Dr. Kim-Phuong (Kim) Le is a Materials and Chemical Engineer by training, specialized in polymer processing, materials characterization, method development, and process validation.During her 10+ years in industry, Kim served as the subject matter expert for a broad spectrum of polymeric materials used in orthopaedic implants, instruments, and surgeries. The materials she researched on ranges from load-bearing, wear-resistant polymeric materials (primarily for hip, knee, shoulder and ankle joints), to bone cements and sutures, to polymeric components used in instruments and biomedical device packaging. Her advance technology team interacted with both academic labs and manufacturing facilities to evaluate early discoveries, demonstrate scale-up feasibility, guide product development, perform design and process validation, and support product manufacturing. In her current position as a Research Assistant Professor at Rutgers, Kim is working closely with NJCBM team members to validate technical concepts and drive effective translational effort of technologies toward impactful biomedical solutions.
We fully realize the importance to differentiate our idea not only on the scientific and indication strategiesbut also from technology transfer readinesslevel. Keeping the need for technology robustness and process scalability in mind, we have started to critically look at our nerve conduit fabrication process to (1) identify key steps in the process flow and (2) systematically improve or modify such steps. Looking beyond the lab bench, we have also identified/engaged relevant manufacturing vendors and worked out a detailed de-risking plan.