Decades of Experience

iotaMotion, Inc. was founded in 2015 by Otolaryngologists from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which has been at the forefront of cochlear implant innovations for decades. We bring that deep experience into every product we have in development.

Our Mission & Values

We empower and support every surgeon and their patients with meaningful, accessible, and trusted technologies that enhance surgical care beyond human capabilities.

  • Meaningful Innovation
  • Precision & Quality
  • Accessibility
  • Confidence & Trust

Our Team

Mike Lobinsky
President & CEO

Mr Lobinsky is an accomplished medical technology executive with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, spanning advanced capital equipment and precision surgical robotics. Prior to joining iotaMotion, he served as CEO of medical device developer EOS Imaging, which was acquired by ATEC Spine inc. in 2021. Mike has additionally served as U.S. Vice President – Robotics at Smith & Nephew PLC, which he joined through their 2016 acquisition of Blue Belt Technologies, a global innovator in handheld surgical robotics. He assembled and led Blue Belt Technologies’ US Sales efforts from commercialization through acquisition. Mike built and managed high performing teams at Stryker, Brainlab, and BioMedix earlier in his career.

Chris Kaufmann, MD, MS
Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Chris Kaufmann brings over 14 years of experience in medicine, engineering, and business and is responsible for leading iotaMotion’s product portfolio strategy and technology development. As a co-founder and co-inventor of the company’s technology, he has built and led iotaMotion from product concept and development, through manufacturing development, clinical studies, and regulatory submission. Prior to leaving surgical training to join the company full-time, Dr. Kaufmann was an Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery resident and NIH research fellow at the University of Iowa and a General Surgery resident at UT Health San Antonio. He has previous medical device concept development experience at 3M/KCI and the Advanced Implant Materials and Systems lab at UT San Antonio. Dr. Kaufmann’s work has resulted in numerous patents and over 20 peer reviewed articles and proceedings in the fields of Otolaryngology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Biomaterials, and Material Science. His combination of market, technical, and clinical perspectives, and engineering expertise is instrumental in iotaMotion’s success.

Marlan Hansen, MD, FACS
Co-founder, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Marlan Hansen is a co-founder and co-inventor of the company’s technology, and is a key opinion leader in cochlear implants based on his extensive clinical experience, publications and industry relationships. Dr. Hansen is an expert clinician-scientist trained in neurotology/skull base surgery and cell and molecular neurobiology. He is a Department Chair of Otolaryngology and a Professor of Neurosurgery and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Iowa. Currently, his clinical practice focuses on both cochlear implants and surgery of the inner ear and skull base. He is active in research and publications, currently serving as the PI for a clinical trial funded by the Dept. of Defense to use hearing preservation electrodes to treat veterans with noise-induced hearing loss; and is co-investigator on the ongoing clinical trials at the University of Iowa that determine the outcomes achieved with hearing preservation cochlear implant surgery.

Eric B. Timko
Executive Chairman of Board of Directors

Mr. Timko joined iotaMotion as Executive Chairman in 2016, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in the medical industry. Previously, Mr. Timko was President and CEO of Blue Belt Technologies which was acquired by Smith and Nephew in January of 2016 for $275 million. Prior to joining Blue Belt, Mr. Timko served as President and CEO of NeuroVasx, Inc., President of Carl Zeiss Surgical, Inc., and as Vice President of Siemens Medical Systems, Inc. Mr. Timko possesses a proven track record in building an effective and profitable organization and brings vast experience in medical technologies at both the start-up and commercial stages and across many specialties such as orthopaedics, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and several others. Mr. Timko also serves on the Boards of XTANT Medical, as CEO of Orthalign and on the Minnesota Chapter of Folds of Honor.

Allan Henslee, PhD
Director of Research & Development

Dr. Allan Henslee is an experienced biomedical engineer with a diverse technical background. After completing a doctorate in biomedical engineering at Rice University, Allan served as a Post-Doctoral Scientist at the Institute of Orthopedic Research and Education, and then as a Product Engineer at Alcon. He has 15+ research publications, multiple patents, and serves as a federal reviewer for Small Business Innovation Research grants. Dr. Henslee is the Principal Investigator on each of iotaMotion’s 4 SBIR grants, resulting in over $3.7M in non-dilutive research and development funding.

Parker Reineke
Bio Medical Engineer

Parker Reineke graduated with a Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Iowa in 2017. He previously worked for the innovative medical device start-up, Iowa MADE, under the University of Iowa as the Quality System Manager, bringing 510(k) exempt medical devices to market.

Caitlin Kelly
Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Caitlin Kelly is a University of Iowa graduate with a bachelors degree in Political Science, a minor in Human Relations, and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from the Tippie College of Business. Caitlin has experience assisting with both administrative and managerial tasks. She enjoys working in a startup environment, having served as a Communications Intern for Open Primaries, a political nonprofit organization in New York City.

Scientific Advisory Board

Craig Buchman, MD
Scientific Advisory Board Member

Dr. Buchman is the Lindburg Professor and Head of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Buchman is a renowned leader in cochlear implants, specifically electrocochleography and its role as an indicator of insertion trauma. He is one of the most active cochlear implant surgeons in the country and his research interests are broad in the field of hearing loss and rehabilitation. Dr. Buchman received his Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Georgia, and his MD from the University of Florida before his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a fellowship in Otology / Neurotology / Skull Base Surgery at House Ear Institute and Clinic.

J. Thomas Roland, Jr., MD
Scientific Advisory Board Member

Dr. John Thomas Roland, Jr., M.D., serves as Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Roland is a pioneer in investigating cochlear implant insertion forces and has lead work in early experimental robotic systems. He has significantly advanced the state-of-the-art for ENT patient care through a strong focus on translational and scientific research. Dr. Roland received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MD from Temple University School of Medicine before his residency and fellowship at NYU Medical Center.

Let’s work together

We are a fast-growing medical robotics company based in Iowa City, IA and Austin, TX. We value innovation, diverse thought, and creative problem-solving. Our work is meaningful, not just to the industry but in its impact on the quality of life of our patients.

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