Jo Carol Hiatt, MD, MBA joins the Medical Device Innovation Consortium as Vice President, Health Economics & Patient Value

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Jo Carol Hiatt, MD, MBA to become the Vice President, Health Economics and Patient Value for the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC).

The MDIC brings together representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), industry, non-profits, and patient organizations to improve the processes for development, assessment and review of new medical technologies. It is the only public-private partnership developed to work with government and industry stakeholders to advance solutions that promote patient access to innovative medical technologies.

Well-known across multiple industries, Dr. Hiatt will lead the MDIC’s efforts to increase predictability regarding the scientific and clinical evidence to support health economics assessment and the “reasonable and necessary” standard. She will act as the critical leader to interface between the MDIC, its members of the board, FDA, CMS, and other payors. In addition, she will manage the Health Economic and Patient Value committee to focus on projects that have a high priority for its members.

Previously, Jo Carol Hiatt was a Chair for the Inter-Regional New Technology Committee for Kaiser Permanente, where she led physicians and executives in reviewing evidence for new technologies. As an Assistant Medical Director, she acted as a liaison and strategist to produce recommendations for quality care based on available evidence and patient supply/demand forecasts. Her deep understanding of coverage processes as well as her connections with various organizations across the industry will make Hiatt a valuable addition to the MDIC leadership team.

Hiatt graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts, received her Medical Degree from Duke University, and completed her internship and surgical residency at University of California, Los Angeles. She also earned her MBA from UCLA in 2001.

About Life Science Partner Executive Search

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds in medicine, science, and industry enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.

David Ramsingh, MD Joins Edwards Lifesciences as Vice President, Clinical & Medical Affairs – Critical Care

David Ramsingh, MD, incoming Vice President, Clinical & Medical Affairs for Edwards Critical Care

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of David Ramsingh as Vice President, Clinical & Medical Affairs – Critical Care at Edwards Lifesciences.

Edwards is a global leader in patient-focused medical innovations. Recently, their Critical Care division has expanded its role in AI-supported predictive software solutions that allow ICU physicians to make better patient care decisions. In doing so, the team sought an integrative leader to oversee clinical research activities, including clinical trials, data management, and systems development to help with future product approval. An anesthesiologist and researcher in hemodynamic monitoring and echocardiology, Ramsingh has a combination of skills which positioned him for this opportunity.

Ramsingh will direct multiple functions within clinical and medical affairs, oversee research activities around clinical trials, data management, and system development for future product approvals. In addition, he will oversee Edwards’ high standard of professional education through its Global Professional Development program.

Ramsingh possess valuable skills and experience, having come from Loma Linda University and University of California at Irvine, where he developed an innovative teaching program for anesthesiologists to apply whole-body, point-of-care ultrasound exams. At Loma Linda, his research focused on the use of ultrasound technology to improve perioperative care.

As the Director of Clinical Research and Perioperative Ultrasound at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Ramsingh spent most of his time leading a research team that he developed to focus on hemodynamic monitoring devices, partnering with corporate sponsors such as Edwards, Masimo, and General Electric. Ramsingh earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Loma Linda University, and he was a cardiothoracic fellow at the University of California in Los Angeles.

About Life Science Partner

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds as physicians and industry executives enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.

Doug Kelly, MD, MBA Joins FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health as Deputy Director for Science

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Doug Kelly, MD, MBA as Deputy Director for Science to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA, CDRH).

FDA, CDRH is responsible for protecting and promoting public health by assuring that patients and providers have timely and continued access to safe, effective, and high-quality medical devices and safe radiation-emitting products. They provide the community with accessible science-based information about the products they oversee and facilitate medical device innovation by advancing regulatory science. The CDRH also provides industry with predictable, consistent, and transparent regulatory pathways to assure consumer confidence in the devices marketed in the United States.

With the tremendous advancements in technology and a new age for telemedicine and remote patient monitoring, the CDRH is also focusing on advancing their field of digital health. Housed within the CDRH is the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technological Innovation. This unit provides leadership for all scientific collaborative and emerging technology, including the new division of Digital Health, which focuses on providing leadership and oversight in the development, review, and implementation of new software services that are aimed at healthcare.

