Virginia Giddings

Vice President of Exploration

Edwards Lifesciences


Virginia is Vice President of Exploration at Edwards Lifesciences, where she advances breakthrough innovation for structural heart disease patients by building external partnerships globally. Virginia has a track record of delivering innovation to patients, with roles spanning medical device, pharmaceutical and nutrition businesses. Throughout her career, Virginia has focused on advancing breakthrough innovation, with R&D, Program Management, and Business Development leadership roles at Stryker, Abbott, and Johnson & Johnson. She serves on the Cornell Engineering Council, the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and chairs the Cornell Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the Industry Council Chair on the Board of Directors. Virginia is a co-founder of the MedtechVision Conference, now held annually in Silicon Valley. She holds B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.