WaveCel Adds Scott Boatman as Director of Operations to Support “Chasing Safest”

Boatman to help Wilsonville, Oregon-based manufacturer of concussion-preventing helmet technologies forge new partnerships while fostering growth.

WaveCel today announced the addition of Scott Boatman to the executive team in order to support their mission of “Chasing Safest.” Boatman will enable the inventor and manufacturer of concussion-preventing helmet technologies to establish new industry partnerships, maintain sustainable growth and bring helmets into the 21st century.

“The addition of Scott to the WaveCel team enables us to further capitalize on our proven approach to engineered head protection and bring this breakthrough to more people worldwide,” said Dr. Michael Bottlang, WaveCel Co-Owner. In September of this year, WaveCel expanded their U.S.-based manufacturing operations into a 46,000 square foot facility in Wilsonville, Oregon to meet growth projections.

“WaveCel has a strong sense of why they are in business and what their mission is. ‘Chasing Safest’ is more than a tagline—it’s a belief and a goal that everyone can rally around,” said Boatman. “My ultimate role is product evangelist—I’m here to extend WaveCel’s engineered protection to a global audience.” Boatman joins WaveCel after roles as Director of Product Management and Development for the Leatherman Tool Group and management experience at Leupold & Stevens and Intel. “While no helmet can make you invincible, at WaveCel we’ve identified ways to make helmets safer than ever before,” said Dr. Madey. “The addition of Scott to our team will enable us to save and protect more brains in more situations.”

A brainchild of engineer Bottlang and surgeon Madey, WaveCel is an engineered cell structure that lines the inside of a helmet and can help reduce rotational forces and the predicted risk of concussion compared to standard helmets. Madey and Bottlang are co-founders of a hospital-based Biomechanics research laboratory, conducting research to discover how to best prevent and treat injuries. Their discoveries have produced new technologies that today are used around the world, helping patients to recover better and faster.

Their journey into concussion research started almost 20 years ago. After developing an understanding of how vulnerable the brain is toward rotational forces, they embarked on re-inventing helmet technology to better absorb destructive rotational forces during impact. Today, helmets featuring WaveCel technology have been shown to significantly reduce rotational forces more effectively than standard helmets.

Development and testing of WaveCel technology was funded by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) with results confirmed by leading research and testing labs around the world, receiving the highest rating (five stars) from the Virginia Tech University helmet testing facility. Currently, Wavecel technology can be found in Bontrager/Trek helmet styles including those designed for road riding, mountain biking, and e-bike commuting.

Learn more at wavecel.com or trekbike.com/wavecel.


A native of Germany, Dr. Bottlang earned his PhD in Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He has subsequently focused on research to improve treatment of traumatic injuries, and his devices for healing ribs, femurs and pelvises have been adopted as standards in over 40 countries.

Dr. Madey is a board-certified hand and microvascular surgeon who came to Portland after medical school at Columbia and a residency at the University of Iowa. Madey’s skill and focus have made him one of the most sought-after surgeons in the Northwest, and his collaborations with Michael Bottlang at the Legacy Biomechanics Laboratory have produced devices that have saved thousands of lives.

While no helmet can make you invincible, at WaveCel we’ve identified ways to make helmets safer than ever before. The addition of Scott to our team will enable us to protect more brains in more situations.