MedTech Intelligence is a digital media community for medical technology innovators, healthcare delivery professionals, and industry regulators working to improve patient care and provide greater access to affordable, efficient healthcare. We inform, educate and connect Medical Device, Diagnostic, Digital Health, Pharma, Regulatory, Patient Care and Payer/Insurance organizations with original in-depth features and reports, curated industry news and user-contributed content, and live and virtual conferences that offer knowledge, perspective, strategies, and resources to aid in medical technology development, inspire collaboration, and share innovative solutions.
To educate product design, development, manufacturing, quality and regulatory industry professionals with news, analysis, technology and applications content that help the industry develop and market products effectively within the current regulatory and market conditions.
Rick Biros, Publisher
Rick has 30 years of B2B publishing experience. Early in his career, he worked on Food Processing and then Food Engineering magazines in sales and then a management role. After an E. coli outbreak in the Pacific Northwest killed four children and made national headlines, Rick recognized the gap in food industry trade journals and created a new media segment by founding Carpe Diem Communications, where he developed and launched Food Quality, the first trade magazine serving the food safety and quality market. He then developed the Food Quality Award and The Food Quality Conference & Expo as well as launched two other print magazines, Pharmaceutical Formulation & Quality and Contamination Control. Under his direction, Food Quality and Pharmaceutical Formulation & Quality received editorial excellence awards from The American Society of Business Publication Editors which included his own monthly column in Food Quality. In 2007, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. acquired Carpe Diem and Rick went to work as their Global Business Development Director for Life Sciences.
In mid 2009, Rick continued his entrepreneurial interests with the development of Innovative Publishing Company, specializing in digital media and events. He developed the business model for Innovative Publishing Company with its first property, MedTech Intelligence, a digital magazine and e-newsletter coupled with a series of focused conferences, both online and onsite, serving the medical device and diagnostics industries. The digital media and events model addresses the three main marketing objectives of today’s B2B advertisers and exhibitors: Brand Awareness, Thought Leadership and Lead Generation. Innovative Publishing’s business model can validate a return on investment for advertisers that print media cannot, which results in high customer retention year after year.
In 2012, using the same business model, Rick expanded Innovative Publishing’s portfolio with its second digital magazine and e-newsletter, Food Safety Tech. In 2014, the Food Safety Consortium Conference & Expo debuted which added an exhibition hall to Innovative Publishing’s conference model. In late 2015, Cannabis Industry Journal was launched and in 2019, the Cannabis Quality Conference & Expo premiered.
In 2020, due to COVID-19, Innovative Publishing successfully pivoted to virtual events with a unique model of weekly episodes that is evolving into hybrid events for 2021 and beyond. Contact Rick
Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief
Maria has more than 15 years of experience in journalism, marketing, and communications. She was previously marketing communications manager and market research manager at Secant Medical, Inc., a manufacturer of biomedical textiles and advanced biomaterials. Maria also served as an editor at MD+DI and has authored articles that have appeared in domestic and international industry publications. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in New Media and Visual Design, and a Minor in Fine Arts, from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. Follow her industry insights at @MariaFontanazza. Contact Maria
Tom Maeder, Conference Director
Before joining MedTech Intelligence, Tom served as Executive Director of the education arm of AdvaMed, the world’s largest trade association representing the medical device and diagnostics industries, where he created and ran workshops and conferences on regulatory, reimbursement, and other practical topics important to device, diagnostics, and combination product manufacturers. Prior to joining AdvaMed, Tom was Senior Advisor for Scientific Strategies at Georgetown University Medical Center, Senior Science Writer and Philadelphia Bureau Chief of Red Herring, a technology-oriented national business magazine, the Research and Creative Director for a graphic and industrial design firm specializing in medical products and services, and an independent marketing and educational consultant to pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device firms. He is the author of five books on topics including literary biography, law, psychiatry, and the history of the pharmaceutical industry, has co-authored seven humor books, written articles for magazines and newspapers including the Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Tom has given lectures to academic, professional society, and popular audiences, and appeared on national and international radio and television, including Donahue and Fresh Air. He has done exhibition concept design and master plans for several U.S. science museums, and created the internationally traveling exhibit Salt of the Earth. Tom has a degree from Columbia University and did graduate work in developmental neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rich West, Publishing Director
Rich is a long-time B2B marketing and media industry executive with keen understanding of the relationships among content consumption, creativity, technology and successful sales & marketing strategy. At Innovative Publishing Company, Rich is responsible for all aspects of delivering the best customer experience among our various audiences engaged with MedTechIntelligence.com, content consumers, content contributors and marketers. Prior to joining IPC, Rich spent six years in Health IT media with leadership roles at Health Data Management (Arizent/SourceMedia) and FierceHealthcare (Questex Media). Prior to HIT, his background in medtech includes 3 years at Secant Medical where he led product development through business continuity project efforts mostly among cardiovascular and orthopaedic clients. Rich also worked with UBM Canon’s MD+DI and MPMN magazines plus the QMed Supplier Directory where he developed creative marketing solutions for medtech component and materials suppliers, contract manufacturers, and related medtech service organizations. Before medtech, Rich held sales, marketing and leadership roles in B2B publishing and media, including Group Publisher, Automotive Media for Primedia Business Magazines & Media. A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a BA in Journalism, Rich now lives in Pennsylvania’s southern Chester County countryside with his wife and two of three adult children eager to venture out on their own soon. Contact Rich.
RJ Palermo, Sales Director
RJ has more than 20 years of media, conference and agency experience. He was most recently a biopharmaceutical equipment contributor for the Pharma’s Almanac publication, and delivered several branding and research projects for pharmaceutical and medical device contract manufacturers. For 17 years RJ served as vice president of Interphex, the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing event in North America and was a key contributor of a successful launch of Medical Device Puerto Rico, which created the largest life sciences event in the Caribbean. RJ is an avid NY sports fan, and enjoys working out and spending time with his family and friends. RJ is married to his wife Beth, has a daughter Nora and dog Beau, and resides in Norwalk, CT.
MedTech Intelligence is published and owned by Innovative Publishing Company, LLC, Edgartown, Massachusetts USA; Rick Biros, President and Founding Principal.