Industry Advisory Board
Joe Breeland – Advisor, Sales and Marketing
Mr. Breeland brings nearly 30 years of experience in building high-performance sales teams and organizations. Most recently in orthodontics, Mr. Breeland served as VP Sales & Marketing at OrthoClear, where he launched and grew a new orthodontic technology from scratch to a $30 million run rate in approximately 18 months. This sales trajectory is believed to be one of the most rapid in medical device history. Prior to OrthoClear, Mr. Breeland was the VP Sales at Align Technology (makers of Invisalign). His notable accomplishments at Invisalign include growth from $0 to a $180 million run rate in six years, and establishment of an 84-person field sales organization, often regarded as the most talented in the industry. Mr. Breeland’s orthodontic experience prior to the Invisalign business was as a Regional Manager at “A” Company, a full-service orthodontic appliance company that was later acquired. Prior to establishing his reputation in the orthodontic industry which included over a decade of remarkable achievement, Mr. Breeland managed sales forces across a number of device and pharmaceutical product categories at well-known companies, including Allergan and Eli Lilly & Co. Mr. Breeland holds a BS Pharmacy from University of Texas and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. He also served as a First Lieutenant and Officer-in-Charge at the Outpatient Pharmacy in the U.S. Army in Fort Ord, CA.
Richard P. Iverson – Advisor, Strategic Business Development
Mr. Iverson has been a consultant with OrthoAccel® since 2008. He spent thirty three years with 3M company in various management and executive positions, including eight years as general manager of 3M Unitek Orthodontics subsidiary and retiring in 2001 as Division Vice President of the Electronic Products Division. Following retirement from 3M, Mr. Iverson served for seven years as president of American Orthodontics until retiring in 2008. Mr. Iverson brings a strong background on worldwide business development, acquisition activity, new product development and manufacturing operations. He presently serves on the board of directors of Brewer Medical Company and consults in the Dental and Medical industry market segments.
Waldemar “Val” B. Szwajkowski – Advisor, Strategic Development
Mr. Szwajkowski’s relationship with OrthoAccel® Technologies is primarily focused on strategic development of key markets, and alignment of its operating plans for growth. Mr. Szwajkowski’s background is particularly relevant to OrthoAccel’s® development of the AcceleDent™ brand. His extensive experience includes international business development, sales and marketing, and general management. While at 3M Unitek, an orthodontic appliance business, his roles included market leadership in Latin American and Europe from the 1980s into the early 2000s. Mr. Szwajkowski also oversaw several acquisitions and new business launches prior to retiring as Global Head of 3M Unitek, a role he held from 2001 – 2007.
Dawei Liu, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Pre-doctoral Program Director, Research Director, Scientific Research Advisor
Dr. Liu graduated from China Medical University with his DDS, as well as MS in orthodontics. He pursued a PhD in bone biology at the Beijing Medical University, and in 2009 Dr. Liu completed his US orthodontic training and got a certificate and MS in orthodontics from Marquette University. Dr. Liu worked at the Chinese Stomatological Association as Vice Director of International Exchanges, he then accepted an invitation from Dr. Birte Melsen and worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Orthodontics at the Royal Dental College in Denmark. In 2005, Dr. Liu moved to Marquette University where he is currently the pre-doctoral Program Director and Research Director in the Department of Developmental Sciences/Orthodontics. Besides his teaching and clinical responsibilities, as a researcher Dr. Liu is focusing on the investigation of the effects of mechanical vibration on orthodontic tooth movement and root resorption, in an attempt to shorten the total treatment time and reduce the risk of root resorption in clinical orthodontic patients. In merit of his research achievements, Dr. Liu has received many awards including the Willie and Earl Shepherd Fellowship Award (2007). Dr. Liu is an active member of the AAO, EOS, ASBMR and ORS. He serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and as a reviewer for several other journals. For more information about Dr. Liu please follow the link http://www.marquette.edu/dentistry/admissions/OrthoDepartment.shtml
Jeremy Mao, D.D.S., Ph.D. – Professor, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine; Director, Tissue Engineering-Regenerative Medicine; Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Biomaterials, Columbia University; Chairman, OrthoAccel® Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Mao received a Doctor of Dental Surgery from both Wuhan University in China and the University of Illinois; he also received a Ph.D. and postdoctoral training from the University of Alberta in Canada. He has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters in the area of tissue engineering, stem cells and regenerative medicine. Dr. Mao currently serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals such as Tissue Engineering, Journal of Biomedical Material Research, International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Journal of Dental Research, and has served as an Associate Editor of Stem Cells and Development, as well as on the editorial board of Medical Engineering and Physics and Frontiers of Bioscience. He has over 30 patents granted and/or filed in the areas of stem cells, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. In 2007 Dr. Mao received the Iwao Yasuda Award for his outstanding contribution in the areas of stem cells and regenerative medicine, as well as mechanical modulation of skeletal growth. The Iwao Yasuda Award represents the highest honor given by the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine to an individual who has made outstanding contribution to the field of biomedical research. Dr. Mao is the original inventor of the OrthoAccel® technology For more information about Dr. Mao, please follow the link http://www.bme.columbia.edu/fac-bios/mao/faculty.html or http://www.termis.org/election/Mao_bio.pdf
