Rajan Chandrasekaran, BE (Chemical) / MBiomedE, 2011

It didn’t take long for Rajan Chandrasekaran to find work in the biomedical engineering field.    “After my final exams, I travelled for four months and when I came back, I applied for work and a month later I was lucky enough to get a job with Stryker.”  he says.

Stryker is a leading medical device company making everything from hospital beds to reconstructive hips and knees.  Rajan works in Regulatory Affairs across all of these areas but his special project is Neurovascular. 

“Initially I was working on beds and surgical instruments and then a few months in I was promoted to manage the high risk Neurovascular portfolio.   I manage Stryker’s Neurovascular business from a regulatory point of view, and assist in growing the Neurovascular product pipeline in Australia and New Zealand.”

Rajan’s tips for finding work
“Start looking early!” he says.  “Don’t just look for paid work.  Focus on acquiring the skills, rather than on the monetary perspective.” 

Rajan spent a good year waking up early to go and watch surgeries at RPA Hospital before attending to his studies and then in the evenings working for free at ATP (Australian Technology Park) conducting lab experiments.  “The product was amazing and I really felt part of the team so that was the driver.”

His GSBmE training
“The Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (GSBmE) has equipped me with the skills and the mindset to realise my dream of, one day, becoming a successful entrepreneur in the medtech space.”

Life outside of work
In his life outside biomedical engineering, Rajan is an avid night photographer and a keen traveller; 12 cities and counting.

Career highlights

  • Worked in an early stage start-up, Endoluminal Sciences, a recent recipient of the NSW Medical Devices’ inaugural grant, as a chemical design engineer developing materials for next generation stents and mechanical heart valves implanted using minimally invasive methods to address endoleaks and paravalvular leaks.
  • Secretary and Youth Director at TiE Sydney; an industry entrepreneurial society that assists budding entrepreneurs through mentorship, education and networking.
  • Selected for the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) Internship Program 2010.

For more on Rajan’s trajectory, take a look at Rajan’s LinkedIn Profile.