Acertara, an independent ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited medical ultrasound acoustic measurement, testing, and calibration laboratory, and ISO 13485:2003 certified probe repair and new product development facility has announced the addition of Nicholas Ellens, Ph.D. to the Acertara team. Ellens will oversee the expanding acoustic power testing lab and will expand upon the capabilities of Acertara’s research and development team.

“I’m excited to join such a highly-accomplished team like Acertara and for the opportunity to grow the acoustic power measurement laboratory the same way the company continues to strengthen its reputation – through a steadfast dedication to providing the health care market with best-in-class services and advanced technological solutions,” said Ellens.

Ellens joins Acertara directly from the Johns Hopkins University Department of Radiology–Division of MR Research faculty. His research at Johns Hopkins University included projects such as focused ultrasound used to deliver medications across the blood-brain-barrier, and MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).

Ellens earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto where his thesis was on electronically steered phased arrays for focused ultrasound surgery applications. Prior research includes work conducted at various institutions including Sunnybrook Research Institute, Harvard University and the Department of National Defense. Additionally, Ellens is a widely published author on focused ultrasound.

“We continue to add to our world-class team at Acertara and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Nick to our team,” said G. Wayne Moore, president and CEO of Acertara. “The addition of Nick further underscores Acertara as the premier supplier of acoustic testing services and products.”