Leadership

Tripp Higgins

Tripp Higgins

Officer, CEO + Co-Founder
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Tripp Higgins

Tripp Higgins

Officer, CEO + Co-Founder

Biography

Tripp Higgins is the CEO and co-founder of PaceMate®, selected as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Technology Companies in the United States by Healthcare Technology Report.

With a passion for entrepreneurs, Tripp serves as an investor and advisor to multiple startups in the healthcare and fintech spaces. After a career in surgical robotics and minimally invasive surgical procedures, he co-founded biocynetic™ in 2015, a software company aimed at eliminating the burden of gathering and analyzing disparate data sources to treat AFib, heart failure, and other types of chronic diseases.

An innovator in disruptive digital health technologies, Tripp used his expertise in the commercialization of medical devices to form the genesis of his vision for PaceMate and its industry-leading cardiac rhythm data and remote patient monitoring platform, PaceMateLIVE. Named as PaceMate’s CEO in 2019, Higgins has been instrumental in helping PaceMateLIVE to become one of the most widely adopted RPMs and the preferred choice of electrophysiologists, cardiac device clinics, and healthcare systems across the United States.

Tripp is a former NCAA Division 1 athlete and graduate of the University of Memphis.

Chandler Yoquelet

Chandler Yoquelet

President + CFO
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Chandler Yoquelet

Chandler Yoquelet

President + CFO

Biography

As PaceMate’s President and Chief Financial Officer, Chandler Yoquelet is responsible for all of the company’s product, professional services, financial, risk, and technological aspects, including R&D, clinical operations, financial reporting, accounting, legal, and IT.

His expertise and passion lie in building a highly engaged cohesive team to support PaceMate’s growth.

Prior to PaceMate, Chandler served in various senior leadership roles within med tech and professional services industries, overseeing finance and operational functions with a focus on organizational transformation and scaling. He was also an audit manager with Grant Thornton, LLP, where he started his professional career.

Chandler received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Florida and is an active-license Florida CPA.

Ciprian Bordea

Ciprian Bordea

CTO + Co-Founder
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Ciprian Bordea

Ciprian Bordea

CTO + Co-Founder

Biography

Cip Bordea is a mathematician with over 25 years of software development experience in telecommunications, government, health insurance, and medical device data automation.

Bordea has brought the precise knowledge and skill necessary to lead the full-time PaceMate® development team and manage the full lifecycle of all company projects. He has recruited a small team of experts in data science, artificial intelligence, security, and analytics, with over 100 years combined experience. Bordea and his team have designed, built, and tested PaceMate®LIVE 100% in-house, and he has overseen over fifty successful new software versions.

His credentials include work as a senior software engineer/architect, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science, and certification in Java Sun.

Brian Faulknier

Brian Faulknier

Chief Operating Officer
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Brian Faulknier

Brian Faulknier

Chief Operating Officer

Biography

Brian Faulknier is an experienced medical sales leader in the field of cardiac rhythm device management who brings a breadth of corporate healthcare expertise to his position as chief operating officer at PaceMate®.

After early career experience in device sales and support for multiple health tech start-ups—including leadership and training positions with Andrx Pharmaceuticals, Bard Peripheral Vascular, and FoxHollow Technologies—Faulknier advanced to become a multi-state principal sales representative with Medtronic and, most recently, EP territory manager for Abbott/St. Jude. He has steadily developed his capabilities as a teambuilder and mentor, winning awards for sales performance and maintaining an eye for company strategy and growth in equipment sales and support within the cardiovascular space.

As a skilled professional in overseeing CRM sales and support, understanding clinic organization, managing recruitment and new-hire training, conducting performance reviews, and utilizing various workforce technologies, Faulknier is well suited to serve as a senior leader at PaceMate®. His strategic planning, development of new business initiatives, and implementation and deployment of value propositions ultimately support all of the PaceMate® officers in clinical and business management.

Faulknier cites his collegiate Division I basketball career at Marshall University as the building block he uses to create the culture of teamwork that is evident at PaceMate®. His fond memories from MU include meeting his wife, making lifelong friends, and graduating with honors from the Marshall University School of Biological Science.

