Danielle Martin: The Business of Bioengineering
Danielle Martin didn’t initially plan on joining
a biomedical engineering department in graduate school. After getting her
bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from Clemson University, she wanted to move
into the business world and get her MBA. She hoped to find a specialty
MBA program focused on the medical device/biotech space, though there were very
few programs with that combined focus. She eventually found out about the
CMI MBA/MS joint program and immediately applied, stating that “I’d been
interested medical devices, and the product/device focus sealed the decision”.
Once Danielle joined the CMI program, she found
it to be not only rigorous and informative, but also flexible, with many
opportunities to network and connect to outside initiatives. She completed
her classes on a flexible time-table due to her work schedule, while also
interning at the Wallace H. Coulter foundation, a University of Pittsburgh
program that helps fund the commercialization of university medical
technologies. In doing so, she got to work first-hand on taking
technologies derived from basic research and converting them into technically
and commercially viable medical products.
Since graduating in the spring of 2015, Danielle
has been working as a product manager at Globix Medical, overseeing robotic
solutions for spinal and orthopedic conditions. The CMI program prepared
her well for the many types of work that come with her position by having her
go through the core curriculum of medical product ideation, development, and
prototyping. She described it as “like the real world experience, with
exposure to and conversations with people who have worked in the field”.
She “highly recommends the program if you’re interested in medical
devices; it’s the best professional MS to hone in on this market, and teaches a
lot of information in a short time to directly prepare you for the real world”.