Past Events

Sept 28, 2017 – 10th Annual Transitioning into the Medical Device Field Meeting

September MDG Networking

Transitioning Into and Within the Medical Device Industry

Videos of Event can be found at the bottom of this post

   At this popular annual event, hear from several seasoned veterans on entering or moving within the medical device industry. Additionally, a number of past speakers are invited back as special guests.

 Come and get your new Elevator Speech ready!


Who Should Attend

  • Professionals and students interested in entering the medical technology industry
  • Anyone seeking to move from one sector of the industry to another

Anyone desiring to utilize their skill set and experience and move into a medical device company or to another device company

Program Description

The medical device industry is a diverse industry that develops and manufactures devices  to diagnose or treat the spectrum of diseases and afflictions. Companies range in size from small start-ups to large corporations.

This annual meeting is for anyone seeking to enter or move laterally within the medical device industry. Our panelists, moderator and special guests bring diverse experience and backgrounds.

They will provide ideas and guidance on how to successfully navigate this exciting market.

This will be an inspiring evening to discuss transitions both into and within this exciting industry.

Our panel of industry veterans will talk about their varied experiences with transitions and provide insights to help you in your career.

This session is designed for those looking to enter the medical device industry as well as medical device veterans. Historically, this is the most well-attended MDG networking event of the year, so register early.


5:30 – 6:15  Registration, Dinner & Networking

6:15 – 6:30  Announcements

6:30 – 7:00  Audience Interactive

7:00 – 8:00  Panel Questions & Q/A

8:00 – 8:30  Remarks & Networking

Our Distinguished Panel






Nancy Briefs, MBACEO & Co-Founder, Infobionic 30+ years in the medical device industry






Vincent Barry

In 2005 Vin transitioned from Aerospaceto Medical Devices and joined Abiomed as a Principal Engineer to increase the reliability of the AbioCor Artificial Heart






Dave Buzzeo transitioned as a Mechanical Engineer into/within the Medical Device Industry

Lisa New Photo Feb 17, 2016








Lisa Sasso, MBA, CPCC, ACC

Lisa rose from Accounting Manager at Filene’s to CEO of Radi Medical Systems, Inc. (a start up that grew from $0 to $28M).


Nancy Briefs,MBA, CEO & Co-Founder, Infobionic, 30+ years in the medical device industry

Nancy is a serial entrepreneur and has been an integral team member responsible for successfully developing and commercializing innovative paradigm shifting technologies with five prior med-tech startups.

Having raised over $300M in venture capital and four successful liquidity events (including an IPO with Goldman Sachs) she has proven the ability to lead teams from concept through commercialization and value creation.

She has served on the Boards of: MDMA (Medical Device andManufacturers Association), CardiAQ Valve Technologies, Direct Flow Medical, Eleme and InfoBionic. An entrepreneur inventor she is listed on seven issued and two pending US patents. Nancy has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Golden Gate University and a BA and BSB from Emporia University.

Vincent  Barry

In 2005 Vin transitioned from Aerospaceto Medical Devices and joined Abiomed as a Principal Engineer to increase the reliability of the AbioCor Artificial Heart. In 2007 Vin was promoted to the Director of Mechanical Engineering and has primarily focused on the Impella minimally invasive heart pump platform.

Vin attended Boston University under a full academic scholarship and graduated in1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree inMechanical Engineering. Vin is a registered Professional Engineer and holds two international patents.

Dave Buzzeo transitioned as a Mechanical Engineer into/within the Medical Device Industry. Dave is currently a Senior Manager for Global Contract Manufacturing at Haemonetics and oversees a $75M spend of disposable products. Previously,Dave held similar sourcing management positions at Medtronic, EMD Millipore and Jabil.

Moderator & Champion

Lisa Sasso, MBA, CPCC, ACC

Lisa rose from Accounting Manager at Filene’s to CEO of Radi Medical Systems, Inc. (a start up that grew from $0 to $28M).  Lisa is a past President of MDG and currently serves on its board. She is also President & Executive Coach at Medical Development Partners, Inc. (2005-present) and Past Co-Founder, President/CEO of Radi Medical Systems, Inc. (1998-2004). As President/CEO of Radi Inc., she grew the company from inception to revenues of $28M with profitability.

Currently, as an Executive Coach, Lisa empowers Medical Device leaders and executives to embrace their passion and achieve their personal and professional goals with confidence, accountability and balance. Lisa was recognized and ranked #28 out of 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts in 2004.

She received a BBA in marketing and a BA in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her MBA is from Bentley University where she graduated with honors.

Cost (Includes sandwiches, beverages, dessert)

$25 for members or nonmembers

$15 for students  

For more information, please visit the MDG website (MDGBoston.Org) 

Location (Free Parking)

Regis College, Fine Arts Center

235 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493

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About MDG

The Medical Development Group (MDG) is a community of individuals professionally committed to the Medical Device and other Medical Technology Industry segments united by the belief that innovation and advances in technology lead to substantial improvements in health care. MDG pursues this mission through the organization of educational programs and forums: the facilitation of cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration; the creation of venues for networking and information sharing for current and aspiring professionals, clinicians, and entrepreneurs; and the development of alliances with complementary organizations.

Video Part 1: Welcome & Introductions

Video Part 2: Sponsor Information & Medical Device Industry Update

Video Part 3: Panel and Q&A

April 12th – Medical Branding Event


Massachusetts Bio-Pharma Networking Group. First Panel Discussion:

Accelerate our Career Through Personal Branding Within The Life Sciences
• Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
• Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm (Agenda below)
• Place: Central Bistro, 34 Summer St, Boston
• To Register via EventBrite, Click Here

Are you an industry executive looking to accelerate your career growth by refining your personal brand?

  • returning from a career hiatus?
  • attempting to negotiate a more flexible work schedule?
  • looking to grow in your existing organization or beyond?

This event is your opportunity to gain insights from industry experts in an informative and relaxed social setting. By attending this event, participants will gain insight on:

  • Developing effective networking techniques in order to uncover desired career opportunities within or beyond your organization
  • Packaging your achievements and positioning your value within your current organization to gain access to C-suite
  • For HR executives: approaches for retaining and attracting talent through mentorship and intern programs
  • For recruiters looking to build their relationship with industry HR and Talent Recruitment executives: best strategies for building relationships to assist organizations in accomplishing their recruiting goals

Join us for an interactive panel discussion with leading experts to learn about the skill sets in demand for scientists, managers, and executive leaders in Life Sciences. The panelists will share personal views on their career development and reflect on their professional experience in hiring, retaining, developing, and advancing leaders within Life Sciences. Come network with other movers and shakers and be inspired.


Alexis Kuchins, Vice President, Life Sciences Business Development, FULD + COMPANY


  • Kate Hoepfner-Karle, Organization, Talent and Culture Executive for the Medtronic/Covidien integration
  • Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO of iRelaunch
  • Lisa Sasso, President & Executive Coach of Medical Development Partners, LLC


  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM Registration and networking
  • 7:00 – 8:00 PM Panel discussion Q&A
  • 8:00 – 8:15 PM Closing remarks
  • 8:15 – 9:00 PM Networking

Event Location:
Central Bistro
34 Summer Street (Entrance)
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-756-2167

Picture with the Grandparents – May 2015


January 20th – a Complimentary Goal Setting Workshop

January 20th, 2016
Time:6:30-8:30 pm
Constant Contact
1601 Trapelo Rd Waltham, MA 02451
Contact:Lisa Sasso
Phone: 781-872-1045

Goal Setting for Success Jan 20 2016

Complimentary workshop Set Your Personal & Professional Goals for 2016

This is the one program that I do annually, where everyone is welcome! (For several years, it has been a webinar. This year I decided to hold the program as a workshop which will also give attendees the opportunity for networking.)

For this workshop you do not have to be a Medical Device Professional, all are welcome. The objective of the workshop is to start everyone off right with appropriate goals for the year. Also, please encourage your friends & colleagues to come as well so everyone can be on the same page about what it takes to be successful by Learning how to Set your Personal & Professional Goals for 2016. Click here if you want to more info. or to hold your spot.

There is no charge for attending the workshop, this is my gift to you.  However, I am asking that you make a nominal donation to one of my favorite charities.  I am making a donation for any of my current clients who attend.  I will have donation envelopes available for the American Heart Association, Children’s Hospital and the Little Hearts Organization. It is about starting the year in Gratitude.

I hope that you join me to start 2016 off right. Giving is not only a December activity, we can all make contributions (gifts) throughout the year. Together we can make the world a better place. Click here to send me an email and reserve your spot for this workshop.

Please leave your name and email and any other comments on what you want to get out of it. You will be added to the Goal Setting list (people that are planning on attending the event). It also helps me plan for an approximate count for snacks, set-up and your personal needs.
You can still decide on Jan 20th to join the workshop and certainly attend.

I look forward to spending the evening with you on Wednesday, Jan. 20th. You will leave with some tangible goals and a mini-road map for going forward in 2016. There will also be a
FREE drawing for people in attendance at 8:00 pm.

6:30-7:00 pm Networking
7:00-8:00 pm Goal Setting Workshop
8:00-8:30 pm Networking

January 20th, 6:30-8:30 pm a Complimentary Workshop at Constant Contact in Waltham.
I hope to see you there. I can help you put some Personal & Professional goals in place for you in 2016 to make it your Best Year Ever!