About the Panel of Experts:
David A. Stout is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at BrownUniversity in the Center for Biomedical Engineering (BME), with joint appointments in the School of Engineering and the Division of Biology and Medicine. David conducts innovative research investigating the 3D migration of neutrophils (white blood cells) to better understand the underlying mechanisms of cancer cell metastasis. He also designs novel nanobio-cardiovascular materials to assist in the delivery of stem cells to dead heart tissue after a heart attack, and investigates the use of Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs), as blood brain barrier carriers for targeted neuro-pharmaceuticals.
David is the recipient of numerous awards including: TheNational Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Fellowship, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) Research Fellowship, Open Graduate Programs Scholarship supported by the AndrewW.Mellon Foundation, California State University Pre-doctoral Sally Casanova Scholarship, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research Award, and the 2012 NEBEC best paper. He was also a finalist for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Graduate Student Award.
David holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach and an active member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi and California Scholarship Federation.
Dr. Burbank is a founding partner of Salt Creek Medical and a Managing Partner of the Salt Creek Fund I. He is Chairman of the Board for Mariposa Biotechnology and Sensory Medical. Dr. Burbank was the founder of three successful medical device companies: Biopsys Medical (acquired from the public market by Johnson & Johnson), Vascular Control Systems (acquired as a private company by Johnson & Johnson), and SenoRx (a public company listed as SENO on the NASDAQ exchange). He is a recognized expert in stereotactic breast biopsy and has published over 50 journal articles. Additionally he is a named inventor in over 80 pending and issued patents. Dr. Burbank received his M.D. and B.A. degrees from Stanford University.
Co-founder of Salt Creek Medical and a Managing Partner of the Salt Creek Fund I, Mr. Jones leads a team of engineers in the development of medical device applications and methods that address the mission of the foundation. With more than 25 years of experience in the medical device industry, Mr. Jones has designed and developed a wide range of technologies, including implantable and disposable products for companies such as SenoRx, MicroTherapeutics, Applied Medical, Laparomed, and Mentor.
Mr. Jones was a founder of Vascular Control Systems and currently serves as a board director for Sensory Medical. He is also named in over 40 pending and issued patents.
Mr. Jones holds a M.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics and Materials from California State University, Long Beach and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Young grew up in Charlotte, NC and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, concentrated in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, from North Carolina State University. He also earned a minor in Business Management. He then attended UC San Diego where he received a PhD in Bioengineering for his research in the field of adipose tissue engineering. While at UCSD, Dr. Young developed and patented a process to generate an injectable gel of proteins derived from human liposuctioned fat tissue. He showed this gel was capable of stimulating fat regeneration to be used for treating severe burns or breast cancer patients. He also investigated the chemical and physical cues involved in directing differentiation of adult stem cells to be used in combination with the biomaterials he was developing. Dr. Young has published 7 first-author manuscripts on his research and been invited to present his data at numerous national and international conferences.
Currently, Dr. Young is running a start-up company, Wolf Biosciences Inc., that he founded based on his graduate research. The company is pursuing the development of an injectable gel that stimulates adipose regeneration. This gel represents an off-the-shelf allogeneic product capable of regenerating new tissue at the site of injection, instead of passively filling space like current products for adipose deficits. Dr. Young also serves as a consultant for Cytograft Tissue Engineering Inc., assisting in the development of their dermal filler product, BelleVie.
Patrick Ikehara is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice law in California and Hawaii. His intellectual property law experience over the years has been focused on obtaining patent protection and navigating patents for medical devices, telecommunications, computer software and Internet and automotive-related technologies. Currently, Patrick is an in-house patent attorney at Applied Medical in which he is responsible for prosecuting Applied’s extensive US and International patent portfolio. With Applied’s open atmosphere, Patrick works closely with engineers, clinical development and decision makers gaining considerable knowledge and expertise with in-house legal demands. Such insight has been fostered by his other experiences in practicing law at CPH and KPPB, both Southern California Intellectual Property Law Firm Boutiques. Patrick received his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Southern California in 1990 and his law degree from Southwestern University in 1997. Prior to and during law school, Patrick worked as an electrical engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company and subsequently for an engineering consulting company working with clients such as Western Digital, Northrop Grumman and Cadence.
Nick Sramek is a senior project leader in system engineering for The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, where he has worked for over 30 years primarily on military satellite systems. He is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics associate fellow and a Computer Systems Technical Committee member. In July 2007, Mayor Bob Foster appointed Mr. Sramek to a six-year term on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Port of Long Beach governing board. He also served on the City of Long Beach Planning Commission for seven years prior to his Harbor Commission appointment. Mr. Sramek represents the port on the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Joint Powers Authority’s governing board. He is the founder of the West Long Beach Business Association, serves as a member of the Long Beach Police Memorial Trust Fund trustee. Mr. Sramek earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Long Beach. In addition, he serves on the CSULB College of Engineering’s Dean’s Advisory Council and was named "2010 Distinguished Alumnus" for the College of Engineering.