The LaunchPort™, Located in Baltimore, Maryland
The LaunchPort™ is a medtech manufacturing accelerator located in Baltimore’s Port Covington.
The combined manufacturing and Medtech acceleration center allows medical device start-ups and emerging technology developers the ability to co-locate at an experienced, regulated medical device manufacturing center.
As part of that residency, they can tap into core services (e.g. financial operating systems, quality system development, supply chain activities, regulatory submission/compliance support, reimbursement and revenue model development), while allowing them to focus capital resources on developing critical core competencies.
The LaunchPort™ Team
In addition to his role as the Managing Partner of LaunchPort, Bob is Managing Director of The MVR Company, which focuses on the assessment and creation of new ventures, with a particular emphasis on medical technologies. He is Chairman and board member for a number of early stage Medtech companies…. Read More
In addition to his role as the Managing Partner of LaunchPort, Bob is Managing Director of The MVR Company, which focuses on the assessment and creation of new ventures, with a particular emphasis on medical technologies. He is Chairman and board member for a number of early stage Medtech companies.
He is appointed as Vice Chairman of the State of Maryland’s Life Sciences Advisory Board, and has been active in efforts of collaboration between the FDA, Payors, Device companies and Providers to develop a high value medical device demonstration hub in Maryland.
Since mid 2020, he has served as a Portfolio Executive for NIH’s RADx initiative to speed innovation in the development, commercialization, and implementation of technologies for COVID-19 testing.
He is currently serving as the Evaluation Director for Neurotech Harbor (an NIH collaboration between Johns Hopkins and Howard University that focuses on investments in neurotechnologies), serves on the External Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins Center for Biomedical Innovation and Design, the Strategic Advisory Board for Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics, the JHU Applied Physics Lab Technology Commercialization Panel, the Investment Review Committee for the Bisciotti Translational Research Fund, and is the Johns Hopkins advocate for medical device and engineering investment submissions to the Maryland Innovation Initiative.
He is the Medical Device expert for the National Institute of Health’s I-Corps @ NIH™ program, is a Nationally Certified Instructor for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ and was active in the development of the NIH NCATS/CTSI I-Corps program. In his role at the national level, he is the principal instructor for life science lean innovation programs at numerous universities around the US. He has led international cohorts in the Lean Start-up area in Asia/Pacific, Middle East, South America and Africa.
Jeff has been professionally involved in the medical device manufacturing industry for over 35 years. In 1986, he established and co-founded Engineered Medical Systems (EMS), a medical device manufacturer in Indianapolis, Indiana…. Read More
Jeff has been professionally involved in the medical device manufacturing industry for over 35 years. In 1986, he established and co-founded Engineered Medical Systems (EMS), a medical device manufacturer in Indianapolis, Indiana. EMS contract manufactures and produces private label medical devices for a variety of private and multi-national medical devices manufacturers and distributors. In 1998, Engineered Medical Systems Ireland (dba Caradyne, Ltd.) located in Galway, Ireland, was established to develop and manufacture ventilators, monitors and other respiratory devices for the acute care markets. This division was subsequently sold to one of their multi-national medical device partners.
To expand EMS capabilities, a sister company, Pulmodyne Inc. was established to develop, market and sell a proprietary line of products in the Critical Care, Airway Management and Emergency markets, with a worldwide sales network of over 70 global distributors and 20 domestic distributors.
With the success provided via their previous established companies, they expanded in 2014 by establishing Engineered Medical Systems (Malaysia) in Penang to support international products and markets. All EMS facilities are ISO-13485 certified facilities.
The Quinn Group, which consisted of all of these entities, was sold to Intersurgical, LTD (UK) in late 2021.
Director of Operations
Joe is the Director of Operations for The LaunchPort™, LLC. He has 30 years of operational experience in Manufacturing, Facility operations, Purchasing, Supply Chain management, Quality System implementation, Leadership, ISO 9000 and 13485 compliance, facility start-up operations, and OSHA compliance…. Read More
Joe is the Director of Operations for The LaunchPort™, LLC. He has 30 years of operational experience in Manufacturing, Facility operations, Purchasing, Supply Chain management, Quality System implementation, Leadership, ISO 9000 and 13485 compliance, facility start-up operations, and OSHA compliance. His background includes both large scale company experience with Medtronic, Covidien, and Ahlstrom, as well as smaller start-up medical device company experience with Vapotherm, Zepher Technology, and Engineered Medical Systems. Joe is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent 6 years as a Naval Officer before his transition to civilian life. Joe has extensive experience with in-house manufacturing, contract manufacturing, new product transitions to manufacturing, process qualification, validation, and all the support systems required to create and maintain ISO 13485 compliance.
Greg is the Quality Manager for The LaunchPort™, LLC. He has 10 years of quality experience working in the medical device industry covering Product Complaints, CAPA management, Supply Chain Management, QMS implementation and ISO 13485 compliance…. Read More
Greg is the Quality Manager for The LaunchPort™, LLC. He has 10 years of quality experience working in the medical device industry covering Product Complaints, CAPA management, Supply Chain Management, QMS implementation and ISO 13485 compliance. His background includes large scale medical device company experience with Covidien and Medtronic, as well as smaller start-up medical device company experience with Zephyr Technology and Engineered Medical Systems. Prior to his work in the medical device industry, Greg worked for GEICO as a claims adjuster and customer service agent. He also had a 10-year tenure with BestBuy in roles including electronics repair, inventory management, and customer service.
The LaunchPort is part of comprehensive medtech and data eco-system that includes Private, Institutional, Federal and State resources. Locating at LaunchPort brings companies access and involvement in one of the world’s premier life sciences centers.
The LaunchPort can assist companies with connections to the considerable Federal resources within Maryland – the home of major centers of life sciences (and big data research related to biometrics), including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Security Agency, among others.
Universities and Institutions
Both Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland’s medical schools and medical centers are within 5 miles of our Medtech venture center. The two universities spend approximately a combined $3.5B on research, and the majority of The LaunchPort’s Residents have their roots at one of these institutions. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is in nearby Laurel, MD and is the home of considerable cutting edge research in human/machine interfaces.
State of Maryland and City of Baltimore
State of Maryland Department of Commerce and the State’s Technology Development Corporation operate numerous translational development programs and funds for companies that are headquartered in or sustain significant operations in Maryland. Additional incentives are available to companies within Baltimore’s city limits. The majority of The LaunchPort’s residents are beneficiaries of these programs.
The LaunchPort works closely with the developers of Port Covington and City Garage – our home – and one of the largest urban revitalization projects underway in the United States. We can help you develop and validate the future facilities needs of your business.