PITTSBURGH, PA – June 20, 2018 – Surgical training company National Bioskills Laboratories (NBL) announced today that it is opening a third location this month in San Francisco, establishing a west coast facility and completing the cross-country reach of its labs which include a location in Dallas in addition to its flagship location in Pittsburgh.

Founded in 2014 by two leading surgeons, orthopedist Dr. Douglas A. Hampers and pain specialist Dr. Yeshvant Navalgund, National Bioskills has been successfully building a national network of full-service bioskills training facilities which offer hands on, high-tech surgical training and medical education for physicians through the use of real-time 2-way CrowdOptic® livestream technology.

Based on the founders’ firsthand observations that the medical education experience directly impacts learning, adoption, and healthcare outcomes, National Bioskills provides medical device companies and physicians with full-service planning and execution for hands-on training events in premium facilities that utilize cutting-edge technology. Dr. Hampers and Dr. Navalgund are board-certified physicians and experienced peer-to-peer educators with more than 20 years of work in medical device education and hands-on knowledge of devices and techniques. They have developed hundreds of continuing medical education (CME) courses at medical schools, established private practices, and helped to lead an international medical products company which was recently acquired for $250 million.

“Our intent from the beginning has always been to use the newest and best technology to enhance the educational experience,” says Dr. Navalgund, a leading expert in pain management and surgery. “What we see is physicians coming to our labs looking to learn how to use new medical devices, and after experiencing the hands-on, high-tech learning experience we offer, they leave feeling confident they can return to their practices and perform new procedures without any question.”

National Bioskills Laboratories is the nation’s only bioskills laboratory with an exclusive license to use CrowdOptic® livestream technology. The real-time 2-way audio visual cameras and microphones allow for better real-time hands-on engagement with multi-angle, multi-camera viewing, and also allow remote viewing, remote participation, and post-training video review and multi-angle playback options. The technology also allows the three National Bioskills locations in Pittsburgh, Dallas, and San Francisco, to host concurrent live events for remote collaboration.

In order to stay at the forefront of rapidly changing technology, NBL is also creating a Medical Advisory Board made up of leading surgeons and key opinion leaders in the surgical fields. The board will help to ensure that NBL continues to take advantage of the newest and best learning-enhancing technology in the rapidly changing world of medical devices.

Layering these additional enhancements onto the existing tradition of hands-on training provides more reinforcement of the techniques and devices being used. Beyond the technology, NBL has made a concerted effort to present trainings in new, clean, comfortable facilities with premium amenities.

Says Co-founder Dr. Douglas Hampers, “What separates NBL from a number of other facilities is that this is a physician-founded and physician-focused organization. We knew from our own personal experience that when physicians are relaxed, comfortable, and engaged, they learn better. So we are committed to building new facilities in prime metro areas and offering flexible spaces for working and relaxing, plus full catering and concierge services, so physicians can feel at ease and never have to travel far from home.”

The new San Francisco facility features embedded cameras and 20 LED screens throughout the training labs and auditorium, and more than 25,000 square feet of flexible learning space. The facility will host its first training event on June 23rd. A grand opening event is planned for later in the year.

“Ultimately our work is about creating better lives and better outcomes for patients. We hear every day from surgeons we’ve trained that they have never experienced such robust technological support and such successful, enjoyable training experiences. They are the best-trained physicians in the world,” added Dr. Navalgund.

About National Bioskills Laboratories

National Bioskills Laboratories is a physician-founded, physician-focused bioskills training facility providing wraparound event-planning services for medical device companies, insurers, hospitals, and physicians. Through the power of CrowdOptic® livestream technology, National Bioskills Laboratories implements the newest training techniques and highest standards in hands-on and remote medical education, offering a multi-layered training experience for clients who value improved education and outcomes. Founded by Douglas A. Hampers, M.D., M.B.A., and Dr. Yeshvant Navalgund, M.D., the company specializes in orthopedics, neurosurgery, and pain management, and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with training labs located in Pittsburgh, Dallas, and San Francisco. More information is available at www.nationalbioskills.com.

Contact:

National Bioskills Laboratories
Karen Poirier, KeboWorks
karen@keboworks.com

CrowdOptic
Jim Kovach, VP Business Development
jkovach@crowdoptic.com

President & CEO


Douglas A. Hampers, MD, MBA

Dr. Hampers is a board certified orthopedic surgeon. He successfully created his own private practice, Reflex Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, in Greensburg, PA in 2009 and was named by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s readers as one the top three orthopedic surgeons by 2012. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as, his sports medicine fellowship under the tutelage of world-renowned surgeon Dr. Freddie Fu in 2004. He was the first person to be accepted into a combined MD/MBA program at Dartmouth College and completed it in 1998. Dr. Hampers was elected in 2012 to serve as a board member for Cardiac Assist (dba TandemLife), an international medical products company based in Pittsburgh, PA, which was acquired by LivaNova (LIVN) in March 2018 for $250 million.

