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President

pmadras@mdgboston.org

Peter N. Madras, MD
Dr. Peter N. Madras received his MD from McGill University and enjoyed a 30 year career as a transplant and vascular surgeon and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School before joining the staff of Lahey Hospital 12 years ago. Before becoming a surgeon, Dr. Madras was the Medical Program director at the Avco Everett Laboratory which produced the Intra-Aortic Balloon pump, the first temporarily implantable cardiac assist device which is still in use for treatment of heart failure. During his surgical career Dr. Madras consulted to a number of device companies and was Medical Director at Grace Biomedical working on biohybrid artificial organs. Upon retiring from the active practice of surgery Dr.  Madras founded two companies; the Medical Record Bank, Inc. and Asentral IRB, Inc. He was also principal investigator on a number of NIH SBIR grants devoted to the goal of advancing surgery without blood loss. He was appointed by the State Governor to serve on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 6 years, chairing that group for 2 years and followed that with service for two terms (six years) on the National Board of Medical Examiners. He was tasked by Harvard Medical International to assemble and lead a team to write the Regulations for the Practice of Medicine for the Dubai Healthcare City.
 
Currently, Dr. Madras is part of the core Faculty at the Sloan School of Business of MIT and serves on the boards of a number of young or start-up companies. Dr. Madras has been a member of MDG for 4 years and became President of MDG 18 months ago. 

During his presidency MDG has assembled an illustrious Advisory Board. In addition, MDG has developed a mentoring program and a job board and has seen attendance at its monthly Forums double.  
 
Treasurer

ewalters@mdgboston.org

Eric Walters, CPAD  
CEO, a Co-Founder, and a Director  
ONEighty C Technologies Corporation 
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. 

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. He is a co-founder of the New England Healthcare Executives Network (NEHEN) and is active in MassMEDIC.

 

Secretary

istammberger@mdgboston.org

Iris Stammberger, PhD
Iris is the founder and CEO of TALBOK Consulting, a firm that specializes in helping organizational leaders create a visual management system to facilitate and track progress of new initiatives and align day-to-day decision making with strategic goals. Their projects have been as varied as implementing new educational models at universities, launching clinical trials at a public pharmaceutical company, designing a strategy implementation model for a medical device startup, launching a new product development team at a software company, supporting an emerging hub of drug discovery tool manufacturers, etc. The focus is on using findings from a discipline known as cognitive engineering to make work visible in ways that increase efficiency, effectiveness, and adaptability.

She has degrees from Tufts University (Interdisciplinary Ph.D. & CAGS Human Computer Interaction), Cambridge College (MEd Clinical Psychology), IESA Venezuela (CAGS Business Administration), Universidad Central de Venezuela (MS Electrical Engineering), and Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela (BS Electrical Engineering). She is a former PMP/PMI (2009-2013), and currently is a member of various women's professional organizations in the Boston area (HBA Mentor, NEWISE Club, WEST).
 
Board member

jshapiro@mdgboston.org

Jerry Shapiro, PhD
Medical device industry experience: 
Dr. Shapiro was the first person at Boston University with an earned doctorate in Bioengineering, cofounder of their Department of Biomedical Engineering, Principal Investigator on many NIH grants, Director of two laboratories in glaucoma and ocular physiology and held the positions of Research Scientist, and Associate Professor of Surgery, Medicine, Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering.
 
He was Ophthalmology Program Manager, Director of Engineering, Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer, CEO, and President of medical device companies. Through MIT, he mentors medical device companies in Portugal, helping them turn ideas into products and companies. Jerry is co-inventor of an effective treatment for a debilitating medical condition affecting about 500 million women worldwide and leader of the startup medical device company bringing it to market.
 
As an MDG leader Jerry has the opportunity to work with an amazing group of talented and caring medical device professionals to enhance the professional development of MDG members, foster and support entrepreneurial thinking, explore new business opportunities, and promote best practices in enterprise management.
 
Board member
phartung@mdgboston.org
Paul Hartung, MS
Paul is a long time life sciences executive with a proven track record in launching successful startup businesses and leading Fortune 500 organizations.  He raised Angel and VC funding for Cognoptix, to develop an innovative eye scan for early detection of Alzheimer's disease, leading the company from concept through clinical trials, with outstanding Phase 2 results. He has extensive experience in the laser and medical device industries, including managing manufacturing for Summit Technology, Inc., a leading developer of the LASIK procedure and other laser eye correction procedures. Prior to Cognoptix, Paul was Vice President of Operations at Winphoria Networks, a successful mobile communications startup acquired by Motorola. He has also held senior management positions at GE, Trumpf and 3Com. He graduated from MIT with an MS Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Paul is a longstanding member of MDG, who has been actively volunteering for the organization since 2013.  He has held the following MDG positions:
 
