Vice President, Global Research & Development – Halyard
Lee Burnes, Co-Chair
Lee Burnes is the Vice President of Global R&D for Avanos Medical where he leads an organization focused on the development of products, technologies and solutions that advance health and healthcare by preventing infection, eliminating pain and speeding recovery.
Lee has over 26 years of medical device design and development experience and holds a B.S. in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to joining Avanos, Lee successfully led numerous R&D organizations at Covidien in such fields as Urology, Safety Injection Devices, Neonatal & Obstetrics and Vascular Disease Management as well as building PMO and Technology Development organizations. He most recently was the Vice President of R&D for the Venous Solutions Franchise of Peripheral Vascular at Covidien.
Teams under Lee’s leadership have developed and brought to market over 40 innovative solutions. Lee currently holds 10 US Patents and has a number of additional patents pending.