Scientific Partners

Shuvo Roy, PhD

Dr. Shuvo Roy PhD, is a scientist whose research is dedicated to the development of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology for biomedical applications with an emphasis on implantable devices. His research is under way at the University of California, San Francisco where he is an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS), a joint department of the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, and director of the UCSF Biomedical Microdevices Laboratory. He holds the Harry Wm. and Diana V. Hind Distinguished Professorship in Pharmaceutical Sciences II in the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Dr. Roy is also a founding member of the UCSF Pediatric Consortium, which has a mission to accelerate the development of innovative devices for children's health, and a faculty affiliate of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. Before joining the BTS department in 2008, Dr. Roy co-directed the BioMEMS Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.

In 1992 he earned a BS degree, Magna Cum Laude, with General Honors for triple majors in Physics, Mathematics (Special Honors), and Computer Science from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. In 1995, he earned an MS in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics and, in 2001, a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, both from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

At UCSF, he is building a research and training program to focus on the development of MEMS for medicine. Dr. Roy serves on the editorial board of the following peer-reviewed journals: Biomedical Microdevices and Sensors & Materials. In 2004, he established The Cleveland Clinic NanoMedicine Summit, which brought together over 300 scientists, engineers, and clinicians to focus on nanotechnology solutions for unmet medical needs. He has contributed more than 85 technical publications, coauthored 3 book chapters, awarded 15 U.S. patents, and given more than 50 invited presentations.

Dr. Roy is working with Magnets-In-Me on the development of Roboimplant, a device used in the treatment of scoliosis and Magnap, a device used in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. He is also working on a wireless monitoring device for Pectus Excavatum. He brings his considerable MEMS experience to assist in developing an external controller to monitor the effectiveness of our device as a growing rod.

Dillon Kwiat

Dillon Kwiat is a biomedical engineer.  He has been a development engineer for the University of California’s Pediatric Device Consortium since 2010 where he designs, tests and seeks regulatory approval for medical devices for pediatric applications.  Prior to his work with the Pediatric Device Consortium he worked at the UCSF Biomechanical Testing Facility where he designed and executed test protocols for orthopedic medical devices.  Dillon holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dillon has worked with us in the development of a number of FDA applications and reports.

Elizabeth Gress

Liz has worked in the medical device space for the past four years as the program administrator of the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium. A successful grant writer, Liz has helped raise over $5 million in funding for medical research and device projects. Liz provides technical support to Magnamosis Inc. preparing FDA regulatory submissions, grant applications, and research protocols, as well as general operational support. Liz is a graduate of Williams College and a Bay Area native. 

Liz has worked in the development of FDA applications for a number of our devices.

Hayes Manufacturing

Hayes Manufacturing is located in Sunnyvale California. Matt Hayes, their president, has worked with Magnets-In-Me for 7 years in the development of our scoliosis, anastomosis and pectus devices. He has a full service facility that can prototype and fabricates any of our devices out of plastic, stainless or titanium. Her is currently working on the prototypes for a device to treat obstructive sleep apnea, This device utilizes the same principle as the pectus excavatum device, where an implanted magnet opens the patents airway by being activated by an external magnet worn in a neck brace or collar. 

Pediatric Device Consortium

Magnets-In-Me is a member of the Pediatric Device Consortium. The consortium was established at the University of California, San Francisco in 2009. The FDA provided grants to 4 institutions and organizations in the US to help increase the development of pediatric medical devices. The consortium received their second grant in 2010 to continue work with a variety of institutions and individual inventors in the greater bay area. Dr. Harrison wrote and was awarded these grants. 

Magnets-In-Me works with the PDC to review many of our devices and participates at their committee meetings and device seminars throughout the year.