Don Hurd


Don Hurd has over 35 years of experience in supporting the development of applications or containing software in regulated industries, the last 17 in medical devices. With his diverse background, Don provides a unique insight into driving product quality and ensuring the high productivity of development organizations. He is currently the vice president of Quality and Validation Services for The Realtime Group, a contract R&D firm that specializes in serving the regulated industries, primarily medical devices. 

In this role, Mr. Hurd led the company to certification in both ISO 9001 and ISO 13485, maintaining certification for nearly 15 years. In his role at Realtime, he supports clients in efforts ranging from Quality Management System development, deployment, and remediation; product and development quality planning; verification and validation of products, product software, and non-product software; supplier qualification, approval, and management; transitioning product from development to manufacturing; supporting post-market vigilance / surveillance; and interfacing with ISO auditors and FDA inspectors. He has been an ASQ certified quality auditor since 2009. He is active in the ASQ Biomedical Division Discussion Group, ASQ Audit Special Interest Group, and bionorthTX, holding leadership positions in each of them.