Doug Kelly is a leader in the field of innovative medical technologies. After earning his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his MBA from Stanford University, Kelly was one of the founding members of Ligand Pharmaceuticals, where he served as the Manager of Business Development and helped recruit their Scientific Advisory Board and manage relationships with corporate partners. In 1996, he helped create a new venture fund, Alloy Ventures, and identified new opportunities for investments in seed- and later-stage medical device, drug discovery, biotechnology and healthcare IT companies.

Dr. Kelly will play a critical, external-facing role for the CDRH and the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technological Innovation by collaborating with leaders in industry, academia, and healthcare innovation, leveraging his wealth of experience in the medical device investment community.

About Life Science Partner

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds as physicians and industry executives enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.

Life Science Partner Builds Canary’s Research and Development Team

­­Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the successful placements of Canary Medical’s Senior Research & Development team.

Canary Medical is an innovative MedTech company modernizing smart implants in the orthopedic, cardiovascular, and aesthetic markets. The company integrates a sensor and microprocessor system into FDA-cleared implantable medical devices to remotely gather biometric data and transmit it back to physicians via the cloud to give real-time insights about the performance and safety of these products.

Partnering with Canary at its very inception, Life Science Partner recruited Chief Technology Officer Jeff Gross, VP of Technology Development Mark Phelps, VP of Research and Development Peter Schiller, VP of Operations Balakrishnan Shankar, and Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance Nora York. In turn, we worked with these leaders to recruit their technical teams who have been superstars in the fields of electronics, medical devices, and cloud software. These 7 talented, senior R&D engineers will help propel the company’s platform in telemedicine and medical devices.

The recruitment of Lan Herrington as Senior Quality Manager, Luis Dogue as Manager of Data Software, Kevin Gemmell as Senior Biomedical Engineer, David Mejia as Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Matthew Sturtevant as Senior Electromechanical Engineer, Ryan Peck as Senior Quality Engineer, and Reghu Rajan, MBA as Senior Systems Engineer will drive Canary Medical toward commercialization while pursuing their technology’s vast array of potential applications beyond the orthopedic space. They each bring to the company a track record of success and a combined expertise in the orthopedic and cardiovascular space with a broad range of experience from the medical device, healthcare, and information technology industries.

About Life Science Partner

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds as physicians and industry executives enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.

Chris Elliot Joins Tier One as Senior Embedded Software Engineer

Chris Elliot, Sr Software Engineer

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Chris Elliot to Tier One, where he will be a part of a team of professional design engineers as a Senior Embedded Software Engineer.

Tier One is an engineering design firm consisting of top-tier, professional engineers with exceptional talent. The group provides solutions in product development for custom software and electronics. They have developed their credibility in the industry with their streamlined process in bringing products to market. By having a diverse range of engineers who are highly proficient in their specialty, Tier One is able to fulfill a wide variety of market needs and solve problems quickly.

Elliot will be responsible for creating custom software solutions that target embedded devices for clients. His expertise will be critical for providing technical advice and guidance to internal and external teams, and he will be an integral member of a complete engineering team at Tier One.

Among some of his many notable accomplishments and past careers, Elliot started his own consulting group to design and develop website architecture and solve unique software, firmware, and hardware problems. He also worked for the Weather Channel, where he developed video and audio platforms for the company’s broadcasting services. Previously, he was a Software Task lead for Georgia Tech Research Institute, where he was responsible for software and systems engineering projects for the Department of Defense.

With the recruitment of Elliot to Tier One, the company will be able to meet the needs of their clients and continue to provide exceptional service. Elliot brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team, and his role will synergize well with the senior engineers.

Chris Elliot earned his Bachelor of Science, in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

About Life Science Partner

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds as physicians and scientists enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.

Chad Kolean Joins Vivex Biologics as Chief Financial Officer

Chad Kolean, Chief Financial Officer

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Chad Kolean as Vivex Biologics’ Chief Financial Officer.

