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What kind of companies are the best places for biomedical engineers to work in?

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I'm a senior in high school and interested in Biomedical Engineering. I am also very interested in following a guideline to becoming a seasoned and well respected Biomedical Engineer.

#biomedical-engineering #engineering #biomedical #career

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PAUL’s Answer

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Think Of all the hospitals in your area or the US if your willing to travel. Each hospital can have as few as 4 Biomeds or big hospitals might have 10 or more with some being working managers or lead Biomeds. There are Companies out there providing service small and large ( GE, Aramark, Phillips ) etc but the best place too start and gain experience will be a hospital

the answer lies within you how successful you are .... a biomedical engineer is a person who repairs medical Equipment. Very sick people and nurses depend on you to do a good job, be detail oriented, have integrity even when no one is watching.

There are plenty of bad biomeds in hospitals but if you can be passionate about repair and maintenance of much needed equipment instead of counting the minutes till lunch and be depended on to do a good job correctly then you will move up in this field eventually. There is lots of equipment to cover and they are always looking for good men to send to school on specialty areas like Dialysis,radiology, surgical equipment ... hope this helps

PAUL recommends the following next steps:

  • find a school that offers basic biomedical engineering training, start there
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sojoud’s Answer

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Biomedical Engineer can work in different companies and hospitals as Philips , Toshiba , and fresenius and hospitals like Mary Washington hospital , Inova hospitals and much more.

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Rudabah’s Answer

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In my perspective, companies such as installing medical devices, working with refurbished medical equipments and providing medical equipments are considered to be the best places for biomedical engineers to work. Such environment allows a biomedical engineer to get a hands on experience.

Good answer Muhammad Zahid Siddiqui
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Suchi’s Answer

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I have been working in a hospital as a Senior Biomedical Engineer for about 4.3 years and according to my experience and knowledge, I guess biomedical engineers will learn a lot more if they work in a hospital as compared to the one working in a company manufacturing machines. In a hospital, an engineer come across a plethora of machines and can learn more about them whereas in a company, an engineer seeks knowledge only about one particular equipment. Hence i feel, working in a hospital is more beneficial than working in a company.
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Jen’s Answer

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Hi there! I am a biomedical engineer with 10 years of FT experience in industry. I have a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from WPI.

With a career in biomedical engineering you can follow many paths. You can choose to work for a large medical device company (Philips, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, etc) small companies and startups working on a specific application, consumer companies (Apple, Fitbit, Google, Samsung) working on wearable/health applications or even in hospitals as part of research staff for new applications. Of course, you can also choose a career in academia as well.

Biomedical engineering is a multidisciplinary field that requires a systems level understanding of things. Early in your career, it will be challenging to be able to play a role at the systems level - you need experience and exposure to many disciplines to do this. The best way to contribute at this stage is to contribute technically to a part of a larger project. So, to succeed in industry as a biomedical engineer it is best to have and solid understanding and background in a fundamental engineering area. These are mechanical, electrical, optical, software (computer science) engineering. If you are interested in tissue engineering this is a different area with a different path (more close to biology).

Unfortunately I don’t think this undergraduate degree is well suited for most people, unless you are very focused on one topic area or choose to double major. I have mentored >50 students in this field and many have had the feedback that the undergraduate education can give you knowledge that is “a mile wide but an inch deep” because it allows you to sample many different types of engineering with application focused classes (biomechanics, biological transport phenomena, biosensors and instrumentation, etc) which are very interesting but only skimming the surface of what you need to learn in each of those areas to be a contributor. Instead, it is best to take biomedically focused classes but have your foundation in one area of engineering. For example if you like biosensors, you can choose electrical engineering as your major to learn the fundamental topics for developing sensors (analog and digital circuits, embedded programming, signal processing, etc). Then take classes like bioinstrumentation design or bio signals for the application. You can also do your senior project with a biomedical application. There are usually many senior classes that give credit for both EE/BME or ME/BME, and I presume it’s the same for the other core disciplines.

Working as a biomedical engineer is very rewarding. I love coming to work every day knowing that my goal is to improve the health and lives of other people.

Jen recommends the following next steps:

  • Research biomedical engineering undergraduate programs. Those at WPI, Johns Hopkins, Boston University, Duke, etc are a great start.
  • Figure out what area intrigues you most - biotech? Sensors? Tissue engineering? Prosthetics? Stents?
  • Find mentors who are at different career stages and have chosen different technical areas
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Mark’s Answer

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I have always liked working for medical device companies designing medical products. While Biomedical engineers can and do get jobs running equipment in hospitals it if far more exciting to me to be the ones making the equipment, rather than running it.


I’ve been able to design spinal implants and components for deep brain stimulation. I have had to cross disciplines to do so and learn the tools used by mechanical engineers at times and others electrical engineers.


