Rachael Kelly

Associate Director, Human Factors & User Research, Medical Devices R&D, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Rachael joined the Medical Devices Center of Excellence as a Lead in Human Factors & User Research at Takeda Pharmaceuticals R&D in March of 2019. Here, Rachael is responsible for leading human factors work to support the development of devices and combination products for delivery of Takeda’s wide portfolio of drugs and biologics, as well as planning and executing early stage user research, focusing on unmet user needs, to inform development.  Prior to joining Takeda, Rachael spent 8 years at Becton Dickinson (BD), where she worked as an engineer and scientist in both the Diabetes Care and BD Technologies Business Units, serving in various roles and programs including Human Factors and Design Validation, Systems Engineering, Infusion, and Technology Development. While at BD, Rachael was also part of the Technology Leadership Development Program.

In addition to her B.S. in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Arizona, Rachael holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and a Certificate in Translational Medicine from the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. Her graduate research focused on grafting technologies for use in liver cell therapies of human hepatic stem cells. 


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