John Coolidge joins iWalk as the new Vice President of Manufacturing. Coolidge brings over 20 years of medical device industry management experience to iWalk. His work and insights have been highlighted in several industry publications and he is a recipient of the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence.Mr. Coolidge comes to iWalk from Covidien, a provider of medical devices and supplies, where he served as the VP of Manufacturing for the Patient Monitoring division. While at Covidien, he was responsible for a $1 billion division which included multiple production facilities and over 3,000 employees. He joined Covidien after it acquired Aspect Medical Systems, a company which develops and manufactures anesthesia monitoring systems. At Aspect Medical Systems, Mr. Coolidge held the title of VP of Operations and was responsible for the company’s logistics, production, technical service, and information systems. Before joining Aspect Medical Systems, he served as an engineering manager at Medtronic, a medical technologies company aimed at helping people living with chronic diseases. Prior to Medtronic, Mr. Coolidge held senior positions at Johnson & Johnson and Netco Automation.
Mr. Coolidge holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
About iWalk, Inc.
iWalk, Inc. is a Cambridge, Massachusetts based developer of wearable devices for human augmentation, the inaugural device is called the PowerFoot One, a self-contained robotic system that serves as a prosthetic ankle and foot for amputees. A completely self-contained robotic system, PowerFoot One is the culmination of years of research in biomechanics, bio-energetics, materials science and joint control. PowerFoot One is based on years of research at MIT's Media Lab, partially funded by the Veterans Administration and the US Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). iWalk, Inc., created in August 2006, licensed core technologies from MIT to create commercially available human augmentation devices, starting with the PowerFoot One.