NOVEMBER 2009
AMBITIOUS GOALS: ALEX KIDERMAN, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

A few years ago, Alex Kiderman was visiting Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England, where a Neuro Kinetics I-Portal® NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center) system had recently been installed.

A doctor took Kiderman aside and asked him if he wanted to meet a young boy, a patient, who had arrived at the hospital obviously ill but with an undetermined condition. The doctor told Kiderman that an extensive battery of tests that the boy had undergone had been inconclusive.  The doctor asked Kiderman to help her run tests on the I-Portal® NOTC to see if the results would help lead to a diagnosis.

They did. The absence of vestibular function was immediately apparent, delighting the doctor as she could move ahead with viable strategies to help her young patient.

“Meeting that boy was a reminder that, in the end, what we do is all about helping patients and improving lives,” Kiderman says. “Sometimes when we’re bogged down in some technical issue, it helps me to remember that experience and the impact we can have.”

If Kiderman and his teammates are successful in their current quest, more patients around the world will be helped by our work.

Alex Kiderman, Chief Technology Officer of Neuro Kinetics, Inc.

One of the top priorities at Neuro Kinetics these days is to expand the clinical testing utility of our devices. The goal is to offer a larger universe of clinicians quicker, more efficient testing systems and diagnostic capabilities, and with that, enhanced patient care. It’s an ambitious goal that involves research and validation of data and analysis generated from a wide range of tests, including those underway in joint research projects with universities, military medical facilities, clinics and others.

One such effort: A recently launched collaboration with the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and three other military medical facilities to research new techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI).

As Neuro Kinetics’ chief technology officer, Kiderman is spearheading the charge. He leads our in-house team of scientists and engineers, and infuses the collaborative research projects with brilliant and sometimes revolutionary ideas.

“Alex is that rare breed who is both visionary and a pragmatic problem solver,” says Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, an audiologist and assistant professor at Bloomsburg University who works with Kiderman. “He sees the potential that Neuro Kinetics’ devices can have and how we can expand the battery of tests offered. But he also sees the many individual steps that have to be taken, day in and day out.”

Certainly Kiderman brings impressive credentials to the initiative.
A native of Russia, Kiderman’s professional background spans mining, filtration and the medical device industry.  He received both his Master and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering at prestigious institutions in Moscow (the Mining Institute and Academy of Science, respectively).  After immigrating to the United States in 1989, Kiderman did additional graduate work in technology management at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.

While in Russia, Kiderman held a series of positions – including chief scientific engineer – during an almost twenty-year career at the Skochinsky Institute of Mining in Moscow.  He was awarded 16 Russian patents in an array of technology and equipment innovations, published more than 30 articles in Russian scientific journals and presented research at international conferences.

Once settled in Western Pennsylvania, he worked for a manufacturer of filtration devices as senior design engineer.

Alex on the production floor with Neuro Kinetics' I-Portal® NOTC

Through a personal connection, Kiderman was introduced to Neuro Kinetics in 2003. He joined the company, he recalls, because he saw the opportunity both to build the business and expand the underlying technology.

“Almost as soon as I got here, it was obvious just how much potential there was in the company’s technology,” Kiderman says. “Over the years, we’ve been fortunate to collaborate with a number of leading scientists and physicians and that has been invaluable. What we’re trying to do with the military now is truly cutting edge.  This is an exciting time for Neuro Kinetics and our partners.”

Kiderman’s technical competence and creativity are behind just about every product advancement at Neuro Kinetics.  He was the prime architect of Neuro Kinetics’ expanded line of I-Portal®-branded eye-tracking and vestibular system technology, as well as the development of our rotation and linear multi-axes stimulators that utilize advanced digital direct torque and linear motors servo systems. He was also instrumental in developing our control and analysis VEST™ software package.  And now he holds seven U.S. patents to complement his Russian ones.

“The fact that Alex’s career has been so varied is a tremendous boost to Neuro Kinetics,” Bloomsburg’s Gonzalez says. “He has a wider perspective than a lot of people in our field might and that helps him see the big picture and the details. He is an impressive guy.”




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