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President of Research & Development - Vasant Padmanabhan

Vasant Padmanabhan is responsible for Research and Innovation, New Product Development, Safety Affairs, Clinical Affairs, Medical Device/Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Operations. He joined Smith & Nephew on 15 August 2016. He is based in Andover, Massachusetts.

Skills and experience

Vasant brings extensive experience in research & development and technology. Prior to Smith & Nephew, Vasant was Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Thoratec Corporation, a leader in mechanical circulatory support solutions for the treatment of heart failure. In this role, he provided leadership to a six hundred member team, with responsibility for global R&D, Program Management, Operations and Quality.

Prior to Thoratec, Vasant had an 18-year career at Medtronic, starting as a Staff Scientist and, progressing through more senior roles, ultimately becoming Vice President of Product Development for the Implantable Defibrillator Business.

Vasant holds a Ph.D degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University, USA and an MBA degree from the Carlson School of Management, Minnesota USA.