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About the Advisory Board

“Voice of Customer” has been the driving force behind ORTHOWORLD’s offerings since its founding in 1992. In fact, BONEZONE, and later OMTEC, were each created in direct response to the manufacturing challenges faced by orthopaedic device company professionals. In that spirit, the Industry Advisory Board was created in 2005 to formalize the channel through which the issues of the day could be communicated and prioritized for action.

More than a decade since the board’s inception, orthopaedic device commercialization is no longer a topic for a select audience of engineers and buyers. It is, perhaps, the most pressing issue facing the industry, second only to patient outcomes. Clinical data, regulatory mandates, inventory management, reimbursement, price pressures; these topics are but a few strands of the complex “commercialization” web of the 21st century. The Advisory Board Members lend weight and perspective to these important subjects by giving accounts of their first-hand experiences – what’s working and what isn’t, and by identifying the knowledge gaps and sources of untapped opportunity. Amidst seemingly competing priorities, the Advisory Board keeps education, articles and networking relevant and purposeful.

MISSION: To educate, connect and empower the people who build orthopaedic products. 

OMTEC/BONEZONE Advisory Board Members

Active Implants LLC
Ryan Belaney, Director, Regulatory Affairs

Arthrex, Inc.
Lance Provance, 
Supply Chain Manager

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Sharon Starowicz, 
Director, Regulatory Policy Innovation,
 Global Orthopaedics, Johnson & Johnson 

Desta Werner, Engineering Director | R&D Global
Technical Operations

MicroPort Orthopedics, Inc.
Scott Shankle, 
Vice President of Operations

Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics, Inc.
Mark Hall, 
Global Commodity Leader – Implants
Advanced Surgical Devices



Stryker Orthopaedics, Inc.
Kenneth Trimmer, Chief Engineer, Knees

Tyber Medical LLC
Jeff Tyber, President, CEO and Founder

Wright Medical Group, Inc.
Mary McCombs-Stearnes, Director, Quality Operations &  Engineering
Jody Scrivner, Senior Manager, Global Sourcing

Zimmer Biomet, Inc.
Michael Esch, Director, Product Development, Knee Creations
Howard Levy, Vice President - Global Sourcing 

Honorary Members
Matthew Poggie, Senior Vice President of R&D Operations,
  Acuitive Technologies
Dale Tempco, Industry Advisor
Rich Woods, Founder, MedCon