“The aging global population and a wide variety of unmet medical needs present numerous opportunities for the introduction of innovative new products to the medical device market. The successful commercialization of a medical device requires strategic applications of scientific, business and marketing, and regulatory expertise.”
Dr. Erica Kramer works primarily with the Medical Device team at Nerac conducting research of clinical literature, preparing clinical literature evaluations, and conducting focused research to address clients’ questions relating to the medical device industry.
Erica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Connecticut. During her graduate studies, Erica performed research on synthesis, processing, and characterization of ceramic nano- and micro-powders with magnetic properties for biomedical applications. She also conducted research on polymer/ceramic composites and ceramic coatings for orthopedic applications. Following the completion of her graduate studies, Erica joined the team of an early-stage medical device startup company focused on the development of biomaterials for bone and cartilage repair and regeneration. Erica has been involved with the startup since 2014. As Chief Executive Officer, Erica’s responsibilities include identifying research and funding opportunities, conducting research and development activities, establishing regulatory strategy, business plan development, and competitive intelligence research. In addition to her extensive knowledge of orthopedic medical devices, through her academic studies and her work at Nerac Erica has been exposed to many other medical device specialties, including medical imaging and bioinstrumentation, urogenital, drug delivery, cardiovascular, and more.
Areas of Expertise
- Medical devices
- Tissue engineering
- Materials characterization
- Laboratory research techniques
- Ceramic materials
- Medical Devices
- Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Connecticut
- B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut
- Society for Biomaterials
- Materials Research Society
- Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Kramer, E., Kunkemoeller, B., Wei, M. Evaluation of alkaline pre-treatment of PLLA fibers for biomimetic hydroxyapatite coating. Surf Coat Tech. 2014; 244: 23-28.
Charles, L.F., Kramer, E.R., Shaw, M.T., Olson, J.R., Wei, M. Self-reinforced composites of hydroxyapatite-coated PLLA fibers: fabrication and mechanical characterization. J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. 2013; 17: 269-277.
Kramer, E.R., Morey, A.M., Staruch, M., Suib, S.L., Jain, M., Budnick, J.I., Wei, M. Synthesis and characterization of iron-substituted hydroxyapatite via a simple ion-exchange procedure. J Mater Sci. 2012; 48: 665-673.
Kramer, E., Zilm, M., Wei, M. A comparative study of the sintering behavior of pure and iron-substituted hydroxyapatite. Bioceramics Development and Application. 2013; 3: 067.
Kramer, E., Itzkowitz, E., Wei, M. Synthesis and Characterization of Cobalt-Substituted Hydroxyapatite Powders. Ceram Int. 2014; 40: 13471-13480.
Kramer, E., Itzkowitz, E., Conklin, M., Zilm, M., Wei, M. A comparative study of the sintering and cell culture behavior of pure and cobalt-substituted hydroxyapatite. Bioceram Dev Appl. 2014; 4: 077.
Kramer, E., Podurgiel, J., Wei, M. Control of hydroxyapatite morphology using wet synthesis techniques. Mater Lett. 2014; 141: 145-147.