Product Managers oversee the development of specific biomedical technologies, whether they be medical devices, therapeutics, cell therapies, or a combination thereof. Individuals in this position are commonly in charge of a team of people from different backgrounds, each with tasks contributing to the product’s development and management after the product’s release. In addition, Product Managers must keep familiarity with the commercial space for the product, including the current and potential competitors for the technology.
I have experience in both basic and translational sciences, I have worked with technologies in various stages of product development, from initial concept design, to benchtop studies, preclinical animal models, and preparation for submission to the FDA. Each step in this process involves meeting deadlines, milestones, reporting results, and seeking out new resources to make each step along the way. I have worked with regulatory specialists, clinicians, researchers from diverse scientific fields, and institution executives to make sure everything gets completed on time. I have led teams including people from each of these backgrounds, delegating tasks, keeping in regular communication, and holding each team member accountable for their responsibilities.
As an academic researcher, I have developed the skills necessary to undertake each of market and commercial analyses needed for this position. As part of the student-run organization, Enventure, I have learned how to perform the necessary analyses, which mainly consists of personal experience in the relevant field(s), knowing the best questions to ask the clients, and searching databases to find the information needed. With my experience in various research laboratories, I also have developed a thorough understanding of many different clinical fields and the technologies being used to fill the gaps in their treatment capabilities. When taking on a new research project, I read up on and learn about the different companies and technologies being developed in the same field. As such, I analyze each technology for its benefits, risks, and shortcomings to address the clinical problem. I am also able to determine whether the presented data supports the drawn conclusions and broader impact.
Overall, I have the skills needed to oversee the development, commercialization, marketing, and customer service for any biotech products in any clinical space.