Meet The Team
Founder & CEO
Nir Katchinskiy, PhD (Electrical Engineering)
Nir has years of experience developing new medical devices and technology. Nir's primary expertise is developing and applying laser technology in retina surgery. He worked for years in the field of ultrafast optics and nanophotonics. His research interests include the application of femtosecond lasers and customized nanoparticles to the treatment of various ophthalmic, metabolic diseases and cancers.
Founder & COO
Eric Martin, BSc, BSc N, MBA, RN
Eric has completed a BSc. in Biological Sciences and Psychology, BSc in Nursing (Registered Nurse) and, in 2020, has completed an MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Alberta School of Business. For the past 14 years Eric has been employed with a large health care organization where he worked in both clinical and leadership roles.
Founder & Scientific Advisor
Abdul Elezzabi, PhD (Physics)
Professor. Abdulhakem Y. Elezzabi received his B.Sc. in Physics from Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada in 1987. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 1989 and 1995, respectively in Femtosecond Laser Physics.
Prof. Elezzabi, was the Canada Research Chair in Ultrafast Photonics and Nano-Optics. He is a full professor at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering.
Mr. Gil is a seasoned medtech entrepreneur, angel investor and a Venture Partner at Zoic Capital. Lahav has extensive experience working with medical device startups on technology development, operations, and commercialization strategies.
Lahav began his career as an industrial designer in the late 80s. He has over three decades of experience as a founder, innovator, entrepreneur, executive, and investor, mostly in the medtech space. Over that time, Lahav has contributed to the development and launch of over 200 technology products. He has founded several companies and sold two. Most notably, he founded Kangaroo Group (ISO 13485) and spent fifteen years building it into a major Canadian brand for medtech innovation, contract manufacturing, and medtech startup acceleration. In 2017, Lahav sold Kangaroo to its chief competitor, Starfish Medical
Bruce was the former legal counsel of OptiMedica, a US based ophthalmology company which was acquired for over $400 million by Abott in 2013.
Optical Design Lead
Georg Schuele, PhD
Georg Schuele is a medical device development expert with a PhD in physics. He has over 30 years of experience in ophthalmology and medical laser development. He has work experience from early-stage startups to large global medical device companies with a background in innovation management, fundraising, business strategy, and corporate development including M&A. He oversaw the release of multiple systems as commercial products and guided development teams through first in human clinical studies.
Lead Machine Learning Engineer
Chris Ceroici, PhD
I’m Chris Ceroici, the lead machine learning engineer at PulseMedica. I completed my PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Alberta in 2019 and my MSc in electrical engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2014. I have experience working at health technology startups, and I’ve worked on numerous machine learning and medical device projects. I hope my experience and enthusiasm for the medical technology can help drive PulseMedica forward.
Something unique about me: I’m the only one in the office who doesn’t drink coffee.
Junior Machine Learning Engineer
Fady Mina, BSc
I am Fady Mina, the junior machine learning engineer at PulseMedica. I havea BHSc from the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary with a major in Bioinformatics and a minor in Computer Science. My expertise and passion lies at the intersection of clinical medicine and technology, as I strongly believe in the power of Machine Aided clinical decision making in the age of precision medicine.
A fun fact about me is that I have never lived in the same city for more than 8 years. So far, I have called 6 different cities in 4 countries in 3 continents my home.
Machine Learning Engineer
Iman Amini, MEng
My name is Iman Amini, I graduated from University of Alberta with a Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering. During my career, I have developed several machine learning models to address different industrial problems. I am very enthusiastic about applying cutting edge machine learning and AI solutions to medical problems. I work as a machine learning software developer at Pulsemedica and I hope that my knowledge and experience can help the company to thrive and reach its goals in curing eye diseases.
Describe something that is unique about you: I was born and raised in one of the hottest cities on earth, so I had never seen snow before the age of 22.
Junior Machine Learning Engineer
Javad Hamidi, MSc (in progress)
I am Javad Hamidi Esfahani, a machine learning engineer at PulseMedica. I am currently a MSc student at the University of Alberta in the department of Biomedical Engineering. My goal is improving people's health by using my knowledge and expertise in technology into medical area. So far, I have worked with medical images such as MRI, PET and etc. and designed many deep neural networks for different tasks such as disease classification, plaque segmentation and domain transfer.
