Allison Peck is a social leader with a passion for the medical device industry. She stands for something greater than herself by managing high-stakes projects that allow doctors to provide patients the best outcome possible. During her education at Cal Poly SLO, she found true passion for helping people and influencing her community. As an Entrepreneur and Program Manager, she uses her platform to positively motivate other go-getters to join the high-tech movement and make the world a better place.
Allison’s initial motivation for getting involved with the Med Device industry was to pursue a career in Tissue Engineering. In grad school at Cal Poly, she worked in the MAVR Lab (Microcirculation and Vascular Repair Research Lab). Her research included intentionally induced a type of heart disease in mice and performing a unique micro-surgical procedure on them hoping the results could one day translate into a solution for heart disease in humans.
Her industry experience began shortly after she graduated from Cal Poly with a B.S. and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She began working for Medeon Beiodesign, a small Med Device startup in Palo Alto where she was the lead Engineer on the ClickClean project.
Shortly after, she took a job as a Mechanical Engineer for Outset Medical in Sunnyvale. At Outset, she helped ensure a successful round of V&V for their Tablo Product, a user-friendly - home hemodialysis system.
Following Outset, Allison worked as an R&D Engineer for Wako Diagnostics in Mountain View. At Wako, she assisted in the validation of an in vitro diagnostics machine to assess picomolar levels of cancer biomarkers in human blood related to liver cancer.
While at Wako, Allison began to wonder how design and manufacturing would be different at a non-FDA regulated company. Wanting to scratch this itch, she took a part-time consulting job for Aperia Technologies on the side. Aperia’s flagship product, the Halo, is a purely mechanical automatic tire inflation device for trucking fleets. Here, it became crystal clear to her that although design and manufacturing in a non-FDA regulated environment could yield wonderful creativity and a great product, medical device companies take things a step further and aim to improve the quality of life for people all around the world. She knew she was in the right industry as she completed her 9-month stint at Aperia and joined Intuitive.
At Intuitive, Allison played an integral role in the successful launch of the Single Port da Vinci Surgical Robotic System. As a central member of the Systems Manufacturing Team, she helped lead the charge for alpha/beta/production builds and the eventual transfer to the Operations Team. Nearing her 3.5-year mark at Intuitive as a Manufacturing Engineer, Allison was starting to notice her engineering co-workers brag about working on their bikes or their cars on weekends, for fun. Alternatively, Allison was remodeling her home. She was spending her weekends creating spreadsheets for the remodeling budget, timeline, co-dependencies, and milestones. It became obvious to her that she should transition into the PMO (project management office).
She applied for a Program Manager job overseeing design changes and production for Intuitive’s flagship product, the Xi Da Vinci surgical robotics system. Allison spent 1.5 years in this PM role before leaving Intuitive to pursue a career at Cellares. Cellares is a small med device & drug manufacturer start-up in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Allison started her time there in early August of 2021.