Dr. Pikkula brings 15 years of biomedical research and medical device development to Forward Science. He earned his PhD from Rice University in bio-optics and began his career at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as a co-director of a multi-center clinical study investigating the “optical biopsy,” which is a technology used to detect cervical dysplasia in real time using fluorescence and reflectance imaging. After this investigative work, Dr. Pikkula joined Remicalm LLC/Trimira LLC, which had licensed much of the technology he was involved in creating. Before Dr. Pikkula joined Forward Science, Dr. Pikkula was a manager at a firm that provides imaging and radiographic consulting services to medical device companies.