B. Braun’s Thomas Black to Discuss Supply Chain Integrity at 2012 Florida Medical Device Symposium

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OEM/supplier relationship to be explored in executive panel at Florida’s premier event for medical device manufacturing firms

Thomas Black, Vice President, B. Braun OEM and International Divisions Sales and Marketing (http://www.bbraunoem.com), will be part of a panel of medical device executives discussing supply chain integrity in the OEM/supplier relationship at the Florida Medical Device Symposium, April 30-May 1, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Black will be joined on the May 1 panel by an attorney who completes agreements between suppliers and manufacturers as well as an FDA compliance officer who will discuss risk sharing and shifting and how the FDA expects OEMs to manage and monitor suppliers.

The 2012 Florida Medical Device Symposium (http://www.flamedmfg.org/symposium.htm) is Florida’s premier event for medical device manufacturing firms, featuring nationally recognized speakers, expert panels on regulatory issues and industry trends, legislative updates and quality networking opportunities. It is organized by the Florida Medical Manufacturers' Consortium, which furthers the interests medical manufacturers in Florida by providing opportunities for industry members to assist each other, interface with academic institutions, and promote the mutual interests of the industry and the community to the general public and governmental organizations.

Black is responsible for overseeing the sales and promotion of the B. Braun OEM Division’s products and services. He has over two decades of experience in the OEM industry with B. Braun. He is frequently requested as a speaker about trends and management issues at medical device conferences. Black works closely with customers and helping them meet their strategic challenges through contract manufacturing and project management solutions. He holds a B.S. in Finance with a minor in Marketing from the University of South Carolina and a Medical Marketing certificate from UCLA. He served for six years with the U.S. Air Force in Tactical Air Command. For more information, contact the B. Braun OEM Division toll free at 866-8-BBRAUN or visit http://www.bbraunoem.com.

About B. Braun OEM Division
B. Braun OEM Division (http://www.bbraunoem.com) delivers complete contract manufacturing capabilities focusing on fluid administration and admixture products, kits, valves, catheters and interventional accessories. OEM takes customers’ designs from the earliest stages through design prototyping, assembly, packaging and sterilization. The B. Braun OEM Division of B. Braun Medical Inc. is based in Bethlehem, Pa.

About B. Braun
B. Braun is a leading manufacturer of infusion therapy and pain management products with an environmentally-friendly focus. Guided by the company’s “Sharing Expertise®” philosophy, B. Braun addresses the critical issues of infection prevention, medication safety and environmental responsibility by promoting best practices that help clinicians reduce medication errors, prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) and achieve sustainability objectives.

Consistently recognized by Frost & Sullivan and KLAS for its medical technology and support services, B. Braun employees share their knowledge with colleagues and customers to improve working processes in hospitals and medical practices and to enhance the safety of patients and healthcare professionals. For more information, call 800-227-2862, e-mail us at inquiry.us@bbraun.com or visit B. Braun at [http://www.bbraunusa.com.

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