Medical Device Development Center

The MDDC Team

Steve FeningStephen D. Fening, PhD, Director of Orthopaedic Devices

Dr. Fening serves the Director of Orthopaedic Devices within the Medical Device Development Center at ABIA. In this role, Steve drives innovation in orthopaedic device development within ABIA and its partners. He previously served as the Director of Sports Health Research at Cleveland Clinic, where he had a joint appointment in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering. Steve has undergraduate and masters degrees in mechanical engineering, a doctorate in biomedical engineering, and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopaedic biomechanics at Cleveland Clinic. His areas of research focus are on cartilage injury modeling and biomechanics of the knee and shoulder. Steve was awarded the Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award in 2008, as well as the “Basic Science Teacher of the Year” by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a Distinguished Educator by The Cleveland Clinic.

Christine Flick, Senior Engineer

Christine Flick is a Senior Design Engineer for the MDDC.  Her goal as an engineer at ABIA is to research the unmet needs of both patients and doctors in order to solve their difficulties with practical concepts and prototypes. Christine comes to ABIA from the Cleveland Clinic with nine years of experience in cardiac, orthopedic, and colorectal devices. The majority of her time in Cleveland was focused on procuring and testing the total artificial heart and left ventricular assist devices. Engineering skills include experience with CAD systems, rapid prototyping, SEM, mechanical design, mechanical testing, and data collection. She is a 2001 graduate from the University of Akron with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Samantha Stucke, Senior Engineer

Samantha Stucke is a Senior Engineer for the MDDC. At ABIA, Samantha is engaged in medical device design, where she designs and develops new and novel medical devices through interactions with clinicians. Additionally, she is studying the effects of shear forces and pressure on diabetic feet. Prior to working at ABIA, Samantha was a Senior Engineer for the Medical Device Solutions team at the Cleveland Clinic. At the Cleveland clinic she worked on numerous medical device projects with a focus in the cardiovascular, thoracic, and urology fields and currently has a patent pending on a design of a new heart valve. Samantha obtained her bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering from The University of Toledo in 2005.


Mike Singer, Engineer
As an engineer at ABIA, Mike designs and prototypes novel medical devices from ideas generated by experts in the healthcare arena.  In addition, he is learning advanced methods of manufacturing in order to support the prototyping stages of device development.  His background consists of work in the defense industry as well as private sector consultancy.  Mike’s engineering skills include CAD and CAM systems, mechanical design, and data analysis.  He is a 2012 graduate of The University of Akron holding a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.



R. Michael Davis, Market Analyst/Case Manager

As a member of the MDDC team, Mike is responsible for evaluating and managing a portfolio of proprietary life science technologies in various stages of development with the goal of commercializing ABIA/partner materials and technologies available for public use and benefit. Prior to joining the ABIA, Mike was a Senior Business Development Associate at BioEnterprise where he primarily performed due diligence on new business opportunities, conducted operational feasibility studies, market segment analysis, strategic growth planning, patent and corporate valuation for health science start-ups and early-stage investors. He graduated from the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) with a Masters in Biology Entrepreneurship.

Elizabeth Barber, Coordinator

Elizabeth serves as Coordinator for the Medical Device Development Center.  In addition to providing administrative support, she assists in budgeting and management of special events.  Elizabeth also coordinates the Structured Innovation Program, the IDEAS process and MDDC public relations.  Prior to joining ABIA, Elizabeth served as the Coordinator for the REU Internship program and Events Assistant within The University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.  Elizabeth graduated from The University of Akron in 2008 with a degree in Business Organizational Communications with a major in Public Relations.

ABIA is a unique collaboration of:
Akron Children's Hospital Summa Health System John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Akron General Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) The University of Akron FirstEnergy

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