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2011 Jurors

Members of the MDEA jury are selected each year by a panel of editors from UBM Canon. The jury panel typically encompasses experts from a wide range of healthcare- and design-related fields, including clinical practice, biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, manufacturing, and other areas.

When considering juror nominees, UBM Canon’s editors pay particular attention to the need for a balanced, multidisciplinary, and impartial jury. For this reason, jurors cannot be affiliated with a company that is submitting a product for consideration.

MDEA jurors have set a high standard for judging excellence and fair competition. Following are the jurors who will be evaluating entries in the 2011 MDEA competition.

Jim bestJim BestMr. Best is an award winning industrial designer. He started his career designing medical equipment for companies such as Becton Dickinson, Biomedic Data Systems, and Bayer Diagnostics. Jim also worked at design consultancies such as Smart Design and Machineart as a Senior Industrial Designer and later helped Co-found Pensa, a strategic product design firm. Jim has designed products for a wide range of categories including childcare, consumer packaging, contract furniture, housewares, medical and home healthcare. Jim’s work has been recognized with awards such Businessweek/IDEA, Medical Design Excellence Award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, Appliance Design’s Excellence in Design and the Spark International Design Award. Jim has a BFA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a MBA in Marketing from Fordham University.

Jim Best, Industrial Designer, Hewitt, NJ 07421

Clay BurnsClay Burns—Mr. Burns is a consultant, engineer, and lecturer who integrates technology, design, and user needs to bring consumer and medical products to life. Clay works with entrepreneurial start-ups focused on building better products for society, such as OMHU, a company designing improved aids for daily living, BioLite Stoves, a company developing a new technology for clean cookstoves, and AKOIO, a company improving the user experience with hearing aids. As Vice President at Smart Design, Clay built innovation engineering and sustainability groups, led key consumer and medical design projects, and started Smart Design’s office in Barcelona. His work and collaborations have received awards from IDEA/IDSA, Good Design, CES, Red Dot, and ID Magazine, and he is a listed inventor on many patents. Clay is an adjunct Professor of Product Design at the Wharton School, and holds a BA in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College, and an MS in Human Factors from Tufts University.

Clay Burns, Product Development Consultant, Clay Burns Sustainability, 860 West 181 St., Ste. 42, New York, NY 10033
Phone: 917/535-6032; E-mail:

Peter M. DenkPeter M. Denk, MD—Dr. Denk is a minimally invasive surgeon specializing in laparoscopic and incisionless gastrointestinal surgery. He recently moved to Fort Myers, Florida and is building a program offering the latest in minimally invasive treatments for diseases such as reflux, gallbladder disease, colon problems, and obesity. Dr. Denk performed the first POSE (Primary Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal) in the United States in February of 2009.
            Dr. Denk was part of the team of surgeons led by Dr. Swanström that performed the first Transgastric Natural Orifice Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal through the mouth) in the United States in Portland, Oregon in May of 2007.  This surgery and many other Natural Orifice surgeries performed to date utilize devices developed by USGI Medical, Inc., a California company creating devices for Incisionless surgery.  Dr. Denk started Innovation Development, LLC., a consulting company devoted to surgical device and procedure development for Natural Orifice in single incision surgery.  Innovation Development works closely with USGI Medical to develop non-invasive surgical treatments for obesity both clinically and in device R&D.  Dr. Denk is the primary physician educator for the first major commercial application of USGI’s equipment, Incisionless weight-loss surgery by endoscopic suturing called the ROSE and POSE procedures and he has trained nearly all surgeons using the devices to date.
            Dr. Denk is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), and is involved in the Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research (NOSCAR). He obtained his MD from the University of Michigan in 2001, specialized in General Surgery at the University of South Florida, and completed a fellowship in Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery with Dr. Lee Swanström in Portland, Oregon in 2007. Dr. Denk most recently served as the Director of Endoscopic Surgery at Bluegrass Bariatrics in Lexington, Kentucky before moving to Florida in July of 2010.

