About Vascudyne, Inc.
Kem Schankereli - CEO
Academically trained in biology and chemistry Kem’s scientific career has focused primarily on the industrial research and development of Class III biomedical devices. His work career accomplishments include the invention, research, development and commercialization of a number of world class products, including Hemashield, the first collagen coated vascular conduit, PeriStrips, the first lung volume reduction staple line buttressing product, MitralSeal, the first transcatheter mitral valve prosthesis, and ArterX, a surgical sealant.
Professor Robert Tranquillo - Inventor
Prof. Tranquillo received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Mathematical Biology at Oxford for one year before beginning his appointment in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota in 1987. He served as the head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from its inception in 2000 until 2019. Prof. Tranquillo has used a combined modeling and experimental approach to understand cell behavior, in particular, directed cell migration, and cell-matrix mechanical interactions. More recently, his research program has focused on the role of these cell behaviors in cardiovascular and neural tissue engineering applications. His research program has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed original research publications as first or senior author and in being recognized with the TERMIS-AM Senior Scientist Award in 2015. Prof. Tranquillo is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a Distinguished McKnight University Professor.
Rick Murphy - General Manager
Rick has over 20 years of experience working with both large and small medical device development companies including Boston Scientific, Bayer, SurModics and Disc Dynamics. Rick has made many individual and leadership contributions in the development and manufacturing of regulatory approved Class III medical devices having clinical data including: DASCOR nucleus replacement system, Bayer’s Cotavance DCB, SurModics SurVeil DCB, as well as others.
Allie Haarstad - Manufacturing Engineer
Allie comes with experience working in the field of regenerative medicine, working to advance tissue engineered based devices to commercial scale. She has experience in research and development, product development, and manufacturing. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota. She performed research in the cardiovascular tissue engineering lab at the University of Minnesota garnering experience with the technology which is now licensed to Vascudyne and received a grant for her work on the endothelial seeding of a tissue engineered heart valve.
Celeste Gideon – Biomedical Engineer
Celeste comes with experience in the field of biomechanics, working to advance characterization of engineered tissue-based devices for commercial scale. She has experience in research and development, product development, and prototyping. She graduated with a master's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota. She performed research in the computational biomechanics lab at the University of Minnesota for cardiovascular and musculoskeletal based devices.