Dr. Ben Arcand is a mechanical engineer and product innovator with over 10 years of experience in the medical devices industry. Named one of Minnesota's top inventors by Twin Cities Business Magazine, Dr. Arcand has contributed to close to 50 published patent applications and currently holds 16 medical device patents. His product development interests range over a variety of clinical areas and he has been passionate in understanding and promoting creativity and innovation methods through his industry work and his former role as Director of the Innovation Fellows Program at the University of Minnesota's Medical Devices Center. Dr. Arcand began his career in medical device innovation through his Ph.D. research at Michigan Technological University which focused on the development of novel fluidic microactuators to deliver high-density silicon electrode arrays for cochlear implants. After receiving his doctorate in mechanical engineering, Dr. Arcand joined Boston Scientific's Advanced Process Technologies (APT) group to develop new technologies that would enable the next generation of cardiac stents and delivery systems including designs that incorporated features such as elecotrospun biodegradable nanofibers and methods for coating and delivering biodegradable drug delivery platforms for stents. Dr. Arcand was quickly recognized on as an innovative leader with the company and as one of the largest contributors to intellectual property disclosures across the company.
In 2010, Dr Arcand joined American Medical System's Women's Health R&D Group to develop new products. He helped establish a new innovation process at the company called Targeted Innovation and worked directly with physicians to develop several product platforms for incontinence, prolapse and colorectal disorders. Dr. Arcand was recognized with AMS's Innovation Award for the development of a new device platform technology and material to address problems of erosion and pain associated with pelvic meshes and tissue anchors.
After leaving AMS, Dr. Arcand worked as an independent engineering consultant and Chief Medical Innovations Engineer at Kablooe Design until he was asked to return to the University of Minnesota to direct the Innovation Fellows Program. Currently he's stepped down as director in order to focus on ArteMedics, LLC and to develop and commercialize medical device solutions for veterinary medicine.
He’s always had a love of animals, especially dogs, and is looking forward to applying the skills he’s learned in developing human devices to help heal pets. He currently lives in Minneapolis and enjoys walks (slow walks these days) with his 15 year old blue healer Jersey.
Emily Meyering is a medical device and pharmaceutical chemist with over 10 years of experience designing products. Emily is very passionate about innovation and has 8 issued patents with over 15 applications pending both in the U.S. and internationally.
Emily obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of St. Thomas and a M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of California - San Diego. She worked for Medtronic during and after college developing novel biodegradable polymers and drug-eluting stents. After graduate school, Emily worked as a formulation chemist developing natural, biodegradable polymers for medical implants at SurModics.
In 2011, Emily joined American Medical Systems, where she met Ben and Greg. She created a drug-eluting pelvic floor mesh and a novel pre-clinical testing model with Colorado State University. Ms. Meyering co-led several company-wide innovation summits where she fostered collaboration and problem-solving for cross-functional teams. Emily and Ben Arcand were awarded the AMS Innovation Award for the development of a new platform technology in soft tissue repair.
Emily joined Minnetronix in 2013 where she led a technical team from bench prototypes to FDA submission in 17 months. Currently, she is the Director of Research and Development at SpineThera, a startup pharmaceutical company developing a drug product to treat back pain.
Ms. Meyering has always been passionate in her love of animals, especially her pet tree frogs and 3 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Thor. In her extensive preclinical activites working with veterinarians across the country, she has come to deeply appreciate the work they do and the needs they have in treating their patients.
Greg Koeller, Esq. is an intellectual property attorney with 16 years of experience in the mechanical, electrical and medical device industries. Greg spent 8 years as in-house counsel with American Medical Systems working closely with engineers and business leaders to find innovative solutions for patients. Prior to American Medical Systems, Greg was an intellectual property attorney with Moss & Barnett and of-counsel with the law firm of Patterson, Thuente, Skaar and Christensen. Shortly after starting his legal career, Greg decided to venture out on his own by opening Koeller Law Office. Many of his clients were young entrepreneurs starting what would become very successful businesses. All through his career he has had the pleasure to mentor entrepreneurs and to watch their business grow and to see consumers and patients benefit from their efforts.
As a young student Greg always loved animals. Over the years his loving pets have included a Rottweiler named Mila, a Black Lab named Dakota, two cats, one bird, turtles, an iguana named Caesar, two very large Oscars and a rat. When the opportunity arose to work with Ben and Emily, two prolific inventors and entrepreneurs that share a passion for bringing surgical solutions to veterinarians, Greg jumped at the chance. The result is the formation of ArteMedics.
When not working Greg enjoys camping, fishing and four wheeling in northern Wisconsin with his wife, two children and his Rottweiler, Mila.