The 2016 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators


Carissa Bellardine Black, PhD, MBA
Director of Venture Capital at Medtronic
Carissa Bellardine Black, PhD, MBALike many on this year’s list, Dr. Carissa Bellardine Black’s career as a healthcare innovator began with medical devices. After receiving her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, Black began working as a research scientist at Medtronic where she developed new algorithms to detect, treat, and monitor cardiac diseases with implantable devices.

But Black’s career trajectory soon shifted. “As I worked through the launch of a new product…I realized the complexity of bringing scientific innovations to market,” says Black. “I felt I could have a larger impact in propelling innovation forward to improve the lives of patients by broadening my business perspective.” So Black enrolled in Harvard Business School as a Robert S. Kaplan Life Sciences Fellow, after which she held a variety of marketing and management positions at large medical technology companies including Coviden and Philips.

Today, Black is the Director of Venture Capital at Medtronic. “My current job entails evaluating new medical technology and healthcare solution startups for investment by Medtronic and also managing the company’s current portfolio of investments,” Black explains of the position. “My favorite part of the job is being able to see and evaluate so many early stage technologies and solutions and helping to move them forward to transform patient care.”

Outside of Medtronic, Black is on the board of Community Action Partners (CAP), an organization that provides pro-bono consulting services to nonprofits in the Boston-metro area. Whereas Black’s work at Medtronic is focused on improving patient care and outcomes in the hospital, her nonprofit work supports patients in their day-to-day lives. “My work with CAP has focused on enhancing the services, opportunities, and rights of children and adults with chronic medical conditions and disabilities in schools and communities surrounding Boston” says Black. “Though this very rewarding work, I have the opportunity to help these organizations grow and continue to provide much needed services and supports to individuals in our community.”

MedTech Boston Staff

Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.

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6 Comments

  1. Sraliceop@netscape says:

    Congratulations to Call9! I admire the motivation and purpose behind your work. May it enhance the Gift of Life for many people. And it all started with Al and Estelle! My best wishes and prayers!

    Alice Reichmeider, O.P.

  2. Chandra reddy says:

    Nina
    Way to go
    We are all so proud of you

  3. kusuma rao says:

    Hi Nina my name is KusumaRao classmate of your parents at MMC.i want you to know how proud i am of you not just the intelligence but the compassion for others at such an young age.To tell our own self for nthe good of others in not known in indian community. you made all of us feel good keepup the goodwork and God bless you love Kusuma aunty

  4. Dr. Harneet V Thakur says:

    Hi Anshuman,

    I am very proud of you and lucky to have you as my student. It was known during your M.tech project that you will shine. Many best wishes and congratulations. I wish you grand success in all your endevours.

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