John M. Putnamhas been covering the Medical Device and Technology industry on Wall Street for more than 30 years. He previously served as Senior Medical Device Analyst at Dawson James and Stanford Financial Group. He also held similar positions at Smith Barney, Wellington Management, L.F. Rothschild, Alex Brown & Sons, Adams, Harkness & Hill, and Gruntal. He was also a principle and co-founder of Belmont Harbor Capital, a boutique investment research and merchant bank in Chicago. As an analyst for the past three decades, Mr. Putnam has been responsible for the technology, fundamental, regulatory and reimbursement research of the medical device industry. He has extensive knowledge of many segments of the medical device and technology industry including cardiovascular, orthopedics, diagnostics, and urology and the healthcare information industry. He was one of the first analysts on Wall Street to identify angioplasty and Women’s Health as major investment opportunities. He has a strong financial background and actually enjoys reading and analyzing financial statements and performing due diligence. He also spent several years in Washington D.C., focusing on regulatory and reimbursement issues impacting the medical device industry. In addition to strong writing and personal communications skill, Mr. Putnam also developed a proprietary research methodology that evaluates the competitive position of companies participating in a particular industry segment by analyzing their intellectual property as embodied in a company’s patent portfolio. This methodology can be used to perform strategic planning and business development. It identifies each company’s relative competitive position within a technology and can identify those companies that are either active or have become inactive in research and development in that specific technology. From a business development perspective it can also identify a patent portfolio that may no longer be relevant to its holder but that may be an opportunity for another company. Mr. Putnam holds an MBA from The George Washington University and a BA from Baldwin-Wallace College. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.