Katie Ellias is on the life sciences investment team at Sofinnova Partners, where she focuses on investments in the medical device sector. She acts as a Board Observer for CorWave, Shockwave Medical, RefleXion Medical, ReCor Medical, and MD Start, a medical device incubator co-founded by Medtronic and Sofinnova.
She was previously board observer for Stentys and Pixium Vision (both listed on the Euronext. She is also actively involved in organizing the annual Bohemian Summit for Medical Devices, am exclusive conference of 100+ entrepreneurs and medical device executives in Europe.
Katie was previously with Medtronic Inc, where she most recently led the European Coronary team as the Group Marketing Manager and interim Business Director, supporting the $500M product portfolio by defining and executing marketing and sales strategies which have positioned Medtronic as a leading company in the interventional cardiology space. Additionally, Katie initiated and led the Medtronic EUreka program (www.MedtronicEUreka.com), an international, cross-business innovation initiative that generates 10,000 website visits monthly and resulted in over 200 European inventors’ annually approaching Medtronic with their ideas for possible partnership opportunities with Medtronic and MD Start.
Katie worked initially in Business Development for Medtronic’s Cardiac Surgery division in Minneapolis, where she coordinated the Corevalve and Ventor transcatheter value acquisitions, efforts in surgical heart valves, and atrial fibrillation technologies. She also conducted marketing and business development efforts in the CRM, Dental implants, and Gastrology and Urology fields.
Katie holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School and a BA in International Relations and Political Science from Yale University. Katie has worked as was a contract negotiator for Partners Healthcare System in Boston working on healthcare policy and healthcare finance for the region’s largest hospital network. She began her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company strategy consulting in Boston.