Getting your first position as a medical device designer can be hard because the people you are likely hiring you come from either a mechanical or electrical engineering background so doing research and internships can give you a real leg up on the competition.


The most fun position that I ever had was as a rehabilitation engineer designing one of a kind devices for people with disabilities. I was getting paid to play!


if you are interested in going into business for yourself, you might consider furthering your career in biomedical engineering by becoming a prosthetist where you make and fit prosthetic limbs for people.






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Shawn’s Answer

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Hi, John-Peter,


Great question and glad to hear of your interest in BME (biomedical engineering). I'm currently finishing up the last year of my PhD in BME and being that I am now applying for jobs, I believe your question is very relevant to me.

BME is such a vast discipline of study as it incorporates engineering principles with the natural sciences. So, there are many directions you can go with it. If I was to categorize the different subdisciplines of BME, I would break it down to 5 categories: Biomaterials Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Biosensor Development, and Medical Device Design. Finding a job in any one of these subdisciplines is not difficult, but you will need experience in 1 or more of these areas. Typically, a well-rounded undergraduate BME program will provide you with opportunities to receive lab training based on your area(s) of interest. There, you may get hands-on experience 3-D printing new materials that are compatible with living tissue, OR optimize devices for imaging tissues/organs within the body OR assist in the development of a sensor that can lead to early diagnosis of a particular disease/condition. But the possible project ideas currently out there, are endless!

When it comes to your job search, you may refer to LinkedIn or other job sites to get an idea of the different BME jobs being offered and the qualifications/skill-sets that are required. This may allow you to tailor your learning to a particular job/area that you are interested in. As my colleagues and I often discuss, certifications in programming is certainly a plus for BME job applicants. MATLAB, Python and LabVIEW are the most common in BME applications, by which you can go Online and receive certs in each, or take courses in these programming softwares at your university. 3-D illustrators are also good for BME applicants to know, such as SolidWorks or AutoCAD/AutoDesk. Again, take a look at job postings and this will greatly assist you in determining what you should know in regards to the types of jobs out there and the skills you need to know.

I hope this helps as I wish you luck in discovering your career in BME!
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Ken’s Answer

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The best way to get an answer to this question is to contact a biomedical engineer and ask the question in person. A good way to do this is to locate the local professional association to which biomedical engineers belong in your area to phone the local contact person for an in person conversation and possibly arrange to attend a meeting, so that you can meet professionals and get to know them and their area more fully. Here is a link that will allow you to locate your local professional association to which pathologists belong in your area: ##

https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true

Nice one, best one Muhammad Zahid Siddiqui
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Alphonse’s Answer

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most of the biomedical engineers work for public or private hospital others are working inbigb company like Philips,GE,SIEMENS or private medical devices supplies company. so those are the places to working in as biomedical engineer,

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Holly’s Answer

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Hi! Medical device companies are great! For example, there's Siemens Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, GE Healthcare, Medtronic, Drager, and Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA to name a few! You can check out this link for more great companies! Happy Searching! http://www.iambiomed.com/article/566/25-companies-every-biomedical-engineer-wants-to-work

Holly recommends the following next steps:

  • Make a list of what industries you want to work in in the medical field and what you want to do. Like you might want to make a new prosthesis that works well with bone grafts!
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Roaa’s Answer

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Actually every company has a strong line . From my point of view SIEMENS accompany are strong in RADIOLOGY. I guess to be able to train with them is great because the company has an excellent foundation.

NIDEK from Japan is strong in Ophthalmology.

Regarding the Ultrasound I say PHILIPS and GE.

I took service training with SIEMENS.It was so good.

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Mohamad’s Answer

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for hospitals, medical companies, labs and/or in any location where doctors work.

Mohamad recommends the following next steps:

  • Medical equipment
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khaleed’s Answer

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wayne state univesity

Hi Khaleed, What makes Wayne State a good option for employment? Gurpreet Lally
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Vinish’s Answer

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Biomedical Engineer career is diversified into four major sectors:-Companies Manufacturing Medical Devices,Healthcare or Hospitals ,R &D and Teaching Jobs.

Each area has its own benefits and demerits we have to choose from analysing our core strength and knowledge.

Vinish recommends the following next steps:

  • Internships
  • Seminars
  • Contacts with seniors and other biomedical engineers
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ABDELOUAHAB’s Answer

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hello,

for biomedical engineers, the best company to work are:

ge healthcare, simens and phylips

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Maxwell’s Answer

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Biomedical engineers work in many different fields, and in many different places. Some biomedical engineers work in the fields of biomaterials (at the level of tissues and cells, such as in areas of drug delivery or in tissue regeneration), others work in biomedical devices (designing things like pacemakers or prosthetics), and some work in biotechnology (doing molecular or protein engineering), to name a few.

When you go to school for biomedical engineering, you'll either learn about all of these things, or you may choose to specialize and learn about a particular area. When I studied bioengineering in college, I took courses mostly on biomaterials and biomedical diagnostics, though I learned about other kinds of bioengineering, too.

Depending on what kind of biomedical engineer you want to be, you may want to work in different places. As other people have said, some biomedical engineers work in hospitals - other biomedical engineers work for companies either in labs doing research or in the field helping doctors and health care providers learn about the things their companies does or makes.

A good place to start would be to go on any job board on the internet and see what kinds of jobs are available right now, and where those jobs are at. That may give you an idea of some of the options you may have when you finish school. In the meantime, study hard and know that a career engineering can be very rewarding - though it can take hard work and dedication! I think asking questions like this means you're on the right track, and that you'll do great.

Maxwell recommends the following next steps:

  • Think about what kinds of biomedical engineering you're interested in. For ideas, look at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) website, or try here: https://www.engineering.unsw.edu.au/biomedical-engineering/about-us/what-we-do/types-of-biomedical-engineering
  • Look through job boards to see what kinds of biomedical engineering jobs are available. You're obviously not applying right now, but it may give you an idea of the kinds of places and jobs that may be available in the future.
  • Go to college and study hard! Being an engineer takes a lot of schooling and dedication but it can be worth it! Connect with other students and consider joining engineering student organizations once you're in college.
I agree with Maxwell’s comments. Christopher Dorais
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Abid’s Answer

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In pakistan Biomedical engineers works both in hospitals and in medical firms including Multinational companies and Distributors. Biomedical Engineer works in medical companies as a Sales or Service Engineers. As a Service Engineer Biomedical Engineer responsible for Installations of new medical devices, Inspection (pre and post installations), Troubleshooting, Maintenance (Planned preventive maintenance, Corrective Maintenance), Calibrations and also give training to users.

Biomedical Engineer can work in different companies like Siemens, Philips, Mediso Medical Imaging, Fresenius Medical Care, GE, Leica Biosystems etc. Biomedical Engineer should have strong knowledge of electronics and applications of medical equipment.

#biomedical #healthcare #bioengineering #hospital

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Ethan’s Answer

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You can work in a number of areas, for countless companies. You could find jobs in hospital or university working on devices as a technician, or you could find a job at a research company and conduct laboratory/scientist type work, or you could work for a large company like Abbott or Boston Scientific and develop and design cutting edge medical devices. Way down the road, you could even start your own company to do any of these things. Your options will be limitless with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.

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Sara’s Answer

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Abbott and Medtronic

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Julia’s Answer

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Hello!

I studied biomedical engineering at Cal Poly and was fortunate to work at a few companies during my education. I interned with Stryker, Abbott, and Apple in different engineering roles.

If you’d like to work on creating medical devices, there are many opportunities to develop devices at any medical device manufacturer in an R&D role. This role is great if you enjoy diving deep into technology.

If you like working on devices but are more suited to big picture thinking and collaboration, quality and regulatory teams are a good fit.

If you are more interested in working with finished goods and educating users on the clinical applications, there are positions where you work in the field with the technology.

I work in the latter, as a clinical specialist with cardiac devices.

My advice is to try out different companies through internships but also try out different disciplines as explained above. Start early, talk to people, and you’ll find the best fit for you!

Best,
Julia
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Abid’s Answer

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In pakistan Biomedical engineers works both in hospitals and in medical firms including Multinational companies and Distributors. Biomedical Engineer works in medical companies as a Sales or Service Engineers. As a Service Engineer Biomedical Engineer responsible for Installations of new medical devices, Inspection (pre and post installations), Troubleshooting, Maintenance (Planned preventive maintenance, Corrective Maintenance), Calibrations and also give training to users.

Biomedical Engineer can work in different companies like Siemens, Philips, Mediso Medical Imaging, Fresenius Medical Care, GE, Leica Biosystems etc. Biomedical Engineer should have strong knowledge of electronics and applications of medical equipment.

#biomedical #healthcare #bioengineering #hospital

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Ese’s Answer

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Biomedical engineering is still a very new discipline. Typically a biomedical engineer can be any type of engineer with a focus on biomedical applications.


It is also a very wide field. You could be working with medical diagnostics, medical devices, biofabrication, and various other fields.


I would first research fields of study in biomedical engineering and then look into companies that do work in those fields.

Ese recommends the following next steps:

  • When going to college, major in biomedical engineering, but minor in a hard science(biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry).
  • Studying a hard science as well as biomedical engineering will give you more depth of knowledge and allow you to understand the bigger picture of engineering problems.
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Rofida’s Answer

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In hospitals as start for the engineers to get experience that make him ready for design and manufacturing wing of the health-care industry.

I am new engineer, so that i currently work in a hospitals.

I hope that to get a grant to complete my studies.

