Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
With a degree in mechanical engineering, Roland spent the first 10 years of his professional career in the defense industry, working primarily on the operational evaluation and deployment of a new heavyweight torpedo for the US Navy. Roland then took his extensive project management experience to the orthopaedics industry joining Acufex Microsurgical as a senior project engineer.
With a degree in mechanical engineering, Roland spent the first 10 years of his professional career in the defense industry, working primarily on the operational evaluation and deployment of a new heavyweight torpedo for the US Navy. Roland then took his extensive project management experience to the orthopaedics industry joining Acufex Microsurgical as a senior project engineer. At Acufex Roland led teams to design, manufacture and commercialize instruments, implants and systems for the knee reconstruction market. During his tenure at Acufex, Roland made the transition to marketing eventually taking the position as group product manager for the knee reconstruction line. Subsequently acquired by Smith and Nephew, Roland departed in 1995 and joined Genzyme Tissue Repair (GTR). At the time of his arrival, GTR was in the process of launching Carticel (autologous cultured chondrocytes) one of the first cell therapy products to be successfully commercialized. Roland has served in several capacities in his tenure at Genzyme. But most notable are his contributions and leadership of highly specialized teams which have navigated the complex commercial environment with premium priced, cell therapy product, while fostering a radical change in clinical approach to patient care. He now holds the title of Senior Director of Global Advocacy for the Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine business unit and his global responsibilities primarily include strategic planning and directing professional advocacy initiatives to support commercial activities for the CARTICEL, Epicel (cultured epidermal autografts) and MACI (matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implant) brands.
Director Commercial Operations @ Oversee all commercial pre-launch activities. From July 2015 to Present (6 months) Area Sales Director - Carticel / Epicel @ Responsible for commercial performance of Carticel in Northeast USA and Epicel nationally. From September 2014 to Present (1 year 4 months) Senior Director, Global Marketing @ Brand team leader for tissue engineered product - the MACI Implant. Responsible for global strategic planning and coordination of cross functional activities for brand seeking marketing authorization in the EU, Australia and USA. From October 2011 to September 2014 (3 years) Senior Director, Global Advocacy - Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine @ From 2009 to 2011 (2 years) Director, Global Marketing - Orthopaedic Biologics @ From 2007 to 2009 (2 years) Director, Carticel Marketing @ From 2004 to 2007 (3 years) Director, Market Development @ From 2002 to 2004 (2 years) Director, Orthopaedic Marketing @ From 1999 to 2002 (3 years) Associate Director, Orthopaedic Marketing @ From 1997 to 1999 (2 years) Product Manager, Carticel @ From 1995 to 1997 (2 years) Product Manager @ From 1991 to 1995 (4 years)
Certificate, Business Marketing Strategy @ Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management From 2002 to 2002 BSME, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics @ University of Rhode Island From 1978 to 1982
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