Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs
Derek Purdy directs the Design Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Document Control activities at Stellartech Research Corporation. Derek has over 25 years of professional experience focused primarily on the development and manufacture of novel medical devices. His expertise includes QSR, MDD, and ISO 13485 compliance; his regulatory experience includes 510(k) submissions and CE-marking under the Medical Device Directive.
Prior to joining Stellartech, Derek was Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Benvenue Medical. He has also served in various roles in several other medical device companies, including SI-BONE, Avinger, BaroSense, Pavad Medical, Acclarent, and Apneon Medical. Prior to entering the medical device industry, Derek worked in the glass manufacturing industry and served for eight years in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer and NROTC Instructor, finishing at the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR).
Derek is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) with the American Society for Quality. He holds a BS in Mathematics from Santa Clara University, a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.