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Spotlight Interview with Guillaume Blanchette, Product Line Manager – Space Optical Interconnect and Benoit Reid, Global Engineering Director – Fiber Optics and RF Components at Smiths Interconnect.

What is your role in Smiths Interconnect?

GUILLAUME: Product Line Manager Space Optical Interconnect.

BENOIT: Global Engineering Director – Fiber Optics and RF Components

How will your role in Smiths interconnect help with this webinar?

GUILLAUME: My role is to analyse the landscape of opportunities for space optical interconnect. During the webinar I will give an overview of the optical application segments, explain the challenges and benefits of using optics.

BENOIT: My role is to manage and lead the team developing optical transceiver products that are used for Space Optical Interconnect which is the subject of this webinar.

How does your past experience influence your decision-making in your current role?

GUILLAUME: I have been involved in introducing to market high-tech opto-electronic since several years.  This past experience gives me insights that help my decision making and opportunity evaluation.

What will the audience gain from attending this webinar?

GUILLAUME/BENOIT: The audience will better understand where optical transceivers and other optical technologies can be used in satellites on LEO & GEO earth orbits; what environment is found in these orbits and what requirements the optical technologies need to meet; finally, what hardware are available to meet these requirements.

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Spotlight Interview with Eve Wallace, Project Director at Orphan Reach






What do you hope attendees will gain at your webinar?

The overarching aim of this session is to give attendee’s an understanding that India has a role to play in global rare disease trials, whilst exploring in detail from our experience, what is needed to run a successful trial in this region. By exploring how to recruit patients and to find suitable sites, what to consider when obtaining central and local approvals, how to monitor trials locally and how to ensure the patient has a positive experience – we aim to deliver a session that showcases the key requirements to run a successful rare disease clinical trial in India. We hope this will benefit those attending by giving them clear considerations to take into account when setting up their rare disease trials when it comes to where to look for patients.

What discussions do you look forward to having with the attendees?

It will be interesting to hear different perceptions and debunk any myths or concerns the audience may have. We are looking forward to utilising our combined experience to support the audience in their future trial design and patient recruitment decision making processes. In relation to the patient perspective, it will be interesting to discuss the realities of the regulatory impact latest legislation has had on rare disease research in discussion with ORDIndia and the audience.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The variety of therapeutic areas, problem solving opportunities and mentoring others are what I enjoy the most about my role as a Project Director at Orphan Reach.  

How did you get into the industry?

I have been interested in Clinical Research from a young age, I remember going with my Gran for a hospital appointment when I was about 10 years old- she was taking part in an osteoporosis study and it all  seemed very exciting, going to see the Doctor and helping them understand if a medicine worked or not. Fast forward 15 years and I am a qualified pharmacy technician dispensing IMP in a big London Hospital. I found the study protocols fascinating and decided then that I wanted to work in Clinical Research and I was going to make it happen!

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

I have been very fortunate to travel widely in Europe, Asia and the USA. My favorite places to visit have been Singapore and Lisbon, the culture and local food scenes are amazing and I can’t wait to go back.

Interview with Luís Coelho – Spotlight Interview






What do you hope attendees will gain from this webinar?

We will cover several themes relating to medical devices refurbishment: from regulatory issues regarding process through to the minor vs major changes that could lead to engaging in a new certification process, or not, as well as specific activities like user experience design (UxD). These are hurdles that all manufacturers face, so we hope that we can help attendees succeed in overcoming them in the best way possible by sharing our own experiences.

What topics are you looking forward to discussing with attendees?

We’ve identified some issues with the topic of Medical Devices refurbishment, or Medical Devices updates, but the attendees are bound to bring the difficulties they’ve personally faced when refurbishing medical devices to the table! We love a good challenge, so we’re looking forward to being tested during the webinar!

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The people I meet on the job, the new technologies I work with, new experiences, and the fact that every day is different! Regardless of the project we’re working on, there’s always some new technology that’s involved, or some new obstacle to overcome.

How did you get into the medical devices industry?

I was in another company in a similar role, although more focused on the industrial market. So when an opportunity emerged to work in a new market at Critical Software, I dove in and haven’t looked back!

Lastly, where is your favourite place in the world – and why?

At the moment, anywhere but home! 😊 With the pandemic, we’ve spent lots of time at home, so I’m just happy to be anywhere but within the same four walls! I don’t have a favourite place so to speak. I always like to learn about new cultures, new places. I can go to the beach or to the mountains, or to a restaurant or a gym, and be happy to be there.

Spotlight Interview with Todd Stewart, Industry Manager & Ramses Banda Marquez, Product Manager at Flexco

Ramses Banda Marquez, Product Manager






Todd Stewart, Industry Manager

Ramses Banda Marquez

What do you hope attendees will gain at your webinar?

I hope they gain an understanding of the options available in the market and how each one could benefit their operation.

What discussions do you look forward to having with the attendees?

I am looking forward to listening to their experience with each solution, how successful they were and why they like it or dislike it.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The most enjoyable part of my role as Product Manager here at Flexco is that I have the opportunity to engage with the market and end users, listen to their challenges, and help them achieve their goals.

How did you get into the industry?

Since college, I was involved in various facets of the supply chain. Over the years I have worked my way to this particular area.

Where is your favourite place in the world and why? I enjoy visiting the United Arab Emirates. It is still the old pearl commerce port it is known for, but the modernization of its society is a great amalgam between old and new.


Todd Stewart

What do you hope attendees will gain at your webinar?

I hope they gain greater insight into the gravity of issues caused by material carryback on food processing conveyors, and the Flexco solutions that can help eliminate these issues.

What discussions do you look forward to having with the attendees?

It will be great if attendees would share experiences they have relating to carryback issues with their conveyor systems. Also if the information shared in this webinar is providing them with insights into issues they may have “just been living with,” that have productivity-enhancing solutions.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

As Industry Manager at Flexco, I enjoy working with customers to help them identify and address conveyor-related issues. Being able to solve customer problems with Flexco-developed solutions is really rewarding.

How did you get into the industry?

I saw an opportunity for Flexco to help address issues that most food processors were dealing with as “normal” and I knew we could help them!

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

I have been to 27 countries primarily for work travel, and have found many places I would like to visit again on personal time in order to explore further. With this said, I do feel that my favorite place in the world is the United States where I reside.

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Spotlight Interview with Steve Sokic, Group Head of Private Wealth at IQ-EQ





Steve Sokic, Group Head of Private Wealth at IQ-EQ

What do you hope attendees will gain at your webinar?

Trusts and foundations have been around for many years, but the last year was unlike most. At the same time, our fiduciary industry has changed so much during my 27+ year career in this space, as have the dynamics of wealth generally, especially over the past several years. I hope that attendees will take away key messages that marry those two observations and be able to apply them in their day-to-day stewardship of clients worldwide.

What discussions do you look forward to having with the attendees?

We trust and foundation providers are in a niche area of financial services, but we also have many non-financial, EQ-type aspects of our day jobs. I genuinely enjoy the mixing of those two attributes and discussions like this one are key in doing our bit to drive and shape our industry well into the future. This is particularly important given the massive levels of wealth to be transferred between generations over the next decade.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Enjoyment of my role is derived from three main perspectives; namely, having the privilege to steward and have an impact on: (1) many families’ wealth legacy around the world, (2) our wealth structuring industry in the current and next phase of its evolution, and (3) my trusted colleagues within one of the very best and most enjoyable organisations in the world.

How did you get into the industry?

I started as an accountant at Deloitte in Canada in the early 1990s, as part of a very small group focusing on private client wealth structuring. This quickly evolved into cross-border families and investments, which – to cut a long story short – really widened my perspective and impact on wealth preservation globally, in terms of clients, jurisdictions, wealth governance and structures, along with a wonderfully diverse group of colleagues throughout the world.

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

I have two. I’m passionate about my family and very proud of my heritage, so my favourite places in the world link the two together: Canada and Croatia.

Spotlight Interview with Virginia Murray, Vice President Global Product Marketing for Food + Beverage at Aptar

Why did you decide to do a webinar with us?

We know this topic is top of mind within our CPG customers and overall industry.  It is so important we connect and be aware of how understand and translate the market shifts coming and what it may mean. The webinar session will be a great way for us to connect with the many key players on the Food and Beverage markets and find opportunities to collaborate in creating a much more sustainable future for everyone.

What will the audience gain from attending your webinar?

As responsible companies committed to progressing our sustainability goals and mission, we believe customers will gain some key insights and approaches to potentially apply or consider in their business.

How did you get into the industry and what do you most enjoy about your role?

My background has always been in Marketing and I have always enjoyed monitoring consumers and market activity to then anticipate what is coming.   We know markets don’t stand still, consumer behaviour, habits and what is most important are always progressing.  I see this topic as a critical shift coming and we all have a responsibility to address and determine these potential new paths for our future.

What are you hoping to achieve in the future in your personal and professional life?

To keep making a difference for my company and society.  We all want to make our world better, reduce the pollution, reduce the emissions and if we directly contribute towards this, it will provide the right legacy for generations to come.

What would someone be surprised to know about you?

I have no idea…. 😊


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Spotlight Interview with Caitlyn Clauss from Almac Clinical Services

Caitlyn Clauss, Supply Chain Solutions Manager


  1. Why did you decide to do a webinar with us?

Clinical trials have become increasingly complex in design as investigational products have become more sophisticated, leading sponsors to face increased manufacturing costs, tighter timelines, and limited drug supply. With the estimated cost to bring a new product to market on the rise, the ability to make informed and accurate supply chain decisions is critical as supply chain managers face pressure to conserve drug product and reduce overall IMP costs. As innovators of clinical supply chain management for over 30 years, Almac Clinical Services is committed to helping sponsors develop effective, end-to-end supply chain strategies with the support of technology-based forecasting solutions. In this webinar, we look forward to sharing our expertise with attendees who are interested in leveraging forecasting tools to create optimized, efficient, cost-effective and patient-focused clinical supply chains.


  1. What will the audience gain from attending your webinar?

From initial study planning through study close-out and drug reconciliation, effective supply chain management and forecasting is valuable in delivering a successful clinical trial. Clinical supply chain forecasting methods range from manual spreadsheet calculations to sophisticated simulation technology that utilizes predictive modeling. However, the ultimate goal of every forecasting system is to analyze study parameters and enrollment projections in order to predict supply demand throughout the entire clinical development lifecycle. By harnessing a technology-based approach to demand forecasting, sponsors are able to benefit from increased visibility over their supply chain in order to proactively monitor, manage and align production planning and distribution activity to meet patient demand. By attending our webinar, attendees will gain insight into the fundamentals of forecasting and ways forecasting can optimize clinical supply chain strategies.


  1. What discussions do you look forward to having with the attendees?

The norms of the clinical landscape have shifted considerably over the past few years – targeted therapies, dynamic, study designs, and post-COVID logistical constraints to name a few.  As sponsors and their core vendors consider current study strategies, we welcome the dialogue around how supply-chain risk is being managed and the changes to standard process that sponsors have incorporated in response to patient demands.

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What is your role in Smiths Interconnect?

SEAN: I am an RF Engineer specializing in cavity, waveguide, and printed filter technologies.

MIKE: I am the Product Line Manager for Filters and Integrated Filter Assemblies.

How will your role in Smiths interconnect help with this webinar?

SEAN: As an RF engineer who has learned from some of the best and brightest in the field, I’ve been exposed to many different topologies of filters. I’ve been lucky enough to work for people who push for better, newer, and sometimes more challenging solutions.  This has been beneficial as I’ve always prided myself on being up to date with all the latest and trailblazing technologies. I hope to pass along some of this knowledge in the webinar.

MIKE: One of my responsibilities with my role is to coordinate the strategy for the product line. The feedback on the market and voice of customer provides guidance on areas of focus with the filter technology investment. One of the webinar’s objective will be to present some of the solutions used to support requirements with these technologies.

How does your past experience influence your decision-making in your current role?

SEAN: I’ve been in the RF filter industry for about 16 years, and I’ve been able to hold multiple positions in different areas of the business. In my early years, I started working on repairs, then eventually made my way into engineering.  These early years allowed me to gain knowledge quickly on how things were made, tuned, and tested.  I’ve been able to see many different designs, technologies, and strategies over my 16 years, and it has enabled me to greatly reduce the time to market of a design from the quote stage to full-scale production.

MIKE: I have been in the RF & Microwave business for over 25 years. I have learned that technological advances can drive new market segments and market demand drives new technologies.  Partnering with leading-edge organizations is key to bring new technology to life.

What will the audience gain from attending this webinar?

SEAN: I’m confident the audience will walk away from this webinar with a deeper understanding of how to select the most suitable  filter topologies and technologies for their respective solution. Whether it is a high power filter or a filter smaller than pocket change, there is always a solution to fit the customer’s specifications.  We also intend to address current trends in the filter industry  and how Smiths Interconnect is addressing these trends.

MIKE: A broad overview of the potential solutions for RF and Microwave Filter applications, and the possible solutions available for a wide array of technologies. I will present the different types of filter designs available, comparing the advantages each topology provides to certain requirements, such as power, frequency and size for examples.

Please join Sean Adams & Mike Schweyer on a webinar entitled Understanding which RF Filter Technology works best for your next module design on Tuesday, May 25th at 11am EST / 5pm CET

Spotlight Interview with Greg Reeves – President, Arjay Engineering






Oil and the Environment:  Can they really co-exist?

It would be wrong to suggest that oil co-exists with our environment. Nothing to do with co-existing – it would be wrong to call it OUR environment. The earth has been around long before humans, and so has oil, so I would say that yes, oil and the EARTH’s environment can co-exist. It’s adding mankind into the mix that stirs things up.

