About Us

Tympanogen was founded in 2014 by a dynamic and energetic team of engineers and physicians dedicated to resolving the widespread medical issue of chronic tympanic membrane perforations. The team developed the patent-pending technology for Perf-FixTM at Tulane University.


Elaine Horn-Ranney, PhD

President & Chief Executive Officer

Elaine Horn_Ranney,PHD

Elaine received both her BS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. She possesses a robust knowledge of biomaterials and is experienced in synthesizing materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications, with a specialized focus on translating laboratory research into clinical products. Elaine has led the team and research projects since 2011.

Parastoo Khoshakhlagh, PhD

Senior Vice-President & Chief Scientific Officer

Parastoo Khoshakhlagh, MS

Parastoo received her BS in Materials Science from Iran University of Science and Technology, her MS in Biomedical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. She specializes in the development, characterization, and evaluation of biomaterials in animal and cellular models. Parastoo is the core scientific member of Team Medicogen, which came in first place in the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge 2013.

Jesse Ranney, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Jesse Ranney, MD

Jesse received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University and his MD from Louisiana State University. As a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, he actively identifies clinical issues that can be resolved with material therapies while guiding product development toward a physician-friendly format.


Arthur Coury, PhD

  • Independent medical devices consultant

Arthur Coury, PhD

Barry Strasnick, MD, FACS

  • Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
Barry Strasnick, MD