End-to-End Transformation: What’s it take to transform a consumer health arm into a full-fledged, pure-play medical device company?

In 2017 Avanos Medical was formed after completing its spinoff from consumer giant Kimberly Clark and divesting its Surgical & Infection Prevention business . After five plus years of acquisitions, responses to unmet industry needs and the needs to heighten focus on commercial execution and increase production in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Avanos is now an industry leading pure play medical device company.


What does a successful, seismic shift in healthcare business strategy and execution take? What can it mean for life science innovators and their investors? What made it possible?


For investors – How is Avanos delivering on its growth potential? 


For both early and later stage companies? How is Avanos leveraging Open Innovation and M+A to help drive our growth objectives?


Find out during Avanos CEO Joe Woody’s lunch conversation moderated by HealthQuest Capital’s Tom Callaway at Southeast Life Science’s AdvanSE 2022 on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.


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Joseph F. Woody, CEO, Avanos
As chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, Joe Woody brings 20 years of healthcare leadership experience and proven success driving revenue growth and expertise in spearheading portfolio transformations.


Prior to joining the company in 2017, Joe served as chief executive officer and president of Acelity, where he was responsible for overseeing the development and commercialization of their innovative wound care and regenerative medicine business.  He also served as global president, vascular therapies, for Covidien, creating their vascular division and leading the company’s acquisition and integration of ev3.


Before his time at Covidien, Joe served as Smith & Nephew’s global president, advanced wound management, and Alliance Imaging’s vice president, Pacific operations.  He previously served as board director for Acelity, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and Systagenix Wound Management.  He also served as Chair of AdvaMed’s Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration Sector.


He holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton.