Chris Howard specializes in the development and commercialization of medical devices and healthcare-related products that are simple to use and decrease the cost and risk of patient care. Working most frequently in hospital and research settings, he brings together the broad range of internal and external stakeholders necessary to realize new or refine existing healthcare ideas and processes. Working together, concepts are efficiently transformed into commercially viable solutions that can be validated in real-world settings. His domestic and international expertise includes the hands-on implementation and management of the medical device development process including concept development, controlled design and development, transfer to production, quality system management and pre-clinical and clinical studies. Chris’ expertise in medical device commercialization includes IP and regulatory strategy development and implementation, and all aspects of business plan development and implementation. Chris has a BA in Industrial Design and Technology from Brunel University (UK) and an MBA from the University of Washington (USA). He is an ISO 13485 Certified Lead Auditor, Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Chris has worked in hospitals and with production facilities across the U.S.; his international work has focused on healthcare settings and production facilities around the world including Colombia, Mexico, Vietnam and Zambia.