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Expert in Product Development and Manufacturing Technology Transfer in Composite Materials for Industrial, Biotech and Medical Devices

Expert ID: 727864 Maryland, USA

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Expert's principal expertise lies in conducting original research, development and evaluation of alternative process capabilities, in support of new product development. His work has typically led to the establishment of new manufacturing platforms for a variety of material science-oriented businesses spanning the continental US, Western Europe and Japan. The scope of these developments include the following industries: Membrane filtration and separations; Clinical diagnostic reagent systems; Cardiovascular, Orthopedic and Ocular medical devices; Pharmaceutical-grade fluid mechanics, devices and systems; Flexible high-barrier packaging films; technical textiles and nonwoven fabrics.

He has extensive hands-on experience in 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 radio frequency systems. 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 applicationsConducted performance evaluations of several ultrasonic film lamination systems, in both medical and industrial service, to upgraded 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, woven and non-woven composites.Developed automated assembly concept for low friction composite medical grade syringe stoppers, by integrating high pressure compression molding with thermoformingReformulated flavor coating of PTFE dental floss, for enhanced quality within a one step process, enabling a doubling in business valuation

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Allentown, Pennsylvania - Reading, Pennsylvania - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Trenton, New Jersey - Camden, New Jersey - Wilmington, Delaware - Baltimore, Maryland - Alexandria, Virginia

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: Shippensburg State College, PA
Year: 1974 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Western Michigan University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
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.

Career Accomplishments

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.

Additional Experience

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.
Vendor Selection
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.
Marketing Experience
Expert applies methods such as lateral benchmarking and trends of evolution to assess changes and opportunities in technology driven industries he serves.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German He has two years' training in the language, and applies it infrequently.

Fields of Expertise

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