Management

Chad Munro
Chief Executive Officer, President

Chad Munro
Mr. Munro founded Halifax Biomedical Inc. in October 2004 bringing experience in management, medical device manufacturing, medical device development and product development methodologies, IP evaluation and protection strategies, as well as a Masters in Biomedical Engineering focusing on Roentgen Stereophotogrammetric Analysis of Orthopedic implants.

Mr. Munro graduated from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1998 in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Biomedical Engineering. He then worked as a product development engineer for three years at Synthes-Stratec Inc., a leading International Orthopaedics company, located in Switzerland. At Synthes, Mr. Munro’s focus was in the application of QFD in product development, production optimization, and patent analysis and development. Mr. Munro completed four international PCT patent applications as the primary inventor during his time with Synthes.

In 2002, he returned to Dalhousie University to attain a Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering. His thesis focused on improving the surgical instrumentation, analysis technique, and kinematics descriptor for Roentgen Stereophotogrammetric Analysis (RSA), a stereo imaging x-ray technique. After completing his MSc. degree in October 2004, Mr. Munro began working as a biomedical engineering consultant, establishing Halifax Biomedical in October 2004.

J. Erik Giphart
VP Spine Diagnostics

Erik Giphart

Mr. Giphart is a Biomedical Engineer and scientist with extensive experience in orthopaedic and joint motion research, design and development of advanced imaging techniques and devices, algorithm development, and biomechanics. Most recently he was Senior Staff Scientist, and Director of the BioMotion Laboratory at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute responsible for developing and completing independent research lines and projects in the areas of orthopaedics, injury prevention, biomechanics and motion capture.

Crystal Jones
VP of Operations

CrystalJones

Ms Jones has been part of the management team of Halifax Biomedical since 2010.

Crystal has over ten years of experience in Project Management working primarily for the Municipal Government in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Ms Jones has held various positions at the Senior Management level, the most recent as the Director of Engineering Services for the City of Iqaluit. Ms Jones has been responsible for managing several multi-million dollar projects, as well as managing a five year Capital Infrastructure Agreement in excessive of 30 million dollars with the Territorial Government. She has experience coordinating, monitoring and managing several projects simultaneously and the ability to juggle multiple priorities under pressure and within tight timelines.

Bob Poggie
VP of Contract Research

Bob Poggie

Mr. Poggie has over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry. He has been involved in applied research, clinical study, regulatory approval, and market development work for large and start-up companies, with focus on new biomaterials and implant technologies in orthopaedics. Bob has published numerous peer reviewed papers and presented globally at conferences and medical education courses. He is a member of several professional engineering and medical societies. Bob holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering and MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science & Engineering, all from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Since 2010, Bob has provided regulatory, clinical planning, and professional relationship services to Halifax Biomedical and for our customers. Bob’s current focus is developing, drafting, and communicating RSA clinical research proposals for Halifax Biomedical clients. Working directly with the surgeon investigators and company contacts, Bob facilitates communications towards collaborative research contracts.