Robert Stathopulos M.S.

Managing Director, Medical Device Practice

stathopulosBob heads Nanobiz's Medical Device Practice, which focuses on delivering strategic markets, technology paths, product development, manufacturing process, cross-border market channels, and supply chain solutions to global medical device manufacturers and suppliers.

Mr. Stathopulos served as Director of Research & Development and Director of Business Development for the $50 million surgical products division of Becton Dickinson, Director of Manufacturing Development for the $250 million medical device division of American Cyanamid, and Director of Product Development for the $125 million surgical products subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. He was responsible for the design, development and manufacture of hypodermic products, blood-collection products, respiratory care products, surgical sutures and surgical instruments.

Some of his major accomplishments have included leading a needle injection research program to develop the next generation BD hypodermic needle, leading the development and implementation of a new electrochemical treatment process to sharpen BD blood-collection needles, and developing a global sourcing strategy for Davis & Geck suture needles.

Bob also audited and recommended corrective action for product development practices at Baxter Healthcare, conducted a technology assessment for C.R. Bard, and investigated and proposed automation options for Silliker Laboratories' pathogen food testing processes.

As the founder and principal of Product Development Technology Inc., Bob advised a dozen medical device and combination product start-ups in the design, development and manufacture of novel medical devices. Some of these 'first products' included safety needles and syringes, safety blood collection devices, fiber optic urology catheters, cardiac therapy equipment, transdermal drug patches and neurostimulation devices. He served as interim head of product development, manufacturing operations and quality assurance/regulatory affairs for several of these ventures. While working with a pioneer in safety needle and syringe design, he was interviewed by San Francisco Chronicle staff writer William Carlsen, and 60 Minutes journalist Mike Wallace.

Bob earned a Master of Science (Bio-Engineering) from Polytechnic Institute of NY and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from City College of CUNY.

  • Expertise in new product and process development for medical devices
  • Former director of product development at Becton Dickinson and Johnson & Johnson
  • Experienced leading complex product and process technology development programs
  • Practical knowledge of FDA device regulations and guidance documents
  • Experienced technical executive and management consultant

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