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Innovation in


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Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría
Vice President of Costa Rica
Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría is an international relations specialist and Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica.
Her political career has included actions in the field of public institutions and civil society. For many years, she has been an activist for the defense of human rights, particularly focusing on the historically vulnerable populations (people with disabilities, LGBTTI people, elderly, women, indigenous peoples, among others). She was president of the National Council for Rehabilitation and Special Education (1994-2002), Deputy Minister of Security (2002-2005) and deputy (2006-2010).

Currently, in her capacity as Vice President of the Republic, and from the priorities of the Government of the Republic, she is the coordinator of the Social Presidential Council, whose task is to articulate social policy around the strategic goal of reducing extreme poverty and inequality. In the same line of action, she coordinates issues of gender equity ventures with tourism development and promotion. Moreover, from her office, the concerns of vulnerable populations and organized groups of civil society are addressed, in order to mainstream gender perspectives and human rights throughout the public administration.
Luis Gamboa
Luis Gamboa Arguedas is the current President of CINDE as well as the Council for the Promotion of Competitiveness (CPC), he holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Iowa in the United States.
A businessman and current CEO of the firm Vedova and Obando. He has been chairman of the board of Amcham and director of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprise (Uccaep) and the National Stock Exchange.
He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Association for the National Children's Hospital - Amusement Park.
Jorge Sequeira
Managing Director, CINDE
Mr. Sequeira is the Managing Director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, CINDE. Mr. Sequeira joined CINDE from Trade Promotion Agency of Costa Rica, PROCOMER, where he served for four years. Prior to that, Mr. Sequeira co-founded and acted as CEO of Exactus Corporation, a business software development company with presence in 12 countries throughout Latin America. Mr. Sequeira acted also as Vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Chamber of Industries, as well as of GS1 Costa Rica, the local office of the Brussels-based global organization
Mr. Sequeira graduated from Tufts University, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he obtained an Engineering degree in Computer Science and Applied Math.  He then obtained a post-graduate degree in Administration and Management from the Harvard University School of Extension, also in Boston
Kristin Pothier
Partner and Managing Director, Global Head 
Parthenon-EY Life Sciences
Kristin is the Global Head of Life Sciences at Parthenon-EY. She has over 20 years of experience in management consulting and research in the life sciences industry. Her primary areas of focus are company and investor commercial strategy and M&A support for pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and consumer health companies, investors, and medical institutions worldwide. She is a noted speaker, workshop leader, and writer in the life sciences industry. She is also a clinical laboratory expert, developing platform and reference lab strategies for companies and institutions with on the ground experience in North America, South America, EU, Asia, India, and the Caribbean. Earlier in her career, Kristin was a partner and owner of Health Advances (now Parexel), a healthcare consulting firm, and a research scientist at Genome Therapeutics and at Genzyme. She earned an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Smith College and a graduate degree in Epidemiology, Health Management, and Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Michael Fisher
Director, Product Development
Global Center for Medical Innovation
Michael Fisher brings 17 years of medical product development experience to the team. Prior to joining GCMI, Fisher specialized in program management ​and product feasibility ​with two large multinational medical device companies, several startups, and an academic clinical department. He has significant experience in urology, orthopedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and stem-cell/tissue engineering. In these roles, Fisher was involved in new technology acquisitions, platform product development, sustaining engineering efforts, project team management, tech transfer and international manufacturing/supply chain.
Andy Miller
VP of Devices
Elevate, LLC
Andy Miller is a 3D Printing and medical device expert and is currently VP of Devices at a San Francisco startup and advisor with 3D Veterans developing 3D Printing educational courses for United States veterans. Formerly, Andy was manager of medical devices at 3D Systems where he lead their 3D printed bracing division. Andy studied bioengineering and industrial design. 
Dr Alvaro Mata BSc, MSc, DEng
Professor in Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials and Director of the Institute of Bioengineering
Queen Mary University of London

Alvaro Mata was born in San José, Costa Rica and holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kansas, USA, a Master's Degree from the University of Strathclyde, UK, and a Doctor of Engineering Degree from Cleveland State University, USA. During his doctorate he worked at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation under the direction of Prof. Shuvo Roy. From 2005-2008 he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Samuel I. Stupp at Northwestern University in Chicago, developing self-assembling materials for regenerative medicine. From 2008-2013 he was Head of the Nanotechnology Platform at Parc Científic Barcelona in Spain and is currently Reader in Biomedical Engineering and Biomaterials. In 2014 he was named Director of the Institute of Bioengineering at QMUL and in 2015 Co-Lead of the Bioengineering Domain of the Life Sciences Initiative at QMUL. His work has been published in journals like Science, Nature Materials, and Nature Chemistry and awards such as the 2005 Clodomiro Picado Twight Technology Award, the 2006 Baxter Early Career Award in Bioengineering, a Ramón y Cajal Award from the Government of Spain in 2009, and an ERC Starting Grant in 2012.