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JR Finkelmeier

Chief Commercial Officer
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JR Finkelmeier

Chief Commercial Officer

Biography

JR Finkelmeier brings a robust blend of leadership and innovation from over 20 years in the healthcare and medical technology sectors to his role as Chief Commercial Officer at PaceMate.

JR’s dynamic career includes impactful tenures at Phillips, where he led the ECG Solutions division, and BioTelemetry, where he served in several pivotal roles, including VP of Product Development, VP of Product Management, and VP of Business Development.

JR holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Notre Dame, and resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

Jason Hale

Jason Hale

Co-Founder + Vice President
of Commercial Excellence
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Jason Hale

Jason Hale

Co-Founder + Vice President
of Commercial Excellence

Biography

Jason Hale’s deep cardiac rhythm management experience with companies like Medtronic and St. Jude Medical has enabled him to create PaceMate®, a transformative digital healthcare company, leading the way in cardiac remote monitoring.

Hale’s patient-focused approach, his keen awareness of political and industry changes in the digital health marketplace, and his forward-thinking ability as it relates specifically to cardiac remote monitoring have set the stage for PaceMate®’s success.

Hale is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a bachelor of business administration degree in business, management, marketing, and related support services. Hale is a certified cardiac device specialist (CCDS), licensed by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE).

Noemi Ray

Noemi Ray

Co-Founder + Vice President
of Product Operations
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Noemi Ray

Noemi Ray

Co-Founder + Vice President
of Product Operations

Biography

Recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Medical Devices for 2021 and 2022, Noemi Ray leads PaceMate as Vice President of Product Operations.

Ray’s broad industry experience as a registered nurse, pharmacy manager, and cardiac device clinical specialist, as well as her hands-on sales and technical support for cardiovascular devices in the field, has prepared her to lead PaceMate with diligence and excellence.

While serving as a cardiovascular rhythm management representative with Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, Ray recognized a need for full-service remote monitoring. Combining her career expertise with her passion for making a difference, she and PaceMate co-founder Jason Hale hatched a plan that would become PaceMate.

Today, Ray serves as pioneering leadership for PaceMateLIVE, the customized cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) monitoring software+service solution produced by PaceMate. Her goal is to add a unique level of compassion to the brand, setting a standard of equality in the medical workspace and causing it to shine through in the company’s customer service, mission, and core values.

Ray is a graduate of Louisiana State University-Alexandria with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern State University.

 McCullough Buchanan

McCullough Buchanan

Vice President of People & Culture
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McCullough Buchanan

Vice President of People & Culture

Biography

As PaceMate’s Vice President of People and Culture, McCullough “Cully” Buchanan is responsible for the planning, directing, and coordinating of PaceMate’s human resources. Her expertise and passion lie in assisting various healthcare environments—multi-site, remote, multi-state organizations, start-ups, and newly acquired facilities—with successful operational scaling.

Prior to joining PaceMate, Cully served in various senior leadership roles within healthcare and technology industries over the past twenty years. She is originally from Virginia, where she served as the Senior Director of Human Resources for Universal Health Services, supporting eleven locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Her prior roles also include work as the Vice President of Human Resources for a continuing care retirement community in Dunedin, FL; as Director of Human Resources for Medical Facilities of America; in HR Management with Rehab Management, Inc., where she supported fifty long-term care facilities in three states; as Director of Human Resources for a SaaS provider, Spirion, supporting employees in fifteen states and internationally; as Director of People and Culture for a remote organization, Skillable; and most recently as Vice President of People & Culture for HealthAxis Group LLC.

Cully has also actively participated in various roles within her community. She provides Meals on Wheels to seniors, and has served as an Executive Committee Member for The National Alliance on Mental Illness, as a committee member and judge for the Richmond Society for Human Resources Management “Employer All-Star Award” selection for employee engagement and retention, as an Executive Committee Member for The Virginia Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association, and as a Committee Member for Family Advocacy Creating Education and Services, where she testified before the General Assembly on behalf of Mental Health Courts.

