“It was very frustrating for these guys to go through that,” he said.
Being the head of a leading medical device company, Minogue said it occurred to him there must be a way for the industry to help out. Now, the Medical Technology Veterans Program (known as the MVP) shows veterans how to translate their military skills into civilian ones and add them to their resumes. It teaches them interviewing skills. It sets up a way for veterans to network with other veterans in the medical device industry. And — a key part of the program — it pairs each participant with a mentor in the medical device industry who provides coaching and support for a full year.
More than 35 companies have signed on to the initiative, and about 15 veterans from across the country took part in the boot camp last week.
There is also an online portal for veterans interested in a career in the medical technology and diagnostics field, Minogue said. Veterans can learn more by going to http://www.MedTechVets.org/.
The efforts to help veterans are coming at a time when Abiomed, located at Cherry Hill Drive, appears to have a healthy outlook itself, despite overcoming some obstacles in the past year.
Hospital use of the company’s Impella pumps — mini, catheter-like heart pumps that support blood flow and allow the heart to rest and recuperate — has grown rapidly. About 775 hospital sites use Impella pumps now, up from 568 in November 2011.
In the past 18 to 24 months, the company has created more than 100 jobs at its headquarters in Danvers. Of its 500 employees, 260 work in Danvers.
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