Vidya Murthy

From her LinkedIn profile: Medcrypt Chief Operating Officer. I am known for getting things done, while being a supportive business partner that creates successful and sustainable enterprise efficiencies.

Beginning with enterprise audits and technology implementations at PwC, then working with medical device manufacturer BD focusing on cybersecurity and data governance, I’ve been busy building MedCrypt the last few years.

While living in South Africa, I grew from supporting education in Johannesburg townships to managing the national corporate responsibility practice for PwC across South Africa. Seeing the impact of the appropriate intervention to meet the specific needs of a community fulfilled and fueled my lifelong passion for helping the community.

Paul D’Souza

Paul is the Business Development Manager for Extron Inc., a Product Assembly, Warehousing, Order Fulfillment, Returns and Repairs Management company in North America and Europe.

Extron has several value-add services that address the specific needs of product companies in the Medical Device, Networking, and Wearables, industries. They focus on building resilience into your supply chain by giving you the flexibility to source components from the best suppliers globally and then do final assembly closer to where your end customer is. Ask him how.

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Jan Gates

Jan Gates has 35+ experience in package engineering for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, detergent, and foods with a BS in Food Science and MS in Packaging from Michigan State University.

Her work includes individual contributions and leading teams for packaging material and systems design and development. The packaging design and development meet regulatory, product protection, and customer use requirements, as well as production optimization, validation, and minimal packaging for sustainability.

Jan previously worked for Bristol Myers Squib, Conagra, Lever Brothers, Dade Behring, and Abbott Vascular, and currently leads PackWise Consulting (her consultancy) and as VP of Client Solutions and Principal Packaging Engineer for Adept Packaging.

Jan works with ASTM D10 and F02 committees for rigid/flexible packaging and environmental package testing. She also represents the United States on various ISO TC 122 committees for packaging tests, vocabulary, labeling, and product shipment.

She led a task group with AMMI on a US guidance document for compliance with ISO 11607-1/-2 (packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices, later converted to ISO/TS 16775.)

Jan is on the IoPP (Institute of Packaging Professionals) HealthPack Advisory board, IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee and is the Southern California IoPP Co-president.

Vivek Kopparthi

From his LinkedIn profile:

Vivek Kopparthi is an empathy-driven entrepreneur focused on advancing innovations/solving problems that are life-changing. His hunger, drive and humility enable him to rhinoceros through complex techno-managerial interdisciplinary endeavors. In his journey from being a smart to a wise leader, he has traversed several projects, learning pathways, visions and people thereby developing several mature mental models at a young age.

He brought NeoLight, an infant Jaundice focused medical device company from founding to where it is today. His leadership led the company from early ideation stages through product development, FDA regulatory clearances, clinical trials, hiring key leaders, establishing strategic partnerships, and fundraising.

He is a contributing author on and, mostly focused on healthcare and innovation advancement. He sits on several advisory panels/boards with an intent to give back and make a difference. He has won numerous awards including the Forbes 30 under 30 for healthcare, Times Now NRI of the year and the top 20 influential AZ millennials.

He attributes his work to his teachers/mentors who form his rock-solid support system enabling him to see beyond and realize his full potential.

Shawnnah Monterrey

Shawnnah Monterrey is the CEO and founder of BeanStock Ventures, with 20+ years’ experience in medical and life science software product development.

BeanStock Ventures is an FDA accredited third party 510(k) review organization.

Prior to founding BeanStock Ventures, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California, San Diego and an Executive MBA from San Diego State University, then went on to hold product development management positions across numerous global firms, including Illumina, Invetech, Medtronic and Carl Zeiss Meditec.

During her time at Carl Zeiss Meditec, Shawnnah and her team successfully launched and obtained several 510(k) clearances for an AI based glaucoma diagnostics and monitoring application, using a neural network and support vector machine, in the early 2000s.

Daniel Sheppard

Daniel Sheppard is a Managing Director for MedWorld Advisors and expert M&A advisor for the Medical Device, Medical Manufacturing, and Digital Health industries.

He has extensive experience in sell-side advisory, buyer outreach, due diligence, transaction negotiations, and acquisition implementation. Most recently, Daniel has assisted in partnering an emerging Digital Health company with Johnson & Johnson, sold a privately held product development & manufacturing company to an experienced financial firm, launched an early-stage company’s commercialization efforts with Medline, and helped bring lifesaving respiratory equipment to U.S. hospitals during the pandemic through a transaction with GE Healthcare. He has successfully advised numerous small to medium sized healthcare companies through M&A processes involving both financial and strategic buyers.

