Dr. Chou has over 25 years of healthcare experience as both an academic interventional cardiologist and medical device industry executive. He completed his cardiology and interventional cardiology training at UCSF and previously served as Director of the Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at UCSF Moffitt-Long Hospitals as a fulltime faculty member. His industry experience started as part of the corporate/business development team at Abbott Laboratories, and he transitioned to various positions in general management and business development in the business unit which became known as Abbott Vascular. As Division Vice President and General Manager of Vascular Closure, he oversaw the development, manufacturing, clinical trials, FDA PMAS/PMA, international regulatory registration and global launches of the femoral closure devices Perclose ProGlide and StarClose SE. Dr. Chou became a General Partner of the healthcare- focused venture capital firm The Vertical Group in 2006. In that capacity, he is or has served as director or advisor to the boards of Silk Road Medical (IPO), Outset Medical (IPO), Singular Bio (acquired by Invitae), Atheromed (acquired by Volcano), Accriva/Accumetrics (acquired by Werthen), Lutonix (acquired by CR Bard), Omada Health and other privately held companies. Dr. Chou was a founder and served as initial CEO of Silk Road Medical.
John brings a multitude of experience, ranging from engineering to research and development. John served as Vice President of Research and Development at Roxwood Medical (acquired by BTG) before joining Route 92. Prior to that, Mr. Miller served as the Vice President of Research and Development at Concentric Medical and was instrumental in the acquisition of Concentric by the Stryker Corporation. In his time at Concentric, John also led the Ischemic Stroke Group as their Program Manager. John has also held engineering roles at several stroke and vascular companies, such as Corvascular, C.R. Bard, and Kendall Healthcare Corporation.
Kirsten has extensive experience at successful medical device startups. Previously, she held senior leadership positions in regulatory, clinical, research and development roles at companies including Medina Medical and Twelve Medical (both acquired by Medtronic), Concentric Medical (acquired by Stryker), RadioTherapeutics (acquired by Boston Scientific), and Heartport (acquired by Johnson and Johnson). Kirsten began her career at Advanced Cardiovascular Systems (Guidant).
Randall is an operations professional with experience at startups and large corporations. He previously served as Sr. Vice President of Operations for Imperative Care and Silk Road Medical. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Operations for MicroVention through its acquisition by Terumo Medical. He has also held numerous executive roles in medical device startup companies, including BarrX Medical, Endogastric Solutions, FlexDex Surgical, and Sanarus Technologies. Beyond start up organizations, he has served in management level roles for Boston Scientific, Mallinckrodt, and Ford Electronics Division.
Bob brings nearly 2 decades of experience to the sales team. His previous role was as Manager of Corporate Accounts at Microvention, where he led the strategic focus of a nationwide portfolio of accounts. Prior to that, Bob was Territory Sales Manager with Medtronic Neurovascular. During his neurovascular career Bob assisted in launching various new technologies into accounts across the country such as Solitaire, Pipeline, FRED, & WEB. He also held the roles of Territory Manager, Senior Territory Manager, Field Sales Manager & Northeast District Manager at Bard Peripheral Vascular, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Cindy has over 20 years of experience working with medical device startups leading all legal and intellectual property matters. Cindy has served as in-house counsel to several medical device start-ups including Conor Medsystems, Moximed, Simplify Medical, and Elixir Medical. Cindy is a former patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office in the medical devices group and a registered Patent Attorney.
Adam has 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the medical device industry with companies such as Edwards Lifesciences and Medtronic. As the Global Director of Marketing at Medtronic Neurovascular, Adam managed the acute ischemic stroke franchise. During his tenure at Medtronic, he led a team that launched Solitaire Platinum 6x40, Riptide System, and React Aspiration Catheters.
Nelson has over 20 years of finance experience in startups, public accounting, and the venture capital/private equity industry. Nelson previously held Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President of Finance positions at several venture capital/private equity firms including American Infrastructure Funds, GSR Ventures, Tallwood Venture Capital, and Pinnacle Ventures, managing the finance operations of multi-billion-dollar funds.
Connie brings over 25 years of clinical research experience in the medical device industry. She has developed, mobilized, and accelerated completion of first-in-man, feasibility, pivotal and post-market global clinical trials to support PMA, 510(k), CE Marking filings, peer review publications, and payor adoption of novel technologies. Connie previously held clinical research leadership positions for AEGEA Medical, Ventus Medical, Kyphon, and Conceptus.