Advantage Forensics Inc. is a multi-disciplinary forensic engineering firm based in Ontario with service across Canada and the U.S.
Our firm was VOTED #1 in Expert Witness Accident Investigation & Reconstruction in Canada. Our team of over 30 experts and consultants are ready to assist you with your litigation needs in the following areas:
Product Failure Liability
Personal Injury Investigation
Road Lighting Safety Assessment
Road Signage Assessment
Traffic Safety Assessment
Data Recorder Download & Analysis
Floor Safety, Friction Testing & Audits
Safety Hazard Assessment
Playground Safety Inspection & Compliance
Product Safety Testing & Compliance
Product Warning Assessment
Fire Safety Assessment & Audits
President, Jason Young, B.E.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.Eng., is a licensed professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in Collision Reconstruction, Human Factors, Biomechanics, Patent Infringement, and Sports/Rec Accidents. Mr. Young has extensive trial experience during his career of over 2500 forensic cases, with great success for his clients. Mr. Young has a Masters in Biomedical Engineering and has lectured to fellow investigators, to academia and to the legal industry across North America over the past 15 years with numerous publications.
VP Kyle Serkies, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.Eng., is a licensed professional engineer specializing in Motorcycle Collision Reconstruction, Material Failure & Product Failure. Mr. Serkies is a motorcycle safety instructor and a sought-out guest speaker in his areas of practice, with outstanding attention to detail in both his investigations and trial-ready reports.
VP Dr. Essam Dabbour, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a licensed professional engineer specializing in Road Design, Road Safety & Traffic Safety. Dr. Dabbour is a world-renowned expert in road design and traffic safety, and has published extensive research in these areas, with exceptional depth of analysis and clarity of findings in his investigations and trial-ready reports.
Biomedical Business Resources LLC is a network of experts in the Medical Device Industry. With over 35 years of industry experience, their services include:
Advisory - helping clients with strategy, operations, execution, and business building
Expert Witness - assisting attorneys with multiple expert reports, depositions, and testimony at trial and arbitration. Cases include disputes about intellectual property , product liability, and commercial contracts
Board Services - offering Independent Board Member services of medical device companies, public or private, with experience in building companies, and helping management teams in times of high growth and rapid change
Principal, Peter A. Crosby, has over 35 years of experience bringing multiple products to the world market from concept to market release. Mr. Crosby has been CEO of six medical device companies (public and private) in four countries, and member of the Board (including Chairman of the Board) of ten companies. His experience includes company formation, capital raising, product research and development, manufacturing, quality management systems, market launch, and sales management. With over 30 US patents and applications, he has managed the intellectual property portfolio of multiple companies.
Mr. Crosby's product experience includes implantable devices (cochlear implants, cardiac pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, artificial heart, neurostiumulation), in vitro diagnostics, imaging (ultrasound and X-ray), software, AEDs, and patient monitoring. His clinical domain experience includes ophthalmology, otolaryngology, cardiac surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, pain management, anesthesia and intensive care.
Imagine this scenario: Early stage company Smallco develops an exciting new technology, which it uses to create the prototype of its first product - Brakethroo! A large company in the same field, Bigco, becomes aware of Brakethroo, and realizes that if the product works as hoped, it could be a valuable addition to Bigco's product range. Bigco offers to buy the technology and product from the shareholders of Smallco. The merger and acquisition (M&A) agreement specifies an up-front payment, and one or more payments dependent on achievement of milestones. Bigco agrees to use "commercially reasonable efforts" to achieve the milestones. Smallco and Bigco sign the agreement, the shareholders of Smallco get an immediate payout and look forward to further milestone payments.
Ernest P. Chiodo, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.S., C.I.H. is a physician, attorney, Certified Industrial Hygienist (C.I.H), and biomedical engineer. Dr. Chiodo is board certified in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. Dr. Chiodo served as the Medical Director of the City of Detroit and was the chief physician in charge of measures designed to protect the public health of over one million persons. He has also been the lead expert witness in a number of high profile cases including serving as the lead expert witness in a mass toxic tort case for Gerry Spence.
Low speed motor vehicle collisions are a common occurrence. The use of cellular phones, text messaging, and e-mailing while driving has only increased the frequency of low speed motor vehicle collisions. A motor vehicle collision where there is only minor damage to the vehicles may result in personal injury claims for substantial sums.
In toxic tort litigation, a person is often claiming to have developed cancer or some other serious disease due to having been exposed to a particular substance. Determining if the exposure to the substance was the cause of the disease is often a central focus of the litigation.
It is a common error that an attorney retains the wrong type of expert to testify in a lawsuit. This error is particularly common when the expert is a medical specialist. It is widely believed that a medical doctor who specializes in a particular organ system is qualified to formulate opinions and testify as to all issues concerning that organ system.
OrthoBioMech LLC provides Medical Device Development and Injury Biomechanics Analysis services to the orthopedic and legal fields. The founder, Mari S. Truman, PE, has more than 37 years of experience in Orthopedic Product Design and Development. As Principal Engineer, she acts as an R&D design and development consultant to the orthopaedic industry and an injury biomechanics and medical device forensic expert.
While working for and with the major US Orthopaedic companies, she designed numerous instruments and implants for repair of skeletal injury. Ms. Truman is named on 12 Orthopaedic Patents and frequently gives talks on implant design and injury biomechanics on topics such as: knee and thumb-based joint surfaces and kinematics, joint design, rapid prototyping, medical device design control, and injury biomechanics.
Ms. Truman founded and ran ArthroMotion (1993-1997) and Seabrook International LLC's Midwest Design Center (1999-2002). Her project experience (non-inclusive):
Total and Hemi Joint Resurfacing Systems: Hip, Knee, Wrist, Ankle, Hand/Toe, CMC, PIP, DIP, Shoulder
Speaking Venues: ASME Congress, North American Spine Society, Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, International Society of Biomechanics, National Manufacturing Week Conference, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, International Hand and Wrist Biomechanics Symposium, International Federation of the of the Societies for Surgery of the Hand, Vth International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics, Indiana Medical Device Manufacturer’s Council, Ohio Bar Association and the Ohio Trial Lawyer’s Association.
Prof. Hamarneh's professional experience extends over 20 years. He obtained his Ph.D. from Chalmers Univ. of Tech. in 2001, was a Post-doc fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and at the Dept. Med. Biophysics at the Univ. of Toronto. Since 2003, he has been on the Computing Sciences faculty at Simon Fraser Univ. His research area is Medical Image Analysis (MIA) (computer vision and 3D image processing for biomedical imaging applications). He is a leader on a large number of technical projects in collaboration with local and int'l health centers. Dr. Hamarneh is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Under Dr. Hamarneh's leadership, members of his group won several awards (e.g. 6 best papers), recognitions, and media coverage. His group secured funding from NSERC, CIHR, MSFHR, MITACS, NIH, and the Qatar Foundation.
Furthermore, he played a leading role in the organization of major workshops: Two highly successful workshop at the Banff International Research Station on "Math. Methods for Medical Image Analysis" and "Geometry for Anatomy", as well as the first MICCAI workshop on functional medical image analysis.
Prof. Hamarneh has over 200 scientific publications in high impact journals and peer-reviewed conferences, 7 book chapters, and several software contributions with tens of thousands of downloads, e.g. TurtleSeg, MATITK, N-SIFT, I-DO, and VascuSynth. He has given many invited talks at top universities and companies. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE TM. He has been on the editorial board of JIVC; a reviewer for int'l high impact journals: J MedIA, IEEE TMI, PAMI, TBME, SIAM Imaging Science, NeuroImage, etc. He served on the program and review committees of many int'l conferences/workshops: MICCAI, CVPR, ICCV, IPMI, MMBIA, ISBI, etc.
Dr. Hamarneh is the co-founder/director of the Medical Image Analysis Lab at SFU, a founding member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter - Vancouver Section, Rehabilitation Aimed at Muscle Performance (RAMP), and the SFU Centre for Disability Independence Research and Education (CDIRE). He is a member of the Int'l Society on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) and the Vancouver Brain Research Centre, a NeuroDevNet Network Investigator, and a Faculty/Mentor in the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Bioinformatics Training Program.