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MedTech Stories

MedTech Stories

By Vaishali
We often admire successful leaders in the MedTech industry without really hearing their stories of successes or the challenges along the way. In the MedTech stories Podcast, we interview inspirational leaders in all functional areas in MedTech. We dive deep into their career and personal journeys while sharing practical solutions for many of the challenges we all face on our pathways to success.
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Episode 10. Saumya Premachandra: On bringing your whole self to work every day
Our final episode for Season 1 features Saumya Premachandra, Director of Medical Education at Penumbra. Saumya started her career at Cook Medical as a sales rep and transitioned into product management and eventually medical education. Tune in to hear Saumya’s story on growth through self awareness and continuous learning all the while being a global baby - living in  six countries, 10 cities, 20 homes throughout her life! Resources:  Books -  Code of Trust  Robin Dreeke "Unlocking Us" Brené Brown The First 90 Days Michael D. Watkins Links -  Leaders need “User Manuals” – and what I learned by writing mine "Deep Dive into Medical Education Strategies - Engaging, Developing and Maintaining Collaborative Partnerships"Transparency, Aggregate Spend & HCP Engagement Conference Michelle Obama Imposter Syndrome
53:57
September 27, 2021
Episode 9. Vasey Hargreaves: On taking chances and knowing when to pull the ripcord
Episode Summary: Vasey Hargreaves is the Senior Director of Commercial Marketing at Aerin Medical. She has worked in the cardiovascular and ENT space as well as received her MBA from Haas. In this episode, Vasey walks us through her unique career path, explains the differences in working for a startup versus large company and shares her unique superpower of staying calm under pressure--in a work setting and while skydiving. Detailed Show Notes: 6:36 - Teaching in China + posting on Craigslist: Vasey’s beginnings 9:28 - Never want to be bored: Vasey’s career paths 16:04 - Going bigger for the rigor: Finding a full-time job out of business school 28:13 - Changing the lens: Where she’s at now 34:22 - Wearing all the hats: Success in a startup 39:22 - Dr. Google: Patient marketing in the digital age 42:22 - Women in the C-Suite: Mentors and leaders 44:22 - Knowing when to pull the ripcord: Vasey’s superpower 48:55 - Think beyond the parameters: Her advice for young professionals 50:06 - Listen to your gut: Vasey’s role model
55:10
August 9, 2021
Episode 8. Pharaoh Schnieber: On Finding Your Leadership Style
Episode Summary: Pharoah Schnieber recently joined Cerepadics as the Vice President, International Regulatory & Global Compliance at Cerepadics. Previously she was the VP of Regulatory and R&D at PQ Bypass and although she’s very excited for her new role, she looks forward to watching PQ Bypass and Endologix continue their success from afar. Pharoah started her career as a reviewer at FDA and then transitioned into Industry. Tune in to hear Pharaoh’s story about growing up in a very tight knit Filipino family, bringing her background and culture into how she leads teams and how she has discovered and honed her leadership style. Detailed Show Notes: 5:44 - Running towards something: Finding your calling 11: 37 - Loud leadership: Pharoah’s personal life 20:40 - “The Wolf:” Pharoah’s time as an FDA reviewer 26:08 - Tailoring for your audience: The switch to regulatory 30:34 - Straight, yet effective, shooter: Leadership styles (and socially acceptable styles) 42:01 - Brutal honesty: Pharaoh's “short list” of mentors 45:30 - “Go make friends:” They key to making mentors 53:58 - Catering leadership: Pharoah’s superpowers 55:55 - “Don’t forget the people:” Advice to young professionals 58:41 - Family sacrifices: Pharoah’s role models Calls to action: Follow MedTech Stories on LinkedIn Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music
01:01:02
July 26, 2021
Episode 7. Jessica Richter: On getting comfortable, being uncomfortable.
Episode Summary: Jessica Richter is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Business Development at Experien Group. Jess started her medtech career in Sales at CR Bard and then grew into sales leadership positions at Medtronic. She then joined Experian group to expand the firm’s business development activities and to direct strategic growth initiatives. Tune in to hear Jessica’s story on her impact in cases as a sales rep, her influence on increasing diversity in the MedTech industry and her passion for animal rescue! Detailed Show Notes: 0:53 - “A career in communications:” How Jess got involved in MedTech 6:53 - Outside the comfort zone: Taking a big career leap 14:36 - Philanthropy and pets: Jessica's personal life 19:07 - Competition and contributions: A glimpse into sales 22:30 - Broadening the lens: Jessica's collaborative leadership style 28:25 - Ongoing education: Involvement in other organizations 32:46 - Taking risks (on yourself and others): Personal and professional accomplishments 38:16 - Increasing diversity within the industry: MedTech Women 48:56 - Evening out your pie chart: Managing risk 54:33 - Glass half-full: Jess’s resilience 56:20 - Put your hat in the ring: Jessica's advice to young professionals Calls to action: Follow MedTech Stories on LinkedIn Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music
01:01:27
July 6, 2021
Episode 6. Shreya Mehta: On starting a MedTech company
Episode Summary: Shreya Mehta is the Cofounder and CTO of Zenflow - medical device company developing a minimally invasive treatment for urinary obstruction caused by enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Previously she worked as a lead reviewer at the FDA. Tune in to hear Shreya’s story on starting a company, her long distance cycling adventures from SF to Santa Monica and her thoughts on authentic leadership! Detailed Show Notes: 3:41 - Engineer at heart: Why MedTech 5:51  -  Looking “under the hood:” Shreya’s experience at the FDA 12:06 - New perspectives & new stakeholders: Her move to biodesign 16:52 - Finding the unmet need: The creation of Zenflow 23:55 - Moving past the bumps on the road: Shreya’s highs and lows 31:28 - Capitalizing your strengths: How to choose a cofounder 35:50 - Trust & transparency in a team: Shaping a self-motivated team 42:20 - From a device to a product: Zenflow’s next steps 48:32 - “I don’t carry all the knowledge:” Using humility in decision-making 52:09 - If you don’t know, you can’t change it: Steps to fight bias 58:17 - Authentic leadership: Shreya’s superpower 1:03:07 - “Do it, if you have the means:” Shreya’s advice to entrepreneurs Calls to action: Follow MedTech Stories on LinkedIn Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music
