Associate Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Medtronic

Jul 21, 2020
Associate Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Medtronic

An alum of the 2019 SMDP Biotech Scholar cohort, Brittney Bender, is the Associate Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Medtronic. Brittney supports International product submissions for Medtronic’s Spine Business Unit for regions including Latin America, China, and Brazil. 

As an Associate Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Brittney works closely with regional counterparts to assess documentation for compliance with regulatory requirements. Also, to obtain product approvals and renewals.

What is the highest degree you have earned and what can you tell us about your academic path?

Master of Science in Biomedical Technology. I can say that my academic path has been very rewarding. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Albany State University and worked as a Research Chemist at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention through the ORISE fellowship program. I started to gain interest in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry which led me to Morehouse School of Medicine to pursue my master’s degree. This program helped to advance my knowledge in biomedical sciences, while also introducing me to many opportunities and avenues in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry.


Where do you work now and what is your company about?

I currently work for Medtronic in Memphis, Tennessee. Medtronic’s mission is to contribute to human welfare. We contribute to human welfare by application of biomedical engineering in the research, design, manufacture, and sales of instruments or appliances that alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life.


How did you first learn about the company?

I became familiar with Medtronic as my interest grew in medical devices and technology. I researched extensively many companies and their history along with their products. I was very interested in Medtronic because I truly believe in their mission and brand. I was also impressed with their work in brain therapies for Parkinson’s Disease, which is very special to me.


What do you like most about the company?

I admire that Medtronic is committed to the patients that we serve. Also, committed to philanthropy to support the communities where we live. Medtronic offers many opportunities for volunteer programs along with Employee Resource Groups to enhance professional growth.

What skills make you successful in your role and why did you choose this role?

In my current role it is important to be a great problem solver and pay close attention to details. I chose this role because it allows understanding of many parts of the business. Regulatory is a rapid moving environment that challenges me to adapt and think strategically. I also knew that I would really enjoy working with different countries that would allow me to broaden my perspective and improve my problem-solving skills.


How do you define success?

I think that success is a journey not a destination. I define success as continuing to pursue your goals and dreams to reach your fulfillment and happiness. Also, to continue to help and make a difference in the lives of others.


What's the most fulfilling aspect of your job?

I enjoy the opportunities to work with many people all around the world. Everyday has been a different learning experience and opportunity to gain more knowledge in many different areas. Also, I enjoy seeing that in any role we as company are all focused on the same goal and committed to taking healthcare further, together. 

What advice do you have for students and job seekers?

Find your passion. Be intentional and strategic in planning and pursuing your goals. Network! Always be open to new opportunities.


What book did you read last?

Lakewood by Megan Giddings.