SEMINAR: The Role of Engineering During a Company Crisis--Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma

Dr. Kurt Dasse
When Sep 14, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Shumaker Research Bldg., RM 139
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Contact Phone 852-7485
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SEMINAR: This talk will present case studies of crisis involving medical devices, the role of engineering, and the resolution and management of crisis.

SPEAKER: Over the past thirty-five years, Dr. Kurt Dasse’s focus has been to participate in R&D and leadership roles to develop and commercialize adult and pediatric mechanical circulatory support (MCS) and respiratory assist technologies for patients in cardiac and respiratory failure. While on the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Dasse performed research on both percutaneous and transcutaneous energy transmission systems for powering implantable ventricular assist devices. He shifted from academia to industry in 1985 becoming an employee of Thermo Cardiosystems to assist in developing the first commercially implantable LVAD. His responsibility, as senior VP of clinical affairs, was to design and implement a multicenter clinical trial that led to PMA approval for the first LVAD to enter the market. He performed the fundamental research that characterized the use of textured blood contacting biomaterials to encourage the formation of a natural pseudoneointinal lining to interface with the blood for the HeartMate devices, participated in designing the landmark REMATCH clinical trial, and the first clinical trial to evaluate HeartMate II LVAD.