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Byron has been with Abbott Vascular for 27 years. He is currently in Operations heading Abbott's Assurance of Sterility Task Force. He recently worked in Abbott Vascular's R&D as Sr. Associate Research Fellow, Sterilization Science, and as Director of Preclinical Research & Biocompatibility. He previously managed Vascular's sterilization operations, microbiology, chemistry, calibration and reliability engineering groups. His sterilization responsibilities have focused on developing terminal sterilization solutions for sensitive combination devices. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and is on the organizing committee of major sterilization related conferences. His Ph.D. is in Chemical Engineering, radiation and polymer science, from the University of Maryland. Byron is convener of ISO TC198 WG2, Radiation Sterilization, co-chair of AAMI WG90, Assurance of Sterility and a member of ISO TC198 WG15, Assurance of Sterility. He formerly co-chaired AAMI WG96, Compatibility of Materials Subject to Sterilization.