Katri Halla-aho, Project Manager
Katri Halla-aho, working at Innokas Medical Engineering department for the past two years, has already seen the challenges and successes of diverse medical device development projects. There has been something new to learn in all projects as products, technologies and requirements vary between projects.
It’s very meaningful to me that the devices we develop and manufacture produces tangible benefits for both medical staff and patients.
I have Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Oulu University of Applied Sciences. I have also a Teacher’s diploma from Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Vocational Teacher Education department.
I am also IPMA certified project manager. I think these studies give a good back ground for medical device development and project management and help me to lead and motivate team successfully.
I am a Project Manager with 15 year experience from software development and quality assurance in telecom and medical industries. I started my career at Nokia in 2000 as a Test Engineer and progressed soon to a SW Test manager, position in which I led SW testing activities for mobile device projects such as M2M modems and mobile phones. During the years in Nokia I had a chance to gain versatile experience when working different positions as Line Manager, Project Manager and SW Quality Manager. During last 2 years in Nokia I returned back to “my roots” and worked as a Senior Specialist in SW Test management.
In 2011 I moved to Accenture as worked there as a Project Manager and Team Leader for global mobile product test projects.
I started at Innokas in January 2013 as a Senior Specialist in SW Test Management and my task was to lead medical device verification and validation in projects and develop verification process. My first project was a Class II patient monitor which have now been granted FDA 510 clearance and CE mark. Today my role is Project Manager and my responsibilities include design project planning, execution, leadership and reporting to customer. I have also continued process development tasks especially relating to software development and risk management.
When working in medical device industry, it is very crucial to understand and master the standards and regulatory requirements related to the development of medical devices, as well as to be able to apply them in practice. This is one of the biggest challenges in my work because the requirements vary between devices and classifications and the information and requirements are updated regularly. Software and mobile technologies are becoming more important part of medical devices and this brings a whole new range of risks and safety requirements. Also usability requirements have gone through significant changes during past years.
Although medical device development is challenging and requires continuous learning and adaption, I feel it is also very motivating and intriguing work. We often work with new technologies and need to solve interesting development problems. This is a great place to work to person who is passionate about challenges. It is also very meaningful to me that devices we develop and manufacture produce tangible benefits for medical staff and patients.
Sometimes our projects may be hectic. I keep my work-life balance by spending time with my family and doing sports such as yoga, gym and jogging regularly. I also love to sing karaoke.
I have really enjoyed working in Innokas. Colleagues are skilled and atmosphere here is great. The organization structure is low enough which means that people can really make a difference and our supervisors are supportive and easy to approach.