Having been inspired by science fiction since childhood, Dr. Dirk Voelkel’s mission is to make science even weirder.
He’s now tasked with managing innovation for GE Healthcare Life Sciences, where he and the team are asking “why not?” and “how?” they can make healthcare more precise, using technology to benefit patients, researchers and clinicians and translating inventions into products. Dirk and his team ensure great design and user experience for customers, R&D portfolio management as well innovation coaching for R&D teams. His teams also support manufacturing and R&D with data analytical tools.
Dirk joined GE Healthcare Life Sciences in 2012, having been Head of Research and Technology at Roche Diagnostics Diabetes Care Mannheim from 2006 to 2012. During his career, Dirk has lived in California, Germany and Sweden. He speaks three languages which served him well when he was a technology scout in the San Francisco Bay area in the 2001-2005.
Earlier he was an inventor himself, resulting in several patents in his name. Dirk earned his doctorate and diploma for Physics from the University of Göttingen. He performed his research in laser spectroscopy in the mid-IR at the Max Planck Institute for Fluid Dynamics (recently renamed to Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self- Organization) as well as at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA.
R&D organizations are often well aligned to deliver on budget and in time for incremental innovation, exploiting near term business opportunities with relatively low risk. The culture needed to support such an organization is often prohibiting the exploration of completely new and radical innovation.
We in GE embed entrepreneurial best practices into our R&D management discipline, a test & learn mind-set to transform the way we work.
We will propose cutting-edge approaches to radical innovation and invite discussion for what culture change is required, what experiences the audience can share and how best can we manage both exploitation & exploration that is needed to be successful in a rapidly growing economy with increasing uncertainty.View Details
We in GE embed entrepreneurial best practices into our R&D and product management discipline, a test & learn mind-set to transform the way we work. We will present how we apply Lean & Agile practices to: