Kouros Azar, MD, is a biomedical engineer and a practicing plastic surgeon with a specialization in complex reconstructive and aesthetic surgical techniques. He holds several patents on new technologies used in the operating room. He is on the executive committee of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Azar has previously served as head engineer and scientist for all collaborative projects in the departments of otolaryngology and biomedical engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Ogan Gurel, MD, is chairman of Aesis Research Group LLC (Chicago), a firm that provides consulting and research services on investing in and developing next-generation life sciences companies. His work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific literature, including the European Molecular Biology Organization Journal and the Journal of Molecular Biology. He is presently on the faculty at Roosevelt University (Chicago), where he has taught cellular and molecular biology, bioinformatics, and mathematical modeling. Gurel is also experienced in international medical relief work, having served during the NATO military campaign in Kosovo as well as in Turkey after the major 1999 earthquake. Gurel is a frequent conference speaker on emerging technologies and their effect on the future of healthcare. He has focused in particular on convergent medical technologies, including medical
William Hyman is a professor of biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU; College Station). Hyman holds an ScD in engineering mechanics, an MS in engineering mechanics from Columbia University, and a BSME in mechanical engineering from The Cooper Union. He is also senior scientist in the biomaterials research center at the University of Texas, Houston, a faculty member in material science and engineering at TAMU, and a participating faculty member in TAMU's sports medicine institute and the Center for Microencapsulation and Drug Delivery. Hyman has served as a consultant for FDA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Army, the General Accounting Office, and in patent and personal-injury litigation. He serves on the American Society for Testing and Materials committees on surgical implants and medical devices, sports equipment and facilities, and forensic sciences.
Edmond Israelski, PhD, is human factors program manager for Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL). He has participated in the user interface design and evaluation of a wide variety of medical products, including infusion pumps, drug-delivery systems, and diagnostic testing systems. As part of his post, he created an infrastructure to embed human factors process steps in all aspects of design and evaluation of new products. Israelski is cochair of the AAMI human factors engineering standards committee. He is a member of the ISO-IEC joint working group on usability for medical devices, and he is a member of the National Academy of Science committee on human-system design support. Israelski is a board-certified human factors professional and holds 15 patents.
Craig Jackson, PhD, is founder and president of Hemosaga Diagnostics Corp. (San Diego). He has written more than 75 original papers, has contributed to more than 30 textbooks, and regularly writes for both professional and trade journals. Jackson holds several patents. He is a member of Working Group 1 of the Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM), where he has been responsible for developing its quality system. JCTLM provides the mechanism by which the European Union's In Vitro Devices Directive requirement for traceability can be met. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (both in Washington, DC).
Pascal Malassigné is a professor of industrial design at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, a research industrial designer at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and an adjunct assistant professor of
rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. For the past 22 years, his research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and has led to the design of products such as commode-shower wheelchairs, bathing fixtures, prone carts, and bedrails. He has written more than 70 articles and papers and has made numerous presentations internationally on topics ranging from design education to rehabilitation technology. Malassigné is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), in which he was made a fellow member in 2001 in honor of his service to the industrial design profession and IDSA. He helped found and was the first president of the Design Foundation, IDSA's nonprofit organization.
Jerry McVicker, PhD, is scientific director of Midland Bioproducts Corp. (Boone, IA), which develops human and veterinary diagnostic assays. The company prepares antigens, polyclonal antisera, specific plasma protein calibrators and controls, and lateral-flow devices, which it sells to immunodiagnostic manufacturers for human and veterinary use. McVicker is also an assistant professor in the animal science department at Iowa State University (Ames, IA). He has published a number of papers on topics including animal fertility diagnostics and bovine immunoglobulin G detection. He holds patents on two antibody testing methods.
Sandra Miller is managing director of the Stanford Biodesign Program at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA). The program fosters interdisciplinary research and education in medical device design and commercialization. As a liaison to the university's Office of Technology Licensing, she helps assess medical device technology commercial viability and provides strategic input for marketing and licensing. She has developed several new programs, including the biodesign pathway for medical device fellowships at FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Miller is a founding member of the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network, whose mission is to support entrepreneurship education, research, and collaboration. She holds a BA in broadcast communications from San Jose State University (San Jose), and an MBA from Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA).
Molly Story is president of Human Spectrum Design LLC (Santa Rosa, CA), and codirector of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Medical Instrumentation (Milwaukee). Story is an expert in universal design of products and in the accessibility and usability of medical instrumentation. She is coeditor of the recent book, Medical Instrumentation: Accessibility and Usability Considerations (CRC Press, 2007). Story also cowrote The Universal Design File: Designing for People of All Ages and Abilities (North Carolina State University, 1998) with James L. Mueller and the late Ronald L. Mace. Story is a member of AAMI's human factors engineering committee, which is developing the forthcoming AAMI HE75 standard on human factors design guidelines for medical devices. Story is also a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley.
Herbert Voigt, PhD, is president and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (Washington, DC). In 2006, Voigt was elected vice president of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). He will assume the IFMBE presidency at the organization's 2009 world congress in Munich. Voigt is a professor in the department of biomedical engineering at Boston University and also a research professor in the university's department of otolaryngology. He has received grants for hearing research, for providing research experience for students in biomedical engineering, and for enhancing internship opportunities for biomedical engineering students.
Michael Wiklund is president of Wiklund Research & Design Inc. (Concord, MA). Board certified in his profession, Wiklund is an experienced project manager, principal researcher, and designer. He is an adjunct associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Tufts University (Bedford, MA). Wiklund is a frequent contributor to MD&DI and is a member of its Editorial Advisory Board. He has published numerous articles, books, and technical papers and has also presented papers at professional conferences in the medical device, human factors, and scientific instrumentation fields. His latest book, Designing Usable Medical Devices, was published in 2005.