Peter M. Denk, MD, Laparoscopic and Incisionless General and Bariatric Surgery, Lehigh Medical Group, 1530 Lee Blvd., Ste. 1100, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Phone: 239/368-0241; Fax: 239-368-0398; E-mail:

Jay GoldbergJay R. Goldberg, PhD, PE—Dr. Goldberg is director of the healthcare technologies management program at Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). He is also an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Lafferty Professor of Engineering. He teaches courses involving design and new product development. His experience includes development of new products in urology, orthopedics, GI, and dentistry. A licensed professional engineer, Dr. Goldberg graduated with a BS in general engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in bioengineering from the University of Michigan. He has a master’s degree in engineering management and a PhD from Northwestern University. He holds six patents for urological medical devices. He also serves as chairman of the subcommittee on urological devices and materials of the American Society for Testing and Materials. Before moving into academia, Dr. Goldberg was director of technology and quality assurance for Milestone Scientific Inc. (Deerfield, IL), a start-up dental product company, where he was responsible for improvements to a novel computer-controlled dental anesthesia pump. Prior to that, he worked for Surgitek (Racine, WI), Baxter (Deerfield, IL), and DePuy (Warsaw, IN). He is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and is a consultant to the gastroenterology and urology therapy device panel of FDA’s Medical Device Advisory Committee. He is the co-creator of the Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Award national student design competition and writes a column on design courses for IEEE Pulse Magazine.

Jay R. Goldberg, PhD, PE, Director of the Healthcare Technologies Management Program, Marquette University, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: 414/288-6059; Fax: 414/288-6069; E-mail:

Sean HagenSean HägenMr. Hägen has 20 years of research and design experience in a variety of industries with a primary focus on mission critical design and the healthcare industry. Since founding BlackHägen Design (BH) in 1995, he has initiated or co-invented over 80 patents for companies as diverse as Tupperware, Baxter, and Ethicon Endo-Surgery. Hägen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University's Industrial Design program in 1989, which emphasized human factors, user research and design methodology. His current focus at BH is the user research and synthesis phase for product development, which includes ethnography, human factors engineering, usability testing, conceptualization and translation of research insights into robust user requirements. The synthesis of user insights into design inputs and concepts by Hägen has launched development projects for clients such as Edwards Lifesciences and Zimmer. In projects for clients such as Medtronic, Philips and Terumo, Hägen has contributed to the research and development of Class I, II and III devices as the principal investigator, project manager, designer and usability specialist.
            He is currently the Medical Section Chair for the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA). Hägen is also a member of the Human Engineering committee in the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) which was responsible for developing the HE 75 Human Factors standard for medical devices.

Sean Hägen, Principal, Director of Research & Synthesis, BlackHägen Design Inc., 811 Douglas Ave., Ste. C, Dunedin, FL 34698
Phone: 727-736-0582; E-mail:

Craig JacksonCraig M. Jackson, PhD—Dr. Jackson is the retired president of Hemosaga Diagnostics Corp., a start-up company in San Diego. He now operates a San Diego–based consulting practice and serves as the Program Director for The Hartwell Foundation, a foundation supporting innovative, high risk research related to diseases of children. Jackson has served as president and director of research and development for Reagents Applications Inc. and as scientific director for the American Red Cross Blood Services (Detroit) where he was also an adjunct professor of biochemistry at Wayne State University. He was a professor of biological chemistry and an associate professor of internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) prior to joining the American Red Cross. He has been a visiting professor at Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan) and the University of Hawaii. Jackson is a member of the editorial advisory board for IVD Technology magazine. He has written more than 75 original papers, contributed to more than 30 textbooks, writes regularly for both professional and trade journals, and holds several patents. He is a member of Working Group 1 of the Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM), an organization founded by the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM), and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). JCTLM provides the mechanism by which the European Union’s In Vitro Device Directive requirement for traceability can be met. On the JCTLM, Jackson has led the team that has developed the quality system. He served on the USP Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Heparin during the heparin adulteration crisis of 2008-2009. Jackson received a BS degree from Washington State University (Pullman, WA) and a PhD from the University of Washington (Seattle). He is a fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (Washington, DC) and also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Washington, DC).

