David Ku, M.D., Ph.D.
David Ku, M.D., Ph.D. serves as the executive director of APDC and is the Lawrence P. Huang Chair Professor of Engineering Entrepreneurship, a Regents' Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship's Program for Engineering Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech. He has an active research interest in cardiovascular disease pathophysiology and treatment. He has additional interest in commercialization of novel medical devices through start-up companies, and efficient methods of product development. He has been involved with four start-ups and successfully raised over $20 million in private financing.
Barbara Boyan, Ph.D.
Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. serves as a director of APDC and dean of the School of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was previously a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she held the Price Gilbert, Jr. Chair in Tissue Engineering. She was a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. In 1993, she co-founded OsteoBiologics, Inc. (San Antonio, Texas), which was acquired by Smith & Nephew in 2007. Boyan is also founder of Biomedical Development Corporation in San Antonio, as well as Orthonics, Inc. and SpherIngenics, Inc. in Atlanta. She sits on the Board of Directors of Arthrocare, Inc. (Austin, TX) and Carticept Medical, Inc. (Alpharetta, GA). The author of more than 370 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters, Boyan holds 13 U.S. patents.
Wilbur Lam, M.D., Ph.D.
Wilbur Lam, M.D., Ph.D. serves as a director of APDC and is a bioengineer and pediatric hematologist/oncologist. He is assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he is developing and applying novel technologies using micro/nanotechnology, microfluidics, and cell mechanics to research, diagnose, and treat blood diseases and cancer. Lam is also involved in the invention, development, and clinical assessment of novel medical diagnostics for childhood diseases. His laboratory has numerous publications and grant support for those project
L. Franklin Bost, M.B.A., IDSA, FAIMBE
L. Franklin Bost, M.B.A., IDSA, FAIMBE serves as a director of APDC. He is the executive associate dean of the VCU School of Engineering, and the director of the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine. As executive associate dean, he oversees the development of innovation and outreach programs, marketing and communications, student career services activities, the VIP @ VCU multi-disciplinary, multi-year program, and student co-op and internship programs for the School of Engineering. As director of the VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine, Bost oversees bridging entities between VCU Engineering, VCUHealth Campus, and the Virginia Biotechnology Park in enhancing collaborations on unmet needs in patient care and translational development of innovations toward deployment into clinical practice.
Mehul Raval, M.D., M.S.
Mehul V. Raval, M.D., M.S., serves as a director for APDC and is a pediatric surgeon at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is an assistant professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. At Emory University he serves as the director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Public Health and the director of research for the Division of Pediatric Surgery. His primary clinical interests are in newborn surgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He is an active health services researcher whose primary interests are in quality and process improvement, outcomes measurement, healthcare policy, and value-based care. He is a funded investigator and was recently awarded a R01 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Raval has over 80 peer-reviewed publications, 130 regional, national, and international presentations, and serves on several national committees focused on improving quality and safety and optimizing the delivery of surgical care.
Bruce Rubin, M.D., M.B.A.
Bruce Rubin, M.D., M.B.A. serves as an APDC pediatric advisor at VCU and is the Jessie Ball duPont Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the VCU Medical Center. He has appointments as professor of biomedical engineering and an adjunct professor of physiology and biophysics as well. He is a pediatric pulmonologist, a biomedical engineer, and has a master’s degree in business. He has spent the past 30 years studying airway biomaterials (primarily mucus), developing and testing medical aerosols, and creating cell and tissue culture models of chronic airway diseases. His discoveries have led to 9 patents – 3 in the past 4 years.
Martha Willis, M.S.
Martha Willis, M.S. serves as an associate director of APDC and provides overall administrative leadership for the consortium. She holds an M.S. degree in electrical engineering and has over 15 years of project management experience in academic research and development, government contracting, and industry. She serves as the primary point of contact for APDC clinicians, inventors, investigators, and other consortium personnel. She coordinates the APDC seed grant program, from application through the establishment and management of subcontracts with small businesses and other research entities affiliated with the consortium.
Inci Yildirim, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.
Inci Yildirim, M.D., M.S., serves as director of the APDC Clinical Core and is an assistant professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at Emory University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Her research investigates the comparative- and cost-effectiveness of interventions to identify and treat vaccine preventable diseases, employing methods of clinical epidemiology, and clinical economics. Yildirim provides essential input and expertise as our device projects enter the clinical testing phase of development. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and serves on several committees focused on optimizing health outcomes in children.
Stacy Heilman, Ph.D.
Stacy Heilman, Ph.D. is a research director at the interface of the Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta pediatric research partnership. Within APDC, Heilman facilitates child health related research efforts by identifying and ensuring access to critical resources, such as research core services, and aligning program needs with appropriate funding mechanisms. She educates researchers and inventors on best practices and winning strategies when competing for program and research funding and fosters important collaborative connections within the consortium. Heilman works closely with many members of the APDC consortium including the Biostatistical & Trial Design Core and the Business Planning Core leaders to ensure funding requests are matched to innovators’ collective research and business needs.
Traci Leong, Ph.D.
Traci Leong, Ph.D. serves as director of the APDC Biostatistics Core and is a research assistant professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in the Emory Rollins School of Public Health. Leong has longstanding collaborations with research faculty in the Emory Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has collaborated actively for more than 10 years on pediatric related projects in the fields of oncology, cardiology, nephrology and emergency medicine. She is the author of 50 articles in statistics journals such as Statistics in Medicine, Journal of the Royal Statistical, Society and Applied Statistics as well as medical journals such as Cancer, Blood and Circulation.
Charles Frame, Ph.D.
Charles Frame, Ph.D. serves as director of the APDC Business Planning Core and is an assistant professor at the Emory School of Medicine and an adjunct associate professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He coordinates business planning and marketing efforts for the APDC and provides marketing expertise and guidance with project PI’s and other APDC inventors. Frame’s direct efforts related to these projects include assessment of funding mechanisms (both private-sector and Federal), analysis of level and market strength of competing devices, assessment of size of markets for innovations, market segmentation, and analysis of channels of distribution for successful commercialization.
Omer Inan, Ph.D.
Omer Inan, Ph.D. serves as director of the APDC Technical and Product Core and is an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech. As director, he continues to oversee and advise innovators in all areas of technical and product development, connecting Innovators to subject matter experts both within the APDC and in the overall engineering community, and he will specifically provide expert support on electronics hardware development. This includes providing system architecture and electronics design review, component and manufacturer selection advice, and overall system design and verification support via consulting to investigators. Designing electronics hardware systems involves a complex interplay of many factors including power management, reducing electronic noise and interference, signal amplification and data acquisition, and interactions with the mechanical designers for system packaging and interconnects.
Laura Osborne serves as the coordinator for APDC at VCU. She provides administrative support as well as coordination and planning of projects and meetings including those for VCU's participating in the Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium. She holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) from Virginia Commonwealth University that combines Human Development & Psychology with targeted social sciences such as International Social Justice, Women’s Studies, and Religious Studies. She has completed a number of leadership programs including the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at VCU. She also holds longstanding leadership positions in VCU Toastmasters, the Richmond Folk Festival, and many other community endeavors.