Jerry Katzman, MD - Chairman, President & CEO
Dr. Jerry Katzman 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) 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, he 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.
Vinay Mehindru, MD, MBA - Medical Advisor and 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. 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, Chasalow had a successful academic career and published regularly. His laboratory research activities were funded by his clinical laboratory service. He 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 he 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 he 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, his team 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, he 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, He 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, Chasalow joined Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor and passed the FINRA Series 7 exam. Initially, it was a great time to be an advisor and, 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, he was able to determine the chemical formula for the unknown hormone. He formed IOMA LLC and bought the IP from SuperGen. At IOMA, he functioned as the Managing Partner and CSO and, at present, he am 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, he published 3 papers and was appointed as a Visiting Professor at the VAMC
From 1994-6, he served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for SuperGen. In 1996, based partly on some of his patents, SuperGen
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 competed for 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 through 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. The 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.
Ms. Sheehan holds both A1 and A2 shares of Sanovas preferred stock as well as common shares of Sanovas stock having exercised her Sanovas warrants.
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.
Erhan Gunday - Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Founded Sony Medical Electronic Division, an 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 3D eyewear for surgeons. Developed first disposable CMOS imaging sensors. Developed High-Resolution Mega Pixel Surgical Camera System. Managed start-up operations of 12-man scientific team. Helped Raise $22M in Start-Up Capital.
Developed the First Financial Data system for Home Delivery. Developed The Traders ‘Ticker Tape’ for Television.
Former Co-Founder & VP of Engineering for 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.
Chris Alongi - Optical, Metrology, and Systems Engineer
Chris has over ten years of relevant experience surrounding cameras, detectors, interferometers, lenses, mirrors, telescopes, collimators, and other optical metrology tools. He has several years of optical metrology lab and automated station development experience, scripting, optical & mechanical CAD modeling, and advanced data analysis abilities.
He develops scripting in Python, proprietary software, Quindos, and Matlab to both measure and analyze. Along with the automated test station development and release, he authored and trained technicians to NASA controlled documents that included daily operation checklists, NIST traceable calibration, and troubleshooting appendices.
Google, Mountain View, CA
As an optical hardware validation engineer, Chris was able to preserve the launch of the new Google WiFi product line by converging on the color and brightness uniformity of its illumination systems. He was an optical hardware metrology and validation engineer on multiple Google Nest product lines including camera illumination systems in the visible and NIR.
Giant Magellan Telescope, Pasadena, CA
As an optical, metrology, and systems engineering for primary and secondary mirror systems, Chris folded lessons learned from the James Webb Space Telescope project into the largest ground-based currently under construction.
L-3 IOS Tinsley [now Coherent], SF Bay Area
Delivered final report data by completing critical measurements and analyses for James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Signed off multiple sections of over 20 FAIs/interim/end item data packages without any post-shipment corrective action after delivery to customers (Ball Aerospace Technology Corporation). Modeled highest upper-level assembly of JWST primary optical test station in Solidworks; precision optical fixture designs in Solidworks. Processed optical surface to specifications on beryllium, zerodur, fused silica, and diamond-turned metals. Validated the computer-generated hologram test for all three JWST primary mirror segment types using autocollimation test with laser tracker
L-3 IOS Tinsley [now Coherent], SF Bay Area
Program manager for ABI GOES [next generation weather satellite] metrology optics. Developed data analysis streams for appropriate stages of processing. Aligned gimbaled Fizeau flat to test optical flats and CGH substrates. Quality control for IQC and OQC. Authored, released, and trained technicians to controlled procedures for IPQC. Iterated and enhanced manufacturing steps for IE/process engineering. All parts successfully shipped and integrated within monetary and metrology budgets.