Jeffery Nelson

Nelson Laboratories President/CEO Jeffery Nelson Talks MedTech With

Jeffery Nelson President/CEO Nelson Laboratories

Jeffery Nelson, President/CEO Nelson Laboratories

Nelson Laboratories President and CEO Jeffery Nelson recently met with MDTmag’s Sean Fenske to discuss the future of the MedTech industry. The following is an excerpt from that interview in which Nelson highlights the state of medical device testing in light of the novel and innovative products coming to market.

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What are some significant changes you’ve seen in the medical device development industry since your start in this market?

Nelson: I’ve watched as our industry has gradually matured. I remember in the early years of the company, we were often working directly with founders of smaller companies. Even larger manufacturers were represented by an engineer or quality assurance person. Over time, this has changed, and we are now interacting with more buyers, purchasing agents, and outsourcing coordinators, many of whom are managing multiple sites or divisions. This can result in some efficiency, like shared audits, and centralized communication, but definitely changes the interaction and communication with our customers. In some cases, we are beginning to see the use of electronic bidding processes. These auction type approaches can definitely drive down price, but don’t always consider the significant costs that can accrue beyond price if quality is compromised.

…. I see more opportunity than ever before in our space. Today, professionals in our industry can follow any number of development paths in building a successful, long-term career. It is a great time to be working in this industry.


It’s also exciting to see how innovative our industry is. There are so many new and novel products. We see more hybridization of products, incorporating pharmaceutical, technology, and even tissue elements. Our industry has amazing engineers and technologists who are pushing the frontier of medical science. Although exciting, this does create new challenges. How do you sterilize a medical device that now has a heat labile pharmaceutical component? How do you apply the tried and true consensus standard to a novel product like this? These challenges require more flexibility in the standards that govern testing and more creativity by the manufacturers and laboratories that produce and test these products. It’s more important than ever that manufacturers receive timely advice about how to proceed and carefully document their decisions and justifications. We are consistently seeing more demand for help in this area. Companies who contact us don’t just need tests performed, they need a partner who can help them make decisions, justify and document these decisions, and be there for them when they have to defend the decisions in the courts of regulatory scrutiny.

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MD&M West 2015: Celebrating 30 Years at the Forefront of Medtech Innovation

– Re-posted from PR Newswire –

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of the 30th anniversary edition of the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West exhibition and conference, UBM Canon has announced a blockbuster line-up of content and special show features. As the nation’s largest medtech event, MD&M West 2015 will bring together thousands of global experts in the medical design field to celebrate the brand’s legacy of promoting innovation across the medical device manufacturing community. MD&M West will take place February 10-12, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. For more information and to register, please visit:

The highlight of the anniversary celebration is the 30-year roundtable at the Center Stage, where veteran industry insiders will debate trends that will rock the medical device industry in 2015 and beyond. Speakers scheduled to attend include:

  • Stuart Herskovitz, President, Qosina
  • Tom Black, Vice President, B. Braun Medical
  • Jeffery Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nelson Laboratories
  • Brian Nash, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Nusil

Attendees will find a plethora of in-depth and entertaining content for this year’s event such as: a 3D printed drone, former NBA player turned medical device inventor, live product teardowns, guided Innovation Tours of the expo hall, and dedicated Speed Networking sessions right on the show floor. This year will also see the debut of the “Do You Science?” trivia game, where 5 grand prize winners will receive a free Microsoft Surface Tablet, courtesy of Nordson EFD.

In addition to the vast MD&M West exhibition, attendees will also have full access to the entire co-located Anaheim exhibition and conference. Co-located with 7 other advanced manufacturing events in Anaheim, MD&M West brings together thousands of top suppliers from across the nation onto one show floor. Attendees will be able to source the latest design innovations, participate in free networking events, and take advantage of free educational opportunities over three days. Nowhere else will you find the same level of content and resources across industry lines.

Read the complete press release online at www.prnewswire.comFor information about Nelson Laboratories’ MD&M West schedule visit

Programs funded to help interest students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in Utah schools

Looking_through_microscopeOfficials with the Utah Department of Workforce Services on Wednesday, May 7 announced the creation of a $6 million STEMLink grant program to be awarded to schools for in-school and after-school STEM classes.

The grants are funded by the Department of Workforce Services through a combination of job growth and Temporary Aid to Needy Families, or TANF, funds.  The grants will focus on underserved populations with the goal of equipping individuals with employable skills and lifting families out of a cycle of poverty.

There is a growing need for workers with science and technology skills, and school-based experiences will help students consider STEM careers.  Jeffrey Nelson, president of Nelson Laboratories and chairman of the STEM Action Center board, said many students don’t consider a career in science or engineering until they’re able to see the practical application of that knowledge.  “Kids, a lot of times these days, underestimate what they’re capable of,” Nelson said. “I really believe that anybody can be successful.”

STEMLink grants will help more students get involved with science, technology, engineering and math, Nelson said, and eventually qualify them for careers in the burgeoning technology sector.
“If you can take what is a great strength of our state, this strong student population, and if we can help just some of them get into these types of fields, I think it helps the kids, I think it helps the economy, and I think it helps the companies,” Nelson said.

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