DiFUSION Technologies appointed senior executives
John Kaelblein has been named president. Mr. Kaelblein has been in the medical device sales and marketing arena for his entire business career of more than 45 years. Prior to joining DiFUSION, he was the CEO and Founder of Nutek Orthopaedics, and prior to this, he was also a Founder and Executive Vice President of Small Bone Innovations
Additionally, before his stint with SBI, Mr. Kaelblein was considered a Founder and the first CEO of Z-Kat, Inc. which today is the parent and holding company of Mako Surgical, an image guidance and robotic delivery orthopedic surgery company.
Mr. Kaelblein is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a BS in Marketing and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with an MBA in International Marketing. He also is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict where he served as an officer in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division.
Chris DeNicola is the new senior vice president of sales. Mr. DeNicola brings to DiFUSION more than 22 years of marketing and sales experience and leadership in the orthopedic medical device industry.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. DeNicola most recently served as Vice President of Sales for Scient’x USA, where he led the efforts to re-structure the field sales distribution group, and reorganize its commercial business operation.
Mr. DeNicola has also held the positions of Sr. Vice President of Sales for Small Bone Innovations Inc., and enjoyed a highly challenging and rewarding career path with EBI LP, a BIOMET company. Starting with EBI as a professional sales representative, he went on to hold the positions of Manager of Sales Training/Administration, Director of Sales Operations, Director of Sales and Vice President Sales U.S.
Throughout his career Mr. DeNicola has demonstrated strong communication, organizational and leadership skills, and has demonstrated a passion for the recruitment, training, and support of experienced, successful, and ethical sales organizations, and individuals. Mr. DeNicola is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Management.
Jami Hafiz, PhD, is the new vice president of product development. Dr. Hafiz was formerly a Senior Staff Scientist at Chameleon Scientific.
Dr. Hafiz has 10 years of experience in the study of scientific coatings and surface modifications. Most recently he led the Combination Technology Group at Minneapolis-based Chameleon Scientific. There he led complex product development efforts focused on silver antimicrobial coatings for implantable devices.
Dr. Hafiz has served as a visiting research fellow at CNRS-Orleans in France and the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany. As a Post Doctoral Researcher he collaborated with Nitto Denko Technical Corporation to design and scale-up a reaction chamber for synthesizing novel nanocrystalline material.
Dr. Hafiz has written or presented more than 20 scientific papers and conference proceedings and has three patents awaiting approval.
Dr. Hafiz received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and PhD from the University of Minnesota, all in Mechanical Engineering. He received an NSF fellowship for his doctoral dissertation project on the synthesis, characterization and application of nanostructured coatings.
Joseph Crudden, PhD, has been name vice president of research and development. Dr. Crudden is a world leading PhD Physical Chemist.
Dr. Crudden holds 13 patents in surface chemistry technologies with 8 additional patents pending. He is widely regarded as the leading expert in surface chemistry. As an R&D chemist at AW Chesterton, Groveland, MA, Joseph worked on the development of thermo set polymer composite systems for industrial maintenance and repair.
At Agion Technology Corp., Wakefield MA, Dr. Crudden, working as a senior scientist, focused on the controlled release of antimicrobial metal ions from thermo set plastic systems for applications such as self sterilizing flooring systems. ■