Balakrishnan Shankar Joins Canary Medical as Vice President, Operations

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Balakrishnan Shankar to Canary Medical, where he will serve as Vice President of Operations.

Canary Medical is an innovative medical technology company commercializing smart implants in the orthopedic, cardiovascular, and aesthetic markets. The company integrates a sensor and microprocessor system into FDA-cleared implantable medical devices to generate real-time insights about the performance and safety of these products.

In his new role, Shankar will lead all operational aspects including manufacturing and supply chain for Canary Medical’s smart medical implants. Shankar’s 20+ years of leadership in the development and commercialization of active implantable devices as well as their associated software will be an invaluable asset as Canary Medical prepares for the launch of the company’s connected devices.

Shankar previously served as Vice President of Software Development for Medtronic’s Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure division, where he led software development across all product lines, including the CareLink patient monitoring system. He was previously at Nevro and St. Jude Medical where he led software product development, operations, and technology development, and systems engineering.

“Shankar has seen the entire spectrum of implantable, electronic medical devices – from concept and design to manufacturing/operations and systems integration,” notes Tom Callaway, Founder of Life Science Partner. “He is the world’s expert for taking connected medical devices from concept to commercialization. His deep technological and operational expertise will be a tremendous asset to Canary Medical as the company continues to develop and commercialize connected implantable devices.”

Shankar earned his MS in Biomedical Engineering from John Hopkins University and his BS in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

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