A fact about me: My family name has 2 parts (which might be confusing). The second part of it is the city I come from, Esfahan
LinKun Chen, MSc (in progress)
My name is Lin Kun Chen, and I am an Optical Engineer at PulseMedica. I got my BEng degree from McMaster University and will be receiving an MSc. at the University of Waterloo. I worked as a firmware engineer before graduate school. My thesis was in fast optical coherence tomography for in-vivo imaging with cellular resolution. I can’t wait to apply my knowledge to help create medical devices that can treat ocular diseases and lead people to a brighter future (pun intended). I am very excited about the research and development we have at PulseMedica.
Fun Fact: I drove 3300 km from Toronto to Edmonton. It was such a memorable trip. .
Itai Wine, BEng
My name is Itai Wine, and I am a medical device designer for PulseMedica. I am a graduate of McGill University, and hold an undergraduate degree in bioengineering. I am passionate about medical devices and have worked on projects with orthopedic implants, tissue engineered menisci, and in monitoring ECG patterns in epileptic patients. I am excited to be part of the R&D team for PulseMedica, to tackle new engineering problems and to cure eye disease.
Fun Fact: I biked my first 100km ride last weekend.
Ryan Boehnke, MEng
Hi my name is Ryan Boehnke, and I am an Electrical Engineer at PulseMedica. I recently finished my M.Eng in Software Engineering and Intelligent Systems at the University of Alberta. Also at the University of Alberta, I completed my B.Sc in Engineering Physics and Nanotechnology. I am very excited about the potential of this technology to help others, and to improve people's quality of life! In my spare time I like to rock climb, windsurf, and work on side projects.
Describe something that is unique about you: I have become very good at cooking Chinese food since the pandemic began.
Braiden Cutforth, BSc
My name is Braiden Cutforth, I am a software developer at PulseMedica. I graduated from the University of Victoria with a Software Engineering degree. I am really passionate about software development and in my free time I try to contribute to projects that help non profits or work with clubs at the university to help teach students about programming. Overall, I am a huge tech enthusiast and I enjoy keeping up with the bleeding edge technology.
Something unique about me: I lived on Vancouver Island my whole life until 2020.
Tomoko Kurotobi MSc
My name is Tomoko, and I am a software engineer at PulseMedica. I am originally from Hiroshima, Japan. I have completed a Bachelor degree and Masters degree in mechano-informatics (robotics). In my last position I worked as a Research Engineer with Mobility Service Laboratory, Research Division, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd where we developed a perception system for an autonomous driving system.
In my spare time, I like to travel (have visited 15 countries), ride motorcycles and enjoy cooking as I recently graduated from culinary school.
Junior Software Engineer
Roey Wine, BSc (in progress)
My name is Roey Wine, and I am a junior software engineer at PulseMedica. I am currently completing my software engineering undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal.
Interesting fact: Even though I was in Israel, I only spoke Russian until I was two because my nanny was Russian. My parents couldn’t understand me.
Clinical and Regulatory Coordinator
Jennifer Archibald, MASc
My name is Jennifer Archibald, and I am the regulatory and clinical affairs person at PulseMedica. I have a BSc. in biological science from the University of Alberta and an MASc. in biomedical engineering from the University of Ottawa. I am passionate about science, technology and innovation, especially within the biomedical and health domains. In my free time I enjoy travelling, staying active, and spending time with friends and family (including pets!).
Fun fact - I’ve travelled to 23 countries, which has resulted in some of my most memorable experiences: hiking Mt. St. Helens, Machu Picchu, and through the Ecuadorian amazon.
Wesley Stolte, MSc (in progress)
My name is Wesley Stolte, I am an optical engineer at PulseMedica. I graduated from the University of Alberta with an Engineering Physics degree. I am currently finishing up a MSc at the University of Alberta in Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in photonics and plasmas. My thesis is on combining ocular imaging modalities and surgical laser delivery systems. In my free time, you can find me at the gym, getting overly competitive in recreational sports, or backcountry camping.
Fun Fact: I have seven siblings, and so have learned to focus even in the most chaotic situations.