I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but one even I can get behind is the opportunity to evaluate the editorial focus of MDT, and quite frankly, narrow in on the truly important happenings within the medtech industry. Often, a fresh set of eyes can help do just that.

In my case, I’ve enlisted a group of “fresh eyes” to help ensure this resolution doesn’t go the way of a new gym membership or the promise to give up a vice (we all know how those resolutions typically end).

I’m pleased to introduce the members of MDT’s first editorial advisory board. Representing the industry from supplier to medical device OEM to consultant, I’ve reached out to these individuals to help me tailor the scope of MDT’s editorial to ensure it is covering the most important aspects of this industry.

The editorial advisory board members are:

Carlos Castillo, Biomedical Engineer & Research Biomedical Engineering Advisor, Loma Linda University Zhang Neuroscience Laboratory
Carlos has spent over 20 years working with medical devices, bio-systems, and clinical research. His experience includes basic and applied research, development, production, support, training, projects, sales, and management for such companies as CareFusion, Siemens, and Cardinal Health.

Michael Drues, Founder & President, Vascular Sciences
Mike received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University. He has worked for and consulted with leading medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

Marc Dubreuil, Vice President of Business Development, Farm Design
Marc has extensive manufacturing and materials experience and a strong background in the product development process. His focus in business development activities includes orthopedics, arthroscopy, neurology, robotics, dental, and the venture capital and academic communities.

Stephen Holloway, Associate Director, Medical Devices and Healthcare IT, IHS
Stephen manages a team of expert global analysts in research and delivery of in-depth medical device and healthcare IT market research. He has worked on numerous research and consultancy projects for global medical device manufacturers, based on extensive primary research with global medical manufacturers and upstream supply chain vendors.

Jinny Lee, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Advanced Technology, Edwards Lifesciences
Jinny oversees strategy and marketing for structural heart disease initiatives. She joined the company in 2001 where she was responsible for overseeing product development and global marketing for all areas in heart valve therapy, including repair and replacement initiatives for the mitral, aortic, and tricuspid valves.

Tom O’Dwyer, Director of Healthcare Technology, Analog Devices
Tom has responsibility for all aspects of semiconductor technology for ADI’s worldwide healthcare market, including medical imaging, patient monitoring equipment (e.g., ECG and pulse oximetry), and home healthcare. His main focus is on new and emerging technologies in areas such as MEMS devices, biotechnology, body-worn sensors, and electrochemistry.

Michael Pereira, Senior Vice President of Technology & Operations, Ximedica
Michael has over 20 years of product development and manufacturing experience. During his tenure at Ximedica, he has been involved in the development of hundreds of medical and consumer products in a variety of roles, including lead engineer, program manager, and head of program management and engineering.

Alan Schwartz, Executive Vice President, mdi Consultants, Inc.
Alan has over 41 years of FDA regulatory experience. He has been providing strategic planning on FDA regulatory compliance issues since 1978.

Thomas M. Tsakeris, President, Devices and Diagnostics Consulting Group
Tom provides consulting services to the medical device industry with respect to the requirements of the FDA, particularly in the area of clinical laboratory and biotechnology-based devices.

Jan Wittenber, Member of IEEE and Fellow at the Center for Medical Interoperability
Jan has over 30 years of experience in the development of medical device-based networked systems, primarily at Philips Healthcare and Hewlett-Packard Monitoring Systems businesses. During much of that time, he has concentrated on wireless and standards-based networked systems development.

Derek Young, Founder & CEO, i360medical Ltd.
Derek has the support of a number of significant influencers in the medical device and clinical sector including Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Synecor, Synecor Labs, Fogarty Innovation Institute, and Tyndall. His company ensures that new ideas and products move from concept to market and he continues to build commercial, clinical, and academic partnerships around the globe.