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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/medtechstories/support

MedTech Stories Vaishali

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/medtechstories/support

    Episode 10. Saumya Premachandra: On bringing your whole self to work every day

    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


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    • 53 min
    Episode 9. Vasey Hargreaves: On taking chances and knowing when to pull the ripcord

    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


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    • 55 min
    Episode 8. Pharaoh Schnieber: On Finding Your Leadership Style

    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

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    Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 7. Jessica Richter: On getting comfortable, being uncomfortable.

    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

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    Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 6. Shreya Mehta: On starting a MedTech company

    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

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    Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 5. Tracie Carroll: On her passion for education and managing risk as a JD and MBA

    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:
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    Music Credits - Scott Holmes Music

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

karishma.cheyenne ,

A great listen for those inside and outside of medtech

Great career advice for anyone navigating career growth, and an awesome way to learn more about the MedTech space!

SmitoCal ,

Insightful

So inspiring, insightful, and rather interesting! Vaishali, you are a shooting star! Happy to work alongside, appreciate your leading and sharing your colleagues path/successes/challenges in effort to learn and improve in the medtech arena. Your interview style is smooth and engaging! Keep up the good work and look forward to the next!

sidneywhite ,

AMAZING

I’ve learned so much already! I’m so excited to see (well hear) where this goes and who else you have on!

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