Vivex Biologics is a leading regenerative medicine company that markets tissue technology products and cellular therapies focused on orthopaedic applications with an emphasis on spine related therapies. They have a diverse portfolio of current products including cellular bone matrices, amniotic tissue, general orthopaedics, and sports medicine products to meet the therapeutic demand in the areas of spine, dental, sport medicine, and wound care. Vivex is preparing for its next stage of growth with the launch of its new product, VIA Disc. This product will be used for the treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). As the company continues to grow in the spine and biologics industry, it sought a seasoned Chief Financial Officer who understood the landscape of this field.

Kolean previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company. One of his major milestones in preparing Titan for success was controlling and managing inventory and manufacturing challenges. His attitude helped put the company’s financial house in order.

He was also Chief Financial Officer of Cellectar Biosciences, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, where he restructured management and raised funds, which led to an uplisting on the NASDAQ Capital Market. Before that, Kolean served for Pioneer Surgical Technologies as their Chief Financial Officer. He was responsible for the financial aspects of leadership restructuring, development and execution, treasury, board support, investor relations, and operations.

Kolean’s arrival will provide tremendous guidance and leadership to Vivex Biologics as it prepares itself for the next stage of growth and development and the launch of a new product in the biologics space. By leveraging Kolean’s experience as a financial leader in the spine and orthopaedic industry, the company hopes for continued growth and preparation for a future financing event.  

About Life Science Partner

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds as physicians and industry executives enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.

Gail Farnan, MBA Joins Vivex Biologics as General Manager, Wound Care

Gail Farnan, General Manager, Wound Care

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Gail Farnan as General Manager, Wound Care for Vivex Biologics.

Vivex Biologics, a leading regenerative medicine company that markets tissue technology products and cellular therapies focused on orthopaedic applications with an emphasis on spine related therapies, has developed a diverse portfolio of current products including cellular bone matrices, amniotic tissue, general orthopaedic treatments, and sports medicine products to meet the therapeutic demand in the areas of spine, dental, sports medicine, and wound care. The company has a robust Wound Care division that supports their Cygnus products, amniotic derived regenerative allografts used for tissue regeneration and healing. As the company continues to grow its wide array of therapies, it needed a strategic leader who could take charge of one of their franchises. The recruitment of Farnan as General Manager, Wound Care will bring highly focused branding campaigns for the company’s sales forces.

Farnan was the Global Director of Marketing at Medtronic where she guided business development activities for a minimally invasive circulatory support platform called CircuLite. She influenced the education and training of senior leadership on the CircuLite platforms and modeled new global opportunities using qualitative and quantitative market research.

Before Medtronic, she was the Vice President of Marketing at Abiomed where she implemented new marketing strategies for the launches of their Impella platform. She was pivotal in raising U.S. market awareness and presence for the company’s corporate acquisition. Prior to Abiomed, Farnan was the Director of Global Marketing for Novoste Corporation and a Product Marketing Manager at Johnson & Johnson’s Cordis Corporation.

Farnan is a registered nurse by training who developed into a business leader that transformed the marketing landscape of the companies in her wake. Her arrival to Vivex Biologics will improve the Wound Care division with new leadership, strategies and communication tools. With this, the company plans for continued progress in the biologics space.

About Life Science Partner

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds as physicians and industry executives enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.

Ron Hebert Joins Vivex Biologics as Vice President, Marketing

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Ron Hebert as Vivex Biologics’ Vice President of Marketing.

Ron Hebert, Vice President, Marketing

Vivex Biologics, a leading regenerative medicine company that markets tissue technology products and cellular therapies focused on orthopaedic applications with an emphasis on spine related therapies, has developed a diverse portfolio of current products including cellular bone matrices, amniotic tissue, general orthopaedic treatments, and sports medicine products to meet the therapeutic demand in the areas of spine, dental, sports medicine, and wound care. The next stage of the company’s growth is the launch of its new product, VIA Disc. This viable allograft is delivered by a minimally invasive procedure and will be used for the treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). As the company continues to grow in the spine and biologics space, it sought a talented Vice President, Marketing who could lead the branding campaigns and support the efforts of the geographic and product-focused sales forces.

