive in both private and publicly-held medical device and health care companies for more than 20 years. He has raised more than $100M in capital. He is a co-founder of the New England Healthcare Executives Network (NEHEN).

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Eric has served as Treasurer of MDG Boston since 2018. Eric Walters has been a senior financial executive in both private and publicly-held medical device and health care companies for more than 20 years. He has raised more than $100M in capital. He is a co-founder of the New England Healthcare Executives Network (NEHEN) and is active in MassMEDIC.

At PolyMedica, he was EVP/CFO and a member of the original senior management team that grew a $1M medical device start-up company to $350M in profitable revenues, which later sold for $1.5B in cash when its revenues exceeded $675M. Mr. Walters has developed and managed high performance finance teams, has an extensive business network, possesses excellent strategy and execution skills, is experienced in budgeting and cost controls and is a proactive communicator with a wide range of audiences. He has managed investor relations for a publicly-held corporation with a $1B market capitalization. He was formerly a Big Four auditor.

ONEighty C Technologies owns WAVEPulseTM Sterilization, a proprietary and first-to-market high-performance sterilization process targeting deficiencies with existing systems in hospitals and other medical institutions.

Sujit Tatke, MS, MBA  | Secretary

Program Manager, Smith & Nephew

Sujit has been involved with MDG since 2020 and is currently serving as the Secretary.  He is currently a Program Manager at Smith & Nephew, Andover.
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Sujit is a new product development program manager at Smith & Nephew Andover.  Previously he worked at Boston Scientific in various roles as a Operations Project Manager,  Process Engineer and as a Manufacturing Engineer.  Outside of work, Sujit heads the Medical Device Mentoring Circle on Linkedin, a free service that provides mentoring to industry participants and newcomers.  At MDG, Sujit serves in a volunteer role of the Secretary keeping track of various initiatives.  Sujit has a Master’s in BioMedical Engineering from Florida International University and a MBA from WPI.  He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a certified Scrum Master. 

Mark Wladkowski, MS, MBA |  Member Advocate

Senior VP, R&D, Smith & Nephew

Across Mark’s career in the medical device space, he has had the opportunity to lead R&D and engineering, portfolio management, operations, regulatory affairs, and program management for Zimmer Biomet, Medtronic, and Smith & Nephew.

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Mark’s work has included building global talent, empowering teams, and turning stagnant operations into revenue-generators.

MEMBER ADVOCATE aligns well with what my interests:

· Promoting the Medical Device Ecosystem in Massachusetts

· Continuing to develop products that positively improve the lives of patients

· Improve the funnel of top talent to choose a career as a medical device innovator

In addition, I am the chairman of the board at UMass Lowell Biomedical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and developing talent and unlocking opportunity is important to me.

Steve Amato, PhD, MBA | Communications and Promotion

Professor and Department Chair of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance, at Northeastern University, and Principal Advisor, tJûn17 Life Sciences Advisors

Steve is a regulatory affairs and reimbursement professional, and serves as a Professor at Northeastern University, as well as the Principal Advisor of tJûn17 Life Sciences Advisors, a firm committed to providing litigation and other support services to the medical device industry in product liability and patent infringement cases.

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Dr. Stephen F. Amato has over 25 years of experience in the global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. In addition to his position as Department Chair of Regulatory Affairs at Northeastern University, Steve serves as the Principal Advisor for tJûn17 Life Sciences Advisors.  As an Executive Director at Anika Therapeutics Steve managed all aspects of the company’s product portfolio including regulatory, reimbursement, market segmentation, targeting, positioning, pricing and promotional strategies.  From 2000 to 2007 he was the Group Director of Knee Repair at Smith & Nephew Endoscopy where he managed a $200 M orthopedic product portfolio.   Earlier in his career, Steve worked for Visible Genetics, where he was responsible for developing and launching genomic molecular diagnostics products used for subtyping Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and other infectious disease agents.  Steve holds an AB from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, as well as an MBA from Boston College.

Geoff Moodie, PhD  |  Programming

Director, Biocompatibility at Eurofins

Geoff has been involved in MDG Boston since 2015 and is co-chair of Program Central, which is responsible for all Forums as well as other events. He has served on the BOD since 2016.  The companies, where Geoff advanced with increasing responsibility and authority, include Getinge Group (previously Atrium Medical Corp.), Semma Therapeutics, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and currently Eurofins Medical Device Testing.

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Geoff has had extensive recent experience in ISO 10993 (Biocompatibility) compliance, including roles as a study monitor, author of supportive rationales, and overall biocompatibility strategy development for several device types. He has published in various peer reviewed journals. Geoff has a PhD in Medical Science from Brown University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Erin Cosgrove, MBA |  Programming

VP, Business Development, RQM+

Erin joined the BOD in 2022. She brings over 20 years of driving growth for MedTech companies as a commercial leader. 

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Erin is currently VP, Business Development at RQM+ a leading regulatory & quality consulting firm. Prior experience includes commercial roles at Medtronic, GE Healthcare, Oxford Immunotec and YourBio Health. 

Judy White, MBA |  Membership

Director of Marketing, Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds

Judy is seasoned marketing and public relations professional with a keen sense for implementing programs, driven by bottom-line results and backed by a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

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She has experience in strategic market planning, communications, public relations, product and brand management, and lead generation.  Judy is also responsible for client retention, business development, digital marketing, event management, and website content/management.  She is known for developing creative solutions to business requirements using proven project management and team building capabilities.