Robin A. Leahy

Robin A. Leahy

Vice President of Clinical Affairs
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Robin A. Leahy

Robin A. Leahy

Vice President of Clinical Affairs

Biography

Robin Leahy comes to PaceMate® with extensive experience in electrophysiology, remote device monitoring, and community health education. Most recently, she was Director of Electrophysiology Services at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute—Atrium Health.

While at Sanger, Leahy served as the administrative service line leader for the electrophysiology labs, ambulatory EP programs, and CIED management clinics, spanning multiple geographies. Her responsibilities included oversight of operations, programmatic and strategic growth, clinical quality, and integration of new EP services, most notably remote monitoring. Key initiatives included early adoption and operationalization of remote monitoring, expansion of device clinic to ten locations, management of more than 11,000 adult and pediatric CIED patients, and multiple CIED-HIM collaborations. She has also led initiatives in the areas of EP education, women’s heart health, sudden cardiac arrest prevention, and community-based CPR and AED education.

Leahy is a registered nurse and holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Bloomfield College and a master of science degree in public health from Southern New Hampshire University. She is credentialed by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners as a certified cardiac device specialist and is a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society.

Leahy has shared her knowledge of and passion for electrophysiology through podium presentations and publications. As an active volunteer with the Heart Rhythm Society, she initially focused on the development and implementation of EP educational opportunities for allied health professionals and later served on the HRS Education Committee, Scientific Sessions Committee, and Board of Trustees.

Though a native of New York/New Jersey, Leahy has called the Charlotte Metro area home for the past thirty years. When not working, she is mom to her adult children and welcomed her first grandchild in early 2020. She visits the beach as often as possible and looks forward to resuming her passion for travel.

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Medical Advisory Board

Tina Baykaner

Tina Baykaner

MD, MPH
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Tina Baykaner

Tina Baykaner

MD, MPH

Biography

Dr. Tina Baykaner is an Instructor in Stanford University’s Department of Internal Medicine within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Electrophysiology.

Following her internal medicine residency and her cardiovascular medicine and advanced heart failure fellowships at the University of California-San Diego and electrophysiology fellowship at Stanford, Dr. Baykaner joined the Stanford faculty in 2018. She has published over 200 papers, book chapters, and abstracts, including over fifty original peer-reviewed articles, and has delivered over twenty invited presentations in national and international meetings. She serves as section editor and editorial board member of four electrophysiology journals.

Dr. Baykaner’s current research interests include outcomes research, epidemiology, and mechanisms of rhythm disorders. She is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to study patient-related outcomes regarding atrial fibrillation ablation. She received prior research funding from the American Heart Association and Heart Rhythm Society. Dr. Baykaner’s clinical practice focuses on ablation of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, SVTs, inappropriate sinus tachycardia management, device implantation, and device extraction.

Dr. Baykaner is an active member of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, and European Society of Cardiology. She serves as an elected member of the Communications Committee for HRS and previously served as an elected member of the ACC Task Force ICD Research Committee. She also served on the Organizing Committee for the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute Annual Postdoctoral Research Meeting in 2017 and 2018 and for Early Career sessions for HRS Scientific Sessions in 2019 and 2020.

Thomas F. Deering

Thomas F. Deering

MD, MBA, FHRS, FACC, FACP
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Thomas F. Deering

Thomas F. Deering

MD, MBA, FHRS, FACC, FACP

Biography

Dr. Thomas Deering serves as a cardiac electrophysiologist at the Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta where he is also Chief of the Arrhythmia Center, Chairman of the Clinical Centers for Excellence, and Chief Quality Officer.

In addition, Dr. Deering has served in a variety of volunteer roles for the Heart Rhythm Society, most recently as president from May 2018 to May 2019. His research and clinical interests are focused on defining and implementing quality initiatives in electrophysiology and cardiovascular medicine. He has served as a speaker and moderator at national and international electrophysiology and cardiology meetings; has authored and co-authored numerous publications addressing cardiac arrhythmia and cardiovascular quality issues; participates in a number of cardiac electrophysiology arrhythmia research projects; and serves as a reviewer for multiple cardiac electrophysiology and general cardiac journals.

