Mounds View High School
Class Of 1964
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Gary joined the Navy after graduating from Mounds View High School in 1964. After basic training he served for nine months on a carrier, the USS Intrepid, and was one of the crew members that retrieved the Gemini 3 space capsule that carried the first two-man-crew of astronauts in space in 1965. He later served as an Electrician's Mate on the USS Currituck, a seaplane tender, in the Vietnam War in 1966 and 1967.
After the military service he attended electronics school at Brown Institute in Minneapolis. He received an Electronics Technician Certificate in 1970 and began working for Medtronic, Inc., a medical device company, where he worked in a medical device research group. He contributed in the design and development of many significant projects including: Carotid Electrical Nerve Stimulation, for the treatment of high blood pressure; Electrical Brain Stimulation, to treat epilepsy; Para-spinal Muscle Stimulation, to correct curvature of the spine; Dorsal Column Stimulation, to treat low-back pain; and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), for the Relief of generalized pain. This work led to the formation of the Neurological Division at Medtronic.
In 1978, he became interested in Iontophoresis, a method of driving drugs through the skin with a small electric current. He worked with Dr. Warren Warwick, the CF Center Director at the University of Minnesota, to develop a system for screening children for Cystic Fibrosis that used this technology. In 1983, Medtronic marketed the “CF Indicator”. In 1984 he represented Medtronic as the recipient of "One of the 10 Outstanding Engineering Achievements in the United States" presented by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Although Gary did not have a formal engineering degree, in 1987 he was the honored recipient of the Medtronic “Technical Contributor of the Year Award” and was later promoted to Project Engineer for his work.
In 1991, Medtronic entered into an agreement with ALZA Corporation to take over the Iontophoresis Program. Gary was selected by ALZA as the Product Development Manager for the first commercial development program using this unique drug delivery technology. He was literally at the center of all of the design and engineering activities and worked with ALZA’s clinical group to design and implement the clinical trials conducted for FDA review. The product, a small patch containing electronic circuitry that delivers potent pain-relieving medication for post-operative surgery, is in the final stages of development. Gary is a two-time recipient of ALZA’s “TOPS” award and was promoted to Engineering Fellow for his contributions to the program. He is a listed inventor in 40 US patents.
Gary retired in 2001. He and his wife, Linda, are residents of Nemo, South Dakota.
He has five grandchildren by two daughters, both graduates of St. Catherine collage in St. Paul, and one son, who is presently working for the University of Minnesota.
Publications: Evaluation of Fentanyl Delivery in Humans Using E-TRANS Technology, G.A. Lattin, J.B. Phipps, S.K. Gupta, M.A. Southam and M. Klausner, in: Proceedings of Transdermal Administration, A Case Study, Iontophoresis, Controlled Release Society, Paris, France. 1997, p. 365.
Electronic Control of Iontophoretic Drug Delivery, Gary A. Lattin, Rama V. Padmanabhan, and J. Bradley Phipps, in: Proceedings of Temporal Control of Drug Delivery, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY. 1991, p. 450.
In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of Transdermal Iontophoretic Delivery of Hydromorphone, R.V. Padmanabhan, J.B. Phipps, G.A. Lattin, R.J. Sawchuk, J. of Controlled Release Society, 1989.
Iontophoretic Delivery of Model Inorganic and Drug Ions, J.B. Phipps, R.V. Padmanabhan, G.A. Lattin, J. Pharm. Sci. Vol. 78, No. 5 1989.
Iontophoretic Delivery of Drugs in Weanling Pigs: In Vitro and In Vivo Relationships, J.B. Phipps, R.V. Padmanabhan, G.A. Lattin, International Conference on Pharm. Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology, Jerusalem, Israel, May 1988.
Iontophoretic Drug Delivery: Advantages and Limitations, J.B. Phipps, R.V. Padmanabhan, G.A. Lattin, NIH Workshop on Transdermal Drug Delivery, Washington D.C. May, 1988.
Transport of Ionic Species Through Skin, J.B. Phipps, R.V. Padmanabhan, G.A. Lattin, Solid State Ionics. 1988, p. 1778.
Evaluation of Transdermal Iontophoretic Drug Delivery, J.B. Phipps Rama Padmanabhan, Gary A. Lattin, International Symposium on Artificial Organs, Biomedical Engineering and Transplantation, Salt Lake City, UT. January 1986.
Transdermal Delivery of Propranolol Via Iontophoresis, R.V. Padmanabhan, J.B. Phipps, G.A. Lattin, in: Proceedings of 13th International Symposium on Controlled Release of Bioactive Materials, Controlled Release Society, Norfolk, VA. 1986, p. 198.
Sweat Testing of Infants and Young Children Using a 30 Micro Liter Paper Patch, Warren W. Warwick, Nancy N. Huang, William W. Waring, Rita M. Hirsch, Gary A. Lattin, Paul D. Sorenson, 9th International Cystic Fibrosis Congress, 1984.
Ambulatory Cystic Fibrosis Screening System, W.J. Warwick, I. Brown, G. Lattin, R. Hirsch, P. Sorenson, Cystic Fibrosis Club Abstracts, 23rd Annual Meeting, 23. 1982, p. 144.
Ambulatory Sweat Stimulation Device, W.J. Warwick, I. Brown, G. Lattin, R. Hirsch, R. Spevak, European J. Pediatrics, 137. 1981, p. 117.