About Lifespans

Lifespans is a medical device startup company founded by engineers and surgeons from MIT and the University of Hong Kong. We are on a mission to radically improve the way that bone fracture repair implants are designed for patients with osteoporosis - a disease that affects over 250 million people worldwide. The first product from our R&D pipeline, the Lifespans Soft Hip Implant, is on currently undergoing US FDA/CE registration review as a class II device.

Management Team and Advisors

Sloan Kulper, PhD C    Chief Executive Officer
Sloan is an American engineer from MIT with deep ties to the Silicon Valley startup community - a serial entrepreneur and inventor who has built startups in four countries and raised millions of USD in seed funding for Lifespans and previous ventures. He was the former Chief Design Officer of One Earth Designs, and has work experience at several multinational medical device firms, including Stryker and CR Bard. Sloan received a BSc from MIT and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, both in industrial design, and is a final-year medical engineering PhD candidate in the HKU Faculty of Medicine.

A/Prof. Christian Fang, FRCS     Chief Clinical Officer
Chris is a surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor in the HKU Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology. Chris drives our mission to improve clinical  outcomes and access to care through innovative technology, marketplace transparency, and rigorous ethical standards. A member of a large family of surgeons and physicians in Hong Kong, he also focuses on expanding the reach of the company and our networks among clinicians throughout Asia and worldwide. Educated HKU (MBBS) and University of Edinburgh (FRCS), he is the author of numerous papers and patents in the field of orthopaedic surgery.

Prof. Frankie Leung, FRCS     Director, Clinical Strategy
Frankie is a senior surgeon and full Clinical Professor in the HKU Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, and an Assistant Dean of the medical faculty. A major contributor to international clinical standards in orthopaedic surgery, Frankie has a long relationship with the AO Foundation and multiple research collaborations with Synthes. He has led the education of numerous surgical trainees and is a globally-recognized thought leader in clinical practice and research, with numerous publications and patents. He was educated at HKU (MBBS) and University of Edinburgh (FRCS).

Prof. William Lu, PhD     Director, R&D Strategy
William is a biomedical engineer and chaired Professor in the HKU Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology. In 1995 he founded the department’s Orthopaedic Research Centre, where he has served as director to the present day. Acknowledged as one of the top 1% of scholars in bioengineering from 2009-2013 by ISI’s essential science indicators, William has a strong track record of attracting seed funding, licensing, and acquisition from investors and major players in the medical device industry for his biomaterial and device inventions. William received his PhD from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Erica Ueda Boles, PhD     Chief Science Officer
Erica is a biomedical engineer who sets the R&D goals for Lifespans and is in charge of building and management of our engineering teams. She is also a co-founder of LifeCollection, shaping the strategy, vision, and culture of our marketplace venture. She obtained a B.S. from UCLA and M.S. from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. Erica worked at Abbot Vascular in Santa Clara and at the MGH Center for Systems Biology in Boston before obtaining her Ph.D. from KIT (Germany) in Chemistry & Biosciences, with a focus on lab-on-a-chip technologies.

Richard Holloway   Business Development Director
Richard is a medical device sales and marketing executive, previously of Stryker and DKSH - both leaders in the industry. With decades of experience selling orthopaedic implants worldwide, he sets our global sales and marketing strategy.

Danielle Applestone, PhD     Board Member, Advisor
Danielle is the CEO and co-founder of Other Machine Co., a leading manufacturer of workbench-scale CNC milling devices used by thousands of businesses and consumers worldwide. As CEO, she transitioned Other Machine Co from a subsidiary of the technology incubator OtherLab to a successful standalone company.  A prominent Silicon Valley entrepreneur, she is a regular speaker and panelist at technology and startup events and a sought-after advisor and board member to numerous new ventures. A graduate of MIT with a BsC in chemical engineering, she received a PhD in Materials Science from UT Austin.

Paul Higham, PhD     Board Member, Advisor
Paul is the former Director, Science at Stryker Orthopedics USA, where he oversaw the M&A process for numerous acquisition targets in the company - one of the top global manufacturers of devices for trauma implants, and a leader in innovation. An advisor to several early and mid-stage startups in the orthopaedics industry, Paul has been an active and regular participant in our strategic decision making process, helping us to structure the company for success since its inception. He holds a PhD in materials science from the University of Manchester.