Craig M. Jackson, PhD, Consultant, 5931 Seacrest View Rd., San Diego, CA 92121-4355
Phone: 858/638-0957; E-mail:

Stuart KartenStuart Karten—Mr. Stuart Karten is the principal of design and innovation consultancy Stuart Karten Design (SKD), founded in 1984 with the goal of “connecting creativity with commerce.” Stuart and his team of researchers, designers and mechanical engineers have produced innovative, award-winning designs in the medical device, consumer electronics, transportation and housewares industries, including more than 50 medical devices. Stuart sees his role as one of a patient advocate, advancing the patient experience by empathizing with users’ fears and frustrations and applying creative problem solving to develop solutions that inspire and empower. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Stuart worked for Gould Medical Products, Mattel, and Baxter Medical Products before founding SKD. He is the former chair of the Los Angeles chapter of the Industrial Designer Society of America and currently sits on the advisory board to the USC master’s program in Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering.  Stuart has been named by Medical Device & Diagnostic Industries magazine as one of 100 Notable People in the industry, and has won more than 100 of the industry’s most important design awards globally, including MDEA, IDEA, Good Design and Red Dot.  In 2008, SKD’s design for the Starkey Zon hearing aid for was honored with the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt People’s Design Award.

Stuart Karten, Principal, Stuart Karten Design (SKD), 4204 Glencoe Ave., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: 310/827-8722; Fax: 310/821-4492; E-mail:

Pascal MalassignePascal Malassigné, FIDSA—Mr. Malassigné is the senior professor and head of industrial design at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, a career research scientist and industrial designer at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and an adjunct assistant professor of rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is one of the nation’s foremost designers of assistive and mobility products for the elderly and those with disabilities. For the past 25 years, his research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and has led to the design of patented products from commode-shower wheelchairs to bathing fixtures, mobility carts of spinal cord injured individuals, and bedrails. Malassigné has more than 35 years of experience teaching industrial design, and taught at Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech universities before coming to Milwaukee in 1991. He is a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, for the accreditation of industrial design programs. He has authored more than 70 articles and papers and has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally on topics ranging from design education to rehabilitation technology. Malassigné is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America, and 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. In 2006, Design Intelligence named him one of the nation’s most admired industrial design educators.

Pascal Malassigné, FIDSA, Senior Professor & Head, Industrial Design, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Tel: 414/291-8069; Fax: 414/291-3267; E-mail:

Anne MillerAnne Miller, PhD—Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed as a researcher to Vanderbilt’s Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, School of Nursing and Centre for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety. Dr Miller was awarded her PhD in the field of psychology (human factors) from The University of Queensland, Australia in 2004. She has a diverse set of skills and prior experience. She worked as an registered and critical care nurse (Australia) in major metropolitan hospitals. She has consulted to multidisciplinary software development teams in industries as diverse as telecommunications, finance, manufacturing and mining, and has led teams in projects aimed at improving the human-technology interaction using human factors approaches. Dr 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. She has published important papers addressing handovers, health care team coordination, and information design for clinical decision- making.  She continues to provide consulting services in the area of human-technology interaction design in healthcare.

Anne Miller, PhD, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), 1211 21st Ave. South, Medical Arts Building, Ste. 732, Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 615/936-7349; Fax: 615/936-7373; Email:

Mary Beth PriviteraMary Beth Privitera, M. of Design—Ms. Privitera is the Co-director in the Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Cincinnati. The program partners multidisciplinary student teams with physician innovators, and focuses on translating research efforts into viable product development opportunities. To date, the program has demonstrated results for clinical specialists in vascular surgery, interventional radiology, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, emergency medicine, pulmonary care, rehabilitative medicine, and neurology. The program convenes students from the industrial design, biomedical engineering, and business fields and enables them to learn about the other disciplines while conducting early-stage development of regulated medical products. Privitera is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and an adjunct instructor of industrial design with research focus in the ergonomics of catheter based interventions. An expert in the application of human factors in medical product design, she has also worked in the medical device industry since 1988. She currently serves as a vice president of education for the Industrial Designers Society of America and previously served as a member of its national educational council. She is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Human Factors Committee and has coauthored various sections in HE 75. In addition, she belongs to the American Society of Engineering Educators, the Product Development and Management Association, and the Design Management Institute. She has been associated with more than 40 product releases, holds several patents and provisional patents, and has published and lectured on a variety of topics including transdisciplinary or collaborative design, innovation methodology, and surgical techniques. Privitera received her BS in industrial design from the University of Cincinnati in 1985 and her Master of Design from the University of Cincinnati in 1995.