Hebert was the Vice President, Marketing, Communications, and Growth Initiatives at MEDNAX, a physician-led healthcare organization that partners with hospitals and health systems to provide a wide range of clinical services. Coming into one of the largest physician-owned/operated national staffing companies, Hebert refocused the company strategy to the hospital-customer and provided them with proof of value. He also created programs that productized services such as women/children, anesthesia, and ENT/plastics specialists.

He also spent a majority of his marketing career at Beckman Coulter serving as Director of Global Strategic Marketing and Global Product Management and Strategy. Hebert’s notable accomplishment during his time here was being able to provide innovation within the traditional product portfolio of the hematology unit.

With the arrival of Hebert, Vivex will gain a marketing leader, an integrative thinker that focuses on the customer needs, a person with a demonstrated track record of successful product launches, and a strong communicator. By utilizing Hebert’s expertise in hospital-based marketing, Vivex Biologics hopes for continued growth of its new products and a skilled manager of its existing lines.

About Life Science Partner

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds as physicians and industry executives enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.

Nora York Joins Canary Medical as Senior Director, Regulatory & Quality Assurance

Nora York, Senior Director of Regulatory & Quality Assurance

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Nora York to join Canary Medical as Senior Director of Regulatory & Quality Assurance.

Canary Medical is an innovative medical technology company commercializing smart implants in the orthopedic, cardiovascular, and aesthetic markets. The company integrates a sensor and microprocessor system into FDA-cleared implantable medical devices to generate real-time insights about the performance and safety of these products.

York will be responsible for developing Canary’s regulatory strategy in concert with the other leaders of the team. Her role will involve implementation, oversight, and maintenance of Canary’s regulatory affairs organization.

Before joining Canary, York was the Director of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance for SynergEyes, an advanced technology specialist company for hybrid contact lenses. She also spent two years as the Head of Regulatory Affairs for Philips Volcano Corporation in San Diego, where she was in charge of the development and execution of regulatory strategy and submission of several 510(k) applications for the company’s Image-Guided Therapy systems.

“York is a proven performer in quality and regulatory circles in Southern California” notes Tom Callaway, President of Life Science Partner. “Her recruitment to this emerging team will ensure the processes and rigor required in innovative implantable devices.”

York earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Texas in Dallas.

About Life Science Partner

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds as physicians and industry executives enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.

Mark Adler, MBA Joins Canary Medical as Vice President of Product Development

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Mark Adler, MBA to Canary Medical, where he will serve as Vice President of Product Development.

Canary Medical is an innovative medical technology company commercializing smart implants in the orthopedic, cardiovascular, and aesthetic markets. The company integrates a sensor and microprocessor system into FDA-cleared implantable medical devices to generate real-time insights about the performance and safety of these products.

Adler will be driving further miniaturization and reduction of power for Canary’s implantable technology, advancing commercialization efforts in the orthopedic space, and providing technical support and management direction for the company’s cross function leadership to support its business objectives.

Mark was previously the Vice President at JenaValve Technologies, where he managed the development of the company’s next-gen aortic valve delivery system. He has consulted for companies such as Glucovation, Aortica, Nano-Structures, Medina Medical, Proteus Digital Health, and Micell Technologies. Among his many leadership positions, he was the Director of Sensor Engineering at Medtronic Diabetes, where he focused on the company’s glucose sensor. Also notable was his role at Dexcom as the Senior Director of Developmental Engineering and Operations, where he worked on their Class III continuous glucose monitoring system.

“Adler is well-versed in the transformation of early-stage to commercial ready technology,” notes Tom Callaway, Founder and President of Life Science Partner. “He has managed large and small research and development teams, with a heavy emphasis on later stage product development and manufacturing.”

Mark Adler earned a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from Argosy University in Seattle, WA.

About Life Science Partner

Life Science Partner is a specialized executive search firm that recruits transformational leaders for healthcare and life sciences companies. Our high-touch, partner-led process ensures an exceptional level of service, while our backgrounds as physicians and industry executives enable us to efficiently deliver the brightest candidates in the medical device, biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and healthcare technology fields.