Jerry Katzman, MD - Chairman - President & CEO
Jerry Katzman, MD, is the company’s Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Katzman has always been an entrepreneur, scientist, and pioneer in medical science. His focus has targeted various biotechnology companies, biopharma, and Wall Street. Upon completion of his medical training, Dr. Katzman joined a multi-specialty group practice in Brandon, FL where he founded and established the group’s department of ophthalmology.
He then entered into a private practice where he designed and built one of the first state-licensed in office freestanding ambulatory surgical centers. The center also provided a multitude of services, including pharmacy, audiology, retinal dx, and treatment, as well as, general eye care, eye surgery, and optical. In 1993, Dr. Katzman founded EyeCare International, the nation’s first and largest non-insurance based discount vision network consisting of over 13,000 provider locations.
After 17 years with Amacore Group, Inc. (successor to EyeCare International) he retired as its Chief Medical Officer and continued his work on healthcare initiatives to promote affordable healthcare and an emergency electronic medical records program.
Thereafter, in 2008, co-founded Core Corporate Consulting Group, Inc. a private company designed to purchase and rejuvenate ailing public companies that were headed into bankruptcy.
In 2013, founded Disruptor Technologies Inc., a marketing and consulting company, and served as the CEO. Disruptor was developed to research, identify, evaluate, obtain, develop, promote, manufacture, and/or market groundbreaking technologies in health and science.
Dr. Katzman is also the host of the podcast Healthy, Strong, and Active: Your Strategy for Life.
Dr. Katzman graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 1974 and thereafter earned his M.D. from the Universidad de Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.
Erhan Gunday - Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Founded Sony Medical Electronic Division - internal venture company
Grew company to over $100 million in 6 years. Patent coordinator
Developed imaging technologies, still the Gold Standard today
Circon ACMI (Olympus)
Developed First Miniaturized Digital 3-Chip Endoscopic Camera System
Built 7 new Minimally Invasive Surgical technology platforms
Managed 30 man team on a $2M Budget
Built Medical Industries first 3-D eyewear for surgeons
Developed first disposable CMOS imaging sensors
Developed High-Resolution Mega Pixel Surgical Camera System
Managed start-up operations of a 12-man scientific team
Helped Raise $22M in Startup Capital
Developed the First Financial Data system for Home Delivery
Developed The Traders ‘Ticker Tape’ for Television
Former Co-Founder & VP of Engineering for the Sony Medical Electronics Division. Erhan possesses over 27 years of medical device development expertise as a VP of RD&E for ACMI Circon (Olympus) and Optimize (Stryker). He is an experienced Start-up Executive and technical manager with a strong background in patent investigation, execution, and consultation. Erhan has domestic and international experience in management, strategic planning, new product, and market development, regulatory compliance, and Intellectual Property development. Mr. Gunday started his career as a Senior Engineer for AutoNumerics, designing and developing Hardware and Software for the companies CNC products. He then moved on to IDR, Inc., a division of Reuters, designing the data discriminator portion of the electronic data terminal for capturing and displaying real-time financial news over TV Cable Channels – The Ticker Tape!
Mr. Gunday was recruited to Sony Electronics as the Director of Product Planning and Development, where he led two large projects managing electronic data delivery for their US Broadcast, Cable, and Subscription Television division; generating revenues between $20 Million and $50 Million, respectively.
Mr. Gunday was then promoted to Vice President of Engineering for Sony Medical; a new, start-up division of the company. As a founding member, he successfully established the new divisions, provided product planning support for the Sony Manufacturing Groups and achieved sales of over $100 million in 6 years; while managing a team of 16 hardware, software and field service engineers along with managing the contributions of outside engineering consultants and contract manufacturing firms.
Herbert L. Gould, MD, FACS - Chief Science Officer
Dr. Gould graduated from Bowdoin College and received an MD from Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served his internship at the 1stMedical Division, Bellevue Hospital, and was a resident at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, where, as a senior resident, he initiated the Contact Lens Clinic. He continued his medical studies at the Institute of Ophthalmology (London), Harvard Medical School, and the Downstate Medical Center, NY, where he received a corneal fellowship which included Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
He was a co-founder of the Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists and the New York Intraocular Lens Implant Society. He was a founding member of the American Intraocular Lens Implant Society, now ASCRS, was elected to the International Intraocular Lens Implant Club (IIIC), and later was a founding member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery. Dr. Gould was the founder and first president of the New York Keratorefractive Society. He has been a Teaching Fellow at the State University of New York, was Assistant Clinical Professor in Ophthalmology at State University of New York (Downstate), Associate Clinical Professor at New York Medical College, and served as an Instructor at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Numerous presentations were made to professional associations in the US and throughout the world, including ophthalmological meetings in Athens, Prague, Stockholm, London, Vienna, Milan, Alexandria (Egypt), Shanghai, Korea, Algarve (Portugal) and Cannes, where he was also awarded a Bronze Medal from the Cannes Film Festival (Best Surgical Film: Corneal Transplant & Intra-Ocular Lens Implantation). He has published over 80 articles and chapters in professional books and journals.