Daniel has a Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management and is a Certified M&A advisor through the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisitions Advisors. He has a background in financial analysis and modeling, project management, and healthcare consulting that provide a wide breadth of knowledge to implement and execute successful process strategies.

MedWorld Advisors is a boutique mergers and acquisitions firm that specializes in providing small to medium size Medical Device, Life Sciences, and all Healthcare companies with expert advisory through planning and implementation of growth and exit strategies. We are a unique company comprised of expert M&A professionals, from Advisors and M&A lawyers to past CEOs, who have grown and sold companies as well as key executives in Fortune 500 Companies.

Gregory Grissett

From his LinkedIn profile:

Mr. Grissett helps medical device innovators protect their innovations, minimize IP related risk, enforce and defend against all forms of IP assertions. Mr. Grissett does this primarily through patent preparation and procurement, post-grant proceedings, patent litigation, and various types of patent analysis. In addition, Mr. Grissett routinely advises companies on technology transactions through drafting and negotiating joint development agreements, software development and service agreements, copyright infringement, and licenses for all forms of IP.

Mr. Grissett has significant experience in global patent portfolio development and management with particular expertise in European and Chinese patent law systems. Mr. Grissett also maintain an active practice in design patents.

Mr. Grissett’s technical and patent experience includes:

Medical Devices – cardiovascular devices, orthopedics (ACL repair and reconstruction), catheters, heart valves, collagen implants, biologics, stents, sutures & suture deployment instruments, robotics, embedded IoT medical devices, SaMD (software as a medical device), diagnostic systems

Material Science — smart textiles, textile-sensor integration, wearables, composites, nonwovens fabrics, melt extrusion, polymer spinning, paper formation, and paper machine belting

Oil & Gas — MWD tools, LWD tools, mud-pulse telemetry, pulsers, rotary steerable tools, electromagnetic telemetry systems, signal processing, sensor and software integration, communications systems

Software/Electrical — gaming applications, app development, augmented reality systems, virtual reality systems, machine learning, graphical user interfaces (GUIs), visual light communication systems

Rick Lockett

Rick is an experienced clean tech and life science executive with successful experience in sales, business development, marketing and general management and a strong record of revenue and margin growth with a direct impact to the bottom line. Rick has had leadership and executive roles spanning retail, consumer products, water technology, e-commerce and field sales and services.

Known as a versatile and entrepreneurial leader and deal maker focused on driving growth in markets, clients and teams, Rick is a creative business thinker who enjoys building relationships and successful organizations; thriving in the use of data and analytics to drive decision making. Rick has deep experience in a variety of domestic and international markets, CPG, licensing, distribution, partnering, water treatment technology and products, mass retail, specialty retail, third party e-commerce (Amazon+), and direct to consumer web sales.

Bassil Akra

Bassil (pronounced, “Ba-CEEL”) Akra is one of the foremost experts in EU regulatory matters for the medical device industry. Plus, he’s among the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

Shortly after nearly a decade with TUV SUD, Bassil formed AKRA Team in 2021 to support stakeholders in the healthcare system achieving their target in a highly regulated business area. The focus of AKRA TEAM is to support medical device, in-vitro diagnostic and combination device innovators, companies, notified bodies and regulators finding a practical and reasonable approach to fulfill their legal obligations. AKRA TEAM was established to make a difference and ensure that patients receive safe and effective devices in a timely manner.

Ty Hagler

From his LinkedIn profile: As a career industrial designer and innovation practitioner, I have managed hundreds of new product development programs through the process of opportunity identification through to commercialization. I was an intrapreneur within Home Depot, leveraging an OJOP sponsorship to make the business case to senior executives to create new product development capabilities within the retailer – then lead the portfolio of internal new product programs. While at Home Depot, I was exposed to many leading product development firms, which inspired the early business model for Trig. The model was further refined during my graduate studies at the NC State evening MBA program, which has been described by one client as a highly effective disruptive business model that competes at the same level as top-tier consulting firms.

Trig is a full service industrial design firm serving the consumer, healthcare, and durable goods markets. Our comprehensive innovation process includes insights and ideation, product design, and brand asset management for start-ups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Based in Chapel Hill, the Trig® product design consulting team can be found in Charlotte, Raleigh, Knoxville, Los Angeles, and Richmond, Virginia.

Conventional wisdom of working with design firms says that we need to all be in the room together; Trig challenges that convention through our investment in digital collaboration tools and methodologies that drive a more efficient and effective process. As a fully digital company, we have built a global network of rapid prototype shops, machine shops, and contract manufacturing vendors to provide excellent quality solutions to handle the variety of client projects that frequent a new product development consulting firm.