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NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK – SCIENCE FOR LIFE

11 August 2017

It is our Mission to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. At the moment we achieve this every two seconds with success delivered through timely access to technology for those who require it, and meaningful health outcomes for all.

Science plays a significant role in this goal – but not alone. Founder Earl Bakken worked closely with physicians and their patients at the University of Minnesota and other hospitals where he saw firsthand the life-and-death decisions that surgeons made every day. He knew how much they relied on Medtronic technology and the personal integrity of every employee. A dedication to quality has existed at Medtronic ever since.

Patients play a role in their health outcomes as well. Internet science is a major factor – particularly with the existence of 24/7 online health information – patients are more informed and engaged than ever.

This National Science Week we want to celebrate science, the difference it makes to the community, provide stories about some of our inventions and introduce you to members of our team. You can share your stories below, or on twitter. Tag #medtechscience, #natsciwk

MEET A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM: Paul O’Byrne

Paul Prof Photo

Role: Quality Systems Manager

Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical)

Tenure with Medtronic: Almost seven years

Can you tell us about the different ways science impacts the lives of patients with Medtronic therapies? The most obvious manifestation are the many scientists and other highly trained experts from many fields of study applying scientific principles and rigour to the design of Medtronic devices. But beyond the devices themselves, the impact of science on our patients is felt in numerous ways. From the design of clinical studies, through the control and execution in our manufacturing plants, to the submission of dossiers to our regulators, science is embedded in many parts of the Medtronic world and touches each of our patients.

What did you enjoy most about studying science? Thinking back to studying different sciences through school and university, the ability of science to answer the question ‘why?’ captures what I enjoyed most. It answered for me my many inquisitive questions in a logical and usually easy to understand manner. In university, I also came to admire the very scientific desire to pursue the answer when it wasn’t yet known.

What are the key learnings you have applied in your personal and professional life? Foremost, the importance of evidence-based decisions where possible. Extending from this, to take calculated risks, and to try to test and confirm a hunch before diving in. Also, that any situation, unlike a tightly controlled experiment, can usually never be explained by simply one rule or theorem – so don’t ignore the complexity and deal in absolutes.

Women in STEM – what’s your opinion? As with any pursuit, team or industry, diversity is key to pushing the envelope and going beyond what is currently being achieved. I fully support the work that is being done to encourage women to choose to study STEM and then stay in STEM research and careers. My degree class at Uni had about a 50-50 split by gender, but the majority of other engineering streams were far less diverse.

What is your advice to future scientists? Science wasn’t all that cool among my peers when it came to choosing classes at school or courses at Uni. But the world we experience every day is driven and largely defined by science in some capacity, so what could be cooler and more fulfilling than pursuing a career that could redefine some aspect of our world.

To learn more about National Science Week visit https://www.scienceweek.net.au/

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