Dr. Robin Black
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Robin Black (Robin Black and Associates), has over 20 years' experience in the development of early stage medical device companies. Robin Black and Associates was founded in 2007 after 35 years working in the medical sector. From 1973 to 1981 he worked at the Ontario Crippled Childrens Centre in Toronto as a rehabilitation engineer. During this time he pioneered the use of infrared thermography in pressure sore clinics, linking imaging systems directly to the design and manufacture of custom seating systems. At the National Research Council (NRC) from 1981 to 1991 he built an orthopaedic research program that supported the development of the first orthopaedic manufacturing company in Canada, Terray Manufacturing. During this time he was co-founder of the NRC Space Life Science program with a special focus on the application of Canada's expertise in tele-medicine to the design of the health care facility on the International Space Station. From 1991 to 2007 Robin served as an Industrial Technology Advisor with NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program having a mandate to support the development of medical device companies nationally. Throughout his career he has been active in supporting the engineering profession through active participation on the executive of several affiliate organizations of the Engineering Institute of Canada and presently chairs the Vancouver Island Branch of the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers and the Univ. of Victoria Engineering Associates. Robin received a B.Sc. in Biology from McMaster University (1968), a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University (1971) and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (1984) from the University of Strathclyde.