2009 ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards

Harold M. Aberman


Global Scientific Program Director   Synthes, Inc.

President and Co-Founder   Applied Biological Concepts, Inc.

HAROLD ABERMAN SPENT 13 YEARS—from 1974 through 1987—at Purdue University. During that time he earned a BS in biology, a DVM (doctorate of veterinary medicine), a BSE (in bioengineering, through IDE), and an MSE in mechanical engineering. He earned his BSE and MSE while completing a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral program designed to train veterinarians in bioengineering. This program was established by Dr. Les Geddes at Purdue’s Hillenbrand Biomedical Engineering Center, and Dr. Aberman is the only person to complete the fellowship.
Following Purdue, Dr. Aberman joined Howmedica, a major orthopaedic device manufacturer (then a division of Pfizer), where he was promoted to Global Director of Scientific and Biological Affairs. Next, in 1994, Dr. Aberman co-founded Applied Biological Concepts, which develops and licenses patented and non-patented technology in the area of human sports medicine, and continues to provide preclinical and regulatory consultation for emerging and established medical device companies. He was also one of the founders of ChondroSite, LLC, which patented one of the first fully synthetic cartilage repair devices which will be entering human clinical trials. (ChondroSite merged in 2003 with a larger orthopaedic manufacturer.)
In 2003, Dr. Aberman joined Synthes Spine as the Director of Non-fusion Product Development. He was promoted to Global Scientific Program Director in 2007. In this position he coordinates the Research Advisory Committees of Synthes’ Business Units and Global Regions, ensuring the scientific integrity of the proposals received and that all externally funded research meets Synthes’ Corporate Compliance guidelines, as well as providing scientific mentorship to young investigators in the areas of orthopaedics, neurology, toxicology, biomechanics and clinical research.
Dr. Aberman has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has been an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University, Mississippi State University, and Purdue University.
Currently, he resides in Malvern, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Danielle, and newborn daughter, Harper.