Claude Clément, born in 1955, is from the French speaking part of Switzerland. He has first worked in R&D for the watch industry (Swatch Group), head of the transducers and actuators development group. He entered the world of medical technologies by heading the diversification activities of Swatch in the field of wearable programmable drug delivery pumps. Afterwards, he spent 27 years in the field of active implantable medical devices, as Dir of Manufacturing Engineering at Intermedics (now Boston Scientific), as Plant Manager of the Swiss operations at Medtronic and later as a consultant for major companies, mainly in the field of pacemakers and for various highly innovative start-ups. Starting 1996, he put in place and ramped-up the highly automated factory of Medtronic in the Lake Geneva area. This plant is the world largest site for the assembly of active implantable medical devices, producing large volumes of pacemakers, defibrillators and neuro-stimulators. He later joined the Advanced Concepts research team of Medtronic, focused on implantable devices for programmable drug delivery and communication with implants. Interleaved in these fix responsibilities, he worked several years as an independent consultant in the field of active implants. Until 2014, he was CEO of MyoPowers, a start-up company developing an electromechanical implant to treat severe incontinence. Beginning of 2015, he joined the Wyss Center for Bio- and Neuro-Engineering, as CTO, putting in place and growing advanced projects for long term implantable Brain Computer Interfaces for movement restoration of paralyzed people and interaction with brain circuits. Claude left the Wyss Center in the beginning of 2020 and is currently retired as a freelance consultant in the field of active implantable devices. He is or was founder, chairman or board member of several start-ups and small businesses.
Claude domain of expertise is the encapsulation and interconnection of long-term active implants for human use. He has developed, validated and put on the market several active implants, from cardiac devices to neuro-modulation devices, from drug delivery systems to functional assistance stimulators.
Claude is Chairman of the BioAlps Association, a diversified life science cluster in Western Switzerland. He holds a Master’s (1979) in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, and an MBA (1990) from HEC at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He holds several patents as inventor or co-inventor and is the author of a book on Brain Computer Interface technologies (Springer, 2019).