Moline Prak Pandiyan is an Innovation Advisor with RTI Innovation Advisors, a business unit of RTI International. With a focus on the medical technology sector, she bridges the gap between user needs, technology innovation, and clinical impact. She collaborates with company leaders, innovators, and technology developers on their strategic growth initiatives, and supports government and academic programs and initiatives that enable innovators to move their ideas to impact.
Ms. Pandiyan's work spans across the medical ecosystem. She positions commercial clients to better understand the unmet medical needs that inform their product and technology development strategy and investment decisions. When collaborating with university clients and academia, she helps them understand the commercialization and market potential of their biomedical innovations and works with technology transfer offices to prioritize intellectual property protection and support partnership development efforts. For government programs and agencies that include the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology, she supports translational science initiatives to ensure that federal, state, or regional funding programs and initiatives lead to impact and improved health outcomes.
With over 13 years of experience helping organizations innovate, Ms. Pandiyan empowers her clients to identify growth opportunities and improve medical technologies that enhance patient care and clinical outcomes.
In 2020, she coauthored a study on "How to Rethink Regional Economic Development in the Era of COVID-19" to inform regional economic developers of the gaps, opportunities, and recommendations for building and strengthening industry clusters. Ms. Pandiyan led the biohealth industry cluster recommendations, evaluating both pre- and post-COVID considerations and has been an invited speaker for organizations seeking to replicate the blueprint model.
Ms. Pandiyan has frequently served as a coach and mentor for innovation teams. Before joining RTI in 2009, Ms. Pandiyan served as a New Ventures Fellow for the Duke University Coulter Translational Partnership Program and led a research team studying entrepreneurial motivations for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.