Oil is a natural by-product of decomposition combined with millions of years of heat and pressure. In its natural form and even under controlled use and refining, oil has been an amazing contributor to our standard of living – offering advancements in health, science and basically everything we do. However, mankind often reacts a bit slow to the adverse affects of oil on the environment. Oils spills, refining, industrial use and vehicular pollution can all overpower the Earth’s ability to co-exist with oil. Even very trace oil trickling into the waters can have adverse detrimental affects on the environment.

Luckily, as stewards of the Earth’s environment, we recognize these affects and have the science and power to study and enact regulation to help keep things in control. Advancements in sensing technologies enable the industry to keep tabs on their processes that historically may have been burdening the environment with trace oils and oil by-products.

As private and public entities continue to work together researching and developing new processes and technologies, we realize that the Earth, oil and mankind actually can co-exist.

Check out the upcoming webinar by Greg Reeves of Arjay Engineering, where the above is packaged into a concise review of oil basics and the lead up to regulations and products used for oil in water monitoring.  The result of which allows industrial upstream oil production, refining and Petro-chemical manufacturing to partner and co-exist with the environment.


Spotlight interview questions:

What do you hope attendees will gain at your webinar?

For those involved with any type of environmental discharge compliance of wastewater, this webinar will provide insight into how regulation evolves and ultimately involves a multitude of players that all need to get along.  Process industries can work with positive environmental interests if all participants have an open mind.

What discussions do you look forward to having with the attendees?

Any field experiences from attendees would be ideal to share. Dealing with various authorities, suppliers, and technologies can be daunting. Creative solutions to common issues are always interesting to share.

 What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy being involved with end users of equipment from their first introduction to an issue right through to a happy conclusion. A customer will usually have an ‘aha moment’, when they realize the solution is not as complicated as first perceived.

How did you get into the industry?

Arjay Engineering is a spin-off from my father’s original business that was focused on selling process and environmental products into Canada.  After university, I had the opportunity to join the company to design and manufacture specialty instruments in-house. Arjay was quickly formed to manufacture and market these products worldwide.

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

I have been lucky to have travelled to some places that are pretty unique to my home country of Canada. Be it Asia, the Middle East, Europe or South America, I would go back to any of them. Besides my weekend cottage getaway north of Toronto, Norway gets two thumbs up for great food, scenery and people. Shame about the prices!

Trulioo, the leading global identity verification marketplace.

Open banking strategies — APIs & customer experience considerations

Open systems that continuously interact with their environment are changing how industries operate, sector by sector. Consider open software, where any developer can post projects onto online repositories like Github and have other developers use, add or update the project, which speeds overall code development and creates synergies.

The same is happening with open banking, the set of laws, technical specifications and implementations that improve the secure sharing of customer financial information, with full approval by the customer. In the UK, where the Open Banking standard started the trend, three million consumers and businesses were using open banking-enabled products at the start of 2021. While the adoption isn’t massive yet, the innovation and adoption rates are accelerating.

As Zac Cohen, COO at Trulioo points out:

“The need for digital channels and strategies has skyrocketed. The primary purpose of open banking is to level the playing field for fintech and establish a common, secure methodology to access and share information. And that pressure to have the adoption advanced is extremely high from fintechs and consumers alike.”

In general, APIs offer a quicker, easier and less costly path to deliver new services that meet consumer demands and expectations. Already, there are over 2,000 APIs in the financial category and many more to come as advancements in big data, AI, blockchain technology, machine learning and other areas take off.

Another key driver is the growth of regulatory compliance. Various new regulations worldwide are coming into effect and financial institutions require solutions to fulfill their legal obligations. Those institutions that adopt a “wait and see” approach will find it increasingly difficult to keep pace and maintain their market positions, which is why APIs offer a viable option for financial institutions that need to satisfy compliance requirements while securing a competitive edge.

To help consider these complex issues, Trulioo is hosting the following webinar:

The open-banking era: Compliance, security and onboarding
Maximizing identity verification in a digital, post-pandemic world

June 3, 2021: 3 p.m. London / 7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET

Regulations, API integrations and fintech business models are now converging to drive rapid innovation in open banking. Taking advantage of these new opportunities and adopting modern practices will ensure that traditional banks and payments companies aren’t left behind.

During this event, Zac Cohen, COO at Trulioo will join Nicolas Dinh, Global Head of Operations in Digital Banking at Credit Sesame, and Garient Evans, SVP of Identity Solutions at Trulioo to discuss:

  • The role of identity verification in optimal onboarding experiences
  • Considerations for a data-led economy in an open-banking future
  • Strategies for balancing security, compliance and customer experience

New measures must streamline identity proofing and customer onboarding. Organizations that deliver seamless, thoughtful, personalized and dynamic experiences will strengthen customer relationships, while those who fail to adapt will see frustrated customers and increased abandonment.

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