Industry Council

AIMBE’s Industry Council, chaired by Dr. SuPing Lyu, is leading the charge to highlight the importance of Per- and Polyfluorinated Substances (PFAS) to the medical device industry. These so-called “forever chemicals” are rightfully being scrutinized to protect our health and environment; however, a very small number of these chemicals play critical roles in making sure that our medical devices save tens of millions of patients’ lives. On January 30, 2024, AIMBE will host a roundtable meeting to gather stakeholders to discuss the use of PFAS in medical devices and how they may be impacted by supply and pending regulatory changes. Perspectives including suppliers/processors of PFAS, medical device companies (users of PFAS), federal agencies (e.g., FDA, NIH, NIST, EPA, etc.), academia, public health, policy, and more will be represented. The goal of the session is to increase the understanding and awareness of the impacts of PFAS supply and regulatory changes across these different landscapes. A congressional lunch briefing, hosted by AIMBE, will be held on the same topic to educate lawmakers and staffers about the importance of fluorinated polymers to live-saving medical devices.


SuPing Lyu, Ph.D.

Chair 2023 – 2025

Bakken Fellow and Distinguished Scientist

For outstanding contributions to the development of biomaterials and medical devices serving millions of patients, and for eminent professional service.


Virginia Giddings, Ph.D.

Chair 2021 – 2023

Senior Director, Advanced Technology Exploration
Edwards Lifescience

For outstanding contributions to medical device research and product development and innovative technology commercialization for global health care.

Nadine Ding, Ph.D.

Chair 2019 – 2021

Volwiller Fellow
Abbott Laboratories

For technological and leadership contributions to bringing next generation drug eluting stents to millions of patients.

M. Allen Northrup, Ph.D.

Chair 2017 – 2018

MIODx, Inc.

For outstanding contributions to bio-analytical and actuator-based micro-technologies, and for entrepreneurship in clinical diagnostics and homeland security.

Susan Drapeau, Ph.D.

Chair 2015 – 2016

Senior Director, Business Development & Strategy
Vericel Corporation

For outstanding contributions to the innovation and development of clinical therapies to treat spinal, musculoskeletal and oral-maxillofacial diseases.

Walt Baxter, Ph.D.

Chair 2013 – 2014

Senior Principal Scientist
Medtronic Neuromodulation Therapy Delivery

For development of novel algorithms elucidating mechanics of implanted medical devices and major contributions to academia-industry collaboration and professional development.

David R. Jones

Chair 2011 – 2012

Former Director Quality, Regulatory and Compliance
Philips Home Healthcare Solutions

For having several invited peer reviewed papers for the IEEE and Quality and Realiability International.

Robert J. Miller, Ph.D.

Chair 2010

Senior Vice President
Sigilon, Inc.

For leadership in developing valuable medical products from natural sources in the fields of implantable devices, diagnostic tests and purification systems.

Joseph C. Salamone, Ph.D.

Chair 2006 – 2008

Chief Scientific Officer
Rochal Industries

For substantial scientific, technological, and commercial contributions to contact lenses and ophthalmic devices.


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