Dr. Deering earned his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. After completing his post-graduate training at the Yale New Haven Hospital, he performed his cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He has previously been a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. At present, Dr. Deering is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia and has been appointed to Piedmont Heart Institute’s Mark E. Silverman Endowed Chair in Cardiology and Education.

James V. Freeman

James V. Freeman

MD, MPH, MS
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James V. Freeman

James V. Freeman

MD, MPH, MS

Biography

Dr. James Freeman is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist with a focus on the ablation of complex arrhythmias (supraventricular tachycardias, atrial fibrillation and flutter, and ventricular tachycardia), and left atrial appendage occlusion.

He presently serves as Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratories for Yale New Haven Health and as the Director of the Yale Atrial Fibrillation Program. Dr. Freeman has additional interests in implantable cardiac devices for cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure, including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Freeman has also earned a master’s of public health with a concentration in biostatistics and epidemiology from Johns Hopkins and a master’s in health services research from Stanford. He has published extensively on topics of comparative effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and clinical outcomes with cardiac arrhythmias. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Freeman is researching the safety and effectiveness of therapies for the prevention and treatment of atrial fibrillation, ventricular fibrillation/tachycardia, sudden cardiac death, stroke, and heart failure.

Dr. Freeman has participated in the Heart Rhythm Society New Leaders in Electrophysiology Leadership Program and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

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Eugene Fu

MD, FHRS, FACC
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Eugene Fu

MD, FHRS, FACC

Biography

Dr. Eugene Fu serves as a cardiac electrophysiologist at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he is also the System Medical Director for the OhioHealth Device Clinics.

Dr. Fu has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from The Ohio State University College of Engineering. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. Dr. Fu completed his cardiology fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, and his electrophysiology fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Fu has contributed to multiple multicenter clinical trials and authored and co-authored manuscripts on various device-related topics. He is particularly interested in implantable and wearable diagnostic device technologies and associated data management and has collaborated with industry leaders to develop best practices for an APP led ICM implant program.

Anne Kroman

Anne Kroman

DO, PhD
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Anne Kroman

Anne Kroman

DO, PhD

Biography

Anne Kroman, D.O., Ph.D., is currently a practicing cardiac electrophysiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Dr. Kroman holds leadership positions at MUSC as the Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratories, Director of the Cardiac Device Program and Device Clinic and the Director of the Lead Management and Lead Extraction program.

Outside of MUSC, she holds positions in global societies such as the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Growth and Leadership of Women in Electrophysiology (GLOWE), Technical Aspects of Lead Extraction Symposium (TALES) and Women in Extraction group (WIE).

In addition to her regular responsibilities, she is involved in advancing the medical education of electrophysiology fellows, general cardiology fellows, and internal medicine residents worldwide.

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Suneet Mittal

MD, FACC, FHRS
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Suneet Mittal

MD, FACC, FHRS

Biography

Dr. Mittal earned his BA and MD degrees from Boston University as part of a combined 6-year BA-MD program. He did an internship and residency in Internal Medicine as well as a fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then completed a fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Mittal is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.

He is currently the Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory and Chair of the Cardiovascular Service Line at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Dr. Mittal’s active research interests include the evaluation and management of patients with atrial fibrillation, the evaluation and management of patients with unexplained syncope, the role of implantable monitors in patients with known or suspected arrhythmias and overcoming barriers to remote patient monitoring.

He is a former member of the Heart Rhythm Society’s Board of Trustees. He is currently an Associate Editor of Cardiovascular Digital Health Journal and an Editorial Board member of Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology, Journal of American College of Cardiology: Electrophysiology, Heart Rhythm, Heart Rhythm O2 and Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Andrea M. Russo

Andrea M. Russo

MD, FACC, FHRS, FAHA
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Andrea M. Russo

Andrea M. Russo

MD, FACC, FHRS, FAHA

Biography

Dr. Andrea Russo is currently Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She also serves as Director of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services and Director of the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.

