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.”
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
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,
Japan (Nanzan University,
Senshu University, Temple University Japan)
South Africa (organized
by Imperial with Pretoria University lecturers)
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.