Speaker: Linda Elkins

Leader Silicon Valley Innovation Center

Linda Elkins’ career spans 17 years, where she’s served in multiple roles at W.L. Gore. In the Sunnyvale, CA based Medical Products Division, she led new product development teams from ideation to commercial launch; drove technical resourcing for manufacturing engineering; and owns 2 patents, including work on endovascular repair of aneurysms approximate to side branch vessels. She made a short career pivot as a professional triathlete, where she competed in Ironman Hawaii multiple times as well as several International World Championship races. Linda earned an MS in both Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Linda dedicated the past 2 years to the creation and launch of the Silicon Valley Innovation Center, where she took it from its original concept to the facility’s execution, completion and launch. Now, she’s working to integrate complementary emerging technologies that expand Gore’s capabilities to create new product opportunities within the Silicon Valley ecosystem, advancing Gore’s mission of transforming industries and improving lives. Linda is particularly looking to develop relationships with partners in academia, the startup community, and venture capital, pursuing strategic partnerships in Gore’s specific focus areas.

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