The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) has named former AdvaMed executive Jason Rupp as its first full time executive director.
Rupp most recently served as AdvaMed’s vice president of business development and on the board of directors of the AdvaMed conference. Prior to that role, Rupp worked for BIO for 10 years in membership and marketing.
"It was with great reluctance that I left the terrific team and important work of AdvaMed," Rupp said in a prepared release. "However, the opportunity to work with SEMDA, which has a strong national reputation for its accomplishments, was just too good to pass up. I look forward to being part of the Southeast medical device community, and to supporting its continued growth."
SEMDA is a non-profit trade association that supports and promotes medical device companies in the Southeastern United States. The organization, which was created in 2004, has never had a full time executive director until now.
Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) said that current board of directors member Mike R. Bowlin has expressed his desire to retire from the board and will not seek re-election at the annual stockholder meeting in May.
Bowlin joined Edwards’ board of directors in 2000, when Edwards was established as an independent, publicly held corporation. He has served as a member and chairman of the compensation and governance committee and presiding director. Bowlin retired from the Atlantic Richfield Company in 2000, after holding positions including chairman of the board, CEO and president.
Prior to joining Syneron, Mr. Griffing served as Vice President and General Manager of Bayer Healthcare’s U.S. Dermatology business. Mr. Griffing also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Intendis Inc., the predecessor business to the Bayer Healthcare U.S. Dermatology business.
RIP Biomet Co-Founder Dane Miller
Warsaw, Ind.-based orthopedics maker Biomet said that Dane Miller,1 of the company’s 4 co-founders and CEO from 1977-2006 has died. He was 69 years old.
"Dane was one of Biomet’s four founders and was our CEO from 1977 to 2006. It is impossible in one short statement to give justice to his impact on our company, on our industry, and on the communities where we operate – especially Warsaw and Winona Lake, Indiana. It is also impossible to describe adequately Dane’s impact on the lives of our Team Members and on the members of the orthopaedic community with whom he worked and developed friendships over many years" Biomet CEO Jeff Binder said in a statement.
"Dane Miller was a true pioneer both in regard to the development of new technologies and in the management and development of Biomet’s unique work environment and culture. Under his leadership Biomet grew from a company with $17,000 in revenues in 1978, our first fiscal year of operation, to one with greater than $2 billion in sales in 2006."