Leadership Team


Mike Torti

Chief Executive Officer

Mike is a Performance-Driven Business leader with strong sales, market development, revenue growth and company leadership skills – with over thirty years of experience.  Michael’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  He also received additional professional development in schools such as Warwick School (Coventry, England). His background, prior to joining Hydromer includes serving as Managing Director (Repi LLC), Vice President – Sales and Marketing (Lexington Precision Corporation), Director of Sales, North America (Nypro Healthcare), President (Rondo-Pak), Group Vice President – CMO (Applied Tech Products, Inc.), and Director of Sales (Dynacast, Inc.).


Martin von Dyck


Martin was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in the early 1960’s and immigrated from Germany and became a citizen of the United States in the late 1990’s. As a 25-year expert with Hydromer and Hydromer’s subsidiary, Biosearch, Martin’s involvement with the company includes creating the Medical Devices Coatings and Service Departments. Within these two divisions, he was responsible for designing, building, and implementing proprietary turn-key manufacturing equipment for Hydromer clients, and leading modern manufacturing techniques and transforming labor-intensive production operations. His efforts resulted in improved operating margins and functionality for the two divisions. Martin has a prodigious knowledge of the industry, since he has collaborated and co-designed with scientists and universities alike. He’s successfully patented several industrial and medical device coatings and primers, as well as medical devices (including a cleaning device for enteral feeding). He collaborated with John Hopkins University for cancer research and joined forces with NanCogenics, a cancer research company, using technology licensed from MD Anderson Cancer Center, developing and validating a pioneering tumor-specific drug targeting methodology. Martin was primary investigator and awarded the NIH NIDDK STTR grant for the “Development of a Novel Antimicrobial Foley Catheter to Prevent CAUTIs” and was a collaborative effort between the Sponsor, Hydromer Inc., and the Research Institute, Brigham Young University.


Helen Darby

Director of Quality Assurance

Helen is an industry expert in the Medical Device industry in the fields of Quality, Research and Development, and Manufacturing.  Her experience began in Johnson and Johnson (J&J), where she worked with the industries best to develop product lines from conception to market.  As her Career progressed, she traveled globally to implement technical transfer of products for manufacturing, creation of quality plans, and R&D which included functions of training and audit. In 2002, Helen joined Hydromer, Inc’s team where she led the creation of firmwide Quality Systems to set standards and improve efficiencies. In 2019, she was promoted to the title of Director of Quality Assurance of Hydromer, Inc., where she will manage all Quality initiatives and she will play an integral role in all Quality Assurance needs of Hydromer’s clients.


Shan Wickramanayake

Director of Research and Development

Shan’s background prior to joining Hydromer includes holding the position of R&D Project Manager at AkzoNobel, Principal Investigator, and R&D Engineer at AECOM Technology Corporation. His academic background includes Ph. D. and M.S. in Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and was a Chemical Engineering postdoctoral research fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. He is an R&D materials and manufacturing process development expert with strong project management skills and possesses over ten years of industrial experience in composite polymer compounding/formulation and processing for coating applications, packaging and other product development. In addition to that, he works on equipment design and process automation.

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