Connie L. Luthy, Ph.D., MBA is a medical product developer and inventor with experience ranging from world-class medical research to Fortune 500 applied research and global development of drugs and all classes of medical devices. Dr. Luthy learned medical product development at Alcon, the ophthalmic drug/device global leader. While there she invented the technology platform for Alcon's world-renowned Opti-Free® line. Prior to Alcon she lead immunoconjugate chemistry for BioDiagnostics, a venture capital funded start-up company. Since 1996, she has been the medical product development coach at Medical Product Innovation (MPI), a networked consulting firm specialized in data collection/analysis for the investment decision making involved in developing medical inventions into global commercial products. MPI helps client companies find better, faster, cheaper paths to success!
Dr. Luthy codified key elements of her new product strategy and due diligence processes by creating the Industry EcoSystemTM and ExperienceMapTM, assessment tools for new product developers and investors to identify domain expertise needs and gaps for new product development. These tools are useful for defining parameters for the make-or-buy decision. She recently served as the head of certification for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Product Development & Management Association.
In addition to consulting for start-up companies and investors, Dr. Luthy serves on the advisory board of the World's Best Technology Showcase, the Industry Advisory Board of the College of Science at UT Arlington and lectures in the Science and Technology Commercialization Masters Program of the IC2 Institute at UT Austin. Since its inception in 2001, she has served as a judge for the Technology Commercialization Competition held jointly by IC2 Institute and Austin Technology Incubator (ATI). First prize is admission to ATI.
Dr. Luthy did her post-doctoral training in the Departments of Biochemistry and Pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Luthy holds a B.A. degree from Rice University, and a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, both in chemistry, and an MBA from SMU's Cox School of Business.
Medical Product Innovation works closely with senior corporate executives, inventors, operating company managers, university technology officers, regulatory affairs professionals, investors and intellectual property attorneys to ensure optimal product definition because: "Well-defined products get funded, developed, approved and change lives!”