PA Consulting hires medical device expert Melanie Turieo as partner

06 August 2021 2 min. read
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PA Consulting, an innovation and transformation consulting firm, has welcomed Melanie Turieo as a partner and head of health & life sciences product development. She will be based in Boston.

In the newly created role, Turieo will oversee the firm’s product development offerings to clients in pharma, biotech, medtech, and healthcare.

Turieo brings more than 25 years of experience in product development consulting, advising on design and development of regulated and safety-critical items – including medical, military, and consumer products. She has focused exclusively on medical device development for the last 15 years.

Turieo has particular expertise in human factors engineering, which is concerned with making user-focused tools and systems that reduce human error, increase productivity, and enhance safety and comfort.

She joins PA Consulting from Cambridge Consultants, an innovation consultancy now owned by Capgemini. Turieo joined the firm in 2008 and held several senior roles in human factors engineering and human-centered design in the medtech sector. She served as SVP and head of the US medtech sector for the last five-and-a-half years, overseeing a team of 45 professionals.PA Consulting hires medical device expert Melanie Turieo as partnerBefore that, she spent six years as an associate principal at TIAX, formerly the innovation business unit of Arthur D. Little, as well as four-and-a-half years at Arthur D. Little. Turieo started her career at aerospace and defense giant Raytheon, where she was a technical specialist focusing on air defense systems.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in human factors engineering from Tufts University.

“We are thrilled that Melanie is joining the team,” said George Botsakos, global lead for health & life sciences at PA Consulting. “In her role, Melanie’s expertise will complement and further differentiate our ability to deliver end-to-end product innovation for Health & Life Sciences clients.”

PA Consulting advises clients across industries on strategy and operations, digital transformation, and product design and engineering, among other areas. Its recent health and life sciences engagements include helping design the Orbital inhaler and the Ori Biotech platform technology for cell and gene therapy manufacturing.

“I’m happy to be joining PA because of the exciting growth ambitions of the company, particularly in the US market,” Turieo said. “I’m also very excited about the breadth of capabilities and expertise that PA provides, ultimately allowing me to combine my passion for product development with strategic business expertise and market insight to be able to offer something truly unique and highly differentiated to our clients.”

The firm, which has 3,300 employees across Europe and the US, last month added digital health expert Vignesh Ramesh as a San Francisco-based partner in the health & life sciences practice.