Calvin Chao has extensive experience in medical device testing and specializes in mechanical testing of cardiovascular devices, acute particulate testing and nickel ion leaching measurements.
Calvin obtained his Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s degree from the South China University of Technology and his Master’s from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He began working in medical device testing in 2001 when he joined EnduraTEC and Medical Device Testing Services, which was acquired by Element in 2017.
Calvin has worked with hundreds of medical device manufacturers from around the world on a wide range of projects from well-defined and routine testing to feasibility studies of unique device designs that require custom test fixture design and protocol development. He specializes in challenging projects of cardiovascular device fatigue testing for which test standards and regulatory guidance documents are not yet available. In addition to mechanical testing, Calvin is an expert in acute particulate counting and analysis for coated and bioresorbable devices and nickel ion leaching measurements during fatigue testing for nickel-rich devices such as nitinol stents.