John joined Medtronic in September 2018 as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Quality EMEA. In March 2019 he took on additional responsibility by heading up Government Affairs for the region. He also acts as President for our pharmaceutical entity, Medtronic BioPharma.
John brings nearly 30 years’ experience from the healthcare sector, most recently in European healthcare innovation and legislation policies in Brussels. John was Secretary General for the European biotech trade association, EuropaBio, as well as Director of Regulatory Affairs and Industrial policy for nearly ten years at the European health industry trade association MedTech Europe. He also spent five years in the Medical Devices Unit within the European Commission.
Prior to coming to Brussels John worked in, and managed, the Irish Notified Body, NSAI gaining extensive European and international experience in the design approval of high-risk devices and quality management systems. He sat on the working group which developed the international quality management systems standard for medical devices, ISO 13485. He began his career in the industry with five years’ experience spanning the in vitro diagnostic, pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
John is a science graduate from Dublin, Ireland, with added post-graduate studies in quality control and environmental engineering.