Mary Beth Privitera, M. of Design, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, University of Cincinnati, 2901 Campus Dr., Rm. 858, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: 513/258-5824; Fax 513/556-4162; E-mail:

Bryce G. RutterBryce G. Rutter, PhD—Dr. Rutter is the Founder & CEO of Metaphase Design Group, Inc., an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed Design, Ergonomics, and Research firm based in St. Louis, Missouri.  Metaphase is now, and has always been, at the forefront of innovative research, ergonomic, and design breakthroughs working  as a partner with leading global corporations to create new product categories, and has re-set the industry standard for ergonomically-designed products. Metaphase has received numerous international awards for both research and design. Metaphase worked with Microsoft’s design group to develop the Microsoft Mouse 2.0, the most recognized ergonomic mouse ever built, which received numerous awards and was inducted into The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Architecture & Permanent Design Collection. Metaphase redefined the sports bottle paradigm for Gatorade with E.D.G.E. (The Ergonomically Designed Gatorade Experience). Metaphase set new standards for the diabetic market with Bayer’s Microlet finger lancing device. This innovative product design allows for better control and is a virtually painless alternative to extracting a blood sample for its users. Metaphase received “The Design of the Decade Award” for the Microlet from the Industrial Designers Society of America and Business Week Magazine.  Dr. Rutter solved the comfort equation for KI, the largest and fastest growing manufacturer of classroom furniture, in the Pre-K -12 furniture market with the Intellect Series working with their design group to create both an economic and ergonomic solution. 

Dr. Rutter has been an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has published numerous national and international articles on design, research, and ergonomics. Additionally, he has received extensive national and international press including a major featured profile in The Wall Street Journal, the largest profile ever done on a design, ergonomics, and research firm. He was also profiled on CNN, in Toronto’s Globe & Mail, the St. Louis Business Journal, The Ottawa Citizen, KSDK-TV in St. Louis, and has made several guest appearances on CTV (Canada’s largest television network). Dr. Rutter was named 2009 Inventor of the Year by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis for his work in combining kinesiology and industrial design which has resulted in over 95 patents.

Dr. Rutter is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Design Management Institute and IDSA. Currently, he serves on The Industrial Design Advisory Panel of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Advisory Council of the Design Management Institute. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and a Masters Degree in Industrial Design along with his Ph.D. in Kinesiology, specializing in hand function, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Bryce G. Rutter, PhD, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Metaphase Design Group Inc., 12 South Hanley Rd., Saint Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314/721-0700; Fax: 314/721-6499; E-mail:

John T. SinacoriJohn T. Sinacori, MD—Dr. Sinacori is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.  He is the Director of the Otolaryngology Program and the Director of the Voice and Swallowing Center at EVMS.  His clinical expertise is in complex airway, voice, and swallowing disorders.  The management of these disorders requires the use of state of the art surgical technology in the operating room and office setting.  Dr. Sinacori attended medical school and residency at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and then completed his Laryngology fellowship training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. 

He is a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Bronchoesophagology Association and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He has served at the Academy level as a member of the Voice Committee and the Airway and Swallowing Committee.  He has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences and has given numerous courses on innovative procedures throughout the country.  He has published numerous manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and books and is currently involved in numerous multi-institutional studies.  Dr. Sinacori has a passion for global health initiatives and currently travels to an indigent area in rural Honduras each year with a team of residents and medical professionals to provide Otolaryngology care to this underserved area.

