Updated August 7, 2015
Medical device industry professionals have responded to our request and sent in photos of their desks. They are truly more than just lessons in neatness versus clutter. The desk photos provide a wonderful window into how people in medtech think and work.
“Being in product development, driving new products to the market, I have always wanted to be immersed and surrounded by the physical aspect of what I am working on to keep it in the front of my mind and hands to deliver better products, not stowed away in a cabinet or lab,” says Hugh Hestad, a principal development engineer at Zimmer Biomet’s Spine Division who is based in Edina, MN.
Claudine Richon, a medical device consultant based outside of Paris, might have an engineering background, but her medtech works feels strongly connected with nature, so she is big on a workspace that feels naturally connected.
Or even check out the photo above, captured from the website of Medtronic founder Earl Bakken. “I’m the young guy in the crew cut hard at work in Medtronic’s world headquarters, circa 1950,” he writes. “‘Casual day’ was still in the future. A flannel shirt and jeans was the uniform of the day, every day, during our formative years.”
That pioneering spirit is obviously still alive and well at Medtronic. “In fact, most of my teams’ desk areas are monuments to med device development free-thinking. Device and document avalanches have been reported when ‘critical clutter’ levels have been exceeded,” says Ed Bon, an Irvine, CA–based senior manager in development engineering at Medtronic’s Neurovascular Access Group.
Read on to check out the pictures and the descriptions (gently edited for punctuation, style, etc.).
And we would still love to get more medtech desk pictures with important lessons. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of your desk or workspace, your name and title, and a description of what’s there and what it indicates about working in medtech.
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Chris Newmarker is senior editor of Qmed and MPMN. Follow him on Twitter at @newmarker.
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