University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellow Alumni

Kate Taylor

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KATE TAYLOR, PhD (2014-2015)

Kate joins the MDC Innovation Fellowship as an 18-year veteran of the medical device industry. She has worked as both a bench scientist and a technical and people leader in the corporate R&D department at Medtronic. In these roles she has worked on most stages of the product life cycle from early research to problem solving on released products. With her expertise in biomaterials, coatings, process development, surface characterization and drug delivery, she has contributed to on a variety of medical devices including cardiac pacing, defibrillation and neuro stimulation leads, rechargeable neuro stimulators, mechanical heart valves, implantable and external drug pumps and catheters, glucose sensors and powered cutting tools. Most recently, she championed the need for analytical and biological testing and consulting services by leading a team of technical experts.

Kate enjoys collaboration and bringing diverse teams together. She has worked with international university researchers, startups, and internal R&D groups develop business relevant materials, processes, and devices. Kate received 4 Medtronic research grants for novel coating processes and thin films with antimicrobial properties. These grants resulted in 4 invention disclosures and 1 patent.

Kate has been actively involved with the larger Medtronic technical community serving as President of the Forum, the Medtronic's technical society, and Chairman of Medtronc's international Science and Technology Conference. She was a founding member of the Analytical Lab Council. Kate has authored/coauthored 16 issued patents, 10 peer reviewed publications, and a book chapter in Joining and Assembly of Medical Materials and Devices, in addition to 35 internal peer reviewed publications at Medtronic.

Kate received PhD and MS degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia. Her ties with the UVA continue as a member of the Oversight Committee for the Biomedical Engineering Department's Coulter Translational Research Program.

Kate enjoys listening to live music and spending warm summer days on the water with friends. Kate also tries coaxing plants to grow in the Minnesota climate and has fun training and showing her Belgian sheepdog in agility and obedience competitions. Some coaxing, at times, may be involved with the dog training hobby, too!


(Last updated August 2014)

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