DesignPlex Biomedical Members

The members of DesignPlex Biomedical are highly experienced individuals who bring a wealth of ingenuity and expertise to the company. Thanks to this team, DesignPlex continues to excel in the field of medical devices

Robert Benkowski (2)Robert Benkowski, Managing Director and Co-Founder

Mr. Benkowski has commanded impressive biomedical companies before co-founding DesignPlex, such as B-Squared Medical Device Solutions. He has additionally  focused on development and manufacturing of Class 1-3 medical devices and consumer medical products, and has been responsible for both Class 3 implantable medical device manufacturing and biologic manufacturing domestically and internationally. He has built-out both medical device and biologic  facilities and has supply chain and process validation experience.


Gino Morello, Managing Director and Co-Founder  

After working with high-tech startups, Fortune 500 corporations, and other prestigious agencies, Mr. Morello has formed his own successful medical devices company. Coming from an electrical engineering background, he possesses an exceptional knowledge of the medical device and software industries from both a business and a technical perspective. With a perfectionist attitude and a plethora of experience in the field, Mr. Morello has the means and frame of mind to do whatever it takes to ensure great results for his clients.

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 16.34.46 Debra Lorentson, Purchasing Manager

Ms. Lorentson has recently joined the DesignPlex Biomedical team after over a decade of working as the Purchasing Manager at MicroMed Cardiovascular Inc. With a keen knowledge of the medical device industry and her strong relationships with vendors, she expertly communicates with suppliers to make sure all parts that make up DesignPlex products are of the company’s expectation of safety and are of the utmost quality.


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Fergus Wong, PhD, Scientist

Fergus Wong is a bioengineer with expertise in structural heart research. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bioengineering degree and earned his PhD in Bioengineering from Rice University. Dr. Wong has experience with designing and developing medical device prototypes for vascular access, pneumatic leg compression, and hospital workflow monitoring.

Javier Javier Oliver, Mechanical Engineer/Designer

With a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, Mr. Oliver has joined the DesignPlex team as a Texas-licensed professional engineer. He is experienced in many forms of engineering, and is one of only 1500 certified SolidWorks experts in the world. He is also an Advanced Sheet Metal, Surfacing, Drawings, and Mold Specialist. Mr. Oliver has the expertise to make sure that DesignPlex Biomedical produces only the safest and highest quality medical devices.

IMG_3059 (1 of 4)Michael Kertesz, Firmware Lead

Mr. Kertesz has been with DesignPlex since the start. He has over three decades of solid design experience, and has worked for several notable companies to develop medical instruments. As a trained software engineer, he has developed electronics from concept to production in both the hardware and software context. Now as part of the design team, Mr. Kertesz can combine his years of expertise and familiarity of all types of programming with his strong work ethic and innovative mind to establish DesignPlex as one of the leading medical device companies.

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 15.49.50Pedro Cruz, Quality Lead

Mr. Cruz has over 15 years of experience as a quality engineer in the field of medical devices and its related technology, especially with respect to new product development, risk management, and manufacturing support. He has worked with many medical device firms over the years to produce state of the art medical technology. With expansive knowledge and a thorough understanding of quality, inspection, and safety processes along with vast regulatory expertise, Mr. Cruz has the qualifications to make certain all devices from DesignPlex are safe and of the utmost quality.

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 16.24.57Rose Palmer, Laboratory Manager

Ms. Palmer has accumulated over 25 years of experience assembling electronic Printed Circuit Boards (PCB’s) and prototypes of medical devices. She has expertise in purchasing, shipping, receiving, invoicing, accounting, assembling, and inspecting medical technology. With these valuable skills in conjunction with a detail-oriented personality, Ms. Palmer provides DesignPlex with the means to produce high quality circuit assemblies.