He has numerous professional memberships.
He implanted the first intraocular lens in China with the IIIC. He trained in Russia and introduced radial keratotomy to the US and later helped develop the Lasik technique. He had one of the first lasers in NYC after FDA approval, and later helped set up the laser center at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He served as a Major in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Flight Surgeon, for five years.
Alex Hsia - Mechanical Engineering
Alex has contributed to high-quality products that have benefited millions of patients. He is a highly experienced mechanical design engineer focused on medical devices. Alex specializes in minimally invasive surgical device design, development, and manufacturing. He has a proven track record in mechanical, electro-mechanical, pneumatic, and digital device design; automated data collection, Optical imaging device, and system integration for capital equipment.
He brings over twenty years' experience with tooling, die making, metal stamping, plastic molding, and equipment in electronic components manufacturing and is an expert at new product/process creation from concept to development and implementation with knowledge of ISO 13485, Design Control, and DFM.
Mr. Hsia holds 10 US and international patents.
Bell Industries P.M. Division, 1984-2000
Design Engineer to Engineering Manager
- Tooling-die making, precision metal stamping with large 250-ton punch presses
- Tooling and fixture design with hands-on metal fabrication experience
- Design and implementation of large automated production line with motor, pneumatic and
Medtronic/Kyphon Engineering Manager, 2000- 2011
Principal Design Engineer and Engineering Manager
- A successful, hands-on engineering team leader, Alex invented 95% of the custom-made automated equipment for Kyphon’s clean room and new product and processing development and implementation with custom designed equipment and managed all aspects of the model shop.
- Alex’s group successfully supported a small start-up company’s growth from scratch to a $4.2 billion company in 8 years. Production yield increased from 40% to 98%. He designed every type of the Kyphoplasty balloons, the unique balloon molds, variety of the components and surgical tools attachment including catheter thermo-bonding, RF distal-bonding, cannula tip forming, reduce neck balloon mold, and non-contact laser balloon wall thickness measuring.
Sanovas, Inc. 2011 – 2016, 2017-2018
Staff Engineer/Engineer fellow in charge of medical device products
- Design Concepts for hand-controls for MicroCam
- Opto-Mechanical design for SteriView and MicroCam Cameras
- Injection mold features for 2nd generation scope handle
- Optical Stylet Top-level Conceptual Illustrations and models
- 3D models for SteriView (hand-controls, PCA Allowance, IP67)
- Catheter Profile and Concept refinement (taper and Bump geometry)
- Camera head improvements and manufacturability
- AWC top-level concept
- Vas Zeppelin Conceptual Illustrations, Models, and Molds
- MicroCam Proximal Connector
- Responsible for critical components design for micro cam products, such as Steerable flex Neck-Adapter, Mini (4mm) multi-connector and micro-LED ring from design, development to manufacturing automation equipment.
Sr. Mechanical design Engineer where he designed and implemented the 2nd generation of the robotic arm system, including the Arm, TRUS stepper and Device Holder.
Rani Therapeutics, 2019-2020
Mechanical Engineer, Automation
Mr. Hsia holds a BSME, Chinese Science & Technology University, Shanghai, China
Steve Goldsmith - Marketing Consultant
30+ years of experience in Marketing, Sales, and Advertising
Pioneer of internet commerce and direct response advertising for internet, radio, tv, out-of-home, print, and live events
Client companies have included Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Yahoo, National Semiconductor, McKesson, Siemens Medical Solutions, Northrup Grumman, StorageTek, Cadence Design, MGM, Sony Electronics, Columbia Pictures, United Artists, Donald Trump Network, Applied Materials, Jeep/Chrysler, Paramount
Advocate for children, animal welfare, civil rights and social action, education, and poverty alleviation, among other important causes
Duke University B.A.; University of Miami
Board of Directors
Jerry Katzman, MD - Chairman, President & CEO
Vinay Mehindru, MD - Member, Board of Directors
Dr. Mehindru is an accomplished physician executive with over 25 years of healthcare experience that includes population health, physician performance management, and building physician alliances with clinical and financial integration. He is well known for taking a vision and transforming it into reality through sound strategy development and execution.
Despite his humble origins in North India, his accelerated track in education included starting college at the age of 14 and graduating from medical school at age 21 as one of the youngest graduates in the country. Moving to the United States he completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and a second Residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida. At the University of Texas, he received an MBA with honors.
