President and CEO, Medi-Vantage
Maria Shepherd launched Medi-Vantage in 2008 with the goal to help her medical device clients grow profitably by applying her strategic expertise in the marketing, commercialization and product development of medical devices. Since then, Medi-Vantage has worked with over 250 medical device companies performing strategy research to support (or decline) acquisitions, determine pricing strategy, commercialize disruptive new medical device technologies or assist product development teams in the design or re-engineering of medical devices.
Maria has 25 years of experience in the medical device industry as a business leader in a variety of large and start-up organizations. Prior to starting Medi-Vantage, Maria was vice president of marketing for Oridion, a start-up company acquired by Covidien/Medtronic. Maria also served as director of marketing for Philips, serving the critical care patient monitoring division in new technology development and acquisitions and at Boston Scientific in senior management roles. Maria has direct industry experience as a subject matter expert in 12 medical specialties.
Maria served as the medical device subject matter expert for Aligo Innovation. Aligo is a university research technology transfer and commercialization company, validating and funding technology coming from McGill University and the University of Sherbrooke, two of Canada's leading academic institutions.
In addition to leading her team at Medi-Vantage, in 2018, she serves on the board of MedExecWomen, with responsibility for its P&L. MedExecWomen is an organization focused on empowering female executives to accelerate the positive impact of medical devices, diagnostics, drug delivery and digital healthcare around the world.
Maria holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College, magna cum laude, and Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.