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Medical Director


Yeshvant Navalgund, MD

Dr. Navalgund has extensive experience in advancing medical device education and technique. He is a Board-Certified physician in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Assistant Professor, West Virginia University, Department of Anesthesiology, and Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Anesthesia. He is the author of many publications and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neuromodulation and is a Founding Member of the Pennsylvania Pain Society. He is also President & CEO of DNA Pain, and a Lecturer and Instructor for numerous national and international companies and societies. His hands-on knowledge of devices and experience as a peer-to-peer educator have helped to develop and customize the wraparound services offered by National Bioskills Laboratories.

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Vice President of Operations


James P. Funkhouser

Funkhouser@nationalbioskills.com (844) 625-5227 Ext. 701

An experienced manager and leader with an early career background in nuclear medicine, Jim Funkhouser oversees the day to day operations and management of our three national facilities and our highly experienced staff. A former Executive Director of the Tomayko Group, his experience with clinical staffing and recruiting means National Bioskills Laboratories hires only the best candidates who excel at providing outstanding service and event planning to our clients. An active Councilman in his local community, Jim’s leadership and organizational skills lend depth to the NBL leadership team.

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Chief Financial Officer


Kerry Rice, CPA

Rice@nationalbioskills.com

With an academic background in Accounting and Economics, Kerry Rice brings more than 20 years of financial experience to National Bioskills. His early experience in accounting and auditing gave him a solid background in the fundamental ways a successful company should operate, after which Kerry went on to work as a research analyst in investment banking. There he strengthened his understanding of how businesses should operate to maximize their full potential, leveraging his knowledge of revenue and spending patterns to develop detailed forecasts. Kerry serves as National Bioskills’ Chief Financial Officer and heads up the company’s financial team.

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Facility Manager, Pittsburgh


Kaelin Wiser

wiser@nationalbioskills.com (844) 625-5227 Ext. 704

With a background in radiology, Kaelin ensures that clients and their physician guests are treated the way they want to be treated: From making sure that specimens and equipment are on-site and training labs are prepped, to ensuring the facilities are sparklingly clean, to assisting guests with event and travel arrangements, Kaelin is responsible for the total comfort, luxury, and safety of attendees, creating a happy, relaxed atmosphere so physician attendees are primed for education and more receptive to learning, leading to better retention, adoption, and patient outcomes.

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Facility Manager, Dallas


Kenneth Thomas

thomas@nationalbioskills.com (844) 625-5227 Ext. 706

High-energy and talented at providing excellent event planning services while overseeing the many details of our busy Dallas facility, Kenneth ensures efficient, orderly, and successful training events for all Dallas area bookings. In addition to providing NBL’s signature wraparound event planning and customer service, Kenneth applies his background in specimen handling to a passionate commitment to ensuring top-tier standards of safety and credentials for NBL and all its clients, employees, and stakeholders.

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Sales Representative


Cary Roussel

Roussel@nationalbioskills.com (844) 625-5227 Ext. 700

In her recent professional experience with healthcare networks and wellness program management, Cary energetically developed and implemented new nationwide programs, managing network-provider relationships and fostering win-win outcomes for care providers and patients. With an academic background in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Cary is a lifelong athlete, learner, and health and wellness advocate, passionate about the life-changing potential of medical devices. With specialized training in sports medicine, Cary brings a comprehensive understanding of the products and procedures involved in shoulder repair, meniscal repair, ACL reconstruction and orthobiologic products. In her early career, Cary garnered experience as an exercise physiologist with a focus on strength and conditioning, wellness coaching, and cardiac rehabilitation.

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Operations Manager


Erin Hall

Erin brings extensive background as a surgical technology expert to her role as Operations Manager at National Bioskills. A native of Colorado, Erin holds a degree in Surgical Technology and worked for more than 10 years as a surgical technician, a bioskills laboratory manager, and a lab services coordinator before assuming her current position at National Bioskills. Working closely with the Facility Managers, Erin uses her technological expertise to anticipate client needs and to ensure that every lab runs smoothly. Providing respectful, detail-focused customer service to clients and physicians is Erin’s hallmark and passion.

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Sales Representative


Cary Roussel

Roussel@nationalbioskills.com (844) 625-5227 Ext. 700

In her recent professional experience with healthcare networks and wellness program management, Cary energetically developed and implemented new nationwide programs, managing network-provider relationships and fostering win-win outcomes for care providers and patients. With an academic background in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Cary is a lifelong athlete, learner, and health and wellness advocate, passionate about the life-changing potential of medical devices. With specialized training in sports medicine, Cary brings a comprehensive understanding of the products and procedures involved in shoulder repair, meniscal repair, ACL reconstruction and orthobiologic products. In her early career, Cary garnered experience as an exercise physiologist with a focus on strength and conditioning, wellness coaching, and cardiac rehabilitation.

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