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ICC4 Biology and Medicine Speakers

ICC4 and 3rd Ceramic Leadership Summit

Shaping the Future of Ceramics



Ashok Khandkar, Co-founder, President & CEO, BloXR, LLC


Biography: BloXR is a new venture aimed at bringing novel solutions for radiation protection to the market. Prior to that he was the founding CEO of Amedica, a company that pioneered advanced silicon nitride ceramic a broad range of advanced spine and total joint implants, from 2000 till August 2009. In this position, he raised $74 Million in financing, led the development, FDA clearances and commercialization of FDA spinal implants and oversaw sales growth of over 37% quarter/quarter. In August 2009, he handed off the operations/management and served as Amedica’s Vice Chairman and Chief Science & Technology Officer. Khandkar has over 24 years of experience in advanced ceramics with responsibilities for finance, strategic planning and business development. He is an inventor on 30 U.S. and international patents and has authored more than 30 papers related to advanced ceramics. In January 2010, he won the Utah Governor’s Science & Technology Medal for successfully pioneering a new class of biomaterials for orthopedics and growing a venture-backed high-tech industry. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the University of Utah. He earned his PhD in Materials Science from Arizona State University in 1985.


Meinhard Kuntz

Meinhard Kuntz, Manager, Oxide Development, CeramTec GmbH


Biography: Kuntz is Manager of Oxide Development in the Development Department of CeramTec AG, Plochingen. His principal duties are development and maintenance of high performance oxide ceramic compositions and ceramic processing for applications in tribology, dental, cutting tools and mechanical components. He gave lectures in bioceramics and other applications for ceramics at the University of Kyoto and several Universities in Germany. Dr. Kuntz is project leader for establishing new ISO standards in the field of materials for medical applications (ISO TC 150). From 1994 – 2004 he was Head Engineer at the Institute for Ceramic Materials and Components, University of Bremen, Germany, with the research focus to fracture mechanics, bioceramics and fiber reinforced ceramics.



Richard P. Rusin, Lead Product Development Specialist, 3M ESPE Dental Products R&D Lab


Biography: Rusin’s research interests include materials for dental CAD/CAM, nanocomposites, calcium phosphate ceramics, tooth remineralization, mechanical behavior, and resin-modified glass ionomers. He is an inventor on 20 US patents, coauthor of numerous meeting abstracts and articles, and editor of several volumes in the Ceramics Transactions series. He has developed a number of products in the dental field, including Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM Restorative, Paradigm MZ100 composite mill block, Vitrebond Plus RMGI liner/base, Clinpro 5000 toothpaste, Vanish XT Extended Contact Varnish, and Clarity SL orthodontic brackets. He holds a BS in Materials Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MS and PhD in Materials Science from Northwestern University.



Serena Best

Serena Best, Reader in Ceramics and Medical Materials, University of Cambridge


Biography: Best’s research within the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials
aims to expand the range and performance of bioactive ceramics and composites in clinical applications. CCMM is part of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge and is directed by Drs Ruth Cameron and Serena Best, both Readers at the University. She holds a BSc University of Surrey and PhD University of London.



Jean-Baptiste Lafon, 3DCeram


Biography: Lafon is a graduated ceramics engineer from the National Industrial Ceramics Engineering School in France. He has worked in various sales, products and general management executive positions with several global technical ceramics components manufacturers. Lafon founded Euro Industries in 2001 in order to develop the US sales of  medium or small size producers specialized in the production of niche market ceramics components, including 3DCeram.



Edgar Zanotto

Edgar Zanotto, Professor, Universidade Federal de São Carlos


Biography: Zanotto holds a degree in Materials Engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil, an MSc in Physics from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and a PhD in Glass Technology from Sheffield University, UK (1982). He is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and head of the Vitreous Materials Laboratory – UFSCar. Zanotto has coordinated about 20 research projects funded by government agencies and an equal number by industry. EDZ has published about 150 original and review papers in peer reviewed journals, plus about 50 papers in conference proceedings, 15 book chapters, 2 books, and has advised about 55 MSc, PhD and post-doctoral research projects, plus about 80 scientific initiation projects. He is an editor of the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids and member of the international advisory boards of four other glass-related periodicals. He is a member of the international Academy of Ceramics, the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World (TWAS), the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the SGT (UK), and of the São Paulo State Academy of Sciences.


Kajal K. Mallick, Associate Professor, University of Warwick


Biography: Mallick received his MMet in Applied Physical Metallurgy and an MPhil in Glass and Ceramic Science from the University of Sheffield, and his PhD in Physics from the University of Warwick. He leads Tissue Engineering and Ceramic Processing group at the International Manufacturing Centre, Warwick Manufacturing Group. His research is focussed on the synthesis, structure, processing and characterisation of ceramics, glass and glass-ceramics, polymers, metals and biomedical materials. His research projects were supported by Royal Academy of Engineering, EPSRC, Advantage West Midlands, WIMRC and other research organisations. Dr Mallick was recipient of the prestigious IPGR (International Partners in Glass Research) Fellowship based at Connecticut, USA to work on theory and applications of glass research in industry. He has published over 90 papers in peer reviewed journals including invited conference and guest lectures in USA, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Germany and UK. He also holds one patent on tissue engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He is Editor-in-Chief of a new journal Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials and a member of the Editorial Board of Advances in Applied Ceramics: Structural, Functional and Bioceramics. He sits on several national and international academic, technical and research committees and served as a reviewer of grant proposals for the Wellcome Trust, i4i and European Framework.




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