Global Market Development Manager
Eastman Chemical Company
Ellen Turner is the global market development manager for specialty plastics in medical devices at Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tenn. Turner is a thought leader in chemical resistance of plastics in healthcare. Her strength lies in connecting with customers and influencers at all levels to ensure innovative activation plans for polymers that address quality, reliability, durability, and safety goals. With over 20 years’ experience in technology, manufacturing, technical service, and marketing Turner graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, and earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2008.
Finding Our Voice Through the Voice of the Clinician
The journey of identifying polymers that uniquely fit clinical needs began with standard research but ended in an unexpected way. How does an innovative specialty materials company start with a technical story about chemical resistance of materials and end with the voice of the clinician? Through human experience, through listening to designers and by taking a few hard knocks along the way. But now we can share new trends, behavioral changes and enabling collaborations that are changing the way healthcare is viewing materials.