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Did you know that February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science? In honor of this special day, today’s blog post will give you a glimpse behind the scenes of MED-EL HQ in Austria and show you some of the talented women working here.

People from over 50 countries work at our headquarters in Innsbruck. Bringing knowledge and experience from various fields and cultures together, they make MED-EL an exciting place to work. Meet five women from all over the world and discover how they use their scientific knowledge and skills in their work at MED-EL.

Isabell, Clinical Support Specialist, VIBRANT

Originally from Bavaria in Germany, Isabell has worked as Clinical Support Specialist for VIBRANT hearing solutions for more than 5 years. After her master’s degree in Neuroscience she moved to Innsbruck, and today she trains surgeons and audiologist on BONEBRIDGE, VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE and ADHEAR in our headquarters and travels to clinics worldwide.

The best thing about working at MED-EL? “The best thing about working at MED-EL is to collaborate with so many different people, patients, audiologists and surgeons from all around the world, who all have the same goal: To improve (with our solutions) the hearing of people, who cannot benefit from conventional hearing aids”, she says.

Wilnelia, Medical Writer, Clinical Research

Meet Wilnelia, medical writer in our Clinical Research department. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, she has been with MED-EL in Innsbruck for over a year now.

What does Wilnelia, who has a master’s degree in Astrophysics, like best about working at MED-EL? “MED-EL is known for its commitment to improving people’s lives. It’s exciting to be surrounded by innovative people with different scientific backgrounds, who all share that goal.”

“I help scientists, surgeons, and clinicians to write and edit scientific papers about various aspects of hearing loss. These papers are published in international journals that their colleagues and peers read; that’s how research results are shared within the scientific community. It helps experts develop new ideas and better technologies that go into our cochlear implants. As a medical writer, I need to have an eye for detail and the writing skills to communicate scientific results clearly, accurately, and effectively”, Wilnelia explains about her daily work.

Marcela, Surgical Specialist, Research and Development

“Having the opportunity to be part of a team that has the goal of improving quality of life” – that’s Marcela’s favorite thing about working at MED-EL. Born in Mexico, she trained as a doctor at John Hopkins University in the USA before joining the MED-EL family.

Today she is part of the Research & Development team at our headquarters in Innsbruck and works as a surgical specialist. Her daily work includes teaching hearing professionals from around the world about the latest cochlear implant surgery. But she also enjoys meeting the users of our hearing solutions. On this photo she is showing Fernando, the ideas4ears winner from Spain one of our implants.

Arpitha, Associate, Regulatory Affairs

Arpitha, from India, has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biomedical engineering and has been in our Regulatory Affairs department for two years. Her interest in hearing implant technology also has personal reasons:

“My niece has a cochlear implant. It has immensely benefitted her and has changed her life. Therefore, MED-EL’s products, together with my interest in regulatory affairs, were the reason that I applied for a job here”, she says.

In her daily work she is now involved in the submission of MED-EL products to international regulatory agencies, e.g. FDA or Health Canada, and in other activities to develop new products and maintain clearance of existing products. And she knows that her job does make a difference for many people: “By ensuring that our products are approved by international regulatory bodies, I get to be a part of making our life-changing products available in different parts of the world. In this way I can play my part in helping people with hearing loss in these countries.”

Ellyce, Senior Engineer, R&D

Meet Ellyce, one of our senior engineers at the R&D Department. Originally from New Zealand, she carries out simulations that replicate the MRI environment to predict how new implants or features may influence patient safety.

It’s an area she feels strongly about saying: “As the use of diagnostic MRI increases, it is important that patients are not missing out on such technology because of their implant. Research into stronger and more complex MRI scanners is very active and I look forward to the challenge of keeping up with these innovations to ensure our patients continue to have access to them.”

Interested in another look behind the scenes? Read on to find out how MED-EL cochlear implants are made.


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