Dave Paden is the President and Co-Founder of LaunchPoint Technologies. Dave is currently the lead mechanical designer and project manager for the NIH-funded PediaFlow VAD program. He has been involved in the mechanical design and fabrication of maglev ventricular-assist devices (VADs) since 1995. Dave served as the lead mechanical engineer and fabricator on the Streamliner VAD project that reached animal trials in 1998, and as lead mechanical designer for the Levacor VAD. He is also involved in the development of LaunchPoint's dual Halbach-array electric motor and electronic engine valve. Dave received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1992.