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Mark Adams
Mark Adams

Mr. Adams received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in 2001. While at Northeastern, Mr. Adams began his machinist’s apprenticeship at TNCO, Inc., an OEM manufacturer of reusable microsurgical instruments. At Northeastern, Mr. Adams studies focused on 3-Dimensional solid modeling and mechanical design. In the late 1990’s he joined the Research and Development group of Boston scientific Corporation’s Endoscopy division where he helped to develop several cutting edge endoscopic devices. In 2004, he was a senior level R&D engineer and project manager for Boston Scientific’s Precision Vascular division, located in West Valley City, Utah, where his primary focus was to work closely with internal customers to help integrate the division’s core technology into new applications. Mr. Adams holds an extensive patent portfolio in the field of medical devices. while with Boston Scientific, he was awarded six U.S. patents, 11 World Intellectual Property Organization Patents and has an additional 18 patents pending in the fields of; fluid delivery systems, catheter positioning systems, safety devices, thermal tumor treatment and diagnostics. In 2007, Mr. Adams entered into the University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business where he is focusing on marketing and entrepreneurship. He currently consults for a several medical device companies.

Jonathan Borden
jon borden

Jonathan Borden brings 17 years of medical device and manufacturing experience to the coaching staff including.   He obtained a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University and later certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute.  Jon has developed both long and short term disposable and implantable devices as well as diagnostic X-Ray systems used for Cardiovascular and Orthopedic applications.  He has worked for company several fortune 500 companies including General Electric, Tyco Healthcare, BD Medical, and Fresenius.  Jon has also trained over 300 executive and engineering professionals in project management and is a certified trainer. Jon is a native of Salt Lake City and loves to take time to enjoy the nature of the area.  He and his wife enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding with their 6 children.

Mark Crawford
Mark Crawford

Mr. Crawford received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Utah.  He has ten years of clinical experience as a cardiovascular technician at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.  He became involved in product development with the R&D organization of Desert Medical in 1981 and developed several new products over his 26+ years at BD Medical.  He worked on development of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart in 1986-1987 by training and supporting hospital teams on the management of the heart once it was implanted in a patient.  Mark has been an associate instructor at Brigham Young University for a number of years.  He coaches teams of senior engineering students through the steps of product development as they work on industry sponsored projects.  He is a volunteer member of a surgical team sponsored by Project Perfect World.  The team participates in an annual mission to Ecuador to help poor children of that country by performing orthopedic surgeries. Mark is currently a consultant focused on medical device product development and intellectual property.  He has fourteen issued patents related to medical devices.  Mark is a registered patent agent.

John Fowler
John Fowler

Mr. Fowler is a Senior Process Development Engineer for Boston Scientific – West Valley. He is currently working on the process development and validation of a cardiac access device component. As a Process Development Engineer he is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on design and process validation. He is a certified trainer for Process and Design Validation, Validation Sampling Plans, and Capability of Variable Data for Validation. He has a thorough understanding of cGMP, FDA, and ISO regulations and how they apply to the medical device manufacturing environment. John Fowler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Weber State University.

Edwin Maynard, PhD, PE
Edwin Maynard

Dr. Maynard graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Computer and Systems Engineering. He worked at General Electric Defense Systems for a year before returning to academia to earn a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Utah. He continued as a Research Assistant Professor of Bioengineering co-directing the Center for the Neural Interfaces before joining a small technology start up to pursue his entrepreneur interests. Throughout the years, he has held positions from Senior Engineer to Director of Engineering as the company grew to $70M in sales. The company specializes in ultra low power embedded microcontroller sensor systems.

Sean Mitchell
Sean Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell is a Biomedical Engineer with eight years experience developing and manufacturing medical devices ranging from Intracranial and Urological pressure sensitive catheters and test systems to esophageal implant delivery catheters, blood management and filtration cannula. Sean’s career includes experience inside large corporations including Medtronic Sofamor-Danek and Edwards Lifesciences and as an external consultant, working with Becton-Dickinson, Utah Medical, Medtronic PS Medical, and others. Sean holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology as well as a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Utah.

Wayne Parris
Wayne Parris

Mr. Parris has a BS in Business and Marketing and twenty years experience in the development and commercialization of products and processes for the medical device industry (i.e. peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs), Venous Introducers, Coronary Angioscopes, Luer Activated Valves, Split Septum IV System, IV Administration Sets and Blood Chemistry Analyzer). His experience and expertise include plastics, injection molding, prototyping, packaging, and process development. He is certified in PMP and Six Sigma Green Belt. Wayne has several utility and design patents.

Spencer Thomas
Spencer Thomas

Mr. Thomas earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering and also his MS in Bioengineering from the University of Utah. He has been employed at Bard Access Systems for about three years. He currently is an R&D Manager involved in activities ranging from concept/idea generation through product launch. He also participates in post launch market research activities.