E49 Project Management for Medical Devices and the Coronavirus
Regardless your company size, we have you covered in this episode as we chat project management in the medical device field with leaders from startups and the largest medical device organization. Listen to hear Michael O’Connor with Medtronic and James Foley with Botanisol Analytics.
Michael is an award winning Project Management leader and is the Director of Strategy and Project Management at Medtronic. He shares his story working within a large corporation and the advantages and challenges that brings. We learn of specific activities such as PM Roundtable, Mentoring, Education, use of PM tools, and working across business units or an EPMO.
James is CTO at Botanisol Analytics and they are actively working to help develop a better detection system for the Coronavirus. James shares challenges a small startup faces to deliver projects more agile to satisfy larger customers. He leverages experience from his time in the military to a long career within corporate America prior to his startup experience. We also get a science lesson on how the Raman technology works to be able to detect COVID-19.
Michael and James provide great insight for those starting their project management journey. Don’t be afraid to seek out guidance, mentoring, and step up for leadership opportunities. Listen to hear their other advice for how to advance your project management career.
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Michael O’Connor is Director of Strategy and Project Management with Medtronic was founded in 1949 as a medical equipment repair shop by Earl Bakken and his brother-in-law, Palmer Hermundslie.
Did these two men set out to change medical technology and the lives of millions of people? No. But they did have a deep moral purpose and an inner drive to use their scientific knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to help others.
That spirit — combined with our founders’ personal integrity and passion — became our guiding philosophy and, ultimately, the Medtronic Mission.
Our first life-changing therapy — a wearable, battery-powered cardiac pacemaker — was the foundation for many more Medtronic therapies that use our electrical stimulation expertise to improve the lives of millions of people.
Over the years, we developed additional core technologies, including implantable mechanical devices, drug and biologic delivery devices, and powered and advanced energy surgical instruments.
Connect with Michael on LinkedIn.
Botanisol Analytics, a start up company in the Phoenix Valley. Taking a patent from the University of Arizona commercial. Creating a mobile chemical detection system with the accuracy found in high end laboratories, with faster results and easier use. Illuminate the unknown.
Awards include: Acceptance in Techstars Air Force Accelerator Program, Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (Arizona) and TechConnect Innovation Award 2019.
James Foley, CTO of Botanisol Analytics, is a US Naval Academy graduate. Demonstrated experienced dynamic leader with over 30 years of business, technical, domestic and international experience. Forward-thinker skilled in maximizing people, processes and assets to support strategic objectives, transform global operations and improve business performance in rapid-growth environments.
Adept at synthesizing nebulous or incomplete information into actionable plans suitable to meet current and future business needs. Highly skilled in leading strategic initiatives. Passion for developing high-performance teams. Particularly strong in managing within budgets, interpreting financial statements and incorporating methodologies to achieve maximum results.
Specialties: Raman, Manufacturing, ITAR, ISO13485, P&L Operations Management, Business Process Analysis & Re-engineering, Integrating Legacy & Emerging systems, Product Development, Team Development, Agile, Six Sigma, ITIL, ITSM and Cloud computing.
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