Today, manufacturing is about more than the mighty machine and measuring the performance of individual plants. It has become a much broader strategic lever, integral and critical to a company's success.

Within a comprehensive manufacturing strategy, manufacturing can encompass everything from innovation and talent management to cross-functional coordination and alignment.

Having a manufacturing strategy means aligning with overall company goals and objectives.

It also means bringing a flexible, customer-centric approach to new product development and delivery that exceeds customer expectations and generates the best cost position possible.
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Jeff Heer

Consultant Jeff Heer
VP Operations, Guardant Health
Bay Area, CA
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About Jeff

  • 20 years as VP Manufacturing / Operations for 6 medical device companies.
  • Sanovas - COO
  • Picarro - VP Manufacturing and Customer Support
  • CardioDX - VP Operations and Administration
  • PEAK Surgical - VP Operations (Acquired by Medtronic)
  • Siemens Untrasound - VP Global Supply Chain
  • Stryker (NYSE: SYK) - VP Global Operations


VP Operations • Guardant Health
Jun, 2015 — Jul, 2016
  • Biopsy-free tumor sequencing test that tracks tumor genomics in real-time.
Chief Operating Officer • Sanovas, Inc
Apr, 2014 — May, 2015
  • Responsible for getting innovative medical device for lung cancer through FDA clearance
  • Scale up company for rapid growth across several sectors
Vice President - Manufacturing and Customer Support • Picarro, Inc.
Nov, 2010 — Mar, 2014
  • Scaled up in-house manufacturing of a disruptive technology for the market leader in scientifc measurements
  • Led Operations, Customer Service, and Service - turned around business into growth company with positive cash flow
  • Producer of gas measurement systems for science and industry
Vice President Operations and Administration (COO role) • CardioDX, Inc.
Apr, 2009 — Nov, 2010
  • Vice President Operations and Administration - responsible for Operations, Finance, HR, Quality, Customer Service, and IT
  • CardioDx, Inc., a pioneer in the field of cardiovascular genomic diagnostics, is committed to developing clinically validated tests that empower clinicians to better tailor care to each individual patient
  • Strategically focused on coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure, CardioDx is expands patient access and improves healthcare quality and efficiency through the commercialization of genomic technologies
Vice President - Operations • PEAK Surgical, Inc.
2007 — 2009
  • PEAK Surgical, Inc. is a medical device company that has developed the PEAK PlasmaBlade
  • Commercialized product and grew infrastructure for company that was acquired by Medtronic
Vice President - Global Supply Chain • Siemens Ultrasound
2005 — 2007
  • Worldwide manufacturing and supply chain for Siemens Ultrasound
  • Managed 500 people in three plants - two plants in Korea and one in the San Francisco Bay Area
Vice President - Global Operations • Stryker Endoscopy
1993 — 2005
  • Stryker - NYSE: SYK
  • In addition to global Operations, 6 years in Sales and Marketing.  Rookie of the Year in Sales.
Captain • United States Army
— 1992
AeroScout Pilot, 1st Cavalry Division Apache Attack Company, Bronze Star


United States Military Academy - West Point
BS, General Engineering

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