April 17, 2023

Senior health care executive moves to advance the role of real-world evidence in medical device ecosystem

April 17, 2023


[Arlington, VA.] – The National Evaluation System for health Technology Coordinating Center (NESTcc), an initiative of the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), has named Simon Mason as its new President. In his new role, Mr. Mason will lead strategy and operations for NESTcc to serve its stakeholders, including patients, providers, payers, medical device manufacturers, regulators, and others.

With a thirty-year career spanning roles in executive management as well as product and business development, Mr. Mason joins NESTcc from Pharmaspectra, a business acquired by IQVIA, where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer. At Pharmaspectra, he led development and commercialization of a data lake of scientific and medical affairs information utilized by pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

“I’m honored to join the great team at NESTcc and work with this unique organization’s network collaborators, partners, customers, and other stakeholders to change the paradigm of clinical research through the appropriate use of real-world evidence,” said Mr. Mason. “Together, we will drive continued innovation for the benefit of patients and all medical device stakeholders.”

NESTcc is focused on advancing the use of medical device real-world evidence (RWE), and Mr. Mason’s experience in building healthcare data businesses positions him strongly to advance NESTcc’s mission. As President, he will lead NESTcc’s continued development of a trusted not-for-profit platform for the timely generation of RWE and its collaborative work on advancing RWE methodologies to address pre- and post-market challenges in the medical technology space.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Simon to NESTcc to build on the organization’s strong foundation and accelerate its development to support medical device innovation,” said Andrew Fish, JD, President & CEO of MDIC. “Simon’s operational and commercialization expertise make him an excellent candidate to lead NESTcc’s work in advancing the use of real-world evidence for the benefit of patients and all medical device stakeholders.”

“Simon is an innovator and accomplished leader in building healthcare data companies, and I’m excited to collaborate with him to guide NESTcc’s strategic priorities and deliver ever greater value for stakeholders across the medical device ecosystem,” said Diane Wurzburger, Chair of the NESTcc Governing Committee and Executive of Regulatory Affairs & Quality for GE Healthcare.

“CDRH congratulates Simon in his new role as the President of NESTcc,” said Jeff Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). “We look forward to working with Simon and leveraging his expertise to support our shared goal of advancing medical device safety and innovation.”

NESTcc is delighted to welcome Simon Mason as its new President and looks forward to working with him to continue advancing the use of real-world evidence across the medical device ecosystem.

About the National Evaluation System for health Technology Coordinating Center

In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) funding to establish the National Evaluation System for health Technology Coordinating Center (NESTcc). NESTcc is advancing the use of real-world evidence (RWE) in medical devices for regulatory decision-making and committed to transforming the way medical device technologies are tested, approved, and monitored. The Coordinating Center combines RWE system infrastructure with the unparalleled expertise of its network collaborators to accelerate patients’ access to safe and effective medical technology and provide Quality Evidence by Design™. For more information, visit http://www.nestcc.org.

About the Medical Device Innovation Consortium

Founded in 2012, the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) is the first public-private partnership created with the sole objective of advancing medical device regulatory science throughout the total product life cycle. MDIC’s mission is to break down barriers in the medical technology life cycle to accelerate innovation and adoption of safe, effective, and high-quality medical technologies. The consortium brings together medical technology manufacturers, researchers, regulators, payers, patients, and health care providers as trusted collaborators to solve complex challenges in the scientific and technical disciplines that propel medical technology development, approval, adoption, and access. MDIC’s work improves regulatory pathways, advances medical device quality, enhances patient safety and access, and facilitates the development of better evidence for approval, coverage, and utilization decisions. For more information, visit http://www.mdic.org.

Funding for NESTcc was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant (U01 FD 006292). Views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.


Todd West