Maureen L. Mulvihill, President and CEO of Actuated Medical in Bellefonte, was recently awarded the prestigious Frank Baldino Bioscience CEO of Year by Life Sciences Pennsylvania at the organization’s annual awards ceremony.

Maureen Mulvihill co-founded Actuated Medical in HappyValley in 2006 with a mission to use motion technologies to improve medical devices. While the award-winning company has made incredible advancements in the medical field in the past-15 years, its focus shifted in March 2020 to react to the COVID-19 pandemic and began manufacturing high-quality face shields.

“Because Actuated Medical had an FDA compliant manufacturing expertise, we were able to repurpose the facility and quickly produce high quality face shields,” Mulvihill said. “Our team jumped into the fight on a Sunday afternoon with the energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. I am so proud that we were able to help health care workers as well as the community and very honored to receive this award.”

The product line grew over the next four months due to calls from businesses, schools and parents to include reusable face shields for children, hard hats and sports helmets. As a result, in 2020, Actuated Medical grew in people and doubled its footprint to accommodate manufacturing scale-up.

“Besides healthcare workers, our reusable, durable face shields were worn by Penn State researchers, students, assembly line workers and individuals in our local community,” Mulvihill added. “Pre-COVID our tagline stated, ‘improving patient outcomes ’and during COVID we temporarily changed it to ‘improving community outcomes. ’We were glad to help.”

A visionary leader and entrepreneur, Maureen Mulvihill has received international and national recognition for the innovative work being done at Actuated Medical. She was also the 2019 recipient of the Richard E. Tressler Award from the Penn State University College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Actuated Medical is a product developer that incorporates electronically-controlled motion to create innovative medical and research devices that improve outcomes. Its innovations have spawned an entirely new generation of instruments and devices. Today, the company focuses on state–of–the art, minimally invasive instruments for clearing occlusions, penetrating bone and tissue, and enabling the emerging MRI–guided surgical procedure industry.

Life Sciences Pennsylvania (LSPA) was founded in 1989 by two Penn State researchers and has grown to represent the entire life sciences industry. Its portfolio includes medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, investment organizations, research institutions and myriad service industries.

The Frank Baldino Bioscience CEO of the Year Award recognizes a CEO who has demonstrated visionary leadership and active participation to advance the science industry. Frank Baldino, Jr., founder, and CEO of Cephalon, Inc., was a pillar of the life sciences community in the Greater Philadelphia region and of the biotechnology industry.