The lab-on-a-chip and bionanomachines are two of science’s most exciting frontiers, and engineers are racing to make them everyday realities. (The Tricorder X Prize, for example, aims to produce a real-world version of the Star Trek device by the end of the decade.) The effort, though, demands that engineers integrate a wide array of increasingly complex systems—microfluidic, electronic, biologic, and BioMEMS—to produce fast, ultra-accurate, and ultimately low-cost devices to diagnose diseases, to simulate living systems, and to stimulate basic life-science research.
Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Co-Director, Micro- and Nano-Technology Laboratory
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Bashir earned the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society’s 2012 Technical Achievement Award for his contributions to the development of micro and nanoscale biosensors. His research embraces bioMEMS, the lab-on-a-chip, nano-biotechnology, the interfacing of biology and engineering at every scale from the molecular up to differentiated tissues, and the application of semiconductor fabrication techniques to biomedical engineering. Thirty-four patents and two start-up companies are based on his work. Dr. Bashir has authored or co-authored more than 140 journal papers, and is a prolific conference speaker.
Dr. Bashir received his BSEE from Texas Tech University, and his MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. He worked a National Semiconductor and taught at Purdue before moving to UIUC in 2007.
Senior Director of the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize and Nokia Sensing X Challenge
X Prize Foundation
Mark Winter oversees the medical device programs at the X Prize Foundation. He has more than 30 years’ experience managing high technology, information services and health informatics. He was most recently a founder and executive vice president of Gluco Fitness Center, providers of wireless blood-glucose and physiological monitoring for people with diabetes as part of an integrated exercise, diet and education program. Earlier, he was CEO of Simulis, which provided advanced clinical skills simulation-based training and assessment services for healthcare practitioners.
Previously, Mr. Winter served as a senior executive of Continental Graphics Holdings (now Boeing Datagraphics) and e-Sim. He began his Silicon Valley career providing design and marketing for Apple, Adobe Systems, Lucid and Compression Laboratories. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BFA from Art Center College of Design.
IEEE Spectrum “Tech Talk” contributor Douglas McCormick is a New York City-based freelance writer and communications consultant specializing in technology and life science. He has been editor or editorial director of such publications as PM360 (for healthcare marketers), BioTechniques (for molecular biology researchers), Pharmaceutical Technology, and Nature Publishing Company’s Bio/Technology (now called Nature Biotechnology). He was founder, CEO, and CTO of Physician Verification Services (an internet based healthcare marketing start-up) and, earlier, corporate director of scientific communications at SmithKline Beecham and computer science editor at Hayden Book Company.
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