Student Profile - Keith Koford

Keith Koford

National Origin

United States

Current Location

Gainesville, FL

Industry

Healthcare/Manufacturing

Education

Molecular Biology; Law

EMBA Class of

2018
Keith Koford
Vice President of Legal, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs
RTI Surgical, Inc.

Biography

Keith is vice president of legal, regulatory and clinical affairs of RTI Surgical, a publicly traded, international surgical implant company, where he is responsible for global legal, intellectual property, regulatory, and clinical affairs. He previously practiced law at the international firm of Holland & Knight in its International and Cross Borders Transaction Group. He also was a member of the firm’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Team, focusing on representing healthcare and medical device/pharmaceutical companies in general corporate, M&A, IP licensing, international and domestic manufacturing and sales/distribution transactions, and compliance. Prior to his legal career, he worked in molecular biology at a genomics-based pharmaceutical company, managing its high-throughput DNA sequencing operations.

Why This Program?

As a general counsel, I evaluate legal questions and problems in the context of the business. I wanted an MBA to gain a better understanding of business to enhance my ability to affect positive change and be a more impactful leader. When I was evaluating top EMBA programs, I found that MIT Sloan truly embodies its mission statement. While other programs talk about what the school can do for students, this program talks about how it helps students make a difference in the world. This isn’t just talk, they live by it here. I also came to this program because it has the most experienced students out of all the top EMBA programs. Students are seasoned operators in their fields and bring a wealth of wisdom and insights to the program, which they eagerly share with classmates. When combining all of this with attending class on MIT’s main campus and being embraced as members of the MIT family, it produces an experience that simply cannot be duplicated.