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Why is medical device innovation an important part of your career pathwayEarlier this year I witnessed the setting of a Guinness World Record a man had his aortic valve replaced in 2 minutes and 12 seconds This was a case I supported in Vancouver for early clinical experience of a next generation transcatheter heart valve But the procedure did not go as straightforward as I had hoped Everything seemed to be fine until the patients blood pressure started to rapidly drop causing him to faint following the rupture of a balloon used to stretch the native aortic valve open Everyone in the OR sprung into action to save this patient The experienced physician immediately pushed the delivery system through the patients femorals crossed the aortic arch and deployed the valve all in just over 2 minutes Fortunately I had the devices prepped and the valve crimped so that this could be possible Next I saw something remarkable happen a minute after valve deployment the patients blood pressure stabilized and he regained consciousness The patient who was on the fence for a few minutes came back to life and was discharged the next day with a new heart valve that fixed his aortic stenosis As a bioengineer with a sheer love for devices the clinical aspects of medtech innovation make me even more passionate about this career path Managing the PARTNER trials at Edwards Lifesciences is a gratifying learning experience as I work closely with principal investigators at leading research institutions Supporting dozens of cases along with fervent discussions with PIs during patient screening follow-up has lead to a continual generation of innovative ideas The end result is improved procedural techniques and device tips tricks that lead to phenomenal procedural outcomes with this revolutionary technology Through this unique hybrid engineering role created for me I have been presented an opportunity to be a leader in the development of one of the most contemporary
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