University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellow Alumni

LAURA-LEE F. BROWN, MS, MBA (2012-2013)

Laura-Lee F. Brown

Laura-Lee Brown
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The innovation fellowship was a transformative experience, enabling me to pivot from being an engineer in R&D into a business leader within Medtronic. After the fellowship, I completed my MBA and then joined Medtronic. As a strategist in Medtronic, I’ve held roles in upstream marketing and strategy in three very different businesses and I leverage my fellowship learnings every day.

I have the honor of leading the Insights & Strategy organization for the Surgical Robotics Business at Medtronic. This role allows me to leverage my technical background and business passions in a meaningful way. My team has 3 primary responsibilities: 1) solve hard strategic problems for the operating unit president and her staff, by acting as an internal executive consultant, 2) consult on customer insights initiatives and 3) deliver on strategic commitments to enable corporate and internal decision making.

I have experience in upstream marketing & strategy, international strategic technology evaluation, clinical translation, research and product development, manufacturing and project management. I hold an MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management; an MS in Bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada. I am an alumnus of both the Medical Device Innovation Fellowship (2012-2013) at the University of Minnesota and the Sands Fellowship in Entrepreneurship (2014) at the Carlson School of Management. I hold a board position with the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (PDIC).


(Last updated Dec. 2020)

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