October 19, 2017
Victor Poirier is a professor in the institute and former CEO and president of Thermo Cardiosystems and chief technology advisor of Thoratec Corp. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer for the design, development, clinical trial, and commercialization of first-generation left-ventricular assist systems for treating heart failure. He is a founding fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the International Academy of Artificial Organ Pioneers of ICMT, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a member of the NAE. He is the recipient of the Mediterranean Institute of Cardiology Award (France), the Himet Award, and the Barney Clark Award from the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs and was elected by his peers as the national “Engineer of the Year” (Design News, 1992), among other honors and awards. He holds 17 U.S. patents and has published over 110 papers. He is currently exploring ways to teach innovation and innovative thinking practices.