Meet The Team!


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 Osborne 

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.


Steve Evans 

Senior Product Development Engineer  

Steve has over 30 years of experience in the medical device engineering field spanning all phases of development and involving an estimated 90+ products.  His experience through the years was gained from employment with such companies as ACT Medical, MedSource Technologies, and TDC Medical.

Though he specializes in design and prototyping, (he is listed on over 35 patents), his knowledge and skills have been applied to manufacturing process development, verification, and validation, production line set up and support as well as program and team management.

Steve’s formal education is in aviation technology, drafting, and CAD, (Solidworks), and his hobbies include boat building and fishing as well as designing and building free flight model aircraft.


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.


Betsy Metters 

Operations Specialist

Betsy has many years of biomedical research with a focus on immunology and cellular development.  She has switched gears in recent years to concentrate on the business side of science, expanding her finance and management skills.  At Northeast Biomedical, Betsy’s work focuses on supporting operations and administration.

During her work as a cell biologist, her research has run the gamut of topics from cellular apoptosis in Caenorhabditis elegans at the University of Colorado at Boulder to mechanisms of cellular immunity in mice at UniversitätsSpital in Zurich, Switzerland to hexokinase activity in Arabidopsis thaliana at Clemson University.

Betsy received her B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University.  She gained a Master of Science in Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia.


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.


Andy Alesio 

Engineering Technican 

Andy started his position as an Engineering Technician with Northeast Biomedical in February of 2020. He is currently a senior at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell where he is studying mechanical engineering. At school, he has learned a variety of skills including how to use programs such as SolidWorks and other engineering programs. Upon graduating, Andy hopes to stay in the medical device field where he knows his work is contributing to the greater good.


Ryan Bell

Product Development Engineer

Ryan began work at NEB as an engineering technician for the summer of 2018. He has returned after graduation to continue to follow his passion for medical device design and development. While in school, Ryan focused on projects to improve the lives of patients on dialysis. In addition, he was able to travel to Uganda as part of a project to create low-cost sensors for detecting early signs on neonatal illnesses. Aside from school and work, Ryan enjoys rowing, biking, and skiing.

Ryan received BS degrees in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University and an MS from the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design.