Jacqueline Savage is the Founder of MedCorp Technologies, a medical device company developing wearable technologies for the healthcare industry. As a young Australian product design engineer she is passionate and dedicated to improving healthcare through innovation. Jacqueline believes strongly in importance of the design process in the development of medical devices, that a product is not just finding a solution to a problem, but also improving the end user’s experience.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering (Product Design), specialising in Biomedical Engineering, Jacqueline has used her diverse range of skills to develop products from concept through to manufacture and global distribution. Voted Top 100 Global Engineering Innovations of 2014 (Create the Future, NASA Tech Briefs) and a finalist in last year’s 2015 Med Tech’s Got Talent competition, Jacqueline has received numerous industry acknowledgements and awards for her innovative approach to enabling remote healthcare.
The winner of this award is a natural and highly engaging leader. Peers describe her as being “a great mix of being bold and fearless, yet respectful, business and people savvy.” And also as knowing: “when to push and when to pull.”
When looking at Jacqueline’s CV you cannot be impressed by her academic successes as well as the depth and breadth of the external recognition.
Notably, Jacqueline has used her personal experience of losing a close friend to cancer to come up with the idea behind her business. She backs herself and importantly is passionate about converting her ideas to reality and doing that in a highly creative and innovative way.
Jacqueline shadowed over 100 doctors and nurses whilst developing her wearable vest for remote monitoring of oncology patients. This says a lot about her commitment to pursing her ultimate goal and notably resulted in a technology that was developed in line with the needs of the market and its customers, rather than in the back room of a research laboratory – following the recognised focus for successful translation across our industry.
Within the engineering and design community our winner is a great role model for other women and particularly amongst female engineers. For other women to see someone who is not only making it happen but doing so very effectively is a wonderful role model for women considering engineering and design or STEM as a future careers.
What advice would you give upcoming women?
“Be brave, believe in yourself and take risks. In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”