2004 Distinguished Service Award: Max Fiore

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fiore_max2004Max D. Fiore
Vice President, Research and Development
Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Maximilian D. Fiore has combined business savvy, understanding of science, and experience with emerging medical device technology to develop and launch products that have saved and improved countless lives.

As vice president of research and development for Smith & Nephew’s Endoscopy Division, Fiore oversees the science and development behind all of the division’s products, which include tools for arthroscopic and endoscopic surgery. He directs a staff of 110 people in three U.S. locations and one location in England.

Prior to that, he was vice president of engineering with Aradigm Corporation, a position in which he was responsible for developing pulmonary drug delivery device systems. In addition, he successfully participated in multiple rounds of venture capital funding and worked closely with the investment team to take the company public.

As director of engineering at LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company, Fiore restructured the engineering organization into teams, enabling the company for the first time to simultaneously develop multiple products. He was responsible for developing in-vitro diagnostic instrumentation and launched the company’s first fully integrated blood glucose monitoring system for hospitals.

Fiore also spent nine years at Abbott Laboratories, engineering the IMx immunoassay analyzer and the LifeCare Patient Controlled Analgesia drug delivery system. He began his career as a research engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. A 1980 UW-Madison master’s degree recipient in electrical and computer engineering, he holds bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and has participated in Stanford University’s Executive Management Program for Product Development.

He enjoys restoring aircraft and, from 1998 to 2001, lovingly restored his Cessna 195 aircraft (built in 1949), which he and his wife, Cheryl, also fly. Fiore’s hobbies also include motorcycles and old vacuum-tube stereos.