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Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as the director of the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory. With more than 30 years of mechanical engineering experience and a doctorate degree from MIT, the results of this work on upper extremity augmentation led to Intelligent Assist Devices (IAD) that are currently marketed worldwide.
Litigation Support - Dr. Kazerooni has been deposed and testified in various Intellectual Property cases. His services include thorough examination and reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Areas of Expertise:
Human Machine Systems
Intelligent Assist Devices
Homayoon Kazerooni, Director, Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Lab addressing the EmTech Asia 2016 crowd on New Developments on Lower Extremity Exoskeleton Systems
Dr. Kazerooni is a professor, entrepreneur, and expert witness The Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory’s mission is to develop fundamental scientific and engineering principles on robotics, control sciences, exoskeletons, and bioengineering. Dr. Kazerooni founded Ekso Bionics which became a public company in 2014. He's also the founder and current CEO of U. S. Bionics (DBA suitX) which brings advanced exoskeleton technologies to various markets.
Most of the developed technologies in this lab at Berkeley have found their ways to market. Prior to his research work on lower extremity exoskeletons, Dr. Kazerooni led his team to successfully develop robotics systems that enhance human upper extremity strength. The results of this work led to a new class of intelligent assist devices currently being used by workers worldwide for manipulating heavy objects in distribution centers and factories.
Dr. Kazerooni holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and has published more than 200 articles, delivered over 130 plenary lectures in the U.S. and internationally, and holds over 200 pertinent patents and awards. He has won numerous awards including Discover Magazine’s Innovation Award, the McKnight-Land Grant Professorship, and has been a recipient of the outstanding ASME Investigator Award. His research was recognized as the most innovative technology of the year in New York Times Magazine.
Recently, with the progress of computers, robot manipulators have obtained some abilities of perception and judgmenl. However, it st ill remains a dream that robots have the same or more nexible intelligence than humans. In the mean time, the physical ability of a robot manipulmor is superior in cases such as carrying heavy loads.
The primary Objective of the Berkeley lower Extremity Exoskeleton (BLEEX) Project at the University of California, Berkeley is to develop fundamental technologies associated with the design and control of energetically autonomous lower extremity exoskeletons that augment human strength and endurance during locomotion.
Tom LeTourneau, LPO, CPO, FAAOP, has over 45 years of experience in the Design, Manufacture, and Fitting of Orthotic and Prosthetic Devices, including all Myoelectric applications and all Microprocessors. He is a Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist by the American Board of Certification of Orthotist and Prosthetistsand Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotist and Prosthetists.
Litigation Support - Mr. LeTourneau has over 20 years of experience providing Orthotics and Prosthetics expert opinions to life care planning care management personnel and law firms for both plaintiff and defendant. Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist by the state of Texas, he is available for record review, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Areas of Expertise:
Orthotics and Prosthetics Design and Manufacture
Orthotics and Prosthetic:
Care and Maintenance
Coding and Pricing
Upper Extremity Amputees
Braces - Leg, Knee, Hip
Foot / Toe Amputation
Memberships, Certifications, & Highlights:
Member of the Upper Extremity and Lower Extremity scientific society of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
Member of the American Association of Orthist and ProsthetistsCertification extensions in all myoelectric upper extremity Orthotics and Prosthetics, Micro-processor prosthetic Knee and feet applications, and X-finger applications
Inventor / and or co-designer in Te-Evolution Above the Knee socket design, Stealth Ankle foot orthosis, " No more knee pain " Knee orthosis, acti-ankle
CEO and Founder of a Multi-million dollar ( licensed and certified ) Orthotic and Prosthetic company
Featured in articles and news organizations ( local and National )including CNN, NBC., CBS, the History Channel, and family circle magazine
Awarded Freedom award for exceptional service for veterans ( only 35 companies nationwide receive an award )
Mari S. Truman, PE, has more than 40 years of experience in Orthopedic Product Design and Development. As Principal Engineer with her company, Orthobiomech, LLC, she acts as an R&D design and development consultant to the orthopaedic industry and an injury biomechanics and medical device forensic expert. Ms. Truman's design experience includes implants and instrumentation systems used to repair fractured bones, torn ligaments and/or to reconstruct spine, knee, wrist, hip, ankle, elbow, thumb based cmc, and other finger and toe joints for many of the USA based orthopaedic conglomerates and a few Asian, Australian and European firms. Having designed and developed implants and instruments used for both human joint reconstruction and skeletal trauma repair, 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. Litigation Support - Ms. Truman has been providing Forensic Impact and Injury Biomechanics and Orthopedic Biomechanics to the legal industry for over 15 years. She draws on her strong knowledge of FDA and ISO EN13485 compliant design control processes, failure modes and effects analysis, clinically relevant tissue loading, and design safety assurance, including device performance requirements and warnings, during her medical device litigation reviews. Ms. Truman has a strong knowledge of the production and quality assurance processes used in the manufacture, cleaning, and sterilization of medical devices and the effects of such processes on product performance. Analysis of Traumatic Injuries Related To:
Falls and Fall Recovery
Assaults and Fights
Occupation or Workplace
Failed Medical Implants
Sports and Recreation, Occupational Overuse / Injury
Mr. John F. Schulte, is an accomplished Orthotic and Prosthetic practitioner with 40 plus years of experience consulting and treating Body and External powered upper and lower extremity prosthetics for all age groups.
Mr. Schulte has vast knowledge and experience in clinical practice prosthetic and orthotic component development, design, and manufacturing. A Clinician, Patient Care Consultant, and Senior Manager of 27 offices throughout 5 states, he is considered an expert in his field. Mr. Schulte continues to be asked to consult on Clinical ‘Best Practices’ by physicians, third party payors, peers, and patient users on the most appropriate component utilization and outcome measurements.
A published author, consultant, and Clinical Board Examiner, Mr. Schulte has treated and been involved with the treatment of persons of all ages with congenital birth defects, limb weakness and loss, and spinal cord injury.
Litigation Support - John Schulte's intimate knowledge in prosthetic and orthotic clinical practice and management, component prescription recommendation, and selection and utilization for all patient ages and levels of function make him an excellent expert witness resource. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include medical record review, second opinions, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.
The 3D printing manufacturing process has been garnering the Medical headlines lately. While exciting to literally print a device right from the computer, some very important aspects relative to placing a printed device on a medical referral person particularly regarding prosthetics and orthotics will be discussed...
There may be more to the complaint than meets the eye. There may be obvious issues, such as a failed component resulting in a fall, a skin breakdown that on the surface appears that it was as a result of overuse or a rough area within the prosthetic socket.