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In the Spotlight: In the Spotlight: Isaac Bright, M.D., M.B.A.

Finding Rich Opportunities at the
Intersection of Medicine and Technoloy

Stanford Affiliation: Medical Student
Department: Medicine
School: Medicine
Degree: M.D.
Industry: Medical Devices
Corporate Development Associate
Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

When I began medical school I was interested in academic medicine and advancing novel technologies to patients in need.  While devoting a year to vascular biology research at Stanford, I was exposed to the medical device community in the San Francisco Bay area.  This experience was eye-opening, revealing the myriad opportunities to apply my medical education to advancing technologies with commercial organizations.  My experiences in basic research and clinical rotations were not compelling enough for me to pursue a career in academics or clinical practice, relative to what I had seen in the medical device industry.  In lieu of “away” rotations in preparation for the match, I worked as a pre-MBA intern with CIBC World Markets’ biotechnology group, prior to my matriculation to the MBA program at The Wharton School.  My MBA experience has been invaluable, providing analytical insights, deep industry exposure, and continued development of my leadership skills.  I am very excited about my work with Medtronic, where I will be working with Executive Management, Corporate Finance, Legal Counsel, and Business Development teams from each of Medtronic’s business units, to contribute to Medtronic’s continued success through technology licensing and Mergers and Acquisitions.  I am very excited about the convergence between biotechnology and medical devices and I anticipate continued growth with Medtronic as I strive to become a well-rounded general manager and an effective leader in the industry.

Isaac Bright
January 2, 2006

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