Judy is responsible for managing HBSR’s strategic marketing plan, including communications, branding, events, public relations and business development efforts for the entire firm and individual attorneys. 

Prior to joining the firm Judy was Global Head of Marketing and Communications for TowerGroup, a subsidiary of Mastercard.  Additionally, she has served as Marketing Manager for both Unica Corporation (now IBM) and Harte-Hanks Data Technologies, as well as Product Marketing Manager for BayBank.

Ilsa Webeck, MBA  | Branding and Community Messaging

Founder and Managing Director of MedTech Strategies

Ilsa is a strategic marketing profesional, overseeing the marketing strategy for MDG Boston. She is the founder of MedTech Strategies, a boutique strategic market research consulting firm helping medtech companies address market questions.

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Ilsa has over 25 years of strategy, marketing and product development experience which she leverages to help clients address their tough questions. MedTech Strategies sits at the nexus of product development and commercialization, working with companies of all sizes to understand user needs, clarify the product value proposition and develop actionable strategies for growth. Her past roles include strategic planning, product management and early product development at Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Spine, Biogen, HeartWare, and Health Advances.

Ilsa holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business and a BA in Biology from Dartmouth College. She is an invited lecturer at Harvard Catalyst and mentor and judge for MassChallenge Healthtech.

Glenn D. Wambolt, BS  |  Human Resources

Human Resources Executive-Independent Consultant

Glenn was invited to join the BOD in 2021. He is a progressive, results-oriented Human Resources Executive with over 25 years of experience providing thought leadership to CEO’s and senior leadership teams of global organizations within the healthcare, manufacturing, and high-technology/software industries.

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He has extensive experience working with influential leadership of global, highly-matrixed organizations and is well-versed in all facets of Human Resources including Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, Change Management, Talent Acquisition, Talent Development, Compensation, Employee Relations, and Labor Relations.

Glenn currently works as an independent advisory consultant providing advice and counsel to senior level executives across multiple industries. His experience includes six years as VP of Human Resources for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence and nearly 20 years at Johnson & Johnson, where he held various senior level roles within Human Resources at five different J&J operating companies. Glenn earned a BS degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Massachusetts and did extensive graduate work in Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Rhode Island along with the completion of an advanced executive education program at Cornell University.

Todd Astor, MD  |  Growth Strategy

Founder & CEO, Biomembretics, Medical Director, Lung/Heart-Lung Transplant Center

Todd is honored to serve on the Board, and looks forward to helping entrepreneurs and innovators tap into MDG Boston’s member resources and ecosystem to accelerate the development of transformative healthcare solutions.

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Dr. Todd Astor is a physician, scientist, executive, and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of lung disease and organ transplantation.  He recently founded a start-up biomedical company, Biomembretics Inc., focused on the development of microfluidic artificial lung technology.  For the past 12 years he served as the Medical Director of the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.   Prior to coming to MGH, Dr. Astor started a novel transplant center with a focus on congenital cardiopulmonary disease at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/ Ohio State University.  He is widely recognized for his direction of many pioneering clinical and research endeavors, and as a leader in the development of regional and national policies governing organ transplantation.   He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Colby College, M.D. from George Washington University, and M.B.A. from M.I.T.

Shinikequa White, MBA |  Growth Strategy

Director, Strategic Planning, Smith & Nephew

Shinikequa has been elected to the BOD to oversee Marketing Strategy for MDG Boston. She is currently the Director of Strategic Governance and Planning for Smith & Nephew’s Orthopedic franchise.

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Shinikequa brings more than 20 years of engineering, strategic business acumen and dynamic leadership and coaching expertise in the medtech industry. She has successfully managed large product portfolios, driven by well-researched market insights and customized strategic initiatives to support product adoption in underpenetrated and new markets. She has earned a well-respected track record for coaching high performing cross-functional teams throughout her career. Her past roles included product development engineer, commercial product marketing and strategic planning at Zimmer, the DePuy (Spine & Sports Medicine) Companies at Johnson & Johnson and Terumo Interventional Systems. Shinikequa holds an MBA from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Loretta McHugh, MBA |  Membership

Director of Quality, Henke Sass Wolf of America

Loretta is a new BOD member for MDG Boston focusing on Membership. She has also served in leadership roles in other nonprofit corporations like ASME and SWE. Loretta has worked in the medical device field for 19 years.

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Loretta started as a Quality Engineer at HSWoA, a medical endoscope manufacturer, and then transitioned into the newly established Director of Quality position as the company grew. She is a Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Manager of Quality/Organization Excellence with ASQ. At HSWoA, Loretta lead the company’s program to become ISO 13485 certified and to maintain that certification for 12 years. Her previous experience was in aerospace manufacturing where she was a Six Sigma Black Belt. Loretta has a MBA from Nichols College with a focus on international business and a BS in mechanical engineering from Boston University. She has volunteered with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since college and has held many volunteer leadership roles in that organization, mostly focusing on membership retention and growth.

Lisa Sasso, CPCC, PCC  |  Director Emeritus

President/Executive Coach of Medical Development Partners, LLC (MDP)

Lisa is the first MDG Board Emeritus honoree. She has also been responsible for running the annual “Transitioning into the Medical Device Industry” program for the last 13 years. As a board member, she has served in an advisory capacity for almost every MDG subcommittee including marketing, programs, sponsorship, and nomination.

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She continues to work with the board primarily in areas of Strategic Planning and Sponsorship. Past MDG Positions: President, Vice President, Programs Co-chair, Board Member last 14 years.