Meet the Speakers
Jack Risdahl, DVM, PhD; Principal Product Development Strategist, NAMSA
Dr. Jack Risdahl has over 27 years of experience in medical research and in vivo laboratory medicine. He has held numerous medical research leadership positions in both academia and industry. His current responsibilities include working with sponsors to design Preclinical studies for new medical products that meet regulatory requirements worldwide.
Prior to NAMSA, he co-founded the Integra Group Preclinical Services and acted as a managing partner. He has participated in numerous FDA meetings to discuss submission requirements, preclinical study design and interpretation of results. He has also been involved with several publications, including transplantation, inflammation, immunity, infectious diseases and medical devices. Dr. Risdahl holds two doctorate degrees in Veterinary Medicine (DVM, and Ph.D.).
Linford Leitch; Regulatory Consultant, NAMSA
In 2021, Linford joined NAMSA as a Regulatory Consultant. He has 9 years of experience in the medical device industry with direct regulatory experience with Spine, Transcatheter Heart Valves and Hemodialysis devices. He specializes in developing global regulatory strategies for entry to market and maintain strategies throughout product lifecycle.
Richard Granquist; Senior Quality System Consultant, NAMSA
Rich Granquist has 17 years of experience in the medical device industry and has spent extensive time working with both start-up manufacturers and larger, global device manufacturers. He specializes in quality system development and risk management.
Rich started in the medical device industry as a Microbiologist focusing on preclinical testing including, packaging validation, biocompatibility testing and reprocessing instruction validation for urology and women’s health devices. He spent several years as a Quality Engineer performing complaint investigations, root cause investigation and product development focusing on aortic intervention vascular devices. In 2014, Rich joined NAMSA as a Quality Systems Consultant. Over his 16 years in the medical device industry, he has participated in numerous AAMI ISO standards committees and currently sits on the AAMI working groups for AAMI ISO 14971, AAMI ISO/TR24971, AAMI ISO 13485 and AAMI ISO 15223.