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"Homeward Bound: Medical Devices as Home Appliances"

A Whiting-Turner Lecture: October 20, 2011

Jenny Regan

Jenny Regan, CEO of Key Tech, will give a Whiting-Turner lecture on October 20 at 5 p.m. This lecture is a part of the 2011 Fischell Festival of Bioengineering.

Date: October 20
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: 1110 Kim Building

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Jenny Regan is CEO of Key Tech, a technology development firm she co-founded in 1998 in Baltimore. Key Tech consults with global product companies in medical, industrial and consumer markets, commercializing new technologies into medical devices and precision instruments. Key Tech also develops and owns a portfolio of new product intellectual property and prototypes for license or sale. Recent Key Tech projects include several molecular diagnostic instruments, drug delivery instruments, portable blood analyzers, glucose meters, thermal imaging cameras, and patient respiration monitors. The company has 25 full time engineers and designers, many of whom graduated from the Clark School.  

Ms. Regan is a registered Professional Engineer holding a B.S. in physics from Georgetown University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Catholic University of America.  Prior to Key Tech, she consulted with power industry and medical clients at MPR Associates in D.C. and at Corey Regan Inc., which she also co-founded. Her work has contributed to the advancement of fluid flow measurement, control systems and precision diagnostic instruments. Ms. Regan holds patents and has published papers in proceedings of the ISA, the ANS, and the ASME.

Outside of Key Tech, Ms. Regan is chair of the Advisory Board for the Clark School's  Women in Engineering Program, a board member at a technology incubator and a regional manufacturing institute, and a regular mentor for students and young professional entrepreneurs in the greater Baltimore-D.C. technology community.


In just a few years, our parents and children will be sitting at the kitchen table running their own genetic tests and auto-injecting their therapies. As medical instruments move from central labs and hospitals to remote clinics and home, new product development increasingly requires intuitive user-focused design while integrating ever more complex technology. From patient monitors to home diagnostic and therapeutic instruments, to “everyday” drug delivery, the rules are changing. Ms. Regan will discuss current issues surrounding medical product design during this paradigm shift, including:

  • Key trends contributing to the home migration of devices
  • Similarities and differences between medical and consumer electronics that impact development
  • Key teamwork success factors while developing complex medical technologies for the home
  • The role of US competitiveness in the new consumer medical device development era