Our esteemed judging panel for the MEDTEC EMDT Awards consists of industry experts hand-picked for their knowledge and expertise in the field of medical device technology.
|Chair of Judges|
|Norbert Sparrow, Editor in Chief, EMDT|
|EMDT Editor in Chief Norbert Sparrow feels equally at home in Europe and the United States. Born in Germany and raised in Toronto and Los Angeles, he earned his master's degree in journalism in Strasbourg, France. He wrote for a variety of newspapers and magazines during the 12 years that he lived in Paris and Strasbourg. Norbert returned to Los Angeles in 1986, and joined Canon Communications (now UBM Canon) in 1995 as editor of European Medical Device Manufacturer.|
|John Brennan, Director Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Eucomed|
|John joined Eucomed in August 2008 as Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs, after spending five years at the European Commission working in the Unit responsible for the European medical devices legislation. During his time at the Commission he also had particular experience in international regulatory cooperation (GHTF). John has over 20 years experience both on the regulatory and the industrial sides of the healthcare industry.|
|Dr. Frank Witte, Director of Biomaterial Research, Hanover Medical School|
|Dr. Frank Witte is an Associate Professor for Experimental Orthopaedics at Hannover Medical School and he keeps an Adjunct Professorship for Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh and University of North Carolina A&T State. He graduated from Hannover Medical School and completed his PhD thesis in 2001. Currently, he is holding the position as the Director of Biomaterial Research in the Laboratory for Biomechanics and Biomaterials and he is also leading the Group on Implant Immunology at CrossBIT at the Hannover Medical School. His field of expertise are biomaterials for musculoskletal applications, especially, he is pioneering the field of biodegradable metals.|
|Mary Beth Privitera, Associate Professor/Co-Director, University of Cincinnati|
|Ms. Privitera is the Co-director in the Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Cincinnati. 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 with research focus in applied ethnography for design and 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 co-authored various sections in AMMI/ANSI 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 trans-disciplinary/collaborative design, innovation methodology, and medical product design. 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.|
|Med Urs Schneider, IPA|
|Ulrich Kromer von Baerle, Managing Director, Messe Stuttgart|
|Coralie Gallis, CEA-LETI
PhD in Materials Sciences from Paris 6 University and Physic-Chemistry engineer from Chimie Paris engineering school, Coralie Gallis worked for ASML, a Dutch semiconductor company in the Netherlands as Intelligent Specialist. After this rewarding experience, she joined IMEC in Leuven, Belgium as Business Development Manager for BioMedical electronics application. At present, she works for CEA-LETI as Head Business Development for wearable devices dedicated to biology, healthcare and wellbeing.
Terms and Conditions
- Judges will consider each entry submission against the category criteria and their own discretion based on their relevant experience and expertise.
- The role of the Chair of Judges is to clarify the criteria, and to mediate in the event of a draw to determine a clear winner. The Chair of Judges does not have a casting vote.
- Judges' decisions are final and binding; and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into relating to any of their decisions.
- UBM plc is not liable for any costs incurred by candidate organisations during the judging process.
- Any entrant who, in the opinion of the judges or the organisers, is perceived to have harassed or bribed any member of the panel or the MEDTEC EMDT Innovation Awards team will have their entry disqualified.
- The MEDTEC EMDT Innovation Awards reserves the right to withdraw an entry from the judging process at any time if the entry is deemed inappropriate for any reason.
- If it is found that any entrant has knowingly provided false information on their application for their entry, the MEDTEC EMDT Innovation Awards reserves the right to withdraw any award at any time submitted by that organisation.
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