John T. Sinacori, MD, Assistant Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dept. of Otolaryngology, 600 Gresham Dr., Ste. 1100, Norfolk, VA 23507
Phone: 757/388-6200; Fax: 757/388-6241; Email

Michael P. SchollmeyerMichael P. Schollmeyer, BS, DVM (alternate juror; inactive for 2011)Dr. Schollmeyer is a consultant in clinical research for CHF Solutions, Gambro, Inc. (Brooklyn Park, MN), a firm that makes an extracorporeal hemofiltration system to treat fluid overload in postsurgical or congestive heart failure patients. He is responsible for developing pre- and postmarket clinical trials and managing the postmarket clinical registry. He also assesses risks and provides medical opinion on all postmarket complaints received. A veterinarian by training, his device-industry career began in 1977 when he joined Medtronic Inc. (Minneapolis) as a staff veterinarian. He soon moved to the clinical studies side at Medtronic, becoming manager of preclinical studies and then director of its physiological research laboratory. After leaving Medtronic he went on to clinical management positions at a variety of firms, including HeartStent Inc. (Brooklyn Park, MN), Boston Scientific Corp. (Maple Grove, MN), the Schneider (Plymouth, MN) and American Medical Systems (Minnetonka, MN) divisions of Pfizer Inc., Valleylab (Boulder, CO), Angeion Inc. (Minneapolis), and Cardiac Pacemakers Inc. (St. Paul, MN), which is now a unit of Boston Scientific Corp. Among the clinical research studies Schollmeyer has been involved in are the first cardiac and vascular stents and the first implantable internal defibrillator. He developed the first investigational device exemption (IDE) trial for carotid stents, the first IDE trial on metabolic pacing, and the first IDE trial for use of urological stents in certain applications. He has received three patents for coinventions: two pacing leads and an electrosurgical blade. Schollmeyer received a BS in biology and chemistry from Kearney State College (Kearney, NE) in 1967 and a DVM from Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in 1972.

Michael P. Schollmeyer, BS, DVM, Consultant, CHF Solutions Inc., 8197 Inland Lane N., Maple Grove, MN 55311           
Phone: 612/719-9280; Fax: 763/463-4607; E-mail:

Mark S. VreekeMark S. Vreeke, PhD (alternate juror; inactive for 2011)Dr. Vreeke is currently the Senior VP of R&D at Pepex Biomedical.  Pepex Biomedical is a medical device company specializing in developing, manufacturing and marketing disposable miniaturized electrochemical biosensors.  For the past ten years he has also served as a senior partner at Rational Systems LLC (Houston), a business process and technical consulting firm. Rational Systems provides a consulting service that combines the business knowledge necessary to extract maximum value from a company’s assets and the technical capabilities to implement infrastructure changes to support any business redesign. While at Rational Systems, Vreeke has been the lead consultant on multiple IVD projects ranging from blood glucose monitors to multianalyte clinical analyzers. In a related position, Vreeke is serving as vice president of R&D for Rational Biotechnology, a spin-off of Rational Systems, whose goal is to speed the adoption of personalized medicine through the development of combined IVD and drug therapy products. In 2007 Dr. Vreeke started TransAtlantic Science to commercialize the Lactate EDGE a sports exercise monitor.  The company has subsequently expanded into the contract research arena specializing in glucose monitoring. In 2008 the company initiated an internal effort in diabetes control.  The approach is a based on a fundamental shift from the closed loop active feedback methods presently available to a passive approach that minimizes glucose excursions.  Before forming Rational Systems and TransAtlantic Science, Vreeke was a senior research scientist at Bayer Corp. (Elkhart, IN), where he was responsible for new reagent development in Bayer’s self-testing segment and coordinated efforts to incorporate new reagents into next-generation sensor platforms. He has also held research positions at SpectRx, and TheraSense Inc. He graduated from Calvin College with a BS in chemistry and went on to receive a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Texas. He is currently a member of the editorial advisory board of IVD Technology and is a visiting professor in the chemical engineering department at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Terragona, Spain). He has 20 peer reviewed publications and 24 issued U.S. patents.

Mark S. Vreeke, PhD, Senior Partner, Rational Systems LLC, 11 Greenway Plaza, Ste. 543, Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 832/752-2915; E-mail:

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