We are pleased to welcome Sonja Takatori, CSM, PMP to Product Creation Studio’s project management team.
Sonja is one of a number of recent hires to support our company’s growth in the MedTech industry.
In recent decades, investment in medical device research and development has more than doubled in the United States. According to a report from The State of the U.S. MedTech Industry (2015), medical device research and development spending reached $2.9 billion in 2010 and $7.3 billion in 2011. From 2013 to 2020, larger medical device companies are expected to increase their research and development budgets by approximately three percent.
As a leading innovation city, Seattle is expected to play a dominant role in the continued growth of this industry in our region. Product Creation Studio is well-positioned to assist organizations along the West Coast with their development efforts.
At Product Creation Studio, Sonja will oversee and direct projects ensuring they meet or exceed team and client expectations by delivering them on-time and on-budget. She will also participate in the business development process, supporting the sales team in creating and delivering proposals.
"I'm joining Product Creation Studio at a true inflection point for the company, a time when we can realize the potential and opportunity for product design and development in the medical device industry," said Takatori. “I can’t think of a better company for the opportunity, and I’m proud to join this experienced team.”
Years of Product Development Experience
Sonja was most recently with Stratos Product Development, a recognized leader in the medical device design and development space. Sonja brings with her 29 years of product development experience in a wide variety of industries including regulated medical devices, consumer products and web applications. She has 20 years of experience as a program manager and nine years of experience in real-time embedded and user-interface software development.
For the past five years as a consultant at Stratos, Sonja partnered with clients to bring their technology and ideas to market. While there, she performed project management for clients that included nanoMR (IVD instrument and disposable cartridge), Micronics (IVD instrument), and WelchAllyn (vital signs monitoring). She also worked with confidential clients to develop a mobile medical app for managing drug compliance, a Class III implantable medical device, and a Virtual Reality headset.
Sonja has managed teams throughout all phases of the development cycle, building products in the U.S. and Asia. Project management strengths include communication with clients and cross-functional team members, and collaborating with clients to achieve aggressive cost, schedule and performance goals.
Sonja holds a BS in Business and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Idaho. She is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).