During his tenure, Paul has worked tirelessly to grow and diversify the membership of MDG.  The Entrepreneurship Forum he co-championed had record attendance, and included 20 exhibitors.  He has attracted a number of sponsors to the organization and initiated a collaborative event with MassBIO.  He has spearheaded a number of initiatives to improve member benefits, including the new Member Services Directory.
In addition to his work at MDG, Paul mentors entrepreneurs at MIT Venture Mentoring Service, Mass BioTech Council's MassCONNECT, TechSandbox and The Capital Network. He also serves on the Board of Directors of SemiNex, and the Business Advisory Boards of Metria Innovations and Techubator. 

      

Board member 
lsasso@mdgboston.org
Lisa Sasso, MBA, CPCC, ACC
Lisa is President/Certified Executive Coach at Medical Development Partners, Inc. (2005-present), empowering Medical Device Professionals to achieve their goals, honor their values and live in balance. Past Co-Founder, CEO/President of Radi Medical Systems, Inc. (1998-2004) Lisa took a disruptive technology, changed physician's practice, obtained reimbursement, developed education based marketing strategies, a clinical sales force, and grew the company from inception to $28M with profitability during her 6 year tenure.

Lisa was recognized and ranked #28 out of 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts in 2004. Prior to that, Lisa held Market Research and Product Management Positions at USCI; $100M Division of CR Bard (1994-1998). Lisa is also a motivational speaker. Lisa received a BBA in marketing and BA in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA in Management from Bentley University. Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) through the The Coaches Training Institute & Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Foundation. 


Board member 

acahill@mdgboston.org

Andrea Cahill, BASc  
As an R&D Engineer, Andrea has worked on a variety of blood management and cardiovascular products including ablation catheters, surgical tourniquets, blood separation devices, blood quality tests and diagnostic microfluidic cartridges. Andrea is currently an Engineer with Haemonetics Corporation developing their hemostasis management product. 

Andrea serves as Chair on the Board of Directors for the University of British Columbia Biomedical Engineering Student Team (UBC BEST) where she grew the team from 7 to over 70 members in her two years as Chief Executive Officer. UBC BEST is an extracurricular engineering student design team focused on developing context appropriate medical technologies that address global medical challenges. 

Andrea spent several years as a member of Women in Engineering focused on encouraging young women to consider engineering as a potential career path. She is an active member of the American Association of Blood Banks and sits on the Regulatory Affairs Committee. 

Andrea received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering with a Biomedical option from the University of British Columbia.
  
Board member 

iwebeck@mdgboston.org

Ilsa Webeck, MBA
Ilsa Webeck is a creative healthcare professional with over 20 years of strategy, marketing and product development experience. As the founder of MedTech Strategies, she works with companies of all sizes on strategic marketing initiatives focused on identifying value and actionable outcomes for growth. Her past roles include corporate planning, product management and early product strategy at HeartWare, Biogen, Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Spine and Health Advances. Ilsa holds a BA in Biology from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business. She is an invited lecturer at the Harvard University Office of Technology Development and Boston Biomedical Innovation Center. 
 
Ilsa was an active member of the MDG Presentation Team for the MedInnovation Boston 2018 All-Day Conference in June, 2018, bringing her organizational skills and experience in conference planning to the team. 
 
Moving forward, she hopes to leverage her particular interest in career and leadership development, having been the chair of the Women's Leadership Initiative at J&J, a Culture of Excellence Team member at Biogen and a Healthcare Businesswomen's Association mentor.
 
She now heads the MDG Boston Marketing Committee and looks forward to continuing the conversation regarding diversity and career development initiatives to attract and retain a wider variety of members to MDG. 

Board Member

gmoodie@mdgboston.org

Geoff Moodie, PhD  
Geoff Moodie is a goal driven scientist expert in absorbable materials and combination products for medical device and drug delivery applications. Much of his experience is with preclinical study development, troubleshooting, and monitoring, as well as budgeting, timelines and resource allocation. 

He 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. 

When working on a combination product with a novel coating and new chemical entity drug, he provided scientific input to, conducted experiments for, and answered scientific questions arising from U.S. and international agencies. He has also contributed as an author on recent publications in peer reviewed journals. In all of these efforts he has successfully worked with cross functional internal teams and external teams (CRO's). 

It is important for him to stay connected with the larger medical device arena. To that end he is VP of Programming (Program Central) at MDG where he works to help select topics and assists in the production of monthly forums centered on developments in the medical device arena. He also serves as a co-champion for a several forums per year.
 
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