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A Personal Story – What Drives Me to Get Excited About PLM

Achieving Long-Term Transformational Success with PLM in Life Sciences, Part 22

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If you've been following this blog series (see full links below), you already know that I am passionate about PLM. But I also am passionate about medical innovation and safety.

I would like to wrap up this series on a personal note. At the age of eighteen months, we discovered that my son had a hole in his heart. To correct this problem, he went through open heart surgery, and as a result was cured of heart disease. Before his surgery he was in the 23rd percentile for height and as of his most recent doctor’s visit he was in the 76th percentile (a tall kid).

This is why it’s easy for me to get interested in helping make medical devices safer and better to use. I will always be grateful to Children’s Hospital of Denver and their excellent medical staff, and to Terumo Medical Systems, who made a very safe and effective bypass machine. I have always believed that PLM can make a big impact, helping companies create more effective medical products that save more lives, and I have been frustrated to see companies failing to achieve the potential that it brings.

I hope I have shared some of this passion with you. I hope that this series has generated excitement around the potential benefits of smartly integrated and automated PLM processes and technology. I hope it has inspired you to consider going big and broad with PLM.

At some point, a life sciences company is bound to successfully complete their PLM journey with a very tight set of smart and integrated processes across the entire product lifecycle. If you are that company or you think you are on the way, please let me know; I would love to learn about your journey. If you are considering a PLM transformation, you’re not alone. There are many organizations trying to make it out west with PLM. Many are tripping and falling, some have tried, failed and are now restarting, and others have lost their way, but it’s entirely inevitable that someone will get there sooner rather than later. Let’s hope it isn’t your competitor.

Author’s Note

Each of the entries in this series have been tirelessly reviewed and edited by close colleagues Chris Kay and Amy Kenly. I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated their help along the way. They never interfered with what I wanted to say and let me do it my way, but always made the content much more professional. Thanks for all the support guys!


More In This Series

The Missed Opportunity and How We Can Overcome It

The Business Benefits

The Basics of Technology and Strategy

PLM Strategy

Solving Coming PLM Strategy Problems

Making it Real – People, Governance and Methodology

Originally published on November 11th, 2015

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Topics: Innovation, Medical Device Innovation, Medical Device PLM, PLM, Product Innovation, Product Lifecycle Management, Strategy

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Dave Hadfield

Dave Hadfield

Dave has over 24 years of experience helping life sciences companies achieve breakthrough outcomes by transforming their organization’s ability to represent their products digitally.
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