Kenneth Diller, Inventor, Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer
Dr. Diller is an internationally recognized thought leader on human bioheat transfer and thermoregulation, and holds 25 patents in the field. He brings over 45 years of experience in bioheat transfer research, and has held prime leadership roles in major national and international engineering and scientific organizations and journal editorial boards. Diller is founding chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Department at UT Austin, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and UT Houston Medical School, and he is a Clare Hall College Life Fellow at the University of Cambridge, England. He has been awarded over $37 million in research grants from NSF, NIH, NASA and multiple foundations and corporations, and has authored more than 300 books and scientific papers. Diller is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UT-Austin where he maintains an active research program on bioheat transfer, therapeutic hypothermia and human thermoregulation processes. Diller holds a B.S. (with honors) and Master of Science from The Ohio State University and Doctor of Science from MIT, all in mechanical engineering.
Brad Pulver, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Pulver is a senior executive with over 17 years of experience in a variety of industry and consulting roles, with a unique combination of skills in business unit leadership, strategy and operations consulting, business development and entrepreneurial ventures. He helped found Innovative Medical Equipment (IME) serving as President and Chief Operating Officer and overseeing all phases of the medical device company, including: capital raising, product design and development, regulatory approval, manufacturing and supply chain, sales and marketing, distribution and strategic partnerships.
Prior to IME, Mr. Pulver served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for Hagemeyer North America (a $1.8B North American division of Sonepar, a $15 B global safety, electrical and industrial distributor). He also has over 10 years of experience as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies on a host of operational and strategic issues facing their businesses. Mr. Pulver holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University.
James Kuras, Vice President – Product Development
Mr. Kuras has over 25 years of broad and extensive experience leading business operations, corporate governance, financing, quality control and product development functions in lifescience and medical device companies. Prior to Mercury Biomed, Mr. Kuras was the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of AxioMed Spine Corp (ASC), raising $70 million in venture funding. ASC was founded in 2001 based on the intellectual property involving unique designs for cervical and lumbar artificial spinal disc implants. Additionally, he has led strategic business and operational plans for the US, European, and Pacific Rim markets, also executing product development, clinical assessments (class 2b, ll & lll) and commercialization for the US and OUS markets. Mr. Kuras holds 14 medical device patents, and earned his BSAS degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Youngstown State University.
Glen Guyuron, Vice President – Regulatory, Legal & Manufacturing
Mr. Guyuron has been involved with medical device development since February 2008, when he began consulting on legal and marketing issues surrounding early-stage medical devices. He joined Innovative Medical Equipment (IME) full-time in December of 2008 and has been responsible for all strategic planning aspects for the company’s products. With Mercury, Mr. Guyuron will have primary responsibility for the commercialization, regulatory approval and manufacturing of the SmartCool and WarmSmart products. He earned his JD/MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and his B.S. in Finance & Marketing from Miami University. Mr. Guyuron is a member of the Illinois Bar.