Cambridge Consultants Adds New Talent and Refines Focus of Surgical & Interventional Products Team

Company recruits Simon Karger to lead efforts in the UK and US to define, develop and engineer innovative active implantables and advanced surgical devices

Cambridge Consultants, a leading technology design and development firm, today announced that Simon Karger has been appointed Associate Director, Surgical & Interventional Products with the remit to lead and grow Cambridge Consultants’ business in the global surgical arena.  Karger will work with a transatlantic team of world-class consultants, engineers and developers based out of the company’s Cambridge, UK and US offices.  The team’s focused mission will be to design and engineer best-in-class active implantables and advanced surgical devices for cardiovascular, neurology and general surgery clients that range from leading start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

“Simon joins us at a critical juncture when we are honing our focus on Surgical & Interventional Products while at the same time we are in the midst of some very exciting and innovative client projects,” said Andrew Diston, Head of Global Medical Technology at Cambridge Consultants.  “As we look to continue expanding our capabilities, Simon exemplifies the qualities we’re proud of and excited to build on – real excitement to work on a varied project portfolio and the expertise required to effectively partner with leading companies of all sizes and stages.”

The Surgical & Interventional Products team targets the design and development of active implantables such as pacemakers, defibrillators and neurostimulation devices, and advanced surgical devices such as energy-based surgical tools and next-generation minimally invasive systems.  A recent example of the company’s expertise is the work Cambridge Consultants did with start-up company EBR Systems to develop the world’s first wireless pacemaker system.  In late 2012, Cambridge Consultants is also planning a follow-up to a surgical workshop it hosted in 2010, where the company will gather industry leaders to discuss potential disruptive technologies and solutions ahead for the surgical landscape.

“The ongoing consumerization of the medical industry in a time of evolving technologies and shifting economic priorities creates a fascinating moment for the surgical space.  I am excited to join this incredible team that not only understands, but is shaping that transition through the development of disruptive new technologies that will shape the landscape of the industry,” said Karger.  “Such deep historical strengths in surgical devices, drug delivery, diagnostics and wireless communications – and their intersections – allow us to partner with our clients, creating innovations which will make practitioners’ and patients’ lives easier, more comfortable and, in some cases, flat-out save lives.

With over 14 years of experience in technology and business consulting, Karger has a long track record of accelerating new innovations in the medical (surgical and drug delivery), consumer wellness and industrial sectors.  Prior to joining Cambridge Consultants, Karger was a VP at Sagentia where he worked for 10 years and was responsible for helping to build its operating consulting practice in the US market and opening up US offices in Boston and Washington, DC.  Karger has also held positions with Arthur D Little and the non-profit TWI.  He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business from the University of Warwick.

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