Paul O’Connor applies his product commercialization experience to advance new products and technologies for medical clients. Paul has directed business strategy and product innovation for organizations including Smith & Nephew Orthopedics and a medical product design firm.
Notable achievements during his nearly two decades at Smith & Nephew Orthopedics include:
- Led 24% increase (CAGR) in new product revenues for the Smith & Nephew Orthopedics Tissue Repair Group during a five-year period
- Directed four major project launches within 18 months as the research & development director for Smith & Nephew Orthopedics Extremities
- Managed a prototype development team that fulfilled more than 1,000 proof-of-concept device requests annually
- Developed product portfolio and technology planning strategies as group director for Smith & Nephew Orthopedics Arthroscopic Repair
- Performed acquisition due diligence and technology evaluation
- Created and maintained relationships with surgeons and related key opinion leaders
- Served on the company’s compliance review board, and participated in FDA and ISO audits
Prior to joining Smith & Nephew, Paul led product development for TNCO Inc., a product engineering and contract manufacturing firm in Massachusetts. In this role, he developed medical devices used throughout the surgical suite, including laparoscopic, arthroscopic, thoracic, and spinal procedures.
Paul received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering (BSME) from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in management from Lesley University. Additionally, he earned a certificate in strategy and innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and certificates that include Design for Six Sigma and change management from the Acuity Institute.
Paul holds four medical patents and has additional patents pending.