Ravindra Nanda, B.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D. – Head, Craniofacial Science, Division Chair, Orthodontics, University of Connecticut
Dr. Nanda received his orthodontic training first at Lucknow University, India, then from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and the University of Connecticut. He also received a Ph.D. from the University of Nijmegen. Dr. Nanda has done extensive research during the last 30 years in the areas of cleft lip and palate, orthopedic forces and long-term growth with orthognathic surgery in adolescents, and most recently on clinical orthodontic trials and the application of biomechanics in busy orthodontic practices. He has authored and coauthored three orthodontic books and more than 100 scientific and clinical articles in major journals. He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. Dr. Nanda is an internationally recognized expert on almost every facet of the orthodontic industry. For more information about Dr. Nanda, please visit the following links: http://orthodontics.uchc.edu/faculty/bios/nanda.html or http://www.jco-online.com/archive/article-view.aspx?year=2007&month=03&articlenum=139
Kang Ting, Ph.D., D.M.D., D.D.S. – Professor and Chair of Orthodontics, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, UCLA
Dr. Ting received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine and completed his postdoctoral orthodontic residency and also received the Doctorate of Medical Sciences from Harvard. Currently, he is an Endowed Full Professor and the Chair of the Orthodontics Department at UCLA. He is also an attending doctor in the Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic at UCLA Medical Center. His main research interest is in the molecular genetics of craniofacial development and in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. For more information on Dr. Ting, please follow the link http://www.dentistry.ucla.edu/faculty/Ting.html
Paul Korne, D.D.S., M.Cl.D. – Assistant Professor, McGill University; Former President, Canadian Association of Orthodontists
After graduating from dental school at McGill University in 1986, Dr. Korne completed a residency program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He was then awarded his master’s degree in orthodontics at the University of Western Ontario in London. His main interest lies in the field of orthodontic biomechanics, the science that deals with the application of forces to the teeth and supporting tissues. Although Dr. Korne has been in clinical orthodontic practice since 1988, he is also an assistant professor at McGill University, where he has been teaching second year dental students since 1990. He is an active and contributing member of many dental societies and associations, and is a past president of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists. For more information about Dr. Korne, please follow the link http://www.korneortho.com/about.asp
Clinton Rubin, Ph.D. – Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, State University of New York (SUNY), Stonybrook
Dr. Rubin’s work is targeted toward understanding the cellular mechanisms responsible for the growth, healing, and homeostasis of bone. More specifically, this work focuses on how biophysical stimuli (i.e., mechanical, electrical, temperature, magnetic, pressure) mediate these responses. The clinical significance of this work is applicable to the inhibition of osteopenia, the promotion of bony ingrowth, and the acceleration of fracture healing. Dr. Rubin is a fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineers, and a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, two Kappa Delta Awards from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the John Charnley Award from the Hip Society, the Fuller Albright Award from the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, and the Giovanni Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics. Dr. Rubin’s work is currently funded by National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Whitaker Foundation, private industry and the New York Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research. Dr. Rubin holds twelve patents, with three pending, in the area of wound repair and treatment of bone disease; at least two start-up companies have been formed from these patents. For more information about Dr. Rubin, please follow the link http://www.bme.sunysb.edu/bme/people/faculty/c_rubin.html
Michael Liebschner, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of BioEngineering, Rice University; Director, Computational and Experimental BioMechanics Laboratory
Dr. Liebschner’s research interests lie in computational and experimental methods for biomechanical research. In an interdisciplinary effort, he and his laboratory are developing minimally invasive surgical techniques for treating osteoporitic fractures and for preventive treatment of low-density vertebrae in individuals who have not yet fractured a vertebra. Dr. Liebschner has expert knowledge in computer simulation and biomechanical evaluation for the optimization of surgical procedures and implant designs for treatment planning and surgical optimization. He has been highly efficient in coordinating the design and development process of implants and diagnostics with medical professionals and corporate partners. Additionally, Dr. Liebschner is the co-founder of BioSonic, a medical device start-up interested in the development of new diagnostics for bone quality assessment; he also serves as an expert witness due to his extensive expertise in medical devices. For more information about Dr. Liebschner, please follow the link http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~ceblab/