Bloomington, Ind. — Two Cook Medical managers were nominated for and selected as recipients of this year’s 23 Pair Awards hosted by BioCrossroads. Jillian Ivers and Lauren Manges lead teams at Cook and have been identified as outstanding emerging talents in their area of life sciences.
Jillian Ivers, senior manager of Cook’s Vascular global research, has been with the company for six years, first as a research scientist then moving into management roles. Ivers earned her B.S. in Biology at IUPUI before pursuing her Ph.D. in Cellular & Integrative Physiology at Indiana University’s School of Medicine. One of her recent projects is working with Indiana University’s Luddy School of Informatics to create smart medical devices. These smart medical devices will be able to measure biometrics in a similar manner to smart watches measuring pulse, except these devices will measure blood pressure and other metrics from inside the body.
“Jillian’s genuine passion for research and improving medical devices is evident in her work every day. She absolutely deserves this award, and I’m excited to watch the future contributions to the life sciences field she makes with her data analysis and long-term collaborations,” said Sean Chambers, Ivers’s nominator and director collaborative programs at Cook Advanced Technologies.
Lauren Manges is the global brand marketing manager for the Reproductive Health specialty at Cook Medical, joining Cook in 2013 as a copywriter and moving into brand marketing shortly after that. Manges earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Indiana University. She has used her marketing talent at Cook to effectively promote the brand and strategize creation of content for reproductive health products.
“Lauren is an excellent example of Cook’s value of solving problems together. Her work to position and brand a portfolio of products have helped grow Cook’s reproductive health product portfolio extensively. She’s a strategic product marketer with a deep understanding of the complex needs and values of clinicians in the reproductive health space. We are grateful for her skills, and she will surely continue to make a positive impact in life sciences,” said Andy Cron, Manges’s nominator and vice president, critical care and global marketing MedSurg Division at Cook Medical.
The 23 Pair Awards are awarded to those promising achievers in innovation in research who work in different sectors of life sciences. The individuals chosen demonstrate significant industry or academic impact and success and have only been in the industry for less than 10 years to celebrate the next generation of industry leaders. The award is named after the 23 pairs of chromosomes that make up our genetic code and carry the instructions for our body to develop. These chromosomes are the building blocks of our body, just as young professionals in life science are foundational for the success of the state’s economy.
This award is presented by BioCrossroads, an organization dedicated to connecting industry leaders with corporate, academic, and philanthropic partners to facilitate growth in the life sciences sector in the state of Indiana. BioCrossroads invests in startups and new enterprises and educates through conferences, reports, and market development knowledge.
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Since 1963, Cook Medical has worked closely with physicians to develop technologies that eliminate the need for open surgery. Today we invent, manufacture and deliver a unique portfolio of medical devices to the healthcare systems of the world. Serving patients is a privilege, and we demand the highest standards of quality, ethics and service. We have remained family owned so that we have the freedom to focus on what we care about: patients, our employees and our communities.