Our FDA/Xavier MedCon Strategic Committee is made up of the following FDA officials and industry experts:
Sr. Director, Regulatory Policy, Corporate Regulatory Affairs
Steve has spent 32 years in industry, with 26 years of increasing responsibility for pre- and post-market regulatory support of biologics, devices, drugs, and combination products. His formal regulatory leadership began in 1992, when he joined Allergan as Director, Worldwide Regulatory, and Responsible Head for the company’s Botox biologic. In 1994 he joined Baxter’s Fenwal Division as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, and for the next 10 years he led a global regulatory team with responsibility for the division’s 510(k), PMA, and NDA products used in blood component processing and delivery. While at Baxter Steve also gained extensive experience with CE marking of medical devices in the EU, including Class III devices incorporating medicinal products.
In 2005 Steve joined BD in Corporate Regulatory Affairs, relocating to RTP in North Carolina as Director of Regulatory Affairs at BD’s Corporate research center, known as BD Technologies. In addition to involvement in Regulatory policy and FDA liaison activities, his BDT role included Regulatory support for technology development in diagnostics, cell and tissue technologies, and advanced diabetes care. In 2011 he also took on responsibility for the Women’s Health and Cancer Regulatory team, located in RTP and part of BD Diagnostics Systems. In 2014 he transitioned to a newly created Corporate Regulatory Affairs role as Director, Regulatory Policy and is now Senior Director, Regulatory Policy for BD. He is active in a number of medical device and IVD policy issues on behalf of BD through his involvement in AdvaMed and various industry coalitions.
Steve obtained his Ph.D. in immunology from Kansas State University and also holds an MBA in general management from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Global Quality Leader – Drug Delivery System Development
Francis Blacha is currently Global Quality Leader, Drug Delivery System Development, Device Manufacturing and Diagnostics for Eli Lilly and Company. Previous to joining Lilly, Francis held various leadership positions in Quality at Pfizer and Glaxo Inc. Francis has over 25+ years of quality assurance/quality control experience in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He has extensive experience in guiding project teams in all aspects of risk management and the application of design control requirements throughout the product lifecycle for combination products, diagnostics and medical devices. In addition to frequently presenting at industry forums on the topic of risk management, Francis currently serves on the strategic committee for MedCon, an annual medical device conference co-sponsored by FDA and Xavier University. Francis received his B.A. in chemistry from Catawba College and his M.S. in chemistry from North Carolina State University.
Executive Director & Partner
Gert is an expert in European regulations based on 15 years hands-on working in the field, as auditor, product reviewer, regulatory specialist, and Head of notified body. He has been leading the Notified Bodies in Brussels for many years, and has strongly supported the regulatory debate with the EU Commission, EU Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers. He combines strong experience in quality, compliance and regulations with a pragmatic, result driven approach at both operational and strategic level.
From his Ph.D. in biomaterial sciences, and postdocs in controlled release of drugs and gene therapy, he has dealt as technical reviewer with a large range of devices mostly in the non-active device area. For his contributions to the regulatory profession over the last 15 years he has been awarded as Fellow of RAPS.
Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, Office of Compliance
CAPT Sean M. Boyd serves as the Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Compliance at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the Center’s quality initiatives, as well as regulatory compliance and enforcement programs for the medical device industry.
Prior to joining the Office of Compliance in 2015, led and transformed many aspects of CDRH’s electronic product radiation control program. He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University and his master's in public health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
CAPT Boyd is an active duty commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). He is also the Team Commander for one of two Washington DC-based medical response teams (PHS-1 Rapid Deployment Force); and has deployed in response to several disasters and crises, both domestically and abroad. His experience also includes serving as Executive Officer of the Monrovia Medical Unit (an Ebola Treatment Unit) in Liberia, Africa; where the USPHS Commissioned Corps provided care to healthcare workers infected with Ebola Virus Disease.
OMDRHO Division 1 Director, Compliance Branch
Gina has been with the Food and Drug Administration since 1990. Prior to taking the compliance officer position, she was the Medical Device Specialist in the Cincinnati District Office for seven years. She is still a medical device performance auditor; and the majority of her case work involves medical device firms. She graduated from Thomas More College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and an associate degree in chemistry.