Michael Pereira
Executive Vice President, Technology & Operations

As head of technology and operations, Michael leads Ximedica’s product development service and manufacturing operation and is responsible for ensuring the proper execution of the programs and guaranteeing that their overall goals, as well as their technical, financial, operational, quality, and compliance metrics are achieved by Ximedica’s management and teams. Michael emphasizes Ximedica’s philosophy of cross -functional collaboration with clients, continuous improvement processes and quality systems, and accountability towards delivering superior products.

Michael has over 20 years of product development and manufacturing experience and has been at Ximedica for 15 years. During his tenure at Ximedica, he has been involved in the development of hundreds of medical and consumer products in a variety of roles, including Lead Engineer, Program Manager, and Head of Program Management and Engineering.

In addition to his responsibilities within Ximedica, Michael presents at industry events and is a member of Medical Design Technology’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.




Matt Szuhaj
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Matt Szuhaj, a Director based in our San Francisco office, was a founding member of Deloitte Consulting’s Global Expansion Optimization (“GEO”) practice.  He has twenty one years of experience in domestic and international site selection and development, specializing in global deployment strategy, market entry, supply chain strategy, real estate and site evaluations, infrastructure review, operating costs/conditions analysis, and business incentive and entitlement negotiations.  Matt has managed and performed global strategies for numerous corporate clients across the functional spectrum including manufacturing, distribution operations, shared service centers, call centers, R&D facilities, and headquarters for projects throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.





Jorge Perera
Operations VP & General Manager 
Boston Scientific, Costa Rica

Joined Boston Scientific in 2006 as Vice President Operations, overseeing the existing Operations while preparing and executing the plans to expand Boston Scientific’s footprint in Costa Rica through PNO Transfers. In 2010 assumed sole responsibilities for the Operations in Coyol. Prior to joining Boston Scientific, Jorge worked for 14 years for Baxter Healthcare Corporation. He hold positions as Manufacturing Operations Director, Quality Director and in his last role was Plant General Manager based out of Puerto Rico. Jorge holds a Mayor in Chemical Engineering from University of Costa Rica, a Minor in Industrial Engineering from Fidelitas University and an MBA with emphasis in General Management from National University, San Diego, California. He has completed the Leadership Development Program (LDP), “Top Gun Class of 2012



Isaías González
Site Manager

Hospira, Costa Rica

Isaías joined Hospira/Abbott Costa Rica in 1999 and was initially responsible for starting up and managing the Warehouse and Production Control Areas.  In 2001 he moved into planning and in 2002, became the Purchasing Manager of the Shared Services organization in Rocky Mount, NC.  He returned to Costa Rica in 2004 to assume the Materials Manager position and then to run the

Manufacturing Operation activities for Critical Care and Subassembly areas.  In 2008 Isaias became the Plant Manager of the Costa Rican Consumables Products operation. 

