Medvis is a Multidisciplinary Collaboration
Medvis has a core team and works closely with collaborative partners.
Core medvis team
Jim Agutter, Owner
Jim designs innovative technology in medicine. He has held positions at the University of Utah as the Director of the Design Program, Director of the Spark Design Initiative, Assistant Research Professor, Assistant Director of the Center for the Representation of Multi-Dimensional Information, and Associate Research Scientist in the Center for High Performance Computing. He has published numerous articles on visualization applications across a broad range of applications and won the 2004 - 2005 Creative Acheivement Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. In his free time, you can find Jim mountain biking on the local single track, road biking the California coastline, playing softball, snowboarding at Utah's resorts, and enjoying time with his active family.
Noah Syroid, Owner
Noah fosters the process of bringing new medical technology into a valuable product that fits users' needs. He has a M.S. in Bioengineering and a B.S. in Computer Engineering, with 15+ years experience in patient monitoring, pharmacologic modeling, bioinstrumentation, scientific/information visualization, human factors usability evaluation, and software engineering management. Noah's positions as a research computer scientist, biomedical engineer, and Technical Director for the University of Utah Center for Patient Simulation have served as the foundation for his deep understanding of medical technology development and evaluation. In his free time, you can find Noah trying to convince his family and friends to travel, ski, mountain bike, hike, camp, backpack, climb peaks, tenkara fly fish, appreciate good food, and grow vegetables.
Dwayne Westenskow, Owner
Dwayne retired from directing the Anesthesiology Bioengineering Laboratory at the University of Utah for over 37 years. His laboratory has conducted research in the areas of patient simulation research, modeling and visualization, gas delivery and sensing, and peri-operative data mining. Dwayne's directorship and mentoring resulted in the ME, MS, or PhD of over 95 graduate students in the fields of biomedical engineering and medical informatics at the University of Utah. To our good fortune, we have Dwayne to lend his extensive expertise in guiding the direction of our projects.
Artur Ostrega, Software Engineer (Web)
Artur is our full stack web developer. He started programming in 2004 as a means to create video games. That has since developed into a zeal for software engineering, design, and animation. He leverages his experience to produce competitive software. His favorite programming language is Ruby, and he can't imagine doing his work without a tiling window manager.
Diane Tyler, Clinical Study Expert
Diane has been in medical-surgical nursing with over 20 years’ experience in pre-operative, post-anesthesia and post-operative care. She is an RN and has a Masters of Nursing Administration degree. Diane knows clinical study coordination from top to bottom and has been involved in evaluating medical devices in patient simulators, simulation education and sedation training since 2001. She serves as our clinical study expert and will ensure that the evaluation process for your medical technology is flawless. In her free time, Diane travels the world with her husband and visits the best natural places that Utah has to offer (and there are a lot of places to visit).
Soeren Hoehne, Biomedical Engineer
Soeren is a bioengineer with a knack for building prototypes. Soeren knows 3-D design, 3-D printing, and electronic circuit design. He is also a high fidelity patient simulator expert and knows how to evaluate a device. Bring an idea to Soeren and he will create it. He enjoys traveling the world and discovering new things to do in urban Salt Lake City.
Brett Thompson, Pixelcrane
Brett/Pixelcrane understands how messaging and technology work together. So when an organization has something say — he makes it happen. Originally trained as a print designer, Brett added Web design, HTML5 animation, Flash animation and social media into his repertoire. After earning his BFA from Colorado State University in 2001, Brett got his feet wet in the industry by developing the transportation website for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and UDOT. Other brands that Brett has built collateral for include: JP Morgan Chase, Primary Children's Hospital, TCBY, Zions Bank, Mrs. Fields, and PrePass.
Expert Clinician Partners
Medvis knows that one of the greatest unmet needs in medical device/technology development is access to clinical experts. We have stable, long-standing consulting relationships with the some of the most prominent clinical and academic experts in the fields of anesthesiology, sedation, critical care medicine, and nursing (to name a few).