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MDG Boston 2020-2022 Officers and Board of Directors
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MDG Boston Officers and Board of Directors 

2020 - 2022


President
Jeff Karg, MSME

Managing Director, Boston Innovation

Jeff’s professional experience encompasses technology development, entrepreneurship, and business leadership. He has been involved with MDG since 2012 because of its importance to the medical device development community and its dedication in serving its members first. 

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.

Over his entire career, Jeff has contributed to corporations, consultancies, and startups, learning the advantage of working with talented teams and striving to bring them together to accomplish ambitious goals.

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.

MDG Boston has deep regional strength through membership, sponsor relations and educational forums.

As we move to accommodate the new reality of COVID-19, we will bring our remarkable Forums to the web. Our community will grow as more people see what we do.
Treasurer
Eric Walters, CPA
CEO, a Co-Founder, and a Director of ONEighty C Technologies Corporation
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.

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.

This is an exciting time for MDG Boston. With our transition to Online Forums, we moved past the limitations of geography. MDG Boston now engages the global community of medical device innovators.
Secretary
Iris Stammberger, PhD, MEd, MS
Founder and CEO of TALBOK Consulting
Iris 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).

Iris is passionate about MDG as a platform for networking, new content, cutting-edge expertise and visionary products. She loves to hear from the membership-at-large about new ideas for innovation and growth.

Congratulations Jeff and Eric, I am sure we will make a great team. I am here to help!
Thanks Peter for all you great work!!
Directors-At-Large
(in alphabetical order) 
Joe Berkowitz, CBPA
Director of Sales, SelecTech, Inc.
Senior executive sales leader and trusted advisor who aggressively grows revenue in competitive markets. Has grown book of business from zero to $110M, through cold calling and networking to accumulate over 35 companies comprised of startups to fortune 1000 companies, with typical sale of $5-$7M annually. Prior experience as Managing Partner of $4M business with 40% growth margin, placed in several turnaround situations. Has created a business by raising capital and managing every aspect of design, set up and operation of multi million-dollar venture. Currently Joe is the Director of Sales for SelecTech, Inc., the leader in modular technical flooring for the Laboratory, Cleanroom, Healthcare and ESD environments.

Joe has been an active member of MDG since 2011. In that time, he has spent his time as part of Program Central, numerous Forums, taken leadership roles in Networking, Sponsorships, Mentorship, and Business Development. Joe has worked with every facet of leadership in MDG, taken active roles in assisting with Special Events, SIG's, Special Committees, Alliances, Membership and Recruitment. Currently Joe serves as the Vice President of Business Development for MDG.

 
Andrea Cahill, BASc
Systems Engineer, Boston Scientific Corporation
As an R&D engineer, Andrea has worked on medical devices including blood diagnostics, capital equipment for urology procedures and cardiovascular surgical devices. As an R&D Engineer at Haemonetics Corporation she led the pilot manufacturing line developing new hemostasis management products. She is now a Systems Engineer at Boston Scientific Corporation working on capital equipment for kidney stone and benign prostatic hyperplasia procedures.

Andrea wants to be part of the team growing MDG through these unprecedented times as the Covid-19 pandemic shifts the way we work, network, and share knowledge. As an MDG member for 4 years, she currently serves on the MDG Board of Directors. She has been a champion for several forums: Advances in Medical Imaging (2018), Design for Usability (2019) and an upcoming virtual forum on Human Centered Medical Device Design in Global Health (2020) and was a member of the Program Central Committee (2018-2019). Andrea also served 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 CEO. UBC BEST is an extracurricular engineering student design team focused on developing medical technologies that address global medical challenges. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering, specialized in Biomedical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Andrea Cahill is a Systems Engineer with R&D experience at local medical devices companies Haemonetics Corporation and Boston Scientific, where she is currently working in Urology and Pelvic Health New Product Development.

She has been a member of MDG since 2016, championed multiple successful forums and is excited to continue her role on the MDG Board of Directors!
Geoff Moodie, PhD
Associate Director, Semma Therapeutics and Co-Chair for MDG Programming (Program Central)
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.

MDG has been a teacher, a source of opportunity and support, and a friend to me since I first joined. I have been happy to serve in running Programs and am honored to have been re-elected to the board.

I look forward to continuing to work to deliver the benefits of MDG to its many members.
Jerrold Shapiro, PhD, BS, MSEE
President and CEO, FEM-Medical LLC, President, Floelle Inc.
Highly experienced leader of nonprofit organizations: Chair, IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society; President, Optical Society of America section; Chair, IEEE Robotics chapter; IEEE Boston Section Executive Committee; WPI Venture Forum Executive Committee, etc. Jerry has shown his strong commitment to you and MDG in his 2 years as MDG Secretary, 11 years on the MDG Board of Directors, 19 years as an MDG member, plus former Co-chair Program Committee; Alliances Committee Board link; co-champion of Forum programs in Women's Health, Ophthalmology, Economics of a Medical Device Sale, Medical Needs: From the Physician's View, Voice of the Customer, Integrative Medicine, MDG Pitchfest, etc. Jerry mentors and helps, pro bono, those in transition and those new to the medical device industry find jobs and, twice, co-wrote the five year plan for MDG's future. Help Jerry continue contributing his extensive medical device industry experience and leadership to MDG. Dr. Shapiro cofounded the Boston University Department of Biomedical Engineering, was Principal Investigator on many NIH grants, Director of two medical laboratories, and Associate Professor of Surgery, Medicine, Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering.

In industry he was Ophthalmology Program Manager, Director of Engineering, Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer, CEO, and President of medical device companies. He also mentors startup medical device company CEOs. 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.

Dr. Jerry Shapiro will continue contributing his extensive medical device industry and non-profits leadership experiences to expanding the scope of MDG both globally and to healthcare's new normal.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has paused his company's clinical trial of an effective treatment for a debilitating medical condition affecting about 500 million women worldwide, he is helping to develop an inexpensive point-of-care test for COVID-19 that gives results in 25 minutes.
Ilsa Webeck, MBA
Founder and Principal of MedTech Strategies, VP/Chair of MDG Marketing Committee
Ilsa Webeck is the founder of MedTech Strategies, a boutique strategic market research consulting firm. Ilsa has nearly 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 HeartWare, Biogen, Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Spine and Health Advances. As MDGs VP of Marketing and Strategy, she has been an active member of the MDG board. Her work has improved the visibility of MDG through the development and management of connections to broader populations through LinkedIn and MeetUp, resulting in over 1000 connections to the organization.

Ilsa holds a BA in Biology from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business. She is an invited lecturer at Biomedical Innovation Center.

MDG is well positioned to work together with our members and sponsors to generate a positive impact on our healthcare eco-system as we navigate through this tumultuous time.
Stan Wharton, HT-MBA
Managing Director at STM PM/QA Advisers and Chair of MDG Boston Membership Committee
Stan is a customer-focused Program Management and Quality Assurance professional adept at developing and delivering innovative, high quality and country compliant medical device products. Notable track record of developing and delivering highly regulated medical devices, diagnostic instruments, and associated products to customers. Drives initiatives from concept to release delivering accurate, high quality products that improve peoples' lives.

Skilled at building high performing product development teams. Brings deep knowledge and experience in project management, product development, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs along with a proven ability to build cross-functional teams and drive success in competitive global market. Stan chairs the MDG Membership Committee.

 


Stan has been a member of MDG for the last 6 years. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Membership Committee.

He has nearly 30 years experience developing high tech products for the scientific instrument community with the last 25 years spent developing these types of products for the medical device industry.
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