Kirk Zeller , DBA

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Professional Background

It is my mission to help build medical device companies that develop technologies which address previously unmet clinical needs and take those  technologies to markets around the globe. I am continuously inspired as I see the real world impact of the devices developed by innovative medical device companies and am passionate about launching those devices in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
To optimize my effectiveness as a leader of medical device companies I have focused on developing a well rounded cross functional skill set and a cross geography skill set with the objective of acquiring a deep understand of the key markets around the world and the functional skills necessary to effectively conduct a global launch.

I have taken a comprehensive approach to developing a well rounded skill set through 22 years in the industry in multiple functional areas and by masters and doctoral study/research focused on medical device start-ups: 
*Doctoral (DBA) dissertation: “European Market Entry Strategies for Venture Capital Financed Medical Device Companies: Where, When, How, and Why.” 
*MBA thesis was "Financing and Beyond: The Role of Venture Capital in Silicon Valley Based Medical Device Companies."
*MBA study was focused on BioPharma and Health Technology Entrepreneurship
I believe it is important to think globally and have learned to do so by doing business locally in Europe, Asia and Latin America and by traveling to nearly 50 countries. Additionally I have further enhanced my global business skills by taking specialized courses at business schools in eight different countries:
UK (Imperial College London) 
France (International School of Management)
US (St. John's University, University of Nebraska, Harvard, MIT)
Japan (Nanzan University, Senshu University, Temple University Japan)
China (Fudan University)
India (Amity University)
Brazil (HSM)
South Africa (organized by Imperial with Pretoria University lecturers)
I started my career as a heart valve sales rep in Japan after having completed much of my undergraduate study in Japan.  I enjoy sharing my experience by speaking at medical device industry conferences around the world.



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