Medical device innovators to deliver Ford Lecture Oct. 17

Paul Yock and Michael AckermannThe Case Western Reserve University community is invited to attend the fall 2017 Ford Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 17 featuring Paul Yock, director of Stanford Biodesign, and Michael Ackermann, the executive chairman of Oyster Point Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The speakers will deliver their lecture, “Need to Succeed: The Surprising Power of Needs-Driven Health Technology and Innovation,” on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. at the Linsalata Alumni Center at Case Western Reserve University.


Paul Yock, the Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, is internationally known for his work in inventing, developing and testing new devices. Yock also founded and directs Stanford Biodesign, a unit of Stanford’s Bio-X initiative that focuses on invention and technology transfer related to biomedical engineering. His works include the Rapid Exchange ™ balloon angioplasty system, which is now the primary system in use worldwide; a Doppler-guided access system known as the Smart Needle™; and PD-Access™. Current research interests of Yock’s group at Stanford focus on development and testing of catheter-based delivery systems for cardiac cell transplantation and new catheter and molecular imaging techniques for cardiology.   
Michael Ackermann currently serves as executive chairman of Oyster Point Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is additionally developing two early-stage health care ventures. He was recently vice president of neurostimulation for Allergan, after serving as CEO of Oculeve, Inc., which was acquired by Allergan in August 2015. He received a BE degree, magna cum laude, in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University, MS and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, is a graduate of the Stanford University Biodesign Fellowship, and Vision Research Fellowship at Stanford. He has numerous patents and peer-reviewed publications.
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