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
Bill Brodbeck is Director, Regulatory Affairs at STERIS Corporation in Mentor, Ohio. Bill shares the responsibility for FDA submissions and interactions while helping to maintain compliance with FDA requirements, guidance and processes. He is the Regulatory lead for sterility assurance products (SAPs) including biological indicators & chemical indicators as well as Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP) Low Temperature Sterilization Systems.
Bill received his Ph.D. in the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease from Case Western Reserve University and his B.S. in Biology from Wilkes University. He is an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) sterilizations standards committee.
Senior Compliance Expert, Medical Devices
IHL Consulting Group
Karen retired after 30 years with FDA, the last 15 of which she was a Medical Device National Expert. Karen served as FDA Certified Device Investigator and a Medical Device Performance Auditor. She conducted cGMP and Pre-Market inspections both domestically and internationally involving complex devices, sterile devices, tissue devices, diagnostics, and radiological equipment. She served as a principal FDA instructor in the agency for FDA Quality Systems training courses and Industrial Sterilization. She was an instrumental FDA representative on the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF), Study Group 4 on Auditing. She received special agency recognition at the highest levels including the Commissioner’s Special Citations, Commendable Service Awards, and Outstanding Service Awards. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montevallo and a Master of Science degree from Auburn University.
President and Principal Regulatory Consultant
Clinical Research Consultants, Inc.
Barbara Fant, Pharm.D. is the President and Principal Regulatory Consultant of Clinical Research Consultants, Inc. (CRC), and has 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical and medical device research and development.
Dr. Fant is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert provider of FDA regulatory and clinical services for the development and approval of corneal, refractive, intraocular, and other ophthalmic medical devices. She has over 20 years of experience in working with FDA in the management of ophthalmic clinical studies and regulatory submissions for ophthalmic, orthopedic, and diagnostic devices. Dr. Fant has successfully filed over a hundred IDE’s, pre-IDE’s, 510(k)’s, and PMA’s with the FDA to bring investigational products to the marketplace. Dr. Fant has also served as the ophthalmic technical reviewer for one of the most highly respected notified bodies in Europe for awarding CE mark certification.
Dr. Fant is an active member of the ophthalmic community. She serves on several ANSI subcommittees for the development of ANSI ophthalmic standards, is a peer reviewer for several ophthalmic journals, and is a member of numerous national and international ophthalmic professional organizations.
Dr. Fant frequently trains established companies in the process of medical device development, FDA regulations, and Good Clinical Practices; and provides customized in-house training on various aspects of regulatory and clinical affairs for several leading educational providers.
Dr. Fant holds a B.S. in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Principal Scientist, Global Product Stewardship
Procter & Gamble
Lenore has over fifteen years of hands-on regulatory experience in both the pharmaceutical and medical device fields. She has successfully managed and executed IND, NDA and 510(k) submissions and has experience in guiding both pharmaceutical and medical device project teams to ensure regulatory compliance and successful FDA interactions. Lenore has developed internal regulatory guidance documents, SOPs, and has trained personnel to assure compliance. She has worked closely with QA organizations in hosting FDA audits to successful outcomes and has provided industry opinions to be considered in public comment to proposed regulations. Lenore holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati.
Director, Regulatory Policy Innovation
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices
Dennis Hahn, RAC, is currently the Director, Regulatory Policy Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices. He is responsible for ensuring global regulatory policies are appropriately interpreted, effectively communicated and efficiently implemented in the ETHICON surgical device businesses. He has worked in the medical device industry for over 30 years, the past 23 in Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Hahn has broad experience with in the registration of medical devices globally, with numerous product approvals to his credit, in the US, Japan, China, Brazil, European Union and other regulated markets around the world. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Partner, FDA and Life Sciences Practice
King & Spalding
Amanda Klingler is a partner in King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C., office and is a member of the firm’s FDA and Life Sciences practice. As a partner in our FDA and Life Sciences practice, Amanda advises pharmaceutical and medical device clients in a wide range of regulatory matters, enforcement actions, civil litigation and compliance counseling.