01:09:01
June 7, 2021
Episode 5. Tracie Carroll: On her passion for education and managing risk as a JD and MBA
Episode Summary: Tracie Carroll is the Associate General Counsel at Turning point therapeutics. She brings a very practical perspective to any challenge she is faced with having both a JD and MBA. Detailed Show Notes: 4:19 - Science & Innovation: How Tracie landed in law and MedTech 8:02 - Getting the most of an education: Tracie’s love for school 11:12 - Saying yes: Tracie’s year in Hawaii and experiences after 18:12 - Final steps: Where she is now 22:11 - “You can’t have no risk:” Managing a team and risk strategy 28:27 - Playing in the sandbox: How to build working relationships 31:44 - Social Media: Its role in MedTech 39:49 -  Applying the professional to personal: Tracie’s favorite accomplishments 46:23 - “What-if test:” Tracie on risk-taking 52:00 - Reflecting on the new normal: Lessons from COVID 55:11 - Passion & work ethic: Tracie’s superpowers and advice 59:26 - The Notorious RBG: Role models and wrap-up Calls to action: Follow MedTech Stories on LinkedIn Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music
01:02:59
May 26, 2021
Episode 4. Kate Rumrill: On her path from CRA to CEO
Episode summary: Starting out in toxicology and moving to clinical research, Kate Rumrill never necessarily planned to be a CEO. With the help of strong “sound boards” and asking the right questions, her MedTech career landed her as the President and CEO of Ablative Solutions. Highlights from the episode: 2:24 - “I never aspired to be a CEO:” Kate’s story 6:28 - The research bug: How Kate transitioned to clinical research 10:56 - Going small to go big: Moving from pharma to device 17:55 - The product and the people: The decision to be CEO 26:24 - Support systems: The difference between mentors and sponsors 34:40 - Not being afraid: Making decisions without 100% of the information 38:15 - Seeing around corners: Kate’s leadership superpowers 40:00 - No magical plan: Kate’s advice on career 42:57 - Confident but humble: Kate’s role model Resources: https://hbr.org/2018/01/the-fastest-path-to-the-ceo-job-according-to-a-10-year-study (12:14, 46:53) Calls to action: Follow MedTech Stories on LinkedIn Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts Rate and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts
47:59
May 9, 2021
Episode 3. Neeta Sharma: On big career risks and always being ready to raise your hand
Neeta Sharma, MS, is the vice president of global regulatory affairs at Dexcom. She oversees all regulatory affairs activities for Dexcom’s continuous glucose sensing technology. She has over 15 years of strategic and executive regulatory leadership experience at leading medical device companies, including DJO, Philips, Edward Lifesciences, and Medtronic, and across multiple fields, such as diabetes management and cardiovascular and orthopedic devices. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a dual master’s degree in biomedical engineering and regulatory sciences. Show Notes: 2:30 - Background: Why Biomedical engineering? 6:21 - Challenges and changes: Neeta talks on career hurdles and growth 15:34 - Breadth and depth: How Neeta gives projects her all 18:51 - “Always be ready to raise your hand:” Going the extra mile in your career 22:56 - Championing CGM: Neeta’s professional accomplishments 27:03 - Running a marathon: Prioritizing work-life balance 30:13 - “No management position scares me:” Neeta’s biggest career risks 37:14 - How can I help: Bringing mentorship to the workplace 41:48 - Decision-making: Neeta’s 3 biggest tips 47:47 - Risk-taking: Neeta’s leadership superpower 50:29 - Take the role: Neeta’s advice on not living with regret 51:29 - “Not one person:” Neeta’s biggest role models Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music
56:35
April 26, 2021
Episode 2. Manasi Marathe: On how to get “straight from point A to C"
In our second episode, Manasi gives us guidance on how to get “straight from point A to C.” She began her career in product development at Medtronic and is now the Senior Director of Strategy & Corporate Development at Tandem Diabetes Care. 20 years ago, Manasi would’ve never predicted her career shift from computer science to corporate strategy; but, through organic relationships and self-discovery, she’s become a dynamic MedTech leader with an even stronger support system. Tune in to hear how to make lasting professional connections and change functions yourself! Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music
46:38
April 9, 2021
Episode 1. Jacquie Keller: On taking the leap!
Jacquie brings a unique background and has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, starting out by building clinical research departments at Johns Hopkins and Boston University before moving into MedTech. She and I met at Volcano where she led KOL engagement and innovation efforts and she’s now the VP of Marketing at Clearpoint Neuro. In this episode she teaches us to trust our gut and jump into new opportunities with both feet - listen in to see how she’s done it multiple times in her career! Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music
45:26
April 5, 2021
MedTech Stories Trailer
We often admire successful leaders in the MedTech industry without really hearing their stories of successes or the challenges along the way. In the MedTech stories Podcast, we interview inspirational leaders in all functional areas in MedTech. We dive deep into their career and personal journeys while sharing practical solutions for many of the challenges we all face on our pathways to success. Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music Graphics Credits - Trisha Swindell
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March 22, 2021