About Us

A spin-off from the University of Waterloo, KA Imaging is a company that specializes in developing innovative X-ray imaging technologies and systems, providing solutions to the medical, veterinary and NDT markets. The company specializes in providing custom expertise and engineering to meet customer needs in their respective industries. Since the company’s inception, KA Imaging has been dedicated to customer success in providing better outcomes for medical screening and diagnostics, NDT material and fault identification, and material analysis testing. Our company has been steadily growing our team of professionals to provide exceptional product engineering, quality and service to our customers.

Company History

Our rich history of developing unique sensor technologies dates back to 2000, when co-founder Prof. Karim S Karim created the world’s first amorphous silicon active pixel sensor for real-time X-ray imaging applications during his PhD work at the University of Waterloo. The active pixel sensor eventually found early commercial application in biometric fingerprint sensors. Subsequently, early research on high-resolution direct X-ray conversion CMOS cameras, multi-layer spectral (color) X-ray imaging, and high fill factor lateral photodetectors was initiated in 2007 by Prof. Karim and a team of graduate students in the nascent Silicon Thin-film Applied Research (STAR) group at Waterloo. The STAR group’s detector development program benefited from more than $5 million of Canadian government and private sector funding and early prototypes were demonstrated using the world class Giga-to-Nano electronics prototyping facility at the University of Waterloo.

STAR group’s X-ray detector work attracted seed funding from Grand Challenges Canada (a not-for-profit Canadian corporation that is also one of the largest impact-first investors in Canada) to develop a low cost medical X-ray detector in 2012. The detector was to become an integral part of point of care clinics that screen for tuberculosis, a disease that kills more than 1.5 million people annually across the world mostly in developing countries in Asia and Africa.

In 2015, with support from the University of Waterloo, Grand Challenges Canada and Christie Digital, Amol Karnick, Karim S. Karim and Sina Ghanbarzadeh (a STAR group alumni) founded KA Imaging to commercialize the novel sensor technologies developed by the STAR group into imaging products that enable better healthcare outcomes at a global level.

Today, KA Imaging develops unique detectors and imaging products that leverage cutting edge multi-energy and phase contrast X- ray technologies for medical, industrial, veterinary, non-destructive and scientific imaging customers.

Amol Karnick, CEO (M.Eng, BASc)
Amol is a seasoned executive in the medical device industry. His experience covers the whole spectrum; from start-ups (Ultrasonix, Sentinelle Medical, Ventripoint) to large OEMs (GE Healthcare). Entering into the profession with a Bachelors in Engineering from UW and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from McGill, Amol spent 20 years in the medical imaging space to become a leader of multidisciplinary teams (sales, engineering and operations). Amol is now poised to steer KA Imaging into a position of global leadership.
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Karim S. Karim, CTO
(PhD, PEng, MBA)
A professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Dr.Karim is a distinguished academician known for pioneering and commercializing large area current mode active pixel sensor technology that is now used in bio-metric fingerprint readers for mobile phones. With 20 years of experience in designing and prototyping large area digital imagers, Dr.Karim has been instrumental in raising over $12 million in research funding. A full member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Dr.Karim is also an IEEE distinguished lecturer.
Sina Ghanbarzadeh, Co-Founder
(MSc, PhD*)
Sina is the co-founder and the lead of the design team at KA Imaging Inc. He brings over 7 years of experience in design and characterization of imaging detectors to the KA Imaging Inc. He has designed the state of the art imaging detector prototype and currently leading the design team at both device and system level. Sina holds a Masters in Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is also working towards his PhD at University of Waterloo.
Joan Medley, Quality Regulatory Expert (ISO 13485)
Joan began her career as a Medical Radiation Technologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences, specializing in general and trauma radiography, CT scanning, angiography, heart catheterizations and fulfilled the role of clinical instructor. She has co-authored a Quality & Regulatory college course providing outline, course content and learning objectives. With over 2 decades of experience as a Quality Assurance (QA) Manager and Director, Joan has led medical device manufacturers through ISO registration and managing Quality Management systems. Certified as an ISO 13485 Lead Auditor, Joan currently provides contract services for a certification body.
Jill Zappitelli, Human Resources Consultant (CHRL)
An experienced and accredited Human Resource Professional and Program/Project Manager, Jill’s rich expertise and national and international experience in every facet of Human Resources affords her the distinction of being one of the most sought-after HR professionals in the region. As a member of the HRPA Board of Directors, her CHRL designation combined with a Business Administration Management Diploma from Conestoga College – Jill brings a genuine level of confidence to any organization that finds itself without some HR guidance. Creating and implementing authentic and effective HR solutions to solve an array of employee challenges have been Jill’s signature for several years with companies ranging from SunLife Financial to Blackberry, to non-profits such as Trellis Mental Health. Now, as a consultant to Waterloo’s emerging businesses and tech community, Jill has been delivering relevant and meaningful solutions to scale – be it program level or simply getting the right advice.
Ako S. Williams, Vice President
Ako Williams is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Ushio America, Inc., which is a U.S. subsidiary of Ushio Inc. in Tokyo, Japan. Ushio is a leading provider of light sources and solutions for a wide variety of applications, including medical imaging and illumination, scientific, semiconductor, entertainment, horticulture, and architectural applications. A seasoned global enterprise executive with a strategic problem solving approach, Ako oversees Ushio America’s legal, regulatory compliance, risk management, and corporate governance matters. Previously, she was an Assistant General Counsel and Compliance Officer of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. (an Ushio group company) and an Assistant General Counsel of a leading home healthcare provider in the U.S. She holds a B.S. (highest distinction) from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
(B.S, J.D)
Ian Cunningham (BSc, MSc, PhD)
Dr. Ian Cunningham is a professor and scientist at the Robarts Research Institute at The University of Western Ontario and physicist at London Health Sciences Centre. He directs a research team of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows that are investigating new ways of acquiring and displaying medical images using digital radiography and computed tomography for improved health care.
Susan Horton (BA, MA, PhD)
Working for the World Bank got Susan interested in health and economics. Dr. Horton then proceeded to work at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh while writing her thesis. She has worked or taught in about 25 low and middle income countries, on topics ranging from labour markets, women's participation, benefits and costs of micronutrient interventions, and currently costs and benefits of breastfeeding, cost and cost-effectiveness of cancer interventions, and disease control priorities in low and middle income countries. Currently, Dr.Horton is working on the Disease Control Priorities project and in the past, worked on research projects with the World Bank, FAO, WHO, UNICEF, Copenhagen Consensus, etc.
Ruben Romero (CPA, CMA)
Ruben has a strong background in finance, accounting and strategic business operations from several years of work experience in various industries. Prior to joining KA Imaging's team, Ruben gained valuable experience working for Canadian and Global firms such as Class 1 Inc. and Bimbo Bakeries. Ruben has been a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant for over ten years.
David Bell (PhD)
David Bell is a clinical and public health physician with a PhD in population health and background in internal medicine, modelling and epidemiology of infectious disease. Previously, he was Director of the Global Health Technologies at Intellectual Ventures Global Good Fund in the USA, Programme Head for Malaria and Acute Febrile Disease at FIND in Geneva, and coordinating malaria diagnostics introduction and scale-up with the World Health Organization in Manila and Geneva. David specializes in point of care technology development and introduction in low-resource health systems.
Evan Lee (BA, MD, MBA)
Evan Lee is a Geneva-based global health consultant. He has a BA from Harvard, an MD from New York University, and an MBA from MIT. He has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières in Kenya and Uganda and for Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics and Management Sciences for Health. Most recently, he led Eli Lilly’s global health programs working on MDR-TB and NCDs, and founded Lilly’s 30x30 initiative to reach 30 million people by 2030.
David Koff (MD FRCPC)
David Koff (MD FRCPC) is a Professor of Radiology at McMaster University, former Chair and Chief of the department. He is founder and director of MIIRCAM, the Medical Imaging Informatics Research Centre at McMaster, and Chair and co-founder of Canada Safe Imaging. He has been a co-founder of IHE Canada (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) and is a member of the IHE section of the Medical Informatics Committee and RSNA. He is also a past co-Chair of the IHE International Radiology Planning Committee. Dr. Koff is fellowship trained in chest and body imaging.
Sandy Pironaggi-Trocchi (BSc)
Experienced regulatory affairs and quality assurance professional with a demonstrated history of developing and executing strategic regulatory submissions across global markets as well as implementing and maintaining quality management systems focusing on Health Canada, US FDA, MDR, MDSAP and ISO compliance.
Robert Moccia (BS, MS)
Bob brings 20+ years of management experience in the medical device industry to KA Imaging. Prior to joining KAI, Bob held various executive commercial roles with GE Healthcare in the areas of ultrasound and mammography, where most recently was the GM of Enterprise Sales. Prior to that Bob held various general management positions in Cardiovascular Ultrasound. Bob’s commercial experience at GE ranges from building and integrating startup business to rebuilding existing commercial teams. While at GE, Bob developed indirect and direct distribution models to serve customers across all market segments. Bob received his BS and MS degrees in Management from Lesley University.