Jacob Foster brings 20+ years of medical device and pharmaceutical regulatory, quality, and project management experience to R&Q. He also brings an engaging personality, eager to do more for clients.
Pittsburgh, PA -- Regulatory and Quality Solutions LLC (R&Q) exists to improve people’s lives and bring more safe and effective medical devices to market for medical device and combination product companies. Our results derive from a cohesive, hard-working, entrepreneurial, and supportive culture – a culture in which Jacob Foster effortlessly fits in.
R&Q is truly ecstatic to announce that Jacob Foster has been named Senior Principal Engineer.
An industry veteran of the global pharmaceutical and medical device industries, Foster brings extensive management, project leadership, and hands-on quality systems development experience to R&Q’s rapidly expanding operations team. His years of experience in the ever-changing regulatory environment - including the upcoming and all-important EU MDR - strengthens R&Q's ability to expertly and efficiently serve clients. Foster has lived through uncertain times in the industry and despite the complexity of changes, has a track record of successfully navigating and deciphering them.
“I met the team at R&Q about three years ago, and became “fast friends” with each and every team member I was introduced to," said Foster. "So when the opportunity arose to join R&Q, it was one of the easiest decisions I have ever had to make. The culture of R&Q and the earnest sincerity to contribute to patient safety and client success is tangible. Who would not want to be a part of that?”
In his role at R&Q, Foster will manage designated resources to guarantee the highest quality consulting and complete customer satisfaction. He will also contribute to R&Q’s Center of Excellence as a subject matter expert, providing industry education on the most critical and timely regulatory and quality challenges facing the market.
R&Q President Maria Fagan added, “It is an honor to have someone of Jacob’s leadership caliber, proven consulting expertise, and cultural fit join R&Q. Jacob will be a wonderful addition to the existing R&Q team and his joining is particularly timely given the needs of medical device and combination product companies as they address the many changes in the regulatory and quality requirements regarding the EU Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR), the 2016 update to ISO 13485, new requirements for Clinical Evaluation Reports (CERs), and others. Jacob’s industry experience includes handling previous significant changes in medical device regulation, interpreting effectively, and providing effective business solutions. This experience and customer focus will greatly assist R&Q clients with ensuring a business balanced approach to these changing regulations, consequently ensuring patient’s live are improved.”
Prior to joining R&Q, Foster served as Director, Solutions Delivery at Maetrics, where he directed the consulting activities for strategic accounts, including a staff of 50+ across the US managing service budgets of $8+ million dollars annually.
Based in the Southeast US, Foster previously served as Associate Director, RA/QA at OPKO Instrumentation and Compliance Manager at Perrigo Florida (formerly Unico Holdings), where he and his teams managed systems and staff focused on quality systems, process validations, documentation controls, field actions, and internal audits.
He has also held previous positions at Eli Lilly and FujiFilm, as both a Quality representative and Chemical Analyst, respectively.
R&Q exists to improve people’s lives; the patients, our clients, and our team members. R&Q helps bring more safe and effective medical devices to market for medical device and combination product companies. Our company provides solutions that help improve the world by leveraging our deep industry experience. Drawing on expertise across the entire medical device product lifecycle, R&Q is uniquely positioned to present a range of strategic and tactical options and execute on the solution that best suits our clients’ individual regulatory and quality needs. R&Q’s headquarters are in Pittsburgh, PA, with additional offices in Cleveland, OH, Boston, MA, Minneapolis, MN and Philadelphia, PA. From these offices, we serve clients nationally and internationally. R&Q is 100% women owned and is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the WBENC.