Mr. John S. Crombie (NJIT ME '91)
UpStart Product Development
Case Studies in Prolific Product Development
As students enter their careers, they will be tasked to integrate their education into a broad set of skills in order to enable new product development. Through a series of cases studies, John Crombie will walk through the design challenges he faced and his responses, from his first project to his most recent. He will share with you the techniques he has developed to enable him to patent 30 devices and commercialize many more. He did this while working across 7 companies, including Stryker, Johnson & Johnson, and Allergen. His product development methods have resulted in over $2 billion in sales for these companies. You will leave with practical new tools and techniques for critical thinking, problem solving, and translating ideas into commercially viable products.
Mr. John Crombie is founder and president of UpStart Product Development LLC. John has more than twenty-five years of experience as a successful product and portfolio developer for diverse markets (surgical, diagnostic, therapeutic, consumer) and diverse specialties (orthopedic, sports medicine, plastic & reconstructive surgery, spine, neurosurgery, blood diagnostic, medical software, general surgery, women’s health care, and consumer). John has achieved a solid track record of commercializing innovations and intellectual property while identifying and growing new opportunities. He combines strong technical ability with leadership and creativity to drive strategic and tactical initiatives. In addition to serving as President for UpStart Product Development, John serves as CEO for Centaur Sports Medicine, VP of R&D for ZSX Medical, Director of R&D for Tulip Medical, and Director of Business Development for PureMedFarma. He holds dual BS degrees in Biology and Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers and NJIT.