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Building technical teams that power medical device manufacturing SPOT Radio

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On this episode of the SPOT™ Radio Podcast Charlie Webb CPPL speaks with Chris Danek CEO of Bessel about human-centered design and agile teamwork. Chris speaks on using advanced technology like artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and digital engineering and their support to medical device manufacturers.


Guest bio
Chris Danek, CEO of Bessel, is an entrepreneur and life sciences industry veteran. Chris believes in empowering technical teams. Trained in business and engineering, he has worked with dozens of teams in industry and at universities across the US. He helps them speed time-to-market with agile teamwork and human-centered design while using advanced technology like artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and digital engineering. Bessel clients and Powered by Bessel startups are located nationwide.
Chris is a visiting professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. This leading Hispanic-serving research university has adopted the Bessel Origin program in its Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Chris is also a visiting professor at the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation at UTEP.
Chris was co-founder and CEO of AtheroMed (now Philips AtheroMed), and before that was V.P. R&D of Asthmatx (Boston Scientific). Chris is an advisor to the Santa Clara University Healthcare Innovation and Design Lab. He has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania. He is an inventor of over 85 U.S. patents. 
 
About Bessel
Bessel's roots are in product lifecycle support for medical device and diagnostic products. With a foundation of more than 20 years of experience designing and developing medical devices, Chris Danek and Bessel have provided full-service support for over 5 years to diverse organizations ranging from startup companies to Fortune 50. We bring innovation throughout the product lifecycle -- from a clean sheet of paper through commercial release.
We combine human-centered design and agile teamwork (scrum) in our approach to work, with a dual focus on results and on improving the capabilities of our clients' teams.
Mentoring startup teams reminded me of my love of teaching. It was natural to step from putting the patient first as a medical device developer to putting the student first as a teacher. The core of the Bessel Origin program stems from my work helping students transform into excellent team members ready for the workforce.
My co-founder, Carolyn Danek, inspired the start of Bessel. Trained as an architect, Carolyn is professionally versed in human-centered design. Her deep-rooted empathy sparked the creation of Bessel. I'm fortunate to be her co-founder. ​
We saw the broad applicability of the Bessel Origin program and its mindsets, methods, and discipline to train the next generation of innovative thinkers and high-performance team members. Now we deliver corporate critical innovation projects and our Bessel Origin program.
Website: www.bessel.co 

On this episode of the SPOT™ Radio Podcast Charlie Webb CPPL speaks with Chris Danek CEO of Bessel about human-centered design and agile teamwork. Chris speaks on using advanced technology like artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and digital engineering and their support to medical device manufacturers.


Guest bio
Chris Danek, CEO of Bessel, is an entrepreneur and life sciences industry veteran. Chris believes in empowering technical teams. Trained in business and engineering, he has worked with dozens of teams in industry and at universities across the US. He helps them speed time-to-market with agile teamwork and human-centered design while using advanced technology like artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and digital engineering. Bessel clients and Powered by Bessel startups are located nationwide.
Chris is a visiting professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. This leading Hispanic-serving research university has adopted the Bessel Origin program in its Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Chris is also a visiting professor at the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation at UTEP.
Chris was co-founder and CEO of AtheroMed (now Philips AtheroMed), and before that was V.P. R&D of Asthmatx (Boston Scientific). Chris is an advisor to the Santa Clara University Healthcare Innovation and Design Lab. He has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania. He is an inventor of over 85 U.S. patents. 
 
About Bessel
Bessel's roots are in product lifecycle support for medical device and diagnostic products. With a foundation of more than 20 years of experience designing and developing medical devices, Chris Danek and Bessel have provided full-service support for over 5 years to diverse organizations ranging from startup companies to Fortune 50. We bring innovation throughout the product lifecycle -- from a clean sheet of paper through commercial release.
We combine human-centered design and agile teamwork (scrum) in our approach to work, with a dual focus on results and on improving the capabilities of our clients' teams.
Mentoring startup teams reminded me of my love of teaching. It was natural to step from putting the patient first as a medical device developer to putting the student first as a teacher. The core of the Bessel Origin program stems from my work helping students transform into excellent team members ready for the workforce.
My co-founder, Carolyn Danek, inspired the start of Bessel. Trained as an architect, Carolyn is professionally versed in human-centered design. Her deep-rooted empathy sparked the creation of Bessel. I'm fortunate to be her co-founder. ​
We saw the broad applicability of the Bessel Origin program and its mindsets, methods, and discipline to train the next generation of innovative thinkers and high-performance team members. Now we deliver corporate critical innovation projects and our Bessel Origin program.
Website: www.bessel.co 

46 min

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