About Modern Edge
Modern Edge, Inc. launched in 2007 and has grown every year since. The Modern Edge team offers decades of industry experience in health care, device engineering, service design, product development, and business model innovation. Our team is deeply committed to human-centered design, immersive ethnography, and the principles of rapid iteration and prototyping.
Austen Angell, Founder and CEO
Austen oversees all Modern Edge projects from client contact to human factors research, design refinement, product and program management, market positioning, and customer experience. He serves as the Creative Director, responsible for direction, strategy, and retention. Austen was elected by his peers to serve as the current national Chair of the Industrial Design Society of America. Prior to founding Modern Edge, Austen Angell was the Director of Design Research and Innovation at Intel Corporation, VP of Design and CDO at Logic Technologies, and Design Director at National Cycle. Austen has led numerous research and design programs for the world’s most innovative companies such as Intel Corporation, Procter & Gamble, St Jude, Medtronic, Harley Davidson, Johnson & Johnson, John Deere, BMW, and 3M, among others. Austen ran the Intellectual Property Team at Placon Corporation, and is a recognized authority on patent issues. Read Austen’s full bio
Karl-Heinz Mertins PhD, CTO
Karl-Heinz provides strategic technical vision and oversees technical systems at Modern Edge. Karl-Heinz is responsible for the long-range direction of technological planning, including CAD, quality control, production vendor relations, and engineering contractor management. Prior to joining Modern Edge, Karl-Heinz was the Director of Technology and Operations at Exelon Wind. He also held research and business development positions at Deere & Company, where he helped establish John Deere Renewables and served as its Director of Technologies and Operations. With over 30 years of Engineering and Business experience in Europe and the United States, Karl-Heinz brings considerable corporate experience to the team. He is particularly interested in successful product innovation and new business incubation.
Adrian oversees operations, project management and strategic services at Modern Edge. He brings more than 20 years of experience in new product development, product launch and executive management experience in the medical device and product development area. Prior to joining Modern Edge, Adrian provided executive advice to companies on strategic initiatives and spent 13 years at SAM Medical, a global provider and manufacturer of emergency medical products. At SAM Medical, he was President & COO, and earlier he was VP of Research and Development. Before SAM Medical, Adrian was VP of Research and Development at DermaSafe Systems, a medical materials startup. His position at DermaSafe built on the considerable experience he garnered as project manager at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. During this tenure, he also was adjunct faculty for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Adrian serves on industry association boards, including the Oregon Bioscience Association, which he chaired in 2013. He holds numerous patents worldwide. He earned a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a PhD in biomedical engineering from Oxford University, England
Stephanie Battista, Senior Strategist Wearables
Stephanie is the Senior Strategist for Wearables and is part of the Leadership Team at Modern Edge. She directs medical and wearable technology programs and is responsible for guiding and collaborating with cross functional teams to deliver and measure people-centered design solutions. As our senior strategist she articulates what people value and need as well as assess the business impact and implications of technology, and design. Her role is to develop holistic user experiences as well as implementing strategy for innovative products, services. For over a decade prior to joining Modern Edge, Stephanie was the principal of her own product design and development firm specializing in lifestyle product design, soft goods, and wearables for technology-driven start-ups. Stephanie brings expertise in hand-held and wearable devices, materials, and technology. She is an Industrial Design graduate of Savannah College of Art + Design.
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