April 1, 2013

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The 2013 MDEA Juror Panel


Tor Alden is a principal of HS Design (Gladstone, NJ), a product development firm specializing in the healthcare market. Alden has 20 years of experience and has received more than 30 patents and several design awards, including MDEA, IDEA, CES Innovations, and Good Design awards. An active member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Alden has served as both chair and section chair for the organization. He sits on the advisory board of the department of design at Kean University (Union, NJ), where he is an adjunct professor. Alden has been involved in several start-up companies, most recently as an officer of the surgical device company Vesatek Inc. (Chino, CA). 

Edward G. Chekan, MD, FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery. He is an active in the product development process at Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Cincinnati) and is a subject matter expert and scientific advisor. He coedited a textbook, The Atlas of Laparoscopic Surgery, as well as published several journal articles and book chapters on minimally invasive surgery. Chekan is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, and the Southeastern Surgical Congress.



Edward Duckworth, MD, MS, is assistant professor of neurosurgery and director of cerebrovascular and skull-base neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston). In addition to running a busy neurosurgical practice, Duckworth participates in numerous teaching and research activities. He has a keen interest in creating safer and more efficient instruments and techniques for use in neurosurgery and is currently working to license several innovative device and material designs.


Craig D. Friedman, MD, FACS, is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and biomedical device consultant who has been actively involved in the development of medical devices and surgical implant materials for more than 20 years. Friedman also directs Hesion Biosurgery Inc. (Westport, CT), a development-stage company focusing on minimally invasive soft tissue therapeutics. He is also an affiliate member of the Center for Dermal Research at the New Jersey Biomaterials Center (Piscataway, NJ). Friedman is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngolgy–Head & Neck Surgery, and various medical and scientific professional societies.



Balakrishna Haridas, PhD, is a medical technology entrepreneur and researcher with more than 20 years of experience in research and development of products for a variety of medical applications. He is codirector of the Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program and associate professor in biomedical engineering at the University of Cincinnati, and is president and founder of Device & Implant Innovations LLC (Mason, OH). Haridas is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Hernia Society, and the Society for Biomaterials. 

Kris Kieswetter, PhD, MBA, is senior director for innovation and strategic marketing at Kinetic Concepts Inc. (San Antonio), where she is responsible for developing products in one of the clinical needs spaces. During her nearly 20-year career, she has been involved in both device and drug product development. Kieswetter is a member of the Society for Biomaterials, the Orthopaedic Research Society, and the Tissue Engineering Society International, and she has served on the board of directors of the Wound Healing Society. She has received several patents and is published in the fields of biomaterials, orthopedics, and wound healing. 



Richard Meyst is president and CEO of Fallbrook Engineering Inc. (Escondido, CA). He is a mechanical engineer and developer of a range of healthcare and consumer products with more than 40 years of experience. His roles have included R&D researcher, product designer, inventor, project manager, principal investigator, and small business entrepreneur. Meyst is a senior member of the Society of Plastics Engineers' medical plastics division and has served on the divisional board of directors. He is also a member of AAMI, the American Filtration and Separation Society, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the San Diego Regulatory Affairs Network, the Designers Accord, and BIOCOM. 


Anne Miller, PhD, is an assistant professor jointly appointed as a researcher to the Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, School of Nursing, and the Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety. She has consulted tomultidisciplinary software development teams in various industries and has led teams in projects aimed at improving human-technology interaction using human factors approaches. Miller’s current research involves complex healthcare communications related to clinical decision-making and information transfer, handovers, and the continuity and coordination of care within and across acute and critical care settings.



Mary Beth Privitera, M. of Design, leads the medical device development program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she holds a joint appointment as an associate professor with the College of Medicine and the College of Engineering. She has been the codirector of the Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the university for eight years and has worked in the medical device industry since 1988. She has served as a vice president of education and as a member of the national educational council of the IDSA is a member of the AAMI human factors committee, and has coauthored various sections in HE 75. 

Mark S. Vreeke, PhD, is an entrepreneur in residence at Elevate Ventures (Indianapolis), where he identifies and assesses commercially viable technology companies suitable for investment by the firm, focusing on the the life sciences sector. He also cofounded the firm's Chemical Angel Network, which provides a source of capital for early-stage firms that converge with the chemical sector in the materials, measurement, and manufacturing space. Additionally, he is a senior partner at Rational Systems LLC (Houston), a business process and technical consulting firm. Vreeke sits on several academic, industry, and corporate boards; has published 20 peer-reviewed articles; and holds 34 U.S. patents.



Michael E. Wiklund, PE, CHFP, is general manager of UL’s human factors engineering practice (Concord, MA). Wiklund’s experience as a project manager, principal researcher, and designer includes medical devices, consumer and scientific products, and more. Wiklund has been a contributing editor for MD+DI since 1993 and is a member of the publication’s editorial advisory board. He coauthored Usability Testing of Medical Devices and Designing Usability into Medical Products and coedited Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design. He is a voting member of the AAMI and IEC human factors engineering committees. In 2004, MD+DI named Wiklund to its list of "100 Notable People in the Medical Device Industry."

Stephen B. Wilcox, PhD, FIDSA, is principal and founder of Design Science (Philadelphia), a firm that specializes in optimizing the human interface of products, particularly medical devices. Wilcox is a member of IDSA's Academy of Fellows, has served as a vice president and member of the IDSA board of directors, and was chair of the IDSA human factors professional interest section. He serves on the AAMI medical devices and systems in home care applications committee and the AAMI human factors engineering committee. He also serves on the editorial advisory board of MD+DI, which included him in its 2004 list of the "100 Notable People in the Medical Device Industry," and authors the MD+DI blog "Adventures in Medical Device Usability."


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