PATIENT

&

FAMILY 

COUNCIL

BMI Executive & Engineering Team

Tony Arndt,

VP Engineering

Tony is responsible for the ongoing development of BMI's medical devices - its laboratory based system CaVESWave ® and the application of BMI's patented technology to create PROPEL ™, our new mobile platform that will quite literally carry life-extending organs and hope to millions of families.

 

Innovative engineering design development is part of BMI's 'DNA' and Tony is the embodiment of it, as he and his team strives to continually develop and improve BMI's capabilities.     

Carrie DiMarzio, CEO

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Carrie is the consummate 

'team leader', who inspires the best from all she works with. Carrie tracks with and encourages BMI's engineering team and strategic partnerships. 

 

Of particular note, Carrie was responsible for BMI's multiple federal award winning SuppleVent ™ COVID-19 response ventilator, developed in a Public Private Partnership, with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Department of Energy), that achieved FDA Emergency Use Approval in record time.

Carrie coordinates BMI's strategic partnerships and the work of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Board.

Mark J. Finlay, CMO

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Mark is responsible for BMI's customer and key stakeholder relations--including investor and government relations.

 

Mark enjoys coordinating the efforts of BMI's Patient & Family Council as it campaigns to stop lives being unnecessarily lost in the US because a transplant organ remains out of reach. 

Mark has been actively involved in technology transfer, business innovation and VC and PE financing, in support of major companies, start-ups and economic 

initiatives in the UK, Ireland, EMEA and USA.

Mark operates between Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and BMI's facilities in the Carolinas.

Chip Aardema,

 Perfusionist

Chip is one of America's most experienced ex vivo organ perfusionists and has been part of BMI's journey since our earliest deployments in serving the clinical research team at Virginia Tech.

 

Chip supports BMI's lab based CaVESWave® 

cardiovascular emulation platform deployed in leading research labs across the nation. 

When not in one of our strategic partners labs, Chip can be found in BMI's lab at the First Flight Center in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park.

BMI's Medical & Scientific Advisory Board

BMI's is guided and enriched by an Advisory Board of physicians and surgeons, each leaders in their professional disciplines and areas of organ specialism.

David A. Gerber, MD

Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair Clinical Affairs and Chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplant at UNC, where he actively runs a lab focused on stem cell research with an emphasis on cellular differentiation and organogenesis (or organ regeneration).

 

Actively involved with the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, The Transplantation Society, Society of University of Surgeons, Southern Surgical Association and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.  

 

In 2010 he was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Advisory Committee on Transplantation (ACOT).

 

He is a Col. in the US Air Force Reserves.

Andrew Barbas, MD

Board-certified Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Surgeon, Liver Transplant Surgeon, Pediatric Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Pediatric Liver Transplant Surgeon with Duke University Hospital

Prabir Roy-Chowdhury, MD, PhD, FRCP (Edin)

Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension; Co-Director, UNC Kidney Center; founding co-Chair of the Kidney Health Initiative 

Dr. Roy-Chaudhury was also the founding American Society of Nephrology co-chair of the Kidney Health Initiative, which is a public-private partnership between the ASN and the FDA, which aims to bring together nephrologists, industry partners, patient advocacy groups and regulatory agencies; in an attempt to facilitate the passage of drugs, devices and biologics into the kidney disease space.

 

In 2019, he was elected to the ASN Council which is a nine member apex leadership body for the American Society of Nephrology which has over 18,000 members.

Matthew Hartwig, MD

Board-certified thoracic surgeon with Duke University Hospital

Gerry Lake-Bakaar, MD, PhD

Transplant Hepatologist, at The Transplant Center, Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Denver, Colorado.

 

Author of five books and several peer reviewed papers. Editor-in-Chief Journal Hepatic Medicine.

BMI's Patient & Family Council

 
 

We want to learn from our Patient & Family Council Members and from you about your experiences--so we can rejoice with you and mourn with you, and together to drive positive change. Enter your details below to hear about BMI's Warrior and Honor Wall initiatives:

Marla Levy

We encourage you to click the link and watch and listen to Marla's powerful testimony about the awful and relentless cycle of dialysis. Marla knows that by making more kidneys available BMI will help transform the lives of countless families across America and far beyond. 

Tim Schreiner

Tim is a 'living donor' having given up an organ to a friend. In the process Tim understands  the sensitivities and trauma that family members and those surrounding a patient go through. 

To learn more about the BMI family please provide your details: