Risa Tom Egerter holds a bachelor’s degree in general engineering with a biomedical focus from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. During her degree she worked as an Engman Fellow in a biomedical research laboratory and completed a new product development project on urinary incontinence in collaboration with clinical researchers at the City of Hope Cancer Research Hospital. Upon graduating, Risa followed Harvey Mudd’s mission to perform in a technical field with an eye to societal impact, moving to Ireland to work in the medical device industry. She spent the last 6 years in Research & Development at Medtronic Cardiovascular in Galway, working on coronary devices in various stages of development and gaining extensive experience in the design, reliability, and manufacturability of medical devices. Areas of particular focus for Risa have been intellectual property and innovation (with several granted patents), preclinical trials, and customer interactions. Outside of work, Risa enjoys all forms of food, gardening, and rugby. Risa is excited to participate in the BioInnovate Fellowship programme and is looking forward to working with her team to translate customer needs into viable commercial solutions.