Isaías graduated in 1990 as Licentiate in Industrial Engineering from the University of Costa Rica.  In 2002 was certified in Production and Inventory Management by the “American Production and Inventory Control Society” (APICS).
Javier Gomez
Operations General Manager for Costa Rica & Brazil
St Jude Medical
Operations professional with 23+ yrs of Technical/Site management, Manufacturing, and Engineering experience in local, regional, and global roles for several med device multinational companies such as Baxter and Hologic, as well as, in non med device companies such as Intel and Chiquita.  During the last 15+ yrs, have focused on facilities’ start-ups ‘from the ground up’ – from building construction oversight  to staffing/building multi-functional human capabilities, validating new products/processes, and ramping up a Site to its sustaining mode and full cost efficiency.  M.S.I.E. in Manufacturing and Quality Assurance from Texas Tech University,  B.S.I.E. in Industrial Engineering and Management from North Dakota State University,.  Married to Gabriela, 1 daughter (Luisana – 9) and 1 son (Tomas – 7).
Salvador Dada
Establishment Labs
Mr. Dada has been with the company since 2009 and was appointed in February 2016 as the Chief Operating Officer of the Company overseeing the operations in Costa Rica, Belgium, Brazil and Minneapolis. He led the original group of Costa Rican engineers that developed the Quality Management System which was certified ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 in March 2010, and that developed the first generation of product of Motiva Implants® which obtained a Class III CE Mark certification in January 2011. Since then, he has been in charge of the manufacturing operations of the company based in Costa Rica. In 2012, he deployed a European distribution center that now manages around 65% of the sales of the Company. Prior to joining Establishment Labs, Mr. Dada has held strategic positions in medical devices companies in Costa Rica since 2004. One key role was as Project Manager at Allergan Medical where he was in charge of product and operations transfers from other manufacturing sites to the Costa Rican operation. Mr. Dada received a Master degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Costa Rica.
Eric S. Richardson, PhD
Director, Global Medical Innovation Masters Program
Associate Director, TMC Biodesign Program
Lecturer, Rice Department of Bioengineering
Eric Richardson joined the Department of Bioengineering in 2013 to teach medical device design, strengthen academic-industry partnerships, and create curriculum in medical technology development for global markets. In 2015, he became the founding director of the Global Medical Innovation Masters Program.  In addition to his roles at Rice, he is the Associate Director of TMC Biodesign, a fellowship program that offers design thinking, product development and venture formation curriculum to create digital health and medical device startups. Prior to joining Rice and the TMC, he was a Principal R&D Engineer at Medtronic Heart Valves in California, where he led the development of a second-generation transcatheter heart valve that received FDA approval in 2015. Richardson, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota, holds several publications and patents related to cardiovascular devices and research.
Ana Camelo
Therapeutic Area Leader for Oncology
ROCHE Latin America
She is Pediatric Gastroenterologist by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
After practicing in a Pediatric Hospital (Pediatric Hospital in Medical Center Siglo-XXI, IMSS Mexico City), she joined Roche in 2002.
She has held the position of Regional Therapeutic Area Leader for Oncology trials in Latin America since 2009 within Clinical Operations area.  She has substantial knowledge of the Latin American landscape in oncology, evolving country regulations, making local interfaces with local stakeholders,  assessing regional capabilities and developing study allocation strategies.
Tony J. Conant
Chief Operating Officer
The Institute for Supply Management
Tony J. Conant is the Chief Operating Officer at The Institute for Supply Management, responsible for enabling operational excellence across the company and building capabilities for ISM's future growth.
As the leader of the Certification, Publications, Membership, Research, Finance, Technology, and Human Resources functions, Mr. Conant helps to enable ISM's vision by managing project prioritization, effective resource alignment, and accountability across the company.
Mr. Conant has spent over 20 years developing advanced practices in operations and supply management at world-class companies like Intel, Whirlpool and Bank of America. 
He earned a BS degree in Operations Management from Madonna University and an MBA from the University of Florida.  He also completed his Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the University of California at San Diego.
Diane Beideman
Excecutive Director, Global Procurement Direct Sourcing
Allergan Plc
Diane Beideman is Executive Director, Global Procurement Direct Sourcing for Allergan plc.  During her tenure, the Company has transformed into a branded growth pharma leader and changed its name twice -- from Watson Pharmaceuticals to Actavis in 2013; and from Actavis to Allergan in 2015. Diane joined the Company in May 1989 and held various positions of increasing responsibility until being appointed to her current leadership role in Global Procurement under Operations Administration.
Diane has vast experience in the pharmaceutical industry including production planning, materials management, negotiations and purchasing with increased procurement and sourcing responsibilities in both the branded and generic pharmaceutical space. She attended California State Los Angeles/LA Valley College and has a certificate in Purchasing Management from the University of California Riverside.

Roy Calderón
Materials Director
Allergan Costa Rica
Roy Calderón is Materials Director, Allergan Costa Rica SLR.  Roy joined Allergan in January 2010 and in this same period Allergan Costa Rica has become the largest Breast Implants manufacturing site worldwide, with direct exports to over 50 Distribution Centers and Third Party Distributors across the globe, with volume growth of 55% over the last 6 years, and service levels over 95% consistently. 
Roy has over 15 years of experience in diverse Supply Chain Management roles across several industries, including Sourcing, Procurement, Production Planning, Warehouse & Distribution Management and Customer Service. Besides being a Certified Supply Chain Management Professional, he is a registered Chemical Engineer in Costa Rica and has an MBA and a Specialization on Supply Chain Management from the University of California at Irvine.
Todd McCaslin
Global Sourcing Director
Boston Scientific Corporation
Todd is a leading innovator of medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. BSC’s products and technologies are used to diagnose or treat a wide range of medical conditions, including heart, digestive, pulmonary, vascular, urological, women's health, and chronic pain conditions.
He joined BSC in 1984 and has held leadership positions in Manufacturing Operations, Plastics Engineering, Process Development, External Manufacturing (OEM/CM), and Sourcing. 
In his current role, Todd and his team are responsible for working with the 11 BSC manufacturing locations and 7 business units to develop and apply global sourcing strategies and relationship management skills to drive value and innovation across the Packaging material commodity, while insuring direct linkage to BSC’s overall business strategy. He is also responsible for the Global Process Excellence and Analytics functions.
Prior to BSC, he spent 4 years with Baxter Travenol holding positions of Chemist, Quality Assurance Supervisor, and Laboratory Manager. Todd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Colorado State University   He and his wife live in the Boston area and are parents of four grown children.   He is an avid boater and skier.


Mario Torres
Director, Materials
Boston Scientific, Costa Rica
Joined Boston Scientific in 2012 as Director of Materials; responsible for synchronizing Supply Chain processes, improve process effectiveness and develop strategic plans to continuously improve supply chain performance. Prior to joining Boston Scientific, Mario worked 15 years for Hanesbrands Inc., where he hold Senior Manager role for Logistics within Central America. Mario has a major degree in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC) and MBA with emphasis in Project Management from Francisco de Victoria, Spain. In 2006, he has completed the Supply Chain Certification Program in the Logistics Institute from Georgia Tech, Atlanta.
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