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 2013-2014 Officers & Board Members


President: Richard O’Brien

Richard "Dick” O’Brien is a business development consultant, working with clients in medical device and related life sciences fields as well as serving technology/scientific organizations. Mr. O’Brien works with management to increase revenues, secure clear focus and preemptive corporate identification, address and build client relationships, develop strategic approaches, plans, systems and resources for growth in business, and to improve profitable operations for the organization. Mr. O’Brien’s work includes preparing advisory boards for operating and emerging companies. He is an entrepreneur who holds an MBA from Babson College and retired as a captain in the U.S. Navy.


Vice President:
Stephen F. Amato, PhD, MBA, RAC (US/EU)

Number of years as MDG member: 3
Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 23
Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: Research Associate, Critical Therapeutics; Product Manager, Visible Genetics; Senior Market Manager, Director, Senior Director, Smith & Nephew; Executive Director, Anika Therapeutics; Managing Director, tJun17 Life Sciences, LLC;Professor, Northeastern University


Jerry Shapiro

Number of years as MDG member: 9

Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 42

Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: President and CEO, Fem-Medical LLC; President, Floelle Inc.; COO, Hemetrics Development Corp.; Director of Operations, Spectrum Medical Technologies Inc.; Director of Engineering, Optical Micro Systems; Ophthalmology Program Manager, Candela Laser; Associate Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine; Cofounder, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University; Principal Investigator, University of Michigan School of Medicine. Jerry developed more than a dozen surgical devices, invented and patented four diagnostic devices, specialized in fast-track development of concepts into products and now works to relieve the suffering of 450 million women afflicted with an embarrassing condition.

Peter Fuchs

Peter Fuchs is currently the Director Finance, International for Smith & Nephew. His previous experience includes senior global financial positions with Conagra Foods, Gateway Computers and the Swatch group in Hong Kong. He began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse. Mr Fuchs has demonstrated expertise in budgeting, forecasting, turnarounds and acquisitions in fast growing entrepreneurial environments. Mr Fuchs received an MBA from UCLA and a BS in economics with Lehigh University.


At-Large Board Members (Directors)

Richard Andrews

Number of years as MDG member: 3
Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 21
Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: For more than 20 years Rich has helped medical device and instrumentation companies with product concept, design, and development. He is president of Andrews Business Solutions a consulting practice specializing in bridging the gap between Engineering and Marketing in the medical device space. Prior to starting his consulting business, Rich worked for Intertech Engineering Associates and Kollsman Manufacturing Company which are firms that specialize in the contract design and development of medical devices and instrumentation. Rich has also worked for Infusaid developing implantable Class III infusion pumps. His experience includes upstream marketing, product concept and development, systems engineering, requirements management, software quality assurance, and verification and validation.

Michael Drues

Number of years as MDG member: Since 2002
Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 20+ 
Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: I’ve never been one to simply follow. If you’re following in someone else’s footsteps, you’ll never go anywhere new! As an internationally known expert and speaker on cutting-edge medical technology and regulatory strategy, I have consistently been ahead of the curve, often working in areas years (decades) before others, i.e., combination products, pharmacogenomics, tissue engineering and nanotechnology. Anyone can see a trend after there are a dozen data points. I try to see trends when there are just a few data points or before there is any data at all! Many would say this is impossible – but then, once many said the earth was flat!

Paul Hartung 

Number of years as MDG member: 5 years
Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 15 years
Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: Director of R&D at Laser Fare Ltd.; Manager of Manufacturing at Summit Technologies, Inc.; President & CEO of Cognoptix, Inc.(previously named Neuroptix Corp.)

Peter Madras 


Peter N. Madras, MD, 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 Clinic eight years ago. Before becoming a surgeon, Dr. Madras was program director at the Avco Everett Laboratory which produced the Intra-Aortic Balloon pump which is still used for treatment of heart failure. Always involved in medical devices, Dr. Madras was medical director at Grace Biomedical working on biohybrid artificial organs, and principal investigator on three NIH grants in the past five years, developing novel devices for temporary blood flow interruption.

Louise Rijk

Number of years as MDG member: 5+ years
Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 30+ years
Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 1. Taught math and computer science in the Weston Public Schools; 2. Leadership position– developed computer department in Weston Middle School and was House Team Leader; 3. VP Marketing and Sales for Internet Marketing firm; 4. Present consultant in Internet marketing and Career Leadership for Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Ashley Sherman

Number of years as MDG member: 
Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 
Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: As an Account Manager at Intertek, I work with a vast array of leading medical device manufacturers across the east coast to provide them with testing, certification and consulting services to enable them to meeting regional and global requirements. This role has given me insight and experience within many levels of an organization from CEO to project engineer as well as providing me access to the newest innovation and advances in medical technology.


Anna Xia

Number of years as MDG member: 2+ 
Years in Medical Device/Technology Industry: 3+ 
Positions/Career path in Medical Device/Technology Industry: Managing Partner, Market Ignition Group, a medical related business development consulting firm focuses on bringing advanced medical solutions to Asia Pacific countries and areas.

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