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Expert in Electron Beam Equiment for Sterilizing Medical Devices, and Irradiating Foods, Polymers and Wastes

Expert ID: 727427 Canada

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Expert is one of two partners in a consulting firm. He is the former General Manager of AECL Accelerators. He planned and led the team that developed Atomic Energy of Canada's high energy, high power electron beam technology. He set up and managed the business unit that produced and marketed the accelerators. He managed R&D programs to develop new uses for electron beams, including food irradiation, plastics, composites and cellulose treatment. He has extensive international experience in electron beam projects.


His partner Gerry Hare has an extensive background in marketing, engineering and physics as a result of more than thirty years experience in electron accelerator, medical device and semiconductor projects. He project-managed the development, initial production, installation and servicing of the first cancer therapy electron accelerator to use computer controls, established the marketing of electron sterilization equipment to the medical sterilization industry and device manufacturers, and worked with regional development agencies to attract medical device manufacturing. In addition, he has worked on ISO standards for electron sterilization.

Expert has presented numerous seminars and technical papers to the International Meetings on Radiation Processing, the Japan Conferences on Radiation,International Atomic Energy Agency, Pacific Basin Nuclear Conferences, Saskatchewan Association of Municipalities, Queensland Department of Trade and has provided extensive instructional courses on electron beam technology.

He provided

a market survey for on-line electron beam sterilization

for a Japanese client, andHe provided a report on market and technology opportunities for electron accelerators

for a British client.and He provided overall guidance for the equipment selection, shield design, licensing and staff training for a US medical device manufacturer building a sterilization plant.A review of accelerator technology for food irradiation

for a irradiation plant manufacturer, andA dose mapping study including computer simulation and analysed equipment available for electron beam sterilization of contact lenses

for a USA company.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: PhD Subject: Atomic Physics (Andrew J Stirling) Institution: Flinders University (South Australia)
Year: 1966 Degree: BSc (Hons) Subject: Physics Institution: University of Adelaide

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1999 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principle Department: Current Consulting Firm Responsibilities:
Years: 1985 to 1998 Employer: Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Title: General Manager Department: Accelerator Business Unit Responsibilities: During this period Expert was General Manager of AECL’s Accelerator Business Unit,. This was a new business division of AECL which developed the world's most powerful industrial linear accelerator at the time. Such accelerators are used for sterilization of medical devices and can replace environmentally undesirable processes in other industries. Expert led the business unit from its inception, bringing both the product and markets to reality. His background in science and science management enabled him to understand the principles of the accelerator and the new applications research. His experience in strategic planning marketing the products gave him an unparalleled knowledge of the overall market and competition at the CEO level
Years: 1970 to 1985 Employer: Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd Title: Director Department: Control and Instrumentation Responsibilities: During this period ExpertStirling developed interests in the application of science to product development. In 1975, he was appointed Branch Head of the Instrument Development Branch and in 1980, Director of the Electronics and Instrumentation Control Division. During that time he directed the technical component of the Canadian Safeguards Program, developing instrumentation for monitoring compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Years: to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Department: Responsibilities: Prepared marketing information including technical notes and specification sheets; created regional medical device manufacturing databases (UK, Germany, Italy, Malaysia); recruited and managed agents; identified and followed-up on sales possibilities and tracked competition.
Years: to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Department: Responsibilities: Directed product development and production introduction (6 MeV Cancer therapy linac). Managed technical support for sales and marketing. Was Product Manager for Cobalt 60 teletherapy products and sources.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1969 to 1998 Agency: Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Role: Director and General Manager Description: Expert was Director of the division of Instrumentation and Control, Leader of the Canadian Safeguards Technical Support program for the IAEA and subsequently General Manager of the Accelerator Business Unit of Atomic Energy of Canada.
Years: to 1998 Agency: Role: Description:

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1999 to Present Country / Region: USA Summary: He has consulted for approximately 10 USA clients ranging from individuals to major corporations
Years: 2000 to 2004 Country / Region: Japan Summary: He has provided marketing services to one Japanese company and(subsequently technical and marketing services to another. Prior to becoming consultants they developed strong technical and marketing ties in Japan
Years: 1989 to 1997 Country / Region: UK, Italy,Germany, Malaysia, Australia Summary: He carried extensive marketing activities related to medical device sterilization in these countries during the period
Years: 1992 to 1996 Country / Region: Sweeden, Finland, Germany Summary: He worked extensively with pulp and paper companies in the development of viscose manufacture using electron-beam pre-treatments

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Charter member and regional past president of Canadian Nuclear Society.
Awards / Recognition
Innovative Achievement Award of the Canadian Nuclear Society.

R&D 100 Award in 1990
Publications and Patents Summary
The partners have authored over 40 publications and are holders of several patents including most recently a system for in-line electron beam sterilization.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He was an expert witness working with Millbank Tweed (New York) representing Atomic Energy of Canada versus E-Beam Services in New Jersey Federal Court.

Training / Seminars
He has given radiation safety courses to users of accelerators.

He has given general electron beam irradiation courses.
Vendor Selection
He has extensive experience in surveying the user requirements and identifying suppliers of electron beam equipment
Marketing Experience
He has direct experience in designing, manufacturing and installing electron beam accelerators and have completed a number of related consulting contracts
Other Relevant Experience
He has prepared communications materials for use by clients with the general public, local government and state licensing authorities.
He has developed a generic calculation model for use by clients in assessing project feasibility and costs.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert reads, speaks and understands French well but has limited ability to write legal or technical documents in French

Fields of Expertise

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