Co-Founder & Engineer
Jim is an electrical engineer with considerable global experience as a senior designer for some of the world’s largest engineering companies.
He has developed and patented the SMARTY®, a product line of neuro-protective headgear, using advanced polymers and manufacturing processes. This game changer technology will revolutionize the prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury resulting from falls and sports collisions. Our research partners include National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, National Science Foundation, Maine Technology Institute, University of Maine, UCLA and VA Greater Los Angeles.
Helen Loos, RPh
Helen is the chairperson of Alba-Technic, LLC, where her action-oriented decisiveness has grown the company from an idea in a basement to multiple employees and a world-class research team. She also uses her extensive international experience to source materials for the fashion design of the headwear and establishes supply channels overseas.
As Chairperson and Principal Partner, Helen brings many important skills to this project including a seasoned attention to detail, coordination of efforts, and knowledge of the medical industry.
Nicole has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. She is experienced in start-up operations and marketing with strong customer service skills developed by starting and operating a successful small business before joining our team.
As Operations Manager she oversees the development and implementation of business strategies and tactics as well as manage finances and facilitate accounts payable/receivable and payroll functions, also develop and launch performance-based marketing strategies in Sports and Healthcare markets, spearheading commercialization plans to bring the products to market.
Steven C. Castle, MD
Chief Medical Advisor, Alba-Technic, LLC, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine | Associate Director, Clinical Geriatrics, VA Greater Los Angeles
Steven has performed both basic science as well as the implementation of clinical demonstration projects throughout his career, as part of the GRECC mission to develop and test innovations in care of older veterans.
To support that role, he has received formal training in Implementation Science from the Center for Healthcare Provider Behavior. Subsequently, he formed DrBalance, Inc, to provide solutions for the complex mobility and balance changes as we age: for individuals, communities, and healthcare.
Design & Manufacturing Engineer
Vinny is our hands-on engineer who has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and also an M.B.A. from the University of Maine in Orono. He has been an Alba-Technic, LLC team member for the entire duration of his college career, just over 5 years. During that time, he has increased responsibility from intern-level tasks to being an operational influencer and decision maker.
His current responsibilities are focused around the material design and manufacturing which is used in Alba-Technic, LLC’s various products and projects. Highlights of his time at Alba-Technic include playing a direct role in the NFL Head Health Challenge III team which was awarded $250,000 for placing in the top 5 out of 250 material submissions. He has also built and implemented an on-site, small-batch manufacturing laboratory at our HQ in Winthrop, Maine.
Vince Caccese Ph.D., P.E.
Chief Technical Advisor, Alba-Technic, LLC, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine
Vince has been the liaison for the SMARTY® Protective project since 2010, both in and out of the Advanced Bio-Mechanical Laboratory for Injury Reduction and Rehabilitation at the Advanced Manufacturing Center.
Karen’s experience in federal government contracting as an Air Force veteran lead her to learn about the SBIR/STTR program in the early 1990’s.
This experience has translated into her being a consultant to the Maine Technology Institute where she imparts her knowledge to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the state of Maine. To date, she has worked with hundreds of small business and assisted companies in receiving millions of dollars in federal R&D funding. Karen has worked with Alba-Technic, LLC since 2007 and the company has received over $1.7M in federal SBIR/STTR funding for the protective headgear.
Dr. Claudia B. Rebola
Industrial/Fashion Design Advisor
Graduate Studies Coordinator in the School of Design at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and Associate Professor in Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati (UC). Dr. Rebola was also an Associate Professor in the Industrial Design Department at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Industrial Design and head of the D-Matters Studio Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her work brings together design, science and technology to experiment, design and prototype innovative interactive products in the realm of health and inclusivity. Her specific interests are in application areas tailored to design for aging with an emphasis on humanizing technology, empowering users, engaging communities, and celebrating the value of simplicity and tangibility in user-product interactions.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Value creator in entrepreneurial and institutional roles at inception and growth stages. Skilled manager of businesses and projects through interim C-level and collaborative, hands-on leadership. Emphasis on emerging market opportunities and innovative products in traditional markets.