pdma panel on diverse product development

Facilitating Successful Interaction Between
Innovation Groups and Product Development Teams


March 28, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
(Doors open at 5:30 pm)
Bayer HealthCare

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Join us on March 28th for a lively and informative panel discussion about the important factors that influence successful interaction between Innovation Groups (IGs) and New Product Development Teams (NPDTs). Four expert panelists from Pittsburgh’s top innovative companies will kick off the event with an overview of their business and their approach to IG and NPDT interaction. Attendees will learn from their experiences in leading their teams and managing projects that transition from one group to the other. The audience will also be encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation to learn how to facilitate positive interaction between the two groups.

Three important topics will be discussed:

1. Organizational and functional structure. Is there an optimal structure to foster fruitful collaboration?

2. Processes and governance for innovation and product development. Are their specific processes to enable seamless interaction?

3. Personnel requirements and talent. What qualifications and personal characteristics lead to positive outcomes within IGs and NPDTs and between them?



Kyle A. Crum, Sr. Manager, Growth and Innovation, Arconic
Tom Salapow, Director, New Product Development Engineering, MSA
Michael T. Gallagher, Head, Innovation and Business Growth Services, Covestro LLC
Bipin V. Salunkhe, Sr. Executive Director New Product Development, Bayer HealthCare 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how innovation and product development groups may be organized to ensure that they can deliver the expected product and technology offerings
  • Understand which processes are helpful or a hindrance to innovation and product development and the interaction between IGs and NPDTs
  • Have an appreciation for the people aspect of innovation and new product development
  • Recognize what the pitfalls can be in the interaction between IGs and NPDTs and how to avoid them

Don’t miss this engaging panel discussion to learn how to facilitate successful interaction between two very important groups in your company.


Schedule of Events

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.      Registration Open and Networking
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.      Panel Discussion
7:30 – 8:00 p.m.       Networking


Registration Fees

 Advanced Registration    On-Site Registration   
Members     $25  $30
Non-members   $40  $45
Students  $10  $15

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About the Panelists

Kyle A. Crum
Kyle leads Arconic’s Growth & Innovation (G&I) team at the Arconic Technology Center outside Pittsburgh, PA.  His team is charged with identifying and accelerating opportunities within the technology organization – seeking to fill the front-end of Arconic’s innovation pipeline with relevant, high-impact technology projects.  In Kyle’s previous role as Technology Manager in Arconic Defense he managed numerous efforts including developing a new thermally stable temper for the U.S. Navy’s Ship to Shore Connector he deployed a Flight Deck Tie-Down Fitting for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, and organized efforts developing various armor packages for the U.S. Army.  Kyle has additional experience from positions held as a civilian contractor with the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. 

Michael T. Gallagher
Mike currently heads the North American Innovation and the Business Growth Services Organization for Covestro LLC. He is responsible for managing open innovation and business development investments to support the growth strategy for all business units. This includes collaboration with universities, research institutes, government agencies, and national labs. He also oversees business innovation programs including start-up and incubator community engagement, IP asset management, strategic alliance, consulting and other B2B innovation programs in coordination with Covestro’s global innovation management community

Tom Salapow
Tom is the Director of New Product Development Engineering for MSA North America, leading a team of over 130 people in the development of new safety products for first responder, construction, and industrial applications.  His team develops self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detectors, industrial head protection products, fire and rescue helmets, and fall protection devices in design centers located in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, and Lake Forest, California. 

Tom’s previous roles at MSA include Global Business Director and Engineering Director for the Fixed Gas and Flame Detection business, which included the oversight of the global business and leadership of people and teams in the U.S., South America, Germany, China, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.  Tom has also served as Marketing Director, Engineering Manager, Project Manager, and Design Engineer in his 25 years at MSA.  Tom began his career as a design engineer at General Electric in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Bipin V. Salunkhe
Bipin is an executive leader with 19+ years of experience in Innovation and new product development in medical device industry. In his current role as R&D head, New Product Development with Bayer Healthcare (MEDRAD), his department is responsible for concept development to commercial launch of cutting edge product in Radiology market. His leadership influence includes precision electro-mechanical systems, extremely high volume sterile disposable products, real-time control and application software. Prior to joining Bayer Healthcare, Bipin worked in GE Healthcare for 11 years in functional as well as program management with increasing responsibility. As a program manager, he led engineered project team to introduce a new MRI scanner to market. As an engineering leader he was instrumental in setting up GE India development facility..Bipin received PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland, Baltimore and MBA from Marquette University, Milwaukee.