John LaLonde, Managing Partner

John is a Partner and Sr. Executive advisor in business model innovation and new product and service development. He has helped his clients and companies deliver hundreds of millions of dollars growth and business differentiation through new product and service development initiatives.

John has held senior executive R&D positions in medical devices, healthcare IT, and scientific instrumentation. John uniquely melds deep product development expertise in implantable devices and wearable sensors for cardiology and neuromodulation with digital health, data science, and cloud platform technologies. Leveraging Lean Design principles, John helps clients focus on rapid product ideation, quickly identify IP opportunities/threats/FTO and develop predictable execution strategies to bring de novo products and software solutions to market that exceed stakeholder expectations.

John was most recently the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President at Spok, Inc. where he led the global development of a cloud native clinical communications and workflow automation platform used in acute care based on AWS. Responsibilities included all cloud platform engineering, web and mobile apps development, cybersecurity practices, devOps, program management, and global regulatory affairs.

Prior to Spok, John was the Vice President of R&D at Medtronic Neuromodulation where he led all implantable device and patient management product development, advanced technology, program management for this $2B+ division of Medtronic. Multiple therapeutic implantable product lines included treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor, pain, urinary incontinence and over-active bladder.

Prior to Medtronic, John held R&D executive positions at Boston Scientific and GE Healthcare. While at BSX, John led all product development, IT, data science, and customer services for the innovative Latitude wireless remote patient monitoring platform and established global IT data centers and customer support used in clinics around the world for in home patient management of cardiac rhythm management devices such as pacemakers and ICDs. While at GE Healthcare John was the Global GM of Engineering for ICU and OR Patient Monitoring.

John has served in several charitable interests including the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald’s House at University of Minnesota Hospitals and Cancer Center.

John has BA degree in Physics from the University of Minnesota and a MS Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He currently holds 15 patents in medical device technology between Medtronic and Boston Scientific. John and his family live in Lake Elmo, MN an eastern suburb of the Twin Cities.