Medical Alley has lost one of its great visionaries and “Founding Fathers.” Dale Spencer passed away peacefully at sunset in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 5th.
Since moving to the Twin Cities in 1980, Dale was a consistent pioneer and leader in Medical Alley’s storied medical device community, founding and building more than a dozen companies. Dale’s pursuits included co-founding SciMed, eV3, EndoMetabolic Solutions, ConcepTx Medical and Anulex Technologies. Dale served on the Boards of Boston Scientific, eV3, Micro Therapeutics, Northstar Neuroscience, Spine Wave, Vertis Neuroscience, Velocimed, Anulex Technologies and CVRx.
More than the companies he built or the lives he helped to save, Dale Spencer always focused on the people he worked with, sharing his knowledge and developing generations of leaders that still drive innovation in Medical Alley today. Included in Dale’s inner circle was Stacy Enxing Seng, who joined SciMed in 1993 and co-founded eV3 with Dale in 2000. Stacy reflected:
"It is hard to even find the words to describe Dale’s impact on the entirety of medtech as it was so deep. From the companies that he created, the entrepreneurs he encouraged, the consistent advocacy of innovation, and the unwavering and relentless leadership that inspired so many to always do the right thing. But, I can put into words what he meant to all that knew him – he was a dearly loved friend and mentor with the heart of a lion. I speak for all when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Pat and his family.”
Mike Berman also worked with Dale to transform SciMed and lead Boston Scientific’s growth in Minnesota. Mike reflected:
“Dale was a giant in the industry. When he joined SciMed it was a small surgical company struggling to survive. Dale transformed SciMed into a leader in the rapidly growing field of Interventional Cardiology. He drove Innovation, Quality and Speed as our competitive advantages. He built and continuously evolved the management team. Under his leadership the company grew 100 fold. He had a profound impact on thousands of employees and millions of patients and built a company, that to this day, as a major division of Boston Scientific, is a pillar of innovation in the Twin Cities. And his influence goes far beyond SciMed; Today, there are dozens of innovative companies that were created by people who learned entrepreneurship, innovation and management from Dale Spencer. He truly was a giant and will be sorely missed by all of us who knew and loved him.”
On behalf of the entire Medical Alley Community, those you touched and those you saved – you will be forever missed, Dale. Godspeed.
Read Dale Spencer's obituary here.