"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants"

- Sir Isaac Newton

Dr. Thomas Cook, PhD, MSE, MS

Dr. Cook, co-founder of Clubfoot Solutions, is Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, and is currently Director of Global Operations of Ponseti International Association. He holds graduate degrees in Physical Therapy, Biomedical Engineering, and Human Factors Engineering from University of Iowa, Drexel University, and Duke University, respectively, and has published over a hundred peer-reviewed papers and several chapters and books.


Dr. Cook has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Central/Eastern Europe and has lectured or overseen research projects in more than 40 countries. He has also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Global Health Workforce Alliance.

Todd Becker, MBA

Todd Becker’s two decades of executive management in the orthopedic device market brings the needed expertise to manage Clubfoot Solutions and to bring the Iowa Brace to market in developed and developing countries. Prior to joining Clubfoot Solutions in 2015, Becker served as Iowa General Manager for Zimmer, one of the nation’s leading orthopedic device providers. At Zimmer, Becker managed Iowa’s $5.5 million operations including sales, marketing, finance, distribution and warehousing with 25 personnel. Becker helped to guide his team to generate more than $30 million in annual sales and realized 11% growth during his tenure.


Becker began his career with Johnson and Johnson medical device sales in Chicago. In 2004 Becker moved to Zimmer as its regional Chicago manager. Becker earned his undergraduate degree from St. Ambrose University and is in the process of completing his Masters of Business Administration from St. Ambrose University.


Todd Becker has the drive and expertise to ensure Universal Prosthetics' low-cost solutions are available to all amputees in need - in developed and developing countries.

Dr. Shannon Sheehan, PhD, MBA

Shannon Sheehan has helped inventors start more than 30 companies from early-stage technologies. As President of New Mexico BIO, a networking and business development organization for the State of New Mexico, he developed programs and policies that facilitated the creation and growth of small companies.


Shannon has also taken several companies through the Business Model Canvas entrepreneurship process as a mentor and has been employed as a principle in three companies. Shannon served as the Chief Financial Officer at Accent Alternatives, a bio-therapeutics company, where he had an active role in product and brand development. He raised funds and secured a government grant of $112,000.


At IntelleCyt, he conducted freedom to operate analyses and worked on new product development in addition to securing licenses which formed the company. IntelleCyt ultimately sold for $90,000,000.


Shannon was also the President at Protera Biomarkers where he attended tradeshows, drafted grant applications, and guided product development and marketing.

Pushpa Manukonda, MS

Pushpa Manukonda is the Global Lead for Technology Innovation Strategy and Product Engineering Technologies at John Deere, a position she has held since Nov 2015. She is responsible for the management and execution of technology innovation processes and for ensuring the alignment of capabilities for global growth among innovation centers in the United States, China, India, Germany, and Brazil.


Manukonda joined John Deere in 1999 as a product modeling coordinator. In 2001 she was appointed Project Manager for Product Delivery Systems. In 2003, she became Project Manager for Customer Support Systems and in 2006 was made a Supervisor for Engineering.


Manukonda was appointed Senior Engineer and Engineering Integration Lead for the XCG-John Deere Joint Venture in China in 2008, and the following year was named Product Development Manager. In 2010, she was made Vice President of Engineering for the Ashok Leyland John Deere Construction Equipment Co. joint venture. In 2012 she joined the GTIN as the Manager of Technology Innovation Strategy


Manukonda supports and volunteers for a number of organizations. She actively participates in Minority panel discussions and recruitment at University of Iowa She was First Lady of the Friends of India Association for Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin; and has chaired many cultural events. She lives in Bettendorf, Iowa, with her husband and four children.


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