Expert in Product Development and Manufacturing Technology Transfer in Composite Materials for Industrial, Biotech and Medical Devices
Expert ID: 727864 Maryland, USA
He has extensive hands-on experience in the manufacture and processing of polymer films, membranes, papers, and fabrics, particularly including laminates, composites, and coatings of these. Deep knowledge of adhesive binders and methods of application in lamination and device assembly. Fluent in heat transfer processes including conductive, convective, radiant, and radiofrequency systems. A particular understanding of ultrasonic welding and bonding, including wide webs.
Advocated material selection and process conditions for high purity silicone extrusion and injection molding, for pharmaceutical device applications. Conducted performance evaluations of several ultrasonic film lamination systems, in both medical and industrial services, to upgrade the quality and throughout metrics. Researched methods for profile extrusion over thin flexible membrane core, and successfully prototyped the concept at full scale. Evaluated alternative means of applying porous adhesive coatings to laminate composite films, webs, and woven and non-woven composites. Developed automated assembly concept for low friction composite medical-grade syringe stoppers, by integrating high-pressure compression molding with thermoforming Reformulated flavor coating of PTFE dental floss, for enhanced quality within a one-step process, enabling a doubling in business valuation.
|Year: 1978||Degree: MBA||Subject: Business Administration||Institution: Shippensburg State College, PA|
|Year: 1974||Degree: BS||Subject: Chemical Engineering||Institution: Western Michigan University|
|Years: 1996 to 2016||Employer: W.L.Gore & Associates||Title: Process Technologist||Department: Industrial Products Division|
Responsibilities:Develop key enabling manufacturing technology, new process capabilities, and new product platforms, aiming for functional excellence in pharma and industrial membrane applications
|Years: 1992 to 1996||Employer: Landec Corp.||Title: Director of Manufacturing||Department: Manufacturing|
Responsibilities:GMP device production, engineering, and materials management,
for production of orthopedic and ocular medical devices based on unique thermoplastic polymers. Also invented modified atmosphere packaging for vegetable produce.Concept to commercialization under GMP within two years.
|Years: 1990 to 1992||Employer: Cholestech Corp.||Title: Director of Process Science||Department: Technical|
Responsibilities:New clinical diagnostic device system product development, process, equipment, and materials engineering. Concept to commercialization under GMP within two years.
|Years: 1984 to 1990||Employer: Miles Div, Bayer Inc.||Title: Manager of Process Engineering||Department: Engineering|
Responsibilities:Manufacturing engineering, process automation, GMP documentation and state of the art pilot plant for development of clinical diagnostic reagent chemistries, assays and devices.
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|Awarded patent for a surface modified fluoropolymer membrane, for enhanced nano scale particle filtration efficiency in ultra high purity semiconductor processes
Awarded patent for a “Gas Permeable Membrane”, for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), enabling coast to coast distribution of fresh cut vegetable produce.
|Expert Witness Experience|
| Expert has been consulted for legal depositions in matters of intellectual property and product fitness for use.
Expert's litigation experiences include intellectual property and technical aspects of such diverse things as structural composite paneling, hydrophilic modifications of hydrophobic membranes, as well as durable fine denier woven fabrics.
|Training / Seminars|
|Expert was corporate champion and lead facilitator for training and application of methods for systematic innovation, and inventive problem solving. Methods include function modeling, TRIZ and design for manufacturability. He has linked these skills within the Six Sigma framework of quality systems and continuous improvement.|
|Expert has extensive experience with toll or out-source materials and manufacturing partners in the areas of coatings, laminations, converting, device assembly and packaging, in both regulated and non-regulated industries.|
|Expert applies methods such as lateral benchmarking and trends of evolution to assess changes and opportunities in technology driven industries he serves.|
|German||He has two years' training in the language, and applies it infrequently.|