Floyd G. Larson

Floyd Larson is a leader in biomaterials technology and regulatory issues, with extensive experience in product development, regulatory strategy, marketing clearance, and the translation of ideas to commercial reality. His educational background in chemistry, materials science, and business management prepared him for a career that has included applied research, management of R&D, and, as vice president, scientific affairs, for a manufacturer of implantable medical devices, overall responsibility for R&D, engineering, clinical research, and new business development. As the president of PaxMed International (San Diego), Mr. Larson leads a team of industry professionals serving medical device manufacturer clients in directing and implementing market-oriented research, product development, regulatory strategy, manufacturing implementation, and quality system development. He has served as the industry representative to the Dental Products Panel of the FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee. He currently coordinates programs on calcium phosphates and other ceramics for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee F4 on Medical Devices and serves as a U.S. delegate to ISO committees on medical devices. Mr. Larson is the convenor of an ISO working group responsible for developing medical device testing standards. He is also the chair of a subcommittee of the U.S. Accredited Standards Committee (recommending and developing U.S. national standards) and of a U.S. Sub-TAG to an ISO committee on medical device standards. He is a member of the American Ceramic Society, Society for Biomaterials, ASM International, and the Academy of Osseointegration. He was named one of MD&DI’s 100 Notable People in the medical device industry in 2008. He has been a member of MD&DI’s Editorial Advisory Board since 1993.