Success Stories...

From: Eben Kermit
Sent: Friday, March 9, 2012

Be open to opportunity!

I had been in my last role for less than a year when a recruiter/friend of mine approached me with an opportunity to join a start up here in the valley. At first, I was not very interested and declined the invitation. Yet, with persistence and an open mind on my part, eventually I decided to take a more serious look. I now have a step up in title, a better compensation package and an opportunity to work with highly intelligent and motivated colleagues. We are pioneering a breakthrough technology with a significant potential for a medical device based treatment!

So, keep an eye out for un-solicited opportunity and build connections. You never know what may result!

From: Vikrant Badwal
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2011

I accepted and started work at Boston Scientific for the position of R&D Engineer in the Electrophysiology department in San Jose. I had found the position using your job search posting on the Bio2Devices website and was able to then zero in on the team via networking with professionals at the Tuesday evening group meetings. After my lay off, I was introduced to the group in March via some of the past and current members from my previous employer. After attending the first meeting, I realized that B2DG was not just an organization dedicated to networking professionals, but also a resource to bring the latest from the front lines of the Life Science industry to its members, a source of career connections geared for the life science member, and (most importantly) a source of support and comfort to those that have felt the brunt of the economic downturn. Through B2DG I was able to maintain a link to the medical device industry and continue to pursue my career. I would like to take the time to thank you and the board at B2DG for all the work that is put into making these events possible. I hope to see you in the next evening meeting.

-Vikrant Singh Badwal, R&D Engineer, Boston Scientific

From: David R
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2009
Subject: B2DG member finally got a job

I wanted to let you and others at the B2DG group know I just accepted a job offer from Conor MedSystems (J&J Cordis) in Menlo Park. I’ll start on June 15th. I’ll be a staff engineer involved with testing and evaluating stents/stent delivery systems. Through networking at B2DG meetings, a member introduced me to the particular engineering director at Conor who needed this position filled. I believe that without this member's introduction, I would not have been able to make such a targeted and timely appeal. Networking works!

I am extremely grateful for the support of the Bio2Device Group both for its practical benefits (networking, great speakers) and for the sense of encouragement it offers people in these difficult times. Thank you for putting so much of your personal time into this and I also want to thank the other volunteers/board members at B2DG who have worked with you on this.

“NOVA strongly supports the mission and activities of the The Bio2Device Group. It meets the needs of their membership as well as those of Bay Area companies by offering a forum for experienced biospace professionals to engage in interdisciplinary education, networking and information exchange. The creation of a resume database of a full range of local talent specific to the medical device, biotech and pharmaceutical industries has proven both a time and money saver for businesses. I have been extremely pleased to mentor this very professional group.”
-Michael Curran, Retired, Director, NOVA

“Recruiting for medical device companies can be challenging and I have found the B2DG's resume database is a very valuable tool for HR professionals…lots of qualified people, presented well, and with no associated recruiting fees.”
-Connie Milburn,Director of HR, Nellix Endosvascular.

“The Bio2Device Group has been a wonderful resource for experienced job seekers and helps large and small companies reach a focused group of talented life sciences professionals. I regularly refer both job seekers and new job opportunities to the group.”
-Sandra Miller, Director, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

"Bio2Device Group has great resources for local companies. XenoPort is biopharmaceutical company focused on developing a portfolio of internally discovered product candidates that utilize the body's natural nutrient transporter mechanisms to improve the therapeutic benefits of drugs. We have paired with the Bio2Device Group since they formed 6 years. We have used it as a recruiting tool and participated in their successful industry programs."
-Debbie Gairaud, Sr. Director, Human Resources