Sundeep (Sunny) Kankanala is Vice-President of R&D for the BD Medical – Pharmaceutical Systems (PS) business. His responsibilities include leading product and technology development across the PS project portfolio. Previously as the Director of Smart Device and Data Sciences focus area at BD Technologies, Dr Kankanala lead the development of IT enabled medical device technologies to capture and make meaning – e.g. through patient and clinician decision support – of diagnostic and therapeutic data, to improve outcomes in chronic disease management. He also spent three years in BD’s Infusion Therapy business leading the product development of new IV catheters. For his contributions to this program, he was recognised with BD’s Wesley J. Howe Award for Technical Innovation in 2016. Prior to joining BD, Dr Kankanala was a Subject Matter Expert in Smart Materials and Advanced Safety Systems at Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI, US). His fifteen years at Ford spanned a range of assignments across biomechanics and smart materials to advanced occupant safety systems. He has several peer-reviewed scientific journal papers in smart materials and automotive engineering fields. Dr Kankanala received a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, US) for his theoretical and experimental work in magnetoelasticity. He also earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management (Cambridge, MA, US).

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