Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities in Global Health Innovation

A discussion with Ruchika Singhal, Vice President of Global Health and Medtronic Labs at Medtronic

On-Demand | 60 minutes

Originally Recorded on October 15, 2020

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About this webinar 

The Inclusive Innovation Exchange showcases the incredible progress that innovators are making in healthcare around the world. We discuss new ideas, successful initiatives, and potential future partnerships to improve health access and outcomes.

The discussion:

With Ruchika Singhal of Medtronic Labs, we will:

  • Examine inherent challenges in healthcare delivery systems and health supply chains in emerging markets
  • Discuss opportunities to improve the status quo
  • Unpack Medtronic Labs’ and Novartis Social Business’s innovative approach to improve treatment of non-communicable diseases in Kenya.

Ruchika Singhal is the Vice President of Global Health & Medtronic Labs, an internal business within Medtronic with the mission to expand access to healthcare for underserved patients, families, and communities across the world.

Established in 2016, Medtronic Labs is a distinct business within Medtronic that maximizes social impact alongside financial sustainability. Medtronic Labs designs healthcare delivery service models with and for underserved communities that integrate digital and product technologies across the patient care continuum. To amplify its impact and reach scale, Medtronic Labs partners with local tech entrepreneurs, healthcare providers, NGOs, governments, and other stakeholders.

More information on Ruchika Singhal

Prior to this role, she worked at CR Bard as Vice President, International with responsibility for driving the growth of hernia & biosurgery products in international markets. Previously, she worked at Medtronic for fourteen years in various roles across Strategy, International Market Development, Marketing and New Product Development.

She has had extensive experience developing businesses in emerging markets and has pioneered scalable and sustainable business models to address healthcare needs at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid. She is actively involved in mentoring social businesses and is passionate about healthcare and women’s empowerment, especially in underserved communities.

Ruchika holds a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA in Finance, Strategy & International Business from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

More on the Inclusive Innovation Exchange

The Inclusive Innovation Exchange showcases innovators designing meaningful solutions to improve health outcomes for local communities. It spotlights their success stories and “how to” insights in an ever-changing global health environment.

Through the Exchange, innovators – at start-ups, foundations, NGOs, and companies – who are developing solutions for emerging markets share their experiences designing ideas at the intersection of the private sector and the international development community.

The Exchange includes discussions that inspire future innovations and strengthen partnership opportunities. It serves as a “how-to” guide, to champion inclusive innovation in global health.

Meet the presenters:


Ruchika Singhal, Speaker

Vice President, Global Health and Medtronic Labs, Medtronic


Marissa Gilman

Co-Moderator, Senior Manager and Global Health Practice Lead, Resonance

Jay Chikobe

Jay Chikobe

Co-Moderator, Manager for Design & Innovation Services, Resonance

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