Industry Advisory Board

Jeremy Rawlinson


Distinguished Scientist 

Technical Fellow

Member since 2016

Research interests: disease and degeneration, bioactive materials, bone remodeling

Louis Cheng

Chief Operations Officer

Member since 2019

Barb Faville


Member since 2018

Research interests:ergonomics; injury prevention

Caster Connection

Director of Operations and Engineering

Member since 2018

Research interests: metrics for safe push/pull activities

Steven Saad

Principal Engineer

Member since 2014

Research interests: clinical outcomes, tissue regeneration, diagnosis, pain management

Richard Pellegrino

VP of Global Innovation

Member since 2014

Research interests: diagnosis, PJK outcomes, growing spine

Fumie Yusa

R&D Department Supervisor

Member since 2019

Research interests: material (especially metal) for medical devices, biomaterials

George Brogmus

Technical Director, Science & Technology

Member since 2018

Research interests: integrating ergonomics into workplace health, wellness and safety initiatives, aging worker and safety, wearable technology

Abe Al‐Tarawneh

Superintendent, Division of Safety & Hygiene

Member since 2018

Research interests: human factors and ergonomics, occupational safety and health, industrial and management systems engineering

James Ryaby

Chief Scientific Officer

Member since 2014

Research interests: back pain, disc degeneration

Brett Gopal

Vice President

Member since 2014

Research Interests: Broaden understanding of the biology and biomechanics of connective tissue healing.

Steven Nemes

Director of Finance

Member since 2016

Research interests: developing innovative technologies which improve patient safety while preventing injury to healthcare professionals.

Derek Shaw


Aakash Agarwal

Director, R&D

Member since 2016

Research interests: clinical outcomes, technology development, minimally invasive surgery and pain management 


Joseph Zavatsky 

Spine Surgeon

Member since 2016

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