Thanks

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osama’s Answer

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The best place is to work in manufacture or quality control areas, there where you can apply the scientific knowledge which gained. On the other hand, you can participate in improving the technology of the medical products.

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Abid’s Answer

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In pakistan Biomedical engineers works both in hospitals and in medical firms including Multinational companies and Distributors. Biomedical Engineer works in medical companies as a Sales or Service Engineers. As a Service Engineer Biomedical Engineer responsible for Installations of new medical devices, Inspection (pre and post installations), Troubleshooting, Maintenance (Planned preventive maintenance, Corrective Maintenance), Calibrations and also give training to users.

Biomedical Engineer can work in different companies like Siemens, Philips, Mediso Medical Imaging, Fresenius Medical Care, GE, Leica Biosystems etc. Biomedical Engineer should have strong knowledge of electronics and applications of medical equipment.

#biomedical #healthcare #bioengineering #hospital

Marvelous but unfortunately we are way too back to make bme career in Pakistan because of NO SOP's from public sector. Muhammad Zahid Siddiqui
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Gagandeep’s Answer

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I am a Biomedical Engineer at a hospital in the bay area. It is a very satisfying job to be a Biomed as you are helping people get treated and nourish them back to health. For them to get properly diagnosed, you play a vital role. Now to pursue a career as a Biomed, you need to know what you like to do the most.

There are jobs that require you to travel from one hospital to another and fix their medical equipment. If you are into traveling, driving and meeting new people in different places, being a field engineer is something you want to do. You can do this for various different medical companies like GE, Philips, MMS, Avante and many more.

If you like to stay at one location and perform repairs, you might want to be a stationary biomed at a hospital or clinic. Your responsibility over there will to be maintain any equipment in the hospital and make sure it functions as per the manufacturer requirements. In bigger hospitals they have a biomed dedicated for each department but in smaller hospitals biomeds will take care of multiple departments and in my case - the whole hospital.

There are other routes you can take as well like being a project coordinator for implementation of biomedical equipment in hospitals. Maybe a clinical trainer if you would like to interact with people more and teach them how to use specific equipment. If you like Coding, you can get into the design of medical equipment and help create high tech medical devices.

It all depends on what you like to do the most. In the beginning, you can explore different routes that i mentioned above and when you feel like you are comfortable with what you do, you stick to it and perfect yourself in that field. Hope this information helps!

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Vikram reddy’s Answer

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Application & research and development will be the best designated profiles , look company like siemens , philips, GE , Olympus, striker, j&j, Alcon, sysmex, bechmen Coulter, so on....
Skill & passion for learning are important in field of bio medical
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PAUL’s Answer

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<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> the scope of a biomedical engineer is the management of current medical equipment within hospitals while adhering to relevant industry standards. This involves equipment recommendations, procurement, routine testing and preventative maintenance, through to decommissioning and disposal. This role is also known as a </span>Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> or </span>Clinical Engineer<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">.</span>


think Of all the hospitals in your area or the US if your willing to travel. Each hospital can have as few as 4 Biomeds or big hospitals might have 10 or more with some being working managers or lead Biomeds. There are often openings at the bottom ( which is where you will start ) it’s the higher up positions ( specialty Equipment or management) that’s going to get competitive.

the answer lies within you .... biomedical engineer is a person who repairs medical Equipment. Very sick people and nurses depend on you to do a good job, be detail oriented, have integrity even when no one is watching.

So think of any company manufacturing a medical device and you will realize how big the scope of Biomed Goes. if you can be passionate about repair and maintenance of much needed equipment instead of counting the minutes till lunch and be depended on to do a good job correctly then you will move up in this field eventually. There is lots of equipment to cover and they are always looking for good men to send to school on specialty areas like Dialysis,radiology, surgical equipment ... hope this helps

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Muhammad Zahid’s Answer

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Hospital, medical devices companies, clinic or laboratories

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Jorge’s Answer

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Great question!

It really depends on which route you want to take within this very broad field: here's some examples

  • Clinical Engineer/biomedical technician: Works hands-on, servicing and installing medical equipment (imaging, laboratory, anesthesia, etc.) in clinical settings such as hospitals.
  • Academia: Conducts research studies in university laboratories in one of various disciplines including, but not limited to: cell and tissue engineering, imaging, neuroscience, biomechanics...
  • Medical Device Industry: Several engineering roles: Quality, research and development, field service, systems, hardware, software...

So for clinical engineering, you'd work for a hospital or a major device company that needs field service engineers. For academia, you'd work in a university. For the industry, there are many options. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Large corporations offer excellent programs for you to advance your expertise and are relatively stable.
  • Small companies offer a dynamic environment free from the constraints of bureaucracy and they enable you to get a closer understanding as to how a medical device company functions as a whole due to their small size.
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