Product Development in Life Science & High Tech Startups

April 7, 2020

Speaker Slides

Speed to Market: Innovative & Rigorous New Product Development

Joyce C. Chiu, PMP, CPIP, Life Science Program Manager

Outsourcing Product Development for Medical Device Startups

Harry Martins - Senior Manager, New Product Development at Bridgemedica - A Service of NN Life Sciences

Entrepreneurs’ today don’t need to build a manufacturing plant to start a business. They need less money to build prototypes, prove that it works, prove there is a market and show a potentially profitable business model before scaling. The road maps have changed but the core has stayed the same. Why will your customers buy it?

Whether you want to sell a new kind of transportation system, a new app or a life saving device, you’ve got to develop your idea into a product that customers are willing to pay for. 

  • Do you try to develop the product in house, or do you outsource the development?
  • How do you fund your product development?
  • How do you make sure you’re developing the right product for your market? 

The panelists have deep experience in developing and investing in different types of products in life sciences and high-tech. Our discussion will offer guidance in matching your product to your market and practical suggestions for making the most of your development budget. Listen to our speakers share a few stories from their own product development adventures and effective advice for avoiding product development pitfalls. 


7:00 7:15 PM – ENET Chairperson’s announcements

7:15  7:30 PM – eMinute – Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations

7:30  8:15 PM – 2 expert speakers on the night’s topic

A question and answer session follow the presentation, and panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions. 

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Joyce C. Chiu, PMP, CPIP, Life Science Program Manager

Joyce has 20+ years of experience leading large complex new product development under rigorous stage gate processes.  

She has successfully taken products from initial R&D or design phase, through VOC (voice of customer), CTQ (critical to quality), PQA (product quality architecture), Requirements, Prototyping, Engineering, V&V (Verification & Validation), UAT (user acceptance testing) to global launch, utilizing best practices from PMP and Agile/Scrum, to achieve both “do it right the first time” and “do it fast”.  Two of the products she provided leadership for earned independent industry awards the year after launch.

Joyce will share the wealth and breadth of her product development experience in both the physical and the virtual worlds.  Her process development and program management experience spans specialty chemicals, single-use Bioprocess disposables, PPE (personal protection equipment), life sciences in both medical devices and biotechnology.  Most recently, she took on R&D IT projects serving Biopharma pre-clinical manufacturing and process development.  Joyce is a BS Chemical Engineer from Cornell University and an MBA from Babson College.  She has been active in greater Boston area professional organizations, including MDG and ISPE Boston Area Chapter.  As a CPIP she has served the latter in a variety of roles, including Industry Advisory Board and Program Manager for the 2019 Product Show Education Seminars

Harry Martins – Senior Manager, New Product Development at Bridgemedica – A Service of NN Life Sciences

A product development leader with 25 years of medical device experience, he currently leads the New Product Development team at Bridgemedica with a focus on mechanical and electro-mechanical single-patient disposable medical devices.  Harry has developed products in the areas of orthopedics, biologics for neural and ocular surgery, vascular access, drug delivery, and pulmonary and endoscopic surgery while at Depuy Mitek/J&J, Cytotherapeutics, Biolink, Control Delivery Systems, Boston Scientific and Tissue Regeneration, Inc.  During his 8+ years at Bridgemedica, he has brought in or worked directly on products relating to female sterilization, laparoscopic hysterectomy, tissue morcellation, laparoscopic vessel ligation, targeted brain infusion, protein purification, spinal taps, tumor ablation, varicose vein sclerotherapy, lipoplasty, and fat grafting, laparoscopic imaging, and embolic delivery.  Harry holds or contributed to 28 issued U.S. Patents with 25 pending applications.  He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a MS in Bioengineering from the University of Michigan.

Organizer and Moderator:

Dan Skiba, President & CEO GOT Interface; ViceChair, Boston ENET

As a Product Development Company Executive, I provide strategic leadership in product innovation and managing global teams, delivering award-winning products to the international market.  My ability to problem solve, direct the entire product development lifecycle and gain commitment to a common goal have driven faster release of products and market penetration.  By building synergies across all Product Life Cycle disciplines, we have delivered products that result in 100% product utilization and seamless integration into customer environments. My skills in optimizing international resources have significantly reduced costs and streamlined production, delivering product excellence.

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