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Interviews with Utah Life Sciences Leaders

Stryker’s Mark Paul

President, Neurovascular Division at Stryker

Why does Utah have such an amazing workforce for the medical device industry?

We are seeing more alignment from the university system to educate and prepare students for careers in the medical device industry. We mapped out more than 20 different degrees that directly link to the medical device industry. In addition, collaborations across colleges, programs, and health care institutes, such as the MedTech BioVenture MBA program at the University of Utah, are preparing the next generation of innovation leaders for the medical device industry.

Sera Prognostics’ Greg Critchfield, MD, MS

Chairman, President, and CEO

Why Innovate in Utah?

There is a strong heritage of innovation and collaboration in Utah, as well as a good deal of diagnostic expertise. Before joining Sera, I had the privilege of serving as president of Myriad Genetic Laboratories, where we launched seven novel molecular diagnostic products across a variety of technology platforms. Of course, this required expert workers skilled in a number of areas. As I looked around, Utah offered a unique balance of a highly educated and experienced workforce, and substantially lower costs than those found in California or Massachusetts. Also, Utah has great access to the outdoors, close proximity to world-class ski resorts, and is an affordable place for families to live.