In Memoriam

Medical Devices Group founder Christopher Taylor died suddenly on 21 November 2011 leaving behind a wife and three children. Chris was 47.

Charlotte, his youngest, was just nine years of age.

Chris was born and raised in Nottingham, Great Britain, with an elder sister and younger brother. Chris lost his mother when he was 15, which made him independent at an early age. His career began with an apprenticeship at Boots and he quickly rose to Engineering Manager. Later he became a Technical Manager for Image UK.

Years later, Chris formed his own company and provided high-level business development services as CEO of The Equinox Partnership. There, he counted De Koningh Medical Systems B.V. among his clients. It was during this time, in March 2008, that Chris created the Medical Devices Group on LinkedIn.

Chris’ initial vision for the group was a small referral network among a few dozen executives. Chris reached out to a select few and, when others sought to join, Chris carefully evaluated each application.

Amazingly, Chris evaluated every single application that followed, a terrific task when you consider the group grew to 72,866 professionals on his watch.

To put this in perspective, under Christopher Taylor the Medical Devices Group became the 19th largest group (excluding job and recruiting groups) among more than two million LinkedIn groups, according to an October 2011 IBM presentation.

At his untimely death, Chris was General Manager for Innokas Medical (UK). He travelled extensively throughout UK and Europe developing key accounts worth millions of Euros.

Chris was a devoted family man who enjoyed family time, camping, and hill walking. A romantic, he proposed to wife Janet at the top of Ben Nevis. He loved picnics, biking, sailing, windsurfing, and photography.

In Chris’ honor and to help the family, we created “Charlotte’s Fund,” a savings account to ensure Charlotte can afford university, even though her dad won’t be there to send her off.

The Medical Devices Group has always been, and will remain, free. If you have benefited at all, please consider a donation to thank Chris’ family for the community he built for you.

Please click “Donate” to make a secure contribution for Charlotte now.