Kestrel Labs Staff, Medical Advisors, and Consultants

Kestrel Labs has assembled a world class team of scientists and engineers with proven records of innovation and achievement in the medical device field. The team has expertise in business management, product development, electrical, mechanical, and optical engineering, computer science, mathematics, quality and regulatory affairs, and high-volume, low-cost manufacturing. Kestrel Labs is also advised by a world-class Medical Advisory Board, representing a wide cross-section of medical disciplines.


Jonas Pologe (Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer) has over thirty years of engineering and research experience in the medical device industry and is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the science of pulse oximetry. He was an original member of BIOX, the company that developed the first commercially-viable pulse oximeter, and spent seventeen years with Datex-Ohmeda (now part of GE Healthcare) and its predecessor companies. In addition to his skills in electronic hardware and software engineering, Mr. Pologe's areas of research specialization are in photoplethysmographic monitoring and spectrophotometric analysis. In 1991, Mr. Pologe was a member of an expedition climbing Mt. Everest, during which he conducted a field research project on pulse oximetry at extreme high altitude. He is the author of almost 20 patents related to pulse oximetry, as well as numerous articles and presentations at technical meetings in this field. Mr. Pologe holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University. Prior to founding Kestrel Labs, Mr. Pologe held the positions of Vice President of R&D, Quartz Medical, and Manager of Research and Chief Scientist for Datex-Ohmeda's Pulse Oximetry business unit.

Ted Delianides, Ph.D. (Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer) has extensive experience with technology development and company operations in diverse product fields, including medical devices, optical networks, and lightweight composite materials. Dr. Delianides has worked with four other start-up companies, including Zolo Technologies, Inc., a subsystems provider of DWDM optical network components, ArmorWorks, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced ceramic-composite armor, and A3 Technologies, Inc., a technology spin-off from the 1992 America's Cup yacht races. He also worked as a staff scientist at Datex-Ohmeda on novel methods of blood pressure measurement. Dr. Delianides holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics/Astronautics (minor in Electrical Engineering / Optics) from Stanford University. Prior to founding Kestrel Labs, Dr. Delianides' positions included Project Director (Embedded Monitors) for Zolo Technologies, Inc. and VP of Research, Development, and Engineering at ArmorWorks, Inc.

Adriaan Verheij (Principal Software Design Engineer) has over twenty years of experience in system architecture, software and hardware design, and medical device design. As a project manager Mr. Verheij designed and developed an ultrasound-based biometer/pachymeter that measured the thickness of the tissues of the human eye with unprecedented accuracy. He also led the software development effort on a perfusion control system for a heart-lung machine. Joining Kestrel Labs in 2004, Mr. Verheij has had principal responsibility for the development of all instrumentation and manufacturing software for Kestrel Labs, including the embedded software for the advanced pulse oximeter currently under development. Mr. Verheij holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from HTS Dordrecht, The Netherlands, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, with a specialization in Medical Electrical Engineering.


Enrico Camporesi, M.D. (Member, Medical Advisory Board) is Professor and Chairman of Anesthesiology and Professor of Physiology for SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York. His board certifications include: ECFMG, Rochester, New York (186-347-1); American Board of Anesthesiology, 05/78; American College of Anesthesiology, 05/79; American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, 1996; and American Board of Preventative Medicine-Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, 2000. Dr. Camporesi has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, reviews, abstracts, and other publications.

James B. Eisenkraft, M.D. (Member, Medical Advisory Board) is Professor of Anesthesiology for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received his M.D. from the University of London, UK, in 1972 and completed a Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in 1977. He is board certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology with specific interests in: Anesthesia and Monitoring equipment; Orthopedic Anesthesia; and Neuroanesthesia. Dr. Eisenkraft has over 140 publications, including over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and made contributions to over 46 book chapters. He is co-editor of the textbook Anesthesia Equipment: Principles and Applications and co-author of The Pharmacology of Inhaled Anesthetics.

William W. Hay, Jr., M.D. (Member, Kestrel Labs Medical Advisory Board) is Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC), Associate Director of the UCHSC Pediatric Clinical Research Center, Director of the UCHSC Neonatal Clinical Research, and Director of the UCHSC Training Program in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine. He is a former president of the Perinatal Research Society and the Perinatal Nutrition and Metabolism Club and current secretary-treasurer of the American Pediatric Society. Dr. Hay is a leading authority on perinatal/neonatal nutrition and development and has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, reviews, abstracts, and other publications. Education and Dates: B.A. Biology/Philosophy, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 1967; M.D. Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 1971; Internship/Residency in Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO 1974; Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, UCHSC, Denver, CO 1978.

Claude A. Piantadosi, M.D. (Member, Medical Advisory Board) is Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, and Director of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology for Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. His board certifications include: Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, and Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Piantadosi has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles plus 250 book chapters, reviews, abstracts, and other publications.

Thomas Kroenke (Advisor, Quality System & Regulatory Affairs) is President and Principal Consultant of Speed to Market, Inc. and has more than 25 years experience in the medical device and defense industries. He has held research, manufacturing, quality, and regulatory positions at a variety of companies. Most recently, Mr. Kroenke was with Quartz Medical, Inc., a pulse oximetry startup company. As the Senior Manager of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, he authored and implemented a simple and effective Quality System resulting in initial self-certification for the EU market in 7 months. In the same time frame, he guided Quartz through the product development process and obtained FDA clearance in 29 days. Mr. Kroenke holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, and a MS in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado. He is a Certified Quality Engineer, Regulatory Affairs Certified and trained as an ISO 9000 Lead Auditor.

Albert Palachek, Ph.D. (Advisor, Mathematician/Bio-Statistician) has more than 30 years experience providing statistical consulting and performing statistical analyses. He has held research and quality positions with companies in the defense and medical device industries, and he has also held faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Colorado - Boulder. Dr. Palachek worked as a Bio-Statistician at Datex-Ohmeda, where he provided statistical design and analysis to calibrate pulse oximetry devices and performed research on photoplethysmographic signal processing methods. Education and Dates: Dr. Palachek earned a bachelorís degree in Mathematics in 1977 from McNeese State University, and masterís degree in 1979 and Ph.D. degree in 1981 in Statistics from Southern Methodist University. He has also held certifications as a Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Reliability Engineer, and Certified Quality Auditor.