|William P. Wiesmann MD, President & CEO
Prior to founding the BioSTAR Group, Dr. Wiesmann served as the Director for Combat Casualty Care at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command Post, at Ft. Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. He retired from the Army as a full colonel in 1997. Throughout his military career, Dr. Wiesmann led the design and development of novel technologies for improved battlefield survival, including many devices and techniques that are now the standard of care for the US Military.
Dr. Wiesmann currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, the University of Cincinnati Department of Biomedical Engineering External Advisory Board, and the National Council, Washington University School of Medicine. He previously served as the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Tissue Engineering Center (NTEC) and as a member of the University of Southern California (USC) Engineering School Board of Councilors.
Dr. Wiesmann received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati and his medical degree from Washington University, St. Louis. Dr. Wiesmann completed advanced research training as a fellow at the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute at the National Institutes of Health and subsequently served as a senior scientist at the Walter Reed Institute of Research. He also served as an attending nephrologist at Walter Reed Hospital. Dr. Wiesmann has more than 50 publications in scientific literature, authored several book chapters, and currently has a total of 34 patents awarded and pending.
L. Alex. Pranger, Vice President
Mr. Pranger earned a Masters in Engineering and graduated with Honors in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA, where he won the Excellence in Engineering Award for three consecutive years. Mr. Pranger was an Emergency Medicine Instructor for the Claremont Colleges and the American Red Cross from 1989 through 1993, including Director of the Emergency Medical Education Program from 1991-1992.
Mr. Pranger was previously employed as a contract employee by the Armed Forces Registry of Pathology to support the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington D.C. He has worked on several life science and emergency medical equipment projects that include the Space Tissue Loss (STL-A) module, and the Cell Culture Module (CCM) that have successfully flown on more than 17 Space Shuttle Missions. Mr. Pranger was also the primary developer and project leader of the STL-B module that has successfully flown on four Space Shuttle Missions. He has been extensively involved in the design, testing, and evaluation of the Life Support for Trauma and Transport (LSTAT) project and successor project designs such as the MiniSTAT and the Far Forward Life Support System (FFLSS).
Mr. Pranger has more than a decade of experience in computer systems and networks, including web-based solutions, programming and information systems, and is fluent in multiple languages and platforms as well as software architecture design.
Adrian R. Urias, Director, Biomedical Engineering
Mr. Urias received his Masters in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont CA, and his BS in Engineering. Mr. Urias has also completed FDA workshops in the Design Control FDA & ISO, Risk Management & Medical Devices, and 510(k) Submissions.
Mr. Urias is skilled in the field of Biomedical Engineering, with experience in research, design and testing of interactive medical support systems for the pre-hospital and home health environments.
He has been directly involved in the design, testing, and evaluation of several home health care devices including a diabetic monitor and a home care monitoring system. For use in the prehospital environment, Mr. Urias helped develop a field ventilator and a triage assistant device. Mr. Urias has also served as a student liaison for several Harvey Mudd Clinic projects.