Lauren Aquino Shluzas, PhD
Dr. Shluzas has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field. She concurrently serves as a Lecturer and Senior Research Engineer at Stanford University, where she directs the Healthcare Design Research Program within the Stanford Center for Design Research. Her research focus areas include medical device design, health informatics, and heath health systems engineering – with an emphasis on wearable mobile computing technologies for clinical care. Dr. Shluzas completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Informatics supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She holds an MS/PhD from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering, with a doctoral minor in Management Science. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Between her MS and PhD degrees, Dr. Shluzas served as Senior Engineer at Omnisonics Medical Technologies, where her team developed ultrasonic treatments for vascular occlusion. Prior to that she was a Product Development Engineer at Johnson & Johnson’s Depuy Spine, developing implants and instruments for minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery.
David Pickham, RN, PhD
Dr. Pickham is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Stanford University School of Medicine and is the Director of Research, Patient Care Services at Stanford Health Care, where he leads interdisciplinary clinical research and other clinical and translational research activities. Dr. Pickham holds a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, and a BS/MS in Nursing from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Dr. Pickham is an expert clinician with over 15 years of health care operations and clinical experience across the United States, Canada and Australia. His clinical experience is in Emergency Services and has broad research interests spanning clinical innovation and novel technologies, physiological monitoring, and population health. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and a Board Certified Nurse Executive (NC-BEA).
Gabriel Aldaz, PhD
Dr. Aldaz has 20 years of experience in product development, half of them in the healthcare field. He concurrently serves as Director of the Bay Area Office of Simplexity Product Development. Specializing in early-stage design, Dr. Aldaz is passionate about identifying and understanding user needs, and translating these needs into simpler and more intuitive solutions. He holds an MS and PhD from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering. In his dissertation, he explored the hearing aid wearers’ use of mobile phones to train settings on their instruments. He also holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Alan E. Shluzas, MS
Co-Founder, CDO / IP Strategy
Alan E. Shluzas has 20 years of experience in the medical device field. He concurrently serves as Director of Research and Development for the medical device incubator, Reprise Technologies. His work focuses on early stage disruptive technologies in structural heart disease, drug delivery, general surgical, and orthopedic product spaces. Prior to Reprise, Mr. Shluzas was Director of R&D at Endius Inc., a medical device start-up that was acquired by Zimmer Spine in 2007. In that role, he invented and developed minimally invasive spinal fusion implants that transformed the standard of care in spine surgery. Prior to joining Endius, Mr. Shluzas held engineering positions at Acufex Microsurgical, which was acquired by Smith & Nephew in 1995. He was a key contributor to Smith & Nephew's line of bio-resorbable fixation devices. Mr. Shluzas holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. He is an inventor on 40 issued and 66 pending US patents related to the fields of structural heart disease, drug delivery, endoscopy, and orthopedics.