“EMTM has certainly created new opportunities for me and has given me the confidence and skills to seize them. The formal and informal interactions with faculty, staff and colleagues, the long hours of hard work and the depth and breadth of the classes have significantly contributed to my professional and personal growth over the past few years.”
Kande Horne, EMTM’08
Line Manager, Technology Product Development and Management
The Vanguard Group
Valley Forge, PA
Kande Horne, EMTM’08
Kande Horne began her career at Becton Dickinson (BD) immediately after completing her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2000. She had been selected to be part of BD’s Technology Leadership Development Program, which involved three one-year assignments in R&D for three different business units. Following her rotations, Kande chose to become part of the diabetes care business unit.
After a few years on the job, Kande began looking at graduate programs to extend her skill set. She realized that to move ahead, she would need to acquire standard business skills; however, Kande was not keen to pursue an MBA. She wanted to be able to “combine my technical background while gaining new insights into finance, marketing and strategy.” One of her colleagues mentioned the management of technology category of graduate programs and Kande started researching in earnest, ultimately identifying Penn’s EMTM program. The reputable Engineering and Wharton schools, the rigorous yet flexible program schedule and diversity of the classes and classmates gave her employer a high degree of confidence that this choice would enhance Kande’s opportunity to contribute in new, different or more effective ways in her current or future roles within the company. Her employer provided substantial funding for the program.
During EMTM, Kande focused on the technology electives in the Bio Pharma Cluster. In addition to courses in Biotechnology & Medicine, Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology and Business & Biotechnology, she took management electives in Negotiations, Product Design & Development, Supply Chain Management and Real Options Analysis.
Her EMTM coursework provided an excellent foundation for the promotion Kande received just as she was finishing up EMTM in the spring of 2008. She was promoted to the cross-functional role of Senior R&D Engineer & Core Team Leader, and charged with developing a new product a shorter and thinner pen needle device to improve patient comfort and designed to fit in all diabetes pens and dosers. This product was projected to be a significant growth driver for the business. Operating with a tight two-year timeframe, Kande and her team successfully launched the product in Europe, Japan, the U.S. and Canada in the spring of 2010. Kande cites the tools and knowledge she gained from EMTM as the distinguishing factor that contributed to her success. “I was able to understand and manage all of the other functions with which we needed to interact to make the launch successful.”
Kande was recently promoted to Principal Engineer & Core Team Leader. She looks back at her time in EMTM with deep gratitude for the entire experience. “EMTM has certainly created new opportunities for me and has given me the confidence and skills to seize them. The formal and informal interactions with faculty, staff and colleagues, the long hours of hard work and the depth and breadth of the classes have significantly contributed to my professional and personal growth over the past few years.”