PDI names new head of R&D

PDI, a Woodcliff Lake-based infection prevention solutions company, has named a new head of research & development, it announced this week.

The company said veteran executive Michael Yang will be its senior vice president of R&D, leading a growing R&D organization focused on solutions for critical needs including health care, food safety and public health.

“Michael brings a deep orientation to customer-inspired innovation and customer-valued technology solutions,” Kent Davies, PDI’s president and chief operating officer, said in a prepared statement. “… We are proud to strengthen PDI’s R&D expertise with Michael’s vast experience leading corporate technology strategy and new product portfolio development as we advance our growth strategy and rapidly respond to meet our customers’ evolving needs.”

Yang has held R&D leadership roles with companies including Cardiovascular Systems, Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Labs/St. Jude Medical. Most recently, he was a vice president with Integra Life Sciences.

“Joining PDI at this crucial moment for the infection prevention market provides an exciting challenge and a timely opportunity to leverage my extensive product development experience to help further enhance the company’s portfolio and meet growing customer needs,” he said in a statement. “PDI’s commitment to customers and progressive approach to product and service innovation reinforce my enthusiasm for joining this unique infection prevention platform as it leads the fight against preventable infections in our communities.”