Félix Vega, VMD, is currently the Principal at Preclinical Consultation. He consults on the full spectrum of preclinical evaluation, with an emphasis on in-vivo studies for medical devices. With his experience in the medical device industry, as well as CRO and university settings, Dr. Vega brings an additional breadth to his training as a veterinarian.
Dr. Vega started in preclinical research at Berkeley Antibody Company, which was at the time the only CRO serving the San Francisco medical device industry. From there he then went on to direct the preclinical program of a start-up device company specializing in collagen-based tissue sealants and adhesives. That company, Fusion Medical Technologies, was acquired by the BioSurgery division of Baxter Healthcare, where he served as the Director of Medical Affairs, BioSurgery-North America. In these capacities as well as in his consultancy practice, Dr. Vega actively participated in the successful submission of multiple successful IND, IDE and 510(k) applications to the FDA, as well as obtaining international regulatory approval and product launches throughout the European and Asian markets as well. These submissions have ranged from delivery devices through hemostatic and sealant biomaterials, as well as device-biologic and device-drug combinations.
Dr. Vega has also played a key role in multiple product launches and the development and implementation of training programs for sales and technical personnel for a variety of medical devices and biomaterials, as well as surgeons and surgical staff throughout Europe, Japan, Canada and Australia.
Dr. Vega completed his undergraduate work at the University of California at Davis and received his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Pennsylvania. During a decade of private practice, his emphasis was in the medicine and surgery of exotic animals. He is co-inventor on 15 patents and has authored numerous scientific publications and presentations. He serves as an Industry Advisor to the Biomedical Engineering Program at San José State University, where he is a guest lecturer.