Vice President, Biomedical Engineering
James F. Antaki, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Biomedical Engineering at LaunchPoint. He manages the LaunchPoint office in Pittsburgh, PA, which collaborates with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. His primary academic appointment is as a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Antaki also holds positions in the Departments of Surgery and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He received a BS in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1985) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (1991). From 1991-1999, Dr. Antaki led the Artificial Heart R&D team at the McGowan Center for Organ Engineering. In 1997, through collaboration with LaunchPoint, his team completed the development of a novel magnetically levitated turbodynamic blood pump, the Streamliner, which recorded the world’s first in-vivo implant of such a device, and was recently granted an IEEE Controls Systems Technology Award (with Dr. Paden, President of LaunchPoint). His current research activities relate to computational design optimization and optimal control of artificial organs. Dr. Antaki holds ten patents related to artificial organs and four related to the harmonica. He was recently recognized as one of the top 40 most influential people under age 40 in the Pittsburgh region. For the past three years, Dr. Antaki has been teaching the capstone design course within the Department of Bioengineering.