Paul Citron, MS

Senior Fellow, von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center, School of Engineering, University of California San Diego

Adjunct Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of California San Diego

Former Vice President, Technology Policy & Academic Relations, Medtronic

Paul Citron was Vice President of Technology Policy and Academic Relations at Medtronic, a pioneer in the medical device industry and the largest developer of implantable therapeutic devices. His previous position was Medtronic’s Vice President of Science and Technology, where he was responsible for corporate-wide assessment and coordination of technology, and for establishing and prioritizing corporate research. In previous roles at the company he developed and helped bring to market technologies that advanced the utility, safety and effectiveness of innovative implanted medical devices. Mr. Citron retired from Medtronic in 2003 after 32 years at the company. Mr. Citron was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2003, where he has served on its Peer Committee, Committee on Membership, and the Draper Prize Committee, and was the committee’s Chair in 2012. He served 2 terms as an NAE Councillor and was, concurrently, a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy. In addition, he served on three Institute of Medicine (IOM) committees (renamed The National Academy of Medicine): Safe Medical Devices for Children, Rare Diseases and Orphan Products: Accelerating Research and Development, and Identifying and Prioritizing New Preventive Vaccines for Development Phase I, II, and III. In 2015 he was appointed to the Division Committee of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Mr. Citron was elected Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 1993. He has twice won the American College of Cardiology Governor’s Award for Excellence, was inducted as a Fellow of the Medtronic Bakken Society in 1980, and was voted IEEE Young Electrical Engineer of the Year in 1979. In 1980 he was given Medtronic’s Invention of Distinction Award for his role as co-inventor of the tined pacing lead, which soon became the standard for pacemaker therapy. Mr. Citron received a BS in electrical engineering from Drexel University and an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He was awarded an honorary degree from the Drexel University School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems in 2013. He has authored numerous publications, and holds 9 US medical device patents. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the von Liebig Center in the School of Engineering, an Adjunct Professor and Trustee in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego, and an advisor to medical device and biotechnology start-up companies.