Meet the Team
Nitish Thakor, PhD
Dr. Thakor is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of Biomedical Instrumentation at Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, and the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
Rahul Kaliki, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Ever since his teenage years, Dr. Kaliki has been fascinated with understanding how the brain controls our arms. His pursuit of this question led him to obtain a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and subsequently a PhD in Biomedical Engineering under Dr. Gerald Loeb at the University of Southern California in 2009. His PhD thesis was directly related to developing a novel control strategy for upper limb prostheses. With the desire to directly improve amputees’ lives through technology commercialization, Dr. Kaliki joined IBT in the fall of 2009. Since becoming the CEO of IBT in 2011, IBT has launched its first product to the market and is driving to push the boundaries of prosthetic technology even further.
Ananth Natarajan, MD
Dr. Natarajan is a physician and engineer who specializes in utilization of advanced technology to solve pressing clinical problems. He founded Infinite Biomedical Technologies (IBT) in 1997 and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the company for over ten years. Funding for the company was provided by the National Institutes of Health, which committed substantial capital to IBT for development of its high-risk, high-reward technologies.
The company developed neurocritical care monitors and also spun-out a software company in the endoscopy space, Ikona Medical. The spin-out developed the first mobile reader application for capsule endoscopy on the Apple iPad™ platform. IBT also launched a healthcare information technology company (Vigilant Medical) which provides medical image sharing for clients, including four of the “Top 10 Heart Hospitals” as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Over 20,000 patients have been cared for using the Vigilant system last year.
Currently IBT is developing an advanced dexterous prosthetic system for upper extremity amputees, and over 500 amputees are currently using one or more components of this system. For the past several years, Ananth has also been an active angel investor and has helped fund over a dozen early-stage technology companies, primarily outside the life sciences arena.
Ananth has several publications, presentations, and patents to his credit. He has received the TR35 award from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review and the Duke University Engineering Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. He has been featured in the Red Herring magazine in a cover story as one of “5 Technology Innovators Changing the World.” He is a member of the California Club, the Athenaeum, and the Economic Round Table. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Caltech Associates (Past President), Innovate Pasadena and Vigilant Medical (Chairman). In the past he has served on the Boards of the Duke University Alumni Association of Southern California, HIVE Lighting, the Pasadena Angels, and the Pasadena Symphony. He is Past President of the Physicians’ Wine & Food Society and continues to serve on its Executive Committee.
Dr. Natarajan received his BSE in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Duke University (at age 18, with Distinction). He received an MSE in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Additionally, he completed his residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Southern California.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Schlattman completed his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 2007. He was promoted from research engineer to chief operating officer in November of 2011. Dan’s experience in engineering as well as his organizational skills has helped to bring our ideas through to commercialization. In addition to general operations management, Dan is the lead for sales and marketing as well as customer relations. Dan is happily married to his wife Suzanne and they have 3 wonderful children.
Engineering Project Manager
Megan attended Johns Hopkins University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. She specializes in embedded software development as well as interacting with patients who are excited to try out our new technology.
Director of Product Development
Martin Vilarino received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD in 2011, and a M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD in 2013. During his M.S.E., Martin worked as a Research Engineer for Infinite Biomedical Technologies, where he led the development and commercialization of morph, the first RFID controller for upper limb prosthetic devices. After finishing his M.S.E., Martin joined Infinite Biomedical Technologies as an Engineering Project Manager. Currently, he is involved with the marketing and regulation of Infinite’s products, as well as the engineering of the next generation wireless technology.
Kevin attended Johns Hopkins University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. He leads manufacturing for current IBT products as well as creative design for IBT marketing material.
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Ben received his Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2015. He specializes in both software and embedded system development.
Damini Agarwal received a Bachelor of Technology degree with a Major in Biomedical Engineering and a Minor in Computer Science from VIT University, Vellore, India in 2015. She then received her M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2017. Damini worked on flexible electronics for prosthetics as a part of her Master’s thesis.
Sean McHugh, CPIM
Director of Marketing and Sales
Sean's personal experience as an upper limb amputee has fueled his passion to bring innovative prosthetic products to market. Sean is no stranger to IBT. In his previous role in sales at Steeper USA, he saw patient outcomes improve when FlexCell batteries and morph2 were used with the Bebionic hand. A former US Navy sailor, Sean received his Certification in Production and Inventory Management from Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA in 1997.