Len Czuba, medical sector director of Chicago-based product design and development firm Herbst LaZar Bell Inc., has more than 25 years of professional experience, primarily in the medical device industry.
With a bachelor's degree in biosciences from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, he has worked in polymer synthesis, thermoplastic compounding and polymer material development for medical devices and containers. He continues to be involved in device engineering, container development and was responsible for several new material replacements for PVC when he worked with Baxter Healthcare Corp., where he served as manager of materials engineering.
Assigned to Baxter's gene therapy unit, Czuba's primary responsibilities were to identify and qualify polymer materials from outside sources to support an implant development effort. He also built a specialty membrane capability and supervised the healthcare giant's medical device production laboratory.
Czuba also worked at SIMS Deltec, where he designed a new line of catheters and managed the firm's "shielded needle" device project.
He has been an active member of the Society of Plastics Engineers since 1975 and twice has served as the chairman of SPE's Medical Plastics Division. He holds 11 U.S. patents and now leads the design and development effort in the area of medical devices at Herbst LaZar Bell, where he continues to work on new products.
HLB also has offices in Waltham, Mass.