Jonas Pologe (Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer)
has over thirty years of engineering and research experience in the medical
device industry and is considered one of the world's foremost experts on
the science of pulse oximetry. He was an original member of BIOX, the
company that developed the first commercially-viable pulse oximeter, and
spent seventeen years with Datex-Ohmeda (now part of GE Healthcare) and its
predecessor companies. In addition to his skills in electronic hardware and
software engineering, Mr. Pologe's areas of research specialization are in
photoplethysmographic monitoring and spectrophotometric analysis. In 1991,
Mr. Pologe was a member of an expedition climbing Mt. Everest, during which
he conducted a field research project on pulse oximetry at extreme high
altitude. He is the author of almost 20 patents related to pulse oximetry,
as well as numerous articles and presentations at technical meetings in
this field. Mr. Pologe holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from George
Washington University. Prior to founding Kestrel Labs, Mr. Pologe held the
positions of Vice President of R&D, Quartz Medical, and Manager of Research
and Chief Scientist for Datex-Ohmeda's Pulse Oximetry business unit.
Ted Delianides, Ph.D. (Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer)
has extensive experience with technology development and company operations
in diverse product fields, including medical devices, optical networks,
and lightweight composite materials. Dr.
Delianides has worked with four other start-up companies, including Zolo
Technologies, Inc., a subsystems provider of DWDM optical network
components, ArmorWorks, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced ceramic-composite armor,
and A3 Technologies, Inc., a technology spin-off from the 1992
America's Cup yacht races. He also worked as a staff scientist at
Datex-Ohmeda on novel methods of blood pressure measurement.
Dr. Delianides holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from George
Washington University and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics/Astronautics (minor in
Electrical Engineering / Optics) from Stanford University. Prior to
founding Kestrel Labs, Dr. Delianides' positions included Project Director
(Embedded Monitors) for Zolo Technologies, Inc. and VP of Research,
Development, and Engineering at ArmorWorks, Inc.
Adriaan Verheij (Principal Software Design Engineer)
has over twenty years of experience in system architecture, software and hardware
design, and medical device design. As a project manager Mr. Verheij designed and
developed an ultrasound-based biometer/pachymeter that measured the thickness
of the tissues of the human eye with unprecedented accuracy. He also led
the software development effort on a perfusion control system for a heart-lung
machine. Joining Kestrel Labs in 2004, Mr. Verheij has had principal
responsibility for the development of all instrumentation and manufacturing
software for Kestrel Labs, including the embedded software for the advanced
pulse oximeter currently under development. Mr. Verheij holds a B.S. in
Electrical Engineering from HTS Dordrecht, The Netherlands, and a M.S.
in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology,
The Netherlands, with a specialization in Medical Electrical Engineering.
MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD & TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS
Enrico Camporesi, M.D. (Member, Medical Advisory Board)
and Chairman of Anesthesiology and Professor of Physiology for SUNY
Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York. His board certifications
include: ECFMG, Rochester, New York (186-347-1); American Board of
Anesthesiology, 05/78; American College of Anesthesiology, 05/79;
American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, 1996; and American Board of
Preventative Medicine-Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, 2000. Dr.
Camporesi has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, book
chapters, reviews, abstracts, and other publications.
James B. Eisenkraft, M.D. (Member, Medical Advisory Board) is
Professor of Anesthesiology for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He
received his M.D. from the University of London, UK, in 1972 and completed a
Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in 1977. He is board
certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology with
specific interests in: Anesthesia and Monitoring equipment; Orthopedic
Anesthesia; and Neuroanesthesia. Dr. Eisenkraft has over 140 publications,
including over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and made contributions to over
46 book chapters. He is co-editor of the textbook Anesthesia Equipment: Principles and
Applications and co-author of The Pharmacology of Inhaled
William W. Hay, Jr., M.D. (Member, Kestrel Labs Medical Advisory
Board) is Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences
Center (UCHSC), Associate Director of the UCHSC Pediatric Clinical Research
Center, Director of the UCHSC Neonatal Clinical Research, and Director of the
UCHSC Training Program in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine. He is a former
president of the Perinatal Research Society and the Perinatal Nutrition and
Metabolism Club and current secretary-treasurer of the American Pediatric
Society. Dr. Hay is a leading authority on perinatal/neonatal nutrition and
development and has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles,
book chapters, reviews, abstracts, and other publications. Education
and Dates: B.A. Biology/Philosophy, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1967; M.D. Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 1971;
Internship/Residency in Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences
Center, Denver, CO 1974; Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine,
UCHSC, Denver, CO 1978.
Claude A. Piantadosi, M.D. (Member, Medical Advisory Board)
is Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine,
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, and Director of the Center for
Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology for Duke University
Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. His board certifications include:
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, and
Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Piantadosi has published over 150 peer-reviewed
journal articles plus 250 book chapters, reviews, abstracts, and other
Thomas Kroenke (Advisor, Quality System & Regulatory Affairs) is
President and Principal Consultant of Speed to Market, Inc. and has
more than 25 years experience in the medical device and defense industries.
He has held research, manufacturing, quality, and regulatory positions at a
variety of companies. Most recently, Mr. Kroenke was with Quartz Medical,
Inc., a pulse oximetry startup company. As the Senior Manager of
Quality and Regulatory Affairs, he authored and implemented a
simple and effective Quality System resulting in initial self-certification
for the EU market in 7 months. In the same time frame, he guided Quartz
through the product development process and obtained FDA clearance in 29
days. Mr. Kroenke holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of
Nebraska, and a MS in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado.
He is a Certified Quality Engineer, Regulatory Affairs Certified and trained
as an ISO 9000 Lead Auditor.
Albert Palachek, Ph.D. (Advisor, Mathematician/Bio-Statistician) has
more than 30 years experience providing statistical consulting and performing
statistical analyses. He has held research and quality positions with companies
in the defense and medical device industries, and he has also held faculty
positions at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Colorado - Boulder.
Dr. Palachek worked as a Bio-Statistician at Datex-Ohmeda, where he provided
statistical design and analysis to calibrate pulse oximetry devices and
performed research on photoplethysmographic signal processing methods.
Education and Dates: Dr. Palachek earned a bachelorís degree in Mathematics in 1977
from McNeese State University, and masterís degree in 1979 and Ph.D. degree in 1981
in Statistics from Southern Methodist University. He has also held certifications
as a Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Reliability Engineer, and Certified Quality