As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up, and when did you realize you wanted to become an engineer?
During middle and high school, I enjoyed math and science, so majoring in engineering as an undergrad was a natural choice. I went into a biomedical engineering program intending to work on prosthetics or brain stimulators, but after graduating, I found an opportunity as a sales rep in the spine industry. A few years later, I transitioned to my current engineering role so that I could play a part in product design and help improve the systems our surgeons use to treat patients.
What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?
Two projects come to mind.
The first is a personal concept I have worked on with a few other members of the team that rethinks the way we look at certain approaches to the spine. What has been exciting about that project is the freedom to be really creative with new ideas and designs, exploring and discussing them, and then actually testing them out for feasibility in internal labs.
The second is an active development project. The real reward with this has been the surgeons I have gotten to work with. Everyone is passionate about the project and you can really feel the energy during group discussions. It is a bit humbling knowing that the surgeons trust me with developing the solutions that they will use in the OR to help their patients.
Where do you see engineering in medical devices headed?
Engineering in spine is at an interesting point with the emergence of navigation and robotics. In a way, we are actively undergoing a paradigm shift in how surgeons can do spine surgery, and what product design teams can do using real-time 3D imaging/navigation and robotic trajectory guidance. Because the technologies are still new, they are evolving quickly. Likewise, the vision of what we are able to design to work in tandem with these new tools is evolving. I think we will see a lot of novel and creative uses for navigation and robotics in the coming years, as well as a shift towards software-based solutions to surgical problems rather than traditional mechanical solutions.
What advice do you have for someone considering entering the field of engineering?
I am far from the most experienced engineer at this company—I work with a ton of absolutely incredible engineers who would likely have better advice to give. But one thing I’ve noticed is that engineering is an artistic expression. The amount of creativity that goes into a solution is hard to express. You will have to pull inspiration from existing sources all around you, as well as collaborate with other people to get fresh ideas. You also have to be humble and willing to let go of your own ideas when something better comes up.
Ultimately, engineering is about solving problems that have not been solved before, or solving them better than ever before. Everything you do is pushing the overall body of human knowledge forward one little bit, and locks in that progress in a way that can never be reversed. That is what is encouraging about the work. It’s the constant push to guarantee that today is better than yesterday, and that tomorrow will be better than today.
A conversation with Brendan
When did you start with Globus and what do you do here?
I started with Globus in May of 2017. I am a Product Manager on our Lateral Interbody Fusion Team, managing our innovative expandable lateral interbody systems.
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a product manager?
I decided to pursue a career at Globus as a Product Manager because it was an opportunity to utilize my engineering background in more of a business environment. Not only do I provide input throughout the design phase of a project, but I also spend time gaining relevant clinical and market knowledge to drive awareness around our market-leading lateral technology.
What did you do before you joined Globus?
I graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Upon graduation I spent a year in the pharmaceutical industry, then transitioned to my position at Globus.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I enjoy the opportunity to see surgeons treat their patients with our innovative technologies. I get to work with many great people across multiple teams, and it is extremely rewarding for everyone when a project we spent a year working on is launched to market and used to improve the life of a patient.
If you had an unexpected day off tomorrow, what would you do with your free day?
If it was July I would say either go golfing or to the beach. Since it is the winter I would most likely take my dog to the dog park, and spend the rest of the day watching the Office (again) or whatever Philly sports game is on TV.
A conversation with Brittany
How did you get started in sales? What interested you most in being part of the Globus team?
My career in sales began in 2016 as a Senior Clinical Specialist with Medtronic Spine, Biologics and Stealth. Before I entered sales, I worked as a Certified Surgical Technologist on spine and orthopaedic teams which quickly became a passion of mine. I decided to join the INR team at Globus after learning about the culture. The INR team, especially the clinical team, is a family and that is something I truly value.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is the daily interactions I have with people from all over the world. I’m able to teach and showcase the amazing medical technology of ExcelsiusGPS® that is changing the way spine surgery is performed.
As part of the Imaging, Navigation and Robotics team, you are involved with the innovation that Globus delivers. What sets us apart from the competition?
Besides the way ExcelsiusGPS® navigates, it’s the service our team provides. Everyone on this team is extremely passionate about what we do and the product we are delivering. Long days and nights, weekends, and time spent away from our families are something we do because we know we have an incredible product that can change lives.
What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a career in sales or in joining Globus?
Medical device sales are far more than collecting a paycheck. It’s about bettering the lives of the patient that these devices are used on. From a nursing home, to labor and delivery, to the operating room assisting with surgery, one thing has remained the same and that’s the value I place on patient outcomes.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I am a huge foodie. Cooking, eating, watching cooking shows, searching Pinterest for the best new restaurants all lead to my love of travel. I have a rescue pup at home that I love to take for walks and hikes with my boyfriend.