Amanda represents clients in a variety of FDA regulatory matters, enforcement actions, civil litigation, internal investigations and compliance counseling. She also counsels clients on adverse event reporting, quality system and manufacturing processes for drugs and medical devices, factory inspections, recalls, product labeling, and advertising and promotion issues. Amanda has also assisted in the negotiation and management of several consent decrees of injunction for pharmaceutical, medical device, food companies and compounding pharmacies. In addition, Amanda is experienced in handling FDA issues in product liability litigation, including the development of supporting evidence, writing briefs, and preparing fact and expert witnesses to testify.
Lead Quality System & Compliance Consultant
King & Spalding
Mr. Niedelman retired from the Food and Drug Administration in 2006 after a 34-year distinguished career, where he served as the Deputy Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs and as Chief Operating Officer of the Office of Regulatory Affairs. He ensured consistent interpretation of FDA’s regulatory policies by directly overseeing offices at the headquarters of the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), including the Office of Regional Operations, Office of Enforcement and Office of Criminal Investigations. While at ORA, Mr. Niedelman served as the principle liaison to the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and was a member of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) Steering Committee, FDA/Medical Device Industry Grassroots Initiative Steering Committee and the CDRH Post Market Initiative Steering Committee. He joins King & Spalding from Crowell & Moring LLP, where he was a senior consultant in its health care group. Previously, he was executive vice-president of Quintiles Consulting. Mr. Niedelman specializes in regulatory, enforcement and policy matters involving industries regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He provides strategic advice, insight and guidance to the medical device, pharmaceutical, biologics and food industries to ensure compliance with the requirements of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
University of Cincinnati, College of Law
Professor O’Reilly has been involved with FDA issues since 1974. He authored the standard reference encyclopedia on FDA for westgroup.com, which the U.S. Supreme Court quoted with the words, “The experts have written…”. He chairs the FDA committee of the American Bar Assn., is on the editorial board of the Food & Drug Law Journal, formerly chaired the programs committee of the Food & Drug Law Institute, and was keynote speaker at the FDA’s midwest celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2006. Before his academic career, he was principal FDA legal adviser for Procter & Gamble, and is the last active member of the team that negotiated the terms of the 1976 medical device amendments. He has published 51 texts and 215 articles since 1977.
Director, Xavier Health
Dr. Marla A. Phillips joined Xavier University in 2008 as the Director of Xavier Health, where she leads initiatives with FDA officials and Pharmaceutical and Medical Device professionals. Marla began working in the pharmaceutical industry for Merck in 1996 where she took on roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in position of Head of Quality Operations at the Merck North Carolina facility. She holds a B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
National Device Expert
Phillip Pontikos is a Medical Device National Expert working for the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) of the Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Pontikos joined FDA in 1994 as an Investigator in the Brunswick, Ohio Resident Post of Cincinnati District. In 2000, Mr. Pontikos moved to the Columbus, Ohio, where he currently resides.
Mr. Pontikos previously held the position of Cincinnati District Medical Device Specialist until January 2010 when he became the Medical Device National Expert. Mr. Pontikos is responsible for conducting medical device inspections domestically and abroad. He is a Level II Certified Medical Device Investigator and Medical Device Performance Auditor. Mr. Pontikos has assisted in the development and actively participates as a trainer for numerous FDA courses including Computer Aided Inspections, Basic Medical Device, Industrial Sterilization for Drugs/Devices, and Process Validation. He has also served as a mentor and acting Supervisor. Mr. Pontikos has also given numerous lectures at various medical device and pharmaceutical conferences.
Mr. Pontikos received a bachelor’s degree in physics with a concentration in computer hardware systems from Kent State University.
Associate Director, Regulatory Policy, Corporate Regulatory Affairs
As part of the Public Policy and Government Affairs team located in Washington DC, Fatemeh monitors the US regulatory landscape for emerging regulatory policy issues of importance to BD, and interacts on behalf of the Company with FDA. She represents BD in industry working groups and coalitions to advance BD's goal of helping patients access safe and innovative medical technology. Fatemeh joined BD after over 11 years in the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Fatemeh's CDRH experience includes serving as a Lead Scientific Reviewer and Biomedical Engineer in the Office of Device Evaluation, including assignments in the Office of Combination Products, the Office of the Commissioner, and the Office of the Center Director where she worked on new regulations and policy. From 2013 to early 2018, she served as a Policy Analyst in the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health (OIR), where she led OIR’s 510(k) review program, trained review staff, drafted guidance documents and work instructions regarding the 510(k) program, and assisted in the implementation of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA) and regulatory policy for the 510(k) program. During her tenure at OIR, Fatemeh was the public face of OIR on several FDA policy issues and she worked closely with AdvaMed in addressing industry questions and concerns regarding OIR 510(k) review practices. Fatemeh is the recipient of multiple awards during her tenure at the FDA. Fatemeh received her B.S. in biomedical engineering and M.S. in electrical engineering from George Washington University.
Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Quality Systems
Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
Susan has over 25 years of experience in the in vitro diagnostic device (IVDD) industry. Since joining Meridian Bioscience, she has been responsible for the quality oversight of Meridian’s diagnostic and Life Science affiliates in the US and Europe. She has extensive experience in due diligence assessments, design controls, quality auditing, process development, regulatory submissions and product training for both the IVDD and blood products industries. Susan earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University and her Master of Science Degree from the University of Cincinnati. She has authored numerous journal articles on blood group serology and has served as an editor for several reference books.
Executive Vice President, Medical Devices & Combination Products (Vice President Regulatory Affairs, MDMA)
Heather Rosecrans brings more than 30 years of public health and medical device experience to Greenleaf Health Inc. Prior to joining Greenleaf, Rosecrans served as Director of the 510(k) Pre-Market Notification Staff at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). In this role, Rosecrans was responsible for implementing administrative and regulatory policy for the 510(k) Program, the 513(g) Program, Classification and Reclassification, de novo petitions and other premarket regulatory requirements. Rosecrans’ accomplishments include drafting guidance documents and regulations regarding the 510(k) program, training staff, and assisting in the implementation of the Medical Device User Fee Modernization Act (MDUFMA) and Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (FDAMA). Rosecrans’ extensive experience at CDRH, and specifically the 510(k) office, enabled her to become one of the nation’s leading experts on the program. Rosecrans’ tenure also allowed her to play a pivotal role in the program’s development and reform. Rosecrans has represented and spoken on behalf of CDRH in multiple forums, including national conferences, FDA advisory committee meetings, and international symposiums. Her published work includes numerous guidance and regulatory documents. She has also worked collaboratively with CMS and other regulatory agencies.
Medical Officer, Office of Compliance
Adam E. Saltman, M.D., Ph.D. obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, and trained in general and cardiothoracic surgery on the Harvard/Deaconess Surgical Service. In 2013, he joined FDA as a Medical Officer in the CDRH Office of Compliance. In addition to reviewing manufacturer recalls, signals, and manufacturer communications, Dr. Saltman has been leading CDRH’s cross-cutting policy revisions concerning benefit-risk and corrections and removals, projects for which he has developed decision analysis tools that advance FDA’s mission to protect and promote the public health.
Dr. Saltman is a fellow of several professional societies, has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, has advanced training in Health Informatics, and is certified as a Quality Improvement Associate by the American Society for Quality.
Executive Vice President, Medical Device International Services
Kim Trautman has over 30 years of experience in medical device quality systems and international regulatory affairs. She is focused on expanding international regulatory affairs and compliance services for NSF’s medical device clients, including expanding medical device training services worldwide and spearheading the development of an independent, third-party regulatory certification program.
Ms. Trautman was previously Associate Director for International Affairs in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) where she led the CDRH’s international efforts and initiatives. She was responsible for writing the current U.S. FDA Medical Device Quality System regulation and preamble published in 1996. She also developed and implemented the extensive quality system regulation roll out and training programs, and led continuing harmonization efforts with ISO 13485.
Divisional Vice President of Medical, Clinical, Quality and Strategic Support
Monica joined Abbott in 2007 and provides strategic support and technical expertise to the medical device Divisions within Abbott. Prior to joining Abbott, Monica worked for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In her 12 years of FDA related experience, she held the positions of Medical Device National Expert, Compliance Officer, Medical Device Specialist, and Investigator. Prior to FDA, her career included 14 additional years of employment in the regulatory, computer, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industries holding the positions of Research Assistant, Quality Control Technician, Microbiologist, Supervisor, Manager, Specialist, Director, and Consultant. Monica has a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin.