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April 30 / 2020

Eric Agdeppa

Dr. Eric Agdeppa is the Director of Innovation in R&D for the Catheter Care and Medication Delivery Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD).  As a member of the BD’s R&D Executive Leadership Team, Eric is responsible for building and leading the front-end innovation engine for the business and accelerate growth through new products, technologies, solutions, and business development opportunities.

Prior to joining BD, Eric led Hillrom’s efforts to develop new technologies and new ventures through internal development efforts and relationships with academic and strategic corporate partners.  As the Executive Director of Innovation and part of Hillrom’s Senior Leadership Team, he led two front- and back-end innovation groups and a data science team across 4 US sites, France, and Singapore that accelerated the company’s innovation efforts and drive value-added technologies into future healthcare products.  Eric was also the General Manager of Hillrom’s first incubated, intrapreneurial startup within Hillrom. Eric’s industrial career also includes the startup North American Scientific in the 1990s and various roles as a biochemist, product manager, global molecular imaging scientist, and GM at GE Healthcare and GE Global Research.Nurturing the broader ecosystem of health care innovation and STEM, Eric recently served on the Board of Directors for Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS).  As an internationally recognized catalyst for change in healthcare, AIHS was made up of national and international research and business leaders whose guidance of the provincial corporation’s strategy and directions in health research and innovation activity yielded improved health and well-being for Albertans.  Eric currently volunteers as the chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the ST Innovations accelerator at the University of Alberta.  He also coaches future scientists and engineers through his involvement of local high school STEM programs and recently advised master and doctoral students at UCLA, Georgia Tech, Syracuse University, and Montpellier University (France).