The non-profit Texas Medical Device Alliance (TMDA) has nominated a new director to lead the organization in its mission to support medical device developers in Texas and work towards building a viable industry that can compete nationally and internationally. Teresa Ridenhour will be the new director of the alliance after Jack Hart’s decision to leave the position he served in for six years.
Hart announced that he plans to step down from his leadership role at TMDA in order to shift its work towards developing the Temple BioScience District. According to a press release from the alliance, Hart said that “impacting his decision is the fact that a very capable person has agreed to become Director and run the operations of the Alliance.”
Teresa Ridenhour, who will take over duties as director of TMDA, brings over 17 years of leadership experience in the field of sales and management in the life science industry, including working as senior vice president of MedtoMarket Consulting Inc. With a degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ridenhour plans to lead the Texas Medical Device Alliance in a new direction while continuing to steer the organization based on Hart’s guiding principle: “to help Texas medical device companies become and stay successful through providing opportunities for entrepreneurs to connect.”
The new director has already announced that she will empower the TMDA to help companies in Texas focused on the development of medical devices achieve and maintain success in the industry through new partnerships and opportunities. In addition, Ridenhour also plans to expand the alliance by continuing to hold quarterly meetings as well as additional monthly educational seminars.
The alliance, which has been in operation since February 2009, was previously known as the Medical Device Action Group and was originally created by 35 biotech professionals from the medical device community in Texas who joined forces to create a viable medical device industry able to compete nationally. In April 2011, the alliance changed its name and converted itself into a non-profit corporation under the Texas Business Organizations Code and now has more than 400 members.