3D Systems Corporation, Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA, has appointed Dr Vasant Padmanabhan to its board of directors, effective immediately.
Since 2016, Dr Padmanabhan has served as president, Global Research & Development at Smith & Nephew, plc, Watford, Hertfordshire, UK, a medical technology company operating in the markets for orthopaedic reconstruction, trauma, sports medicine, and advanced wound management. Concurrently, Dr Padmanabhan has also acted as a member of the Trice Medical Board of Directors, a privately-held medical technology company seeking to improve orthopaedic diagnostics for patients and physicians.
Prior to his work with Smith & Nephew, Dr Padmanabhan was senior vice president of technical operations at Thoratec Corporation, a leader in mechanical circulatory support solutions for the treatment of heart failure. In this role, he was responsible for global R&D, Program Management, Operations, and Quality. Earlier in his career, Dr Padmanabhan spent eighteen years at Medtronic, starting as a staff scientist and, progressing through increasingly senior leadership roles, ultimately becoming vice president of product development for Vitatron, the implantable defibrillator arm of the company.
Dr Padmanabhan holds a Doctorate and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He completed a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology in Trichy, India.
“I’m delighted to welcome Vasant to our board of directors,” stated Dr Jeffrey Graves, president and CEO, 3D Systems. “The deep knowledge and expertise he possesses of the medical device market, in combination with the R&D and technical leadership roles he has held throughout his career, will be invaluable to us as we focus increasingly on Additive Manufacturing applications that bring exceptional value to our customers in the healthcare market.”
Dr Padmanabhan commented, “It’s an honour to join the 3D Systems Board of Directors at this point in the company’s transformation. I’m excited about the company’s history of innovation, and its new vision that includes an increased focus on solutions for the healthcare industry. I look forward to bringing my passion for new technology and innovation to bear as I work with my fellow board members and the 3D Systems’ leadership team to deliver unique solutions to the growing Additive Manufacturing industry.”