The People of PaxMed
Working with the PaxMed team means you’re working with experts in regulatory affairs, quality assurance, clinical trials, biocompatibility, biomaterials, and implantable devices. Based on your needs, a team will be tailored to ensure that your specific project is successful.
Floyd G. Larson, M.S., M.B.A. – President
Floyd oversees all PaxMed International projects and acts as a key liaison between PaxMed International clients and regulatory agencies. PaxMed has obtained 240 FDA 510(k) clearances, more than half of them in dental implants and other dental devices, with more than 100 clearances for dental implant abutments. PaxMed provides services for manufacturers of implantable medical devices, including regulatory strategy, submissions to FDA and international authorities, Quality Systems development and
implementation and management of clinical studies. PaxMed is registered with FDA as an Initial Importer and serves international clients in this capacity.
Floyd’s educational background in chemistry (B.S., San Jose State University), materials science (M.S., Stanford University), and business management (M.B.A., Pepperdine University) prepared him for a career in science‐based regulatory affairs. Before founding PaxMed, he was Vice President, Scientific Affairs for Calcitek (now Zimmer Biomet Dental). Floyd is the Industry Representative to the Dental Products Panel of the FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee. He currently serves as Chairman of ISO/TC 106 Subcommittee 8 on Dental Implants, is head of the U.S. delegation to the Subcommittee, and serves on ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical Devices. He also is chair of the dental implant subcommittee of the American Dental Association’s Standards Committee on Dental Products and a member of its Oversight Committee. He serves as Convener of the ISO working group responsible for standards for mechanical characterization of dental implants, including ISO 14801 on dynamic (fatigue) testing of dental implant systems. Floyd was named one of Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry Magazine’s 100 Notable People in the medical device industry.
KEVIN A. THOMAS, Ph.D. – VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS
Kevin is responsible for providing oversight for all regulatory projects, including strategy, personnel, budgets, and timelines. He is actively involved in
Ellen R. Esterline, M.A. – Senior Quality Systems Specialist
Ellen specializes in helping medical device companies face challenging compliance issues in both
Melissa A. Burbage, B.S. – Senior Regulatory Specialist
Melissa is responsible for a wide range of regulatory submissions and welcomes opportunities to apply her extensive background in dental devices, implantable medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, quality systems and international submissions to PaxMed client needs. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and chemistry from Oregon State University. Melissa worked at Zimmer Biomet Dental for nearly 15 years, becoming Director of Regulatory Affairs, with responsibility for regulatory compliance, regulatory submissions, and microbiology for multiple domestic and international sites. She has vast knowledge and experience in international requirements, as her team managed regulatory submissions for over 60 countries for medical devices and human tissue. She has successfully defended external quality system audits conducted by FDA, FDB, SFDA, Health Canada, Notified Body representatives (CMDCAS, PMDA, MDD, ENVISA), and other country regulatory agencies. Melissa has also been responsible for many integration activities with implementing new or corporate quality systems, as well as remediation activities to bring systems and documents to current regulatory requirements.
Christine L. Peterson, B.A. – Director of Clinical Studies
Christine directs our Clinical Studies Department with overall responsibility for study management, the monitoring staff, and ensuring appropriate reporting of the study. With her training in clinical trial management and her more than 14 years of Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) and post-market clinical trial experience, she provides the in-house study leadership. This includes the initial writing of the protocol and study materials, working with the staff and the client to clarify the study goals and to meet FDA’s requirements. Christine also leads clinical study training, including the design and conduct for initial and on-going training of study center personnel and monitors, and coordinates the FDA relationships and reporting requirements.
Claudia H. Fell, B.S. – Office Manager
Claudia is in charge of office administration, assists with document archiving and spearheads production of all regulatory submissions. She provides oversight of the myriad day-to-day
Jim Duvall, B.A., M.M., M.C.M – Manager of Business Administration & Development
As the initial responder to our prospective clients, Jim manages PaxMed’s business development and works with PaxMed consultants to initiate new projects from companies around the globe. Our clients are seeking to market their medical devices in the United States and in Europe and he monitors progress on submissions to ensure that optimal business flows are achieved. An integral part of his responsibilities includes managing financial matters with our clients. Jim comes to us with several years of accounting, project management, and enterprise management experience, both in corporate and small business entities.