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The American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) elected Dr. Michal Free, PATH's vice president and senior advisor of technologies, into the prestigious College of Fellows for his outstanding contributions to the field of medical and biological engineering. An induction ceremony was held on February 22, as a part of AIMBE's 19th Annual Event in Washington, DC.

In addition to overseeing PATH’s technology work, Dr. Free is the global program leader for Technology Solutions and the director for the HealthTech program, which is funded by the US Agency for International Development. He has been associated with PATH since its inception, helping to advance more than 55 health technologies from research and development to introduction and use in low-resource settings.

Before joining PATH, Dr. Free spent seven years at Battelle Northwest, developing technologies to improve reproductive health. He holds four patents, and among his extensive publications in research, technology, family planning, and health issues are 15 invited book chapters and symposium reviews. Dr. Free is a British citizen and received his doctorate in physiology from Ohio State University.

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Posted February 22, 2010.