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