Dr. Mehindru joined a private group of physicians and worked in a Level Two trauma center for 10 years. He has been an instructor for both Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) for 16 years. As Chief Medical Officer at AdventHealth Waterman, he spearheaded the establishment of a new hospitalist program and received recognition for excellence in seven metrics under Partnerships for Patients. With a focus on population health management, he managed 40,000 covered lives made up of: a self-funded employee health plan, a commercial health plan, and Medicare beneficiaries.
In his continued passion to improve outcomes for patients, Dr. Mehindru led the initiatives between the two major health systems in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, consisting of an exclusive health and wellness innovation partner for the first planned “Smart Gigabit Community,” a Home Health Care company, and a Joint Venture with the largest local radiology physicians group including 16 outpatient imaging centers.
Fred Chasalow, Ph.D. - Member, Board of Directors
Dr. Fred Chasalow studied at leading institutions and was mentored in his research career with leading scientists. Dr. Kaplan literally wrote and edited Methods in Enzymology. Dr. Pharriss was one of the leading scientists at Upjohn for the discovery of prostaglandins. Dr. Lieberman was a leading steroid investigator including the first use of a steroid as a hapten to generate specific antibodies. Dr. Wall discovered taxol and vincristine.
Academic Career: From 1981 to 1995, Dr. Chasalow had a successful academic career and published regularly. His laboratory research activities were funded by his clinical laboratory service. Dr. Chasalow was the first Ph.D. member of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. He had external grants from the NIH, March of Dimes, and State of New York. In 1991, Dr. Chasalow was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Research and Chief of the Pediatric Endocrine Laboratory, at the Maimonides Medical Center of SUNY Brooklyn. At SUNY Brooklyn, house officers from his classes won the award from the Kings County Medical association for the best presentation in two of the three years. Over this period, he made important contributions to clinical endocrinology in growth, sexual development, and diabetes. While Dr. Chasalow had an academic appointment, he served as an editor of Steroids and reviewed papers for many of the endocrine and pediatric journals.
Biotech Research Ventures: In 1991, Dr. Chasalow co-founded AMUR Research. In the course of investigating infants with inherited steroid biosynthetic defects, they identified a syndrome with an unknown defect. AMUR was founded to identify the missing hormone with the premise that it might be a useful drug. Between 1992 and 1998, AMUR raised ~$3M in Series A funding. Wilson Sonsini was the venture advisor to AMUR. At AMUR, Dr. Chasalow served as CEO and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and directed all laboratory activities, including six other doctoral scientists and 17 associates. He showed that the unknown hormone was a steroid phosphocholine ester. This was the first endogenous steroid phosphocholine ester discovered. he established a chemical synthesis group that synthesized the first synthetic steroid phosphocholine ester. As CSO, Dr. Chasalow was personally responsible for 6 patents. In 1998, the availability of venture capital ended. AMUR closed and its technology was purchased by SuperGen.
Financial Advisor: In 1998, Dr. Chasalow joined Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor and passed the FINRA Series 7 exam. Within 2 years, he was promoted to Associate Vice President. However, the events of 9-11 changed the market situation and he became an independent financial advisor. After 17 years of service, he retired on Dec. 31, 2015.
In July 2015, Dr. Chasalow was able to determine the chemical formula for the unknown hormone. He formed IOMA LLC and bought the IP from SuperGen. At IOMA, his functions as the Managing Partner and CSO and, at present, he is its sole (unpaid) employee. IOMA has received small grants from the SLO Foundation and a private obstetric practice. It has started laboratory activities with a CRADA at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in San Francisco. Last year, Dr. Chasalow published 3 papers and was appointed as a Visiting Professor at the VAMC.
Richard D. Wyatt - Member, Board of Directors
Richard D. Wyatt lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Pam (Fenning) Wyatt, and trusty Irish Terrier, Chloe. He is ten years retired from the DC Federal Government and enjoys golfing, fishing, reading, and gardening. Since leaving the big city, he has found joy in tilting at homeowner association (HOA) windmills and writing about himself in the third person. He served on the Board of Directors of Swift Island (Mount Gilead, NC) HOA and Carshalton By The Bay (Lyman, SC) HOA in capacities as member-at-large and President. Both HOA positions required significant levels of effort, including questioning long term contracts/relationships and saving significant homeowner funds as a result. During his time as HOA Board member(s) he also completed multiple contracts, wrote HOA bylaws, rewrote homeowner covenants, initiated two reserve fund studies, and developed two HOA websites. Mr. Wyatt has also volunteered his time as a tax return preparer for low-income seniors thru AARP/United Way and mentored middle school students thru Communities in Schools.
