Lauren Aquino Shluzas, PhD
Lauren Shluzas is the CEO of Bio1 Systems and serves as Principal Investigator on the Defense Health Agency (DHA) SBIR Award titled: Improved Human Machine Interface Usability for Clinical Healthcare Providers to Enter Data into Electronic Health Records. 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. 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. 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
David Pickham is the Chief Medical Officer at Bio1 Systems. Dr. Pickham is a Clinical Associate Professor at 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
Gabriel Aldaz serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Bio1 Systems. 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, Dr. Aldaz 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 Shluzas, MS is Chief Design Officer and IP Strategist at Bio1 Systems. Mr. 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.
Thomas Strohmer, PhD
Technical Research Consultant (Automatic Speech Recognition)
Thomas Strohmer, PhD is a technical research consultant for Bio1 Systems, LLC. In Phase II of the SBIR award, he supports the development of software for mobile automatic speech recognition and object detection. Thomas Strohmer is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis. His research interests are in applied harmonic analysis, numerical analysis, signal- and image processing, high- dimensional data analysis, and mathematics of information. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1991 and 1994 respectively from the University of Vienna, Austria. He spent one year as Erwin-Schroedinger fellow at the Department of Statistics at Stanford University in 1997 before joining the University of California, Davis faculty in 1998. His recent awards include the 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award and the 2014 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize. Dr. Strohmer is on the editorial board of several journals. He also serves as consultant to industry in the areas of telecommunications, bioengineering, and signal- and image processing.
Consultant (Usability Engineering)
Taryn Sanks is a Usability Test Engineering Consultant for Bio1 Systems, LLC. She works with user groups from the military and civilian sectors to support product testing and analysis. Ms. Sanks concurrently works as the Head of Quality and Internationalization at the start-up, Wish, where she designs and executes test plans and test cases for iOS, Android, Windows, and web applications. She oversees completion of local specific projects and translations in 30 languages among the localization team. She previously served as a Counselor for Orlando Health, and a Research Assistant within Stanford’s Center for Design Research. Ms. Sanks holds a B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Miguel A. Garcia
Software Engineer (ASR / Integration)
Miguel Garcia is a Software Engineer at Bio1 Systems, LLC. His work focuses on automatic speech recognition (ASR) implementation, user interface design, and software integration for the company’s head mounted display and data transfer tag. Mr. Garcia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (AI) from Stanford University.