Our Elite Team 

Our Elite Team

NEB features a select and versatile team of mechanical, biomedical, electrical engineers and material scientists with a wide range of experience and specialties, allowing for versatility and scalability of project team sizes for each phase of development. 


Each team member has been chosen not only for their individual expertise but also for their ingenuity and ability to find effective and economically-feasible solutions to difficult design problems. Our team of mechanical, electrical, materials scientists, and biomedical engineers represents over 140 years of collective experience in the fields of research & development, medical device design, as well as contract manufacturing.


We will meet with you, navigate through this device development process and identify the path forward for your medical device. Our versatility allows us to jump in at any stage of the development process.  

Tim Looney


Tim has over 25 years of experience with technology projects including scope definition, design, development, schedule management, risk management, requirements gathering, and resource planning. Over his career, he has fulfilled a wide range of duties within engineering, product development, international operations, and quality management systems. Before founding Northeast Biomedical, Tim held several leadership roles at Creganna-Tactx Medical, CorNova, and Atrox Technologies.

In addition to his role at Northeast Biomedical, he is a Senior Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, where he teaches courses in Medical Device Design,  Computer-Aided Design and New Product Development. 

Tim received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, and his M.B.A. from Suffolk University.

Elizabeth Nelson

Director of Research and Development 

Elizabeth is an engineer by training with a passion for project management and early stage concept development. She has worked in the medical field, focusing on research and development, since 2003.

Through her work, she has learned the importance of integrating design for six sigma techniques and DFM into even the earliest stages of innovation.  Given her passion for early-stage concept development, she integrates DFSS tools into her projects and keeps up on the latest ways to innovate.

Elizabeth received her B.S.E. in Biomedical  Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University.

Athena Osbourne 

Senior Product Development Engineer

Athena earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, where her focus was on fluid mechanics and finite element analysis. Athena has additionally earned her MS degree in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, with a Professional Science Master’s option from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. 

Athena started with Northeast Biomedical in 2012 and has worked on a variety of programs from automation, instrument, and catheter design. She holds an Engineer-in-Training certificate in the state of New Hampshire, having passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in Mechanical Engineering.  Following her undergraduate degree, Athena spent a year as a Mechanical Engineer in R&D for TE Connectivity working in the industry of undersea fiber optic systems.  She has also worked at KMC Systems as a Mechanical Engineer working on the design and development of automated medical and life science instrumentation.


Philip Andrusin

Senior Electrical Engineer

With a focus on product development, Philip brings his own fresh perspective to the NEB device development team. Philip earned his BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering at Northeastern University. During his time at Northeastern, he held several internships in the medical device space, including in the Biomedical Engineering department at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Following graduation, he spent 2 years at EMC, qualifying and managing field performance of hard drives, power supplies, and servers used in storage products. Philip returned to school and received his MS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, specializing in Analog IC design.  Prior to joining Northeast Biomedical, he applied his knowledge to assignments at Medica Corporation working in automated work cells and instrumentation design.

He has experience in developmental design including the design of electronics to interface with high-impedance electrochemical sensors for use in blood gas and blood electrolyte analyzers, as well as microprocessor-based system design.


Zach Rapala 

Mechanical Engineer  

Zach recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Lowell with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. While studying, he completed a co-op program working for Pfizer in Andover as a Process Engineer before coming to work at NEB. He is proficient with machine tools and SolidWorks and has earned his CSWA Certificate (Certified SolidWorks Associate).

After graduating from high school, Zach began working towards becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy. He eventually made the decision to move towards engineering. He has been able to pivot his pursuit of his medical field forward in a new direction working in biomedical engineering. Outside of work Zach enjoys working on vehicles and even built his own Go Kart when he was 13.


Angela Valente

Product Development Engineer

Angela started her fascination with technical things as a child building contraptions with K’nex creative building kits and continues to enjoy challenging DIY projects in her spare time. She first began working at NEB as an Engineering Technician in the late Fall of 2019 and is now a member of the engineering staff. Before joining NEB, she has previously held positions at Alcyone Lifesciences, Inc. and as a student researcher working on hydrogel formulations for use in tissue engineering at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. Throughout her coursework and the first part of her career, she has become proficient in SolidWorks and has developed an interest in developing new products.

Angela received her BS in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Medical Device Design from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. She is now pursing a MS in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell

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Margaret Anne

Creative Marketing Specialist

Margaret joined NEB as a creative marketing specialist in October 2020. She started her marketing career nine years ago as a Mass Comm Specialist in the U.S. Navy. She graduated from the military's art and comm college, The Defense Information School, where she studied public relations, journalism, photography and other arts. She was stationed on the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and deployed to the Arabian Gulf. She collaborated with a cross-functional team to promote a positive image of the U.S. Navy and became an internationally published photographer and journalist.  When her contract was complete, she started working in the beauty industry as a creative marketing specialist focusing on branding, SNS management and graphic design. She studied communication and psychology at The University of Massachusetts-Boston and plans to receive an MBA. She decided to work in the medical device industry because of her passion for neuroscience and healthcare technologies. When she isn’t working, you can find her traveling around the world and looking for her favorite animal in the wild...moose.

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Sarah May

Marketing Strategist

Ray Russell

Product Development Engineer

Sarah’s background is in non-profit and consumer goods and restaurant marketing where she has worn many hats including research, public relations, project management and fundraising.  In a pinch, she once dressed up as an Oreo cookie - whatever it takes. She likes her new challenge of applying her B2C skills to the medical device arena, a personal interest of hers. You can find Sarah enjoying the outdoors (hiking, snowshoeing), the indoors (cooking, reading) and searching for the best ice cream wherever her adventures take her.  Mostly, though, she appreciates the time spent with her husband, three daughters and their golden retriever. Sarah has a BBA and an MBA from UMass Amherst.

Ray joined the NEB team as an Engineering Technician in March 2021. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he studied Biomedical Engineering. His favorite class in the program was Occupational Biomechanics because learning how the design and shape of tools plays such a large role in injury prevention was fascinating. He is also attending graduate school in Fall 2021 at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell for Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. His favorite part of working in the medical device industry is the fast paced and constantly evolving field because it keeps things interesting. In his spare time he likes to play video games and work out at the gym to stay healthy.

Katie Colombo

Product Development Engineer

Katie started her position as an Engineering Technician with Northeast Biomedical in October of 2020. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2021, where she studied Biomedical Engineering. She will be attending graduate school at Boston University in fall of 2021 for product development and manufacturing. Her favorite classes involve transport phenomena. She loves working in the medical device community doing product development. The reason she chose biomedical engineering is because she loves that it helps people. In her free time she loves to run in nature and work-out.

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