Robert Ward, CEO of ExThera Medical, Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Engineering

Designation is Among Highest Professional Distinctions Awarded

Martinez, Calif. – February 26, 2018. – ExThera Medical Corporation, a developer of therapies for removing bacteria and viruses from blood, today announced the election of the company’s president, Robert Ward, into the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE), recognizing his accomplishments in the commercialization of biomedical devices and prosthetic implants. Ward will be formally inducted at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on September 30, 2018.Election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education. This includes pioneering new fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, and developing innovative approaches to education. Bob will be part of the 2018 class of 83 new U.S. members and 16 foreign members to join the academy from many different engineering fields.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by this historic academy for our work over the past 47 years.  Since 1971 I have been lucky to be continuously involved in the development and application of new biomaterials and medical devices.  Working as contract product developers for medical device companies from 1989 to 2010 our talented team of scientists and engineers used vertical integration of R&D/Manufacturing, from the design of biomedical polymers to their scale up and translation to the manufacturing of medical devices and implants,” Ward said. “It is gratifying that our contributions have helped improve clinical outcomes for many patients.”

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, nonprofit that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The NAE operates under the same congressional act of incorporation that established the National Academy of Sciences, signed in 1863 by President Lincoln. Under this charter the NAE is directed whenever called upon by any department or agency of the government, to investigate, examine, experiment and report upon any subject of science or art. 

About ExThera Medical

Based in Martinez, Calif., ExThera Medical is a privately-held medical device company developing blood filters capable of capturing and removing bacteria, viruses, parasites, from whole blood.

ExThera’s products are undergoing pre-clinical and clinical evaluations and are not available for commercial sale.