Sara Toyloy ’87 is a Cal State East Bay 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Sara Toyloy ’87 is a Cal State East Bay 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

October 24, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Sara’s brought a lot to the
profession the most is her negotiations that she does as regulatory those are
the ones I’ve interacted with her a lot on and she’s very innovative in how she
works with the regulatory profession and this mission she does for medical
devices to get them approved both in the US and outside the US. She’s a great
mentor she takes everybody under her wing tries to help them succeed in what
they’re doing. So it’s been a pleasure knowing her and growing with her. I
started out as a research scientist and at one of the second companies I worked
at it was a large medical device company called Guidant corporation and I was very
interested in the regulatory responsibilities and I had the
opportunity to move into the group while I was there as the junior person I got
what they would refer to as all of the disaster projects and I was able to turn
those around and get approval successfully and from there it just
continued I very much enjoy it I still will go back to 1997 which I was at
Guidant Corporation and we were able to achieve PMA approval for a new
generation stent it was called the multi-link stent it was approved in 113
days which at that time was a record for the industry. The foundation of the
company and how we build and test and manufacture our devices is certainly
based on a robust quality system everything that we do on a daily basis
we know also has a great impact on human life not just here in the US but around
the world. Heart disease is still the number one cause of death so slowly but
surely we’re reducing that percentage year-over-year. So I came to the u.s. at
the age of 15 I wasn’t directly intended to go to college however I came to the
East Bay with my cousins who took me up to the campus one day and just
challenged me whether or not I would like to go to school there obviously the
answer was yes and I was enrolled in school it was absolutely frightening the
first few days walking around a huge campus I was thrilled to be going to Cal
State Hayward I used to write all of my friends and tell them about what I was
learning what I was doing you know it gave me a well-rounded foundation not
only in my subject matter but as a human being. I was given an opportunity to come
to the u.s. to enroll in school and so based on that I believed I needed to
earn my opportunity. My name is Sara Toyloy I am the president of new
therapies at Elixir Medical Corporation and I am forever a pioneer