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PANEL: Increasing Quality by Engaging Diverse Teams:
OEM and Supplier Perspectives

STRATEGY SESSION ROOM  | Thursday, June 14 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Moderator: David Finch, Founder and Principal, Insight Collaboration Partners
Panelists: Howard Levy, Vice President, Global Sourcing, Instruments & Trauma Supply Chains, Zimmer Biomet; Scott Shankle, Vice President of Operations, MicroPort Orthopedics; Bill Ditty, Vice President, Quality Assurance, Compliance and Legal, Orchid Orthopedic Solutions; Greg Coberly, Global Quality Director, Autocam Medical


    While all attendees will benefit from this session, the check marks indicate the skill level and roles that this session targets.
    Beginner  |   Intermediate  |  Advanced

  √ Manufacturing
√ Product Management
 √ Purchasing
 √ Quality Control
Regulatory/Clinical Affairs
√ Research/Development/Design
  Supply Chain Management



Supply chain quality is a critical element that extends throughout orthopaedic device and supplier partner companies—from R&D to quality to sourcing. Device companies and supplier partners will convene to discuss the roles each partner plays in maintaining quality and engaging individuals within their own companies to ensure that product quality and integrity remains throughout the manufacturing process. The panel will also discuss the future of quality oversight and the role that organizations like MedAccred will play as a supplement to the supplier approval process.

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Best practices to proactively identify risks for failure
  2. Recommendations for engaging engineers and other R&D personnel in the supplier approval process to maximize overall and long term benefit
  3. Guidance to overcome challenges and understand cost/benefit created by design transfer requirements (820.30 Design Controls)
  4. Perspectives on ways that MedAccred is expected to impact OEMs and suppliers





Finch200x200David Finch has more than 30 years of hands-on experience in global supply chain and manufacturing operations in the medical device industry. In addition to being an author and speaker, he is President and Founder of Insight Collaboration Partners, a consulting group that assists companies in M&A due diligence, post-acquisition business process consolidation, strategic supply partnering, improving collaboration and maximizing operational efficiency. Mr. Finch previously served as Senior Director of Planning and Procurement at MicroPort Orthopaedics and Wright Medical, where his leadership responsibilities included demand planning, supply chain planning, procurement and the integrated business planning process. He also provided global operations and supply chain leadership at Becton Dickinson, Johnson & Johnson, PVT Solar and Centex Homes.


Levy 200x200Howard Levy has 30+ years of global strategic sourcing experience across diverse industries. In 2015, he took on accountability for all of Zimmer Biomet’s direct and indirect sourcing, including sites in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to sourcing, Mr. Levy is responsible for supply chain operations related to surgical instruments and trauma. Prior to Zimmer Biomet, he was Chief Procurement Officer at Biomet after joining the company in 2007 and creating a new global sourcing organization. Prior to arriving at Biomet, Mr. Levy served as Chief Procurement Officer at Ryerson (metals distributor) and as a Senior Vice President of Purchasing at Case New Holland (agriculture and construction manufacturer) and CSX (a freight railroad). He also served in various executive procurement capacities with Navistar International Transportation Company (truck and engine manufacturer), leading all direct and indirect sourcing and supplier quality activities. Mr. Levy is an OMTEC/BONEZONE Advisory Board member and also serves on the board of directors for the Institute of Supply Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Shankle 200x200Scott Shankle has been part of MicroPort Orthopedics since the company’s inception in January 2014, and is currently the Vice President of Operations. Prior to the acquisition of Wright Medical’s OrthoRecon business by MicroPort, Mr. Shankle held various roles of increasing responsibility in Wright’s quality departments throughout 15 years. This experience cumulated culminated with the role of Senior Director of Global Quality, which he held from 2011 through the acquisition in 2014. Mr. Shankle holds a Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of Memphis in Engineering Technology with a focus in operations management, process improvement and industrial statistics. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater from 2001 to 2007. 


Ditty 200x200Bill Ditty is Vice President of Quality Assurance, Compliance and Legal with global responsibility for Orchid’s locations on three continents. He leads worldwide Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance, building a global Quality Management System and legal and risk management. Mr. Ditty has been with Orchid since 2012. Prior to joining Orchid, he was the Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance for a startup/emerging life science company, a Project Engineer (Advanced Quality Engineering) and Business Unit Manager with a fortune 500 Medical Device Company and Program Manager and Quality Engineer for an ISO certified automotive fuel systems manufacturer. He has an MBA in finance and holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (United States Coast Guard Academy). 


Coberly 200x200Greg Coberly is the Global Quality Director with responsibility for quality and regulatory compliance for Autocam Medical’s sites in the U.S., China and Brazil. Mr. Coberly has over 30 years of experience in various roles in quality assurance and operations management in the medical, automotive and consumer products industries, including 11 years in medical device quality leadership. In addition to being involved in the development of Autocam Medical’s Michigan site, Mr. Coberly led the creation of their harmonized global quality system. Prior to joining Autocam Medical, he was Director of Quality for a company supplying product to the medical device, furniture and consumer product markets. He also served as Quality Manager for a Tier 2 automotive supplier, where he provided guidance on product quality and systems in the U.S., Europe and China. Mr. Coberly has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and minor in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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