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SI Advisors

Surgical Innovations’ advisors donate 1-5 hours per month to assist UCSF medical device innovators with questions ranging from materials selection to IP strategy.

Need professional advice? Our advisors from industry and academia span all areas of the medical device field. Contact Stacy.Kim@ucsf.edu to schedule a consultation.

Science & Engineering

  • Mojtaba Azadi, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, San Francisco State University - website
  • Tejal Desai, PhD - Professor & Chair, Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF - website
  • Hao Jiang, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, San Francisco State University - website
  • Matthew Leineweber, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, San Jose State University - website
  • Michel Maharbiz, PhD - Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley - website
  • Phil Messersmith, PhD - Class of 1941 Professor, Departments of Bioengineering and Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley - website
  • Katia Obraczka, PhD - Professor, Department of Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz - website
  • Guna Selvaduray, PhD - Professor & Chair, Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering, San Jose State University - website
  • Michael Strange, MS - Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Engineering Technology, California State University Maritime Academy - website
  • Xiaorong Zhang, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Computer Engineering, San Francisco State University - website

Product Development

  • Jeff Christian - CEO, Phoenix DeVentures, Inc. - website
  • Denise Forkey, MS - Consultant, Denise Forkey Medical Device Development Solutions - website
  • Matt Hayes - President, Hayes Manufacturing Services, Inc. - website
  • Chris Jones, MS - Consultant, Orb Product Development LLC
  • Ted Kucklick - President & CTO, Cannuflow Inc. - website
  • Mikki Larner - Associate, David Schnur Associates, Inc. - website
  • Jim Swick, PhD - Principal, Swick Consulting - website

Business Development & Commericalization

  • John Ashley, MS - President & CEO, ReValve Med, Inc. - website
  • Dan Burnett, MD, MBA - President & CEO, TheraNova - website
  • Howard Edelman - CEO, Advanced Resin Therapeutics - website
  • Marc Galletti, MBA - Managing Director, Longitude Capital - website
  • Norm Gitis, PhD - Managing Partner, Lymo Ventures & Board Member, Life Science Angels - website
  • Russell Lindemann, MBA - President, RNL Consulting
  • Shervin Majd, PhD - Investment Partner, Life Science Angels - website
  • Allan May - Co-Founder and Chairman, Life Science Angels - website
  • David Strong - Managing Director, Far West Capital Management
  • Wei Tao, PhD - Co-Chair, BIO/Genomics/Diagnostics Committee, Life Science Angels - website
  • Pierre Theodore, MD - Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Associate Professor of Surgery, UCSF - website 

Regulatory & Reimbursement

  • Michael Billig - CEO, Experien Group LLC - website
  • Linda Braddon, PhD - CEO, Secure BioMed Evaluations - website
  • Thomas Lawson, PhD - Principal Consultant, Lawson & Associates
  • Susan Rowinski, MSE - President & Founder, Rowinski Group LLC - website

Intellectual Property

  • Johney Han, JD - Partner, Levine Bagade Han LLP - website
  • James Huie, JD - Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC - website
  • David Levine, JD, MS - Partner, Levine Bagade Han LLP - website
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