By Kate Rosenbluth


The Origins of MedtechWomen

MedtechWomen ( is an organization bringing talented women together and highlighting female medtech leaders. On February 13th 2013, fifteen Biodesign fellows and alumni had the chance to meet with three of the organization’s leaders — Amy Belt, MBA (Director, Covidien Ventures), Deb Kilpatrick, PhD (Chief Commercial Officer, CardioDx) and Bridget Hurley, MS (Director of R&D, Abbott). This is a summary highlighting the discussion.

Why do women rarely headline medtech conferences? Amy Belt pondered this question in the spring of 2009, looking out to a sea of navy blue blazers and calculating only 4% of the podium speakers at her three previous conferences were women. She was bothered that “it gave a visual that the experts were not women. That simply wasn’t true.” Read more