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13 Mar 2018

Ambika Srinath, Systems Engineer

Ambika Srinath, Systems Engineer “I grew up and went to school in central Illinois, specializing in computer and electrical engineering and using these skills to work in the medical device space on various giant medical imaging scanners. As a woman working on important diagnostic devices like breast ultrasound scanners, I felt a personal connection to the problems I was solving. While I’ve always liked the challenges of hardware engineering and digital design, I moved toward systems engineering because I wanted […]

09 Mar 2018
a table of various blood glucose meters, lancing devices, insulin pumps, supplies

User-Centered Design Has Propelled Consumer Tech – Why Not Medical Devices?

User-Centered Design Has Propelled Consumer Tech – Why Not Medical Devices? by Jeffrey Brewer, Co-Founder and CEO March 9, 2018 Twenty-five years ago, the tech industry had a problem. Engineers and entrepreneurs were developing exciting new ways to connect individuals to the larger world, but going online was still a clunky, frustrating experience for users. Compared to those days, the industry has luxury problems now. More than 3 billion people are online, spending so much time at the computer (especially […]

01 Mar 2018
Sarah Matarese

Sarah Matarese, Senior User Experience Designer

Sarah Matarese, Senior User Experience Designer “Have you ever thought there must be a better path, a better way? I live for the challenge of discovering that better path. In my career as a UX (user experience) designer, I’ve been privileged to work and learn my craft at purpose driven companies known for user focused design – first at Apple, and most recently at Tesla. Recently though, I couldn’t escape the feeling that I could be doing something even more […]

13 Feb 2018
man being shot from cannon

Self-Experimenting with Vaccines Gets You Headlines, But Won’t Help People

Self-Experimenting with Vaccines Gets You Headlines, But Won’t Help People by Jeffrey Brewer, Co-Founder and CEO February 13, 2018 Testing out unproven vaccines on yourself and broadcasting the experiment on Facebook Live—as the CEO of Ascendance Biomedical did at a recent biohacking conference in Austin—is the way to make a splash. Such a spectacle gets attention and starts a conversation. But it won’t get innovative products to market faster, and it doesn’t count as progress toward making better treatments accessible to the people […]

13 Nov 2017
graphic representing how diabetes devices communicate with smartphones for remote monitoring purposes

Let’s Work Together to Reverse Recent Medicare Decision on Sharing CGM Data

Let’s Work Together to Reverse Recent Medicare Decision on Sharing CGM Data by Jeffrey Brewer, Co-Founder and CEO November 13, 2017 At the beginning of this year, I was among those celebrating a groundbreaking decision by CMS: the agency said it would begin covering the use of certain continuous glucose monitors (CGM) for people with insulin-requiring diabetes. But a more recent ruling by CMS is nothing to celebrate. According to this ruling, “if a beneficiary uses a non-DME (durable medical […]

30 Oct 2017
whiteboard diagramming user engagement metrics

Diabetes Apps Increase User Engagement But Should Be Doing Opposite

Diabetes Apps Increase User Engagement But Should Be Doing Opposite by Jeffrey Brewer, Co-Founder and CEO October 30, 2017 People with diabetes increasingly turn to smartphone apps to help them manage their condition, and people like my son, a young adult who has lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for fifteen years, now have more than 100 to choose from on iOS or Android devices. Researchers from the University of Florida recently took a look at these apps, and found it difficult […]

13 Feb 2017
Bigfoot Stories Rick Mendoza

Rick Mendoza, Quality Assurance Specialist

Rick Mendoza, Quality Assurance Specialist “As Bigfoot’s Quality Assurance Specialist, my responsibilities include testing our system components and making the final inspections to verify that the parts are accurate and conform to measurements. I’ve worked in Quality for the whole of my career, watching as technology and trends have continuously evolved. In the 1970s, I performed quality testing on video games for Atari. (I remember quality testing the classic Breakout game.) I worked for ROLM Mil-Spec on the F-16 fighter […]

17 Jan 2017
Bigfoot Stories Hoang Truong

Hoang Truong, Document Control Supervisor

Hoang Truong, Document Control Supervisor My responsibility at Bigfoot is to manage document control as part of our Quality Assurance team. That means ensuring that every process, employee training module, and component specification – anything that would impact our automated insulin delivery system or the end user – is documented, accurate, and traceable. I help our team to ensure that all training is up-to-date and that our quality management system complies with FDA regulations. I’ve worked in the pharmaceutical and medical […]

19 Dec 2016
Bigfoot Stories Edward Hefter

Edward Hefter, VP of Operations

Edward Hefter, VP of Operations I first got involved in the type 1 diabetes community over a decade ago when, at 4 years old, my youngest child was diagnosed with T1D. His attitude has always been inspiring to me. To him, T1D was not a major obstacle, it was just another new thing to do. After a few years of shots and the sliding scales, we discovered that using a pump that handled the insulin and the calculations was much easier […]

07 Nov 2016

Lesli DeSimone, Director of Clinical Research Programs

Lesli DeSimone, Director of Clinical Research Programs I became a nurse because I wanted to see the world, learn new things, and take care of people. I spent much of my early career in the hospital; Telemetry Floor Nursing, Surgical ICU, and cath lab where I was part of phenomenal teams. The hospital staff works as a family so I enjoyed that environment. My experience eventually led me to clinical research where I could help advance the development of drugs […]