Mr. Wyatt studied at Florida State University and graduated magna cum laude majoring in Math/Computer Science and minoring in business management. Mr. Wyatt worked thirty-three years for the Federal Government while living in northern Virginia. During seven years with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) he held positions as a computer programmer and branch manager. During 26 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, he programmed computers, engineered computer networks, managed projects, managed contracts, and completed his career as the Division Manager for Telephone engineering. He attained Level 3 (of 4) certification for contract management, Level 3 (of 4) for project management, and certified as a Cisco Network Professional (CCNP). As a CIA manager of people, contracts, and budget, his main responsibility was to be a good steward of the taxpayer's money as well as do his part to produce finished intelligence for executive decision makers. Performing these duties honed Mr. Wyatt's skills in tactical planning, strategic planning, budget management, work content management, interpersonal skills, and open communication. As a contract manager, Mr. Wyatt followed fair competition processes and open communications as defined in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
Pat Sheehan - Member, Board of Directors
After receiving a BA in Zoology from U.C.L.A. Ms. Sheehan became a research assistant in the Pharmacology Department, Stanford University School of Medicine. She conducted research involved proving the presence of endorphins associated with narcotic addiction.
In 1987-1989 Ms. Sheehan was employed as the Hardware Production Planner for 3Com (formerly Bridge Communications) planning the weekly assembly build schedules working closely with Purchasing and Production Control. On her own initiative, she compiled statistics that precipitated an immediate change in the assembly build process.
As a Marketing Manager for startups, NetBuy.com and FastParts.com, at times working with a Consultant, she managed all marketing communications and marketing programs, developed customer-focused print and web advertising. Direct marketing campaigns included: direct mail, email, fax blasts e-newsletters. In a period of time “between PR agencies” she authored two articles published on behalf of NetBuy. In the early days of the Internet, Ms. Sheehan worked closely with the development group to establish a web presence for NetBuy via submittals of meta tags, landing pages, and placements of links to other websites, reviewing web metrics to determine marketing effectiveness. With a limited budget at FastParts she developed the creative design for collateral and advertising images.
At Madge Networks Ms. Sheehan managed Madge Americas Executive Briefing Center and the CO-OP funds program for the Channel that grew from 36 to over 125 resellers. She established a new Company store for promotional gifts and coordinated logistics and budget for a 22 city executive seminar series. For Networld+Interop Trade Shows she coordinated all suite meetings for executives. Additional responsibilities included reporting Marcom budget tracking to the Finance Department.
Bookkeeping and Accounting for a private Architectural and construction company and for a Construction Subcontracting company. For both firms, she used The American Contractor for all A/R, A/P, payroll, job estimating, job tracking, cash flow analysis, G/L entries, and closing books at fiscal year-end. For several years after her father’s death and prior to the sale of his company, she met monthly with his Controller and General Manager, and CPA to review financials.
Community volunteer work has included: PTA Vice-President, Junior League of San Jose, USTA Junior Tournament Director, and other volunteer work associated with her children’s activities.
Vinay Mehindru, MD, MBA - Medical Advisor
Larry A. "Butch" Gunter, III - Business Advisor
Larry A. “ Butch” Gunter, III is a leadership development expert and strategic business coach. Currently, he is a principal with P4 Strategies, LLC, a business consulting firm devoted to optimizing business growth and employee potential. Previous to P4 Strategies he spent 20 years with Wyndham Destinations achieving excellence in sales, sales management, and sales executive leadership as an SVP of Sales and Marketing. Butch won three Wyndham Pinnacle Awards in ten years, the highest award for excellence in overall site performance. His pursuit of high achievement is rooted in his award-winning athletic background as both a coach and player.
During his 20 years with Wyndham Destinations, Butch lead sales teams as small as eight and as large as three-hundred-fifty sales/ management professionals. Coaching and developing leaders is his passion and he is noted for impacting leaders in multiple industries. Butch refined his Culture of Aligned Purpose philosophy at Wyndham and now uses it as the foundation to maximize organizational performance. His personal accomplishments include being an ARDA finalist for sales management executive of the year, Silver Stevie Award Winner for executive sales management, recording the first and only 50% profit margin in Wyndham’s 50-year history, set a site record for the highest percentage of President’s Club winners from a large site, delivered over 350 million dollars of NOI, consistently increased budgeted sales over the previous year while creating a culture of character and inclusivity. Butch developed and placed many sales executives within Wyndham during his tenure. Lastly, he personally delivered over 1000 motivational messages in his career.
P4 Strategies, LLC, his newest endeavor, uses its proprietary Growth Engine Indicator™ diagnostic tool (created by Butch and Madelyn Yucht, a Leadership Expert) to assess the overall health of an entire business while pinpointing the problem areas hindering growth. P4 Strategies leverages their combined 50 years of experience to create and develop plans to optimize growth and achieve peak performance.
Butch’s reputation as a man of character with strong loyalty stretch beyond his professional career. Butch credits his success to his parents who taught him strong family values, convictions, and athletic coaches from whom he learned principles of success and building teams.
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