Dr. Russo graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, completing an internship and residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology at Cooper University Hospital.

In addition to her responsibilities as a professor, Dr. Russo is the immediate past president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and is a current member of the HRS Board of Trustees. She has authored multiple manuscripts on a variety of arrhythmia and device topics and has served as co-chair or member of various writing groups, including the publication of guideline, consensus, and appropriate-use documents.

Areas of special interest for Dr. Russo include sex differences in arrhythmias, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, atrial fibrillation therapy, and the role of digital health on arrhythmia management.

Prash Sanders

Prash Sanders

MDDS, PhD, FHRS
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Prash Sanders

Prash Sanders

MDDS, PhD, FHRS

Biography

Professor Prash Sanders is a clinical and academic electrophysiologist based at the University of Adelaide, the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

He was appointed to the Knapman-National Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiology Research at the University of Adelaide in 2005 and now leads the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the University of Adelaide and SAHMRI. In addition, Professor Sanders serves as the Clinical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

SAHMRI is South Australia’s first dedicated electrophysiology laboratory and research group and is now internationally recognized and positioned at the forefront of strategies for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. Dr. Sanders helps to lead this organization in the development and use of ablation techniques.

He is a practitioner fellow of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and has published over 300 peer-reviewed publications. He has received a variety of accolades, including being named the 2010 Australian Medical Researcher of the Year under the age of 40, an NHMRC Achievement Award for the highest ranked practitioner in 2013, and the RT Hall Prize from the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Dr. Sanders graduated from the University of Adelaide with honors and was trained as a cardiologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital before sub-specializing in cardiac electrophysiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. His doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne were under the mentorship of esteemed Professor Jonathan Kalman and his postdoctoral studies were completed with the team of cardiac electrophysiology pioneer Michel Haissaguerre at the Hôpital Cardiologique du Haut-Lévêque and at Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux II in France.

Niraj Varma

Niraj Varma

MA, MD, PhD, FRCP
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Niraj Varma

Niraj Varma

MA, MD, PhD, FRCP

Biography

Dr. Niraj Varma is a professor of medicine and consultant electrophysiologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Varma specializes in the treatment of heart arrhythmias, with interests in ablation for atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, defibrillator implantation, and biventricular pacing.

He has pioneered first clinical applications of remote monitoring of implantable devices, electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI), cardiac resynchronization algorithms, and ablation technologies.

Prior to his present position with Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Varma served in electrophysiology departments and/or as professor of medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, and Boston University.

A frequently invited lecturer at local, national, and international scientific symposia, Dr. Varma is also immediate past president to ISHNE and serves on the Scientific and Clinical Documents Committee of the Heart Rhythm Society. In the last thirty years, Dr. Varma has published hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles on arrhythmias, pacing, and electrophysiology. He has also served as associate editor of the Journal of Cardiac Failure and as a reviewer for several leading medical journals.

Dr. Varma earned his doctorate in medicine from Oxford University and a bachelor of surgery from Edinburgh University in the UK. He also completed an internship at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, worked as registrar at Papworth and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK, and completed a fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

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Board of Directors

Charlie Alvarez

Charlie Alvarez

CEO, Stratus
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Charlie Alvarez

Charlie Alvarez

CEO, Stratus

Biography

Charlie is a highly experienced healthcare executive with 30 years of leadership and management experience. Most recently, Charlie was Chief Executive Officer at DCI Health Technology Inc., which provides hospitals with smart digital products that improve patient safety, healthcare quality, and efficiency. While there, Charlie was responsible for launching the company’s U.S. strategic initiatives, driving revenue, and profitability growth.

Prior to DCI, Charlie was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sotera Wireless Inc., a medical device company that specializes in the development and sales of a wireless, wearable vital sign monitoring platform that allows for continuous monitoring. Within two years, Charlie grew the client base from seven hospitals to more than 55, and grew revenue by more than 75 percent year-over-year.

Previously, Charlie was President and Co-Founder of Watermark Medical, where he successfully pioneered the home sleep testing industry by selling diagnostic sleep apnea testing equipment to the primary care and hