PREDRAG "PEDJA" SUKOVIC:
 
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Co-founder, President, and CEO of Xoran Technologies Inc. in Ann Arbor. Sukovic has experience designing and developing instrumentation and signal/image processing algorithms for medical imaging. Xoran is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of medical devices and services that improve patient care and satisfaction and minimize waste and inefficiency in healthcare. Xoranís products include MiniCAT, a compact, ultra-low dose CT scanner that can be used in doctorsí offices without sedation. The company won the 2005 Innovation of the Year award from the Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards hosted by the MEDC, SBAM, and other agencies. Sukovic co-founded Xoran with Neal Clinthorne, his then-academic advisor, in 2001 while obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in biomedical engineering. The company has quickly grown from a two-person startup to a company with millions of dollars in sales. Sukovic has published several industry papers and has presented at industry events such as the Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery International Congress for several years. Sukovic received his bachelorís in electrical engineering and masterís in biomedical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan.


WHERE BORN: "Belgrade, Serbia."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My mom and a couple of professors from my college in Serbia. My mom for guiding me to the importance of basically creating something of value. And my professors taught me how to be persistent."

LAST BOOK READ: "Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar. Itís about 20 years old but itís a great book."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Curious and driven."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "In the entire health care industry, especially medical devices, the cost is ballooning and thereís a lot of waste and inefficiency in it. They will have to take that out to go forward."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "My iPod."

FAVORITE PLACE: "The South of France."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Sailing, reading, playing golf and soccer."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Currently, thereís a Neapolitan dessert in New York at a restaurant called La Compagna."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I have none. I put all my talents out there."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As somebody who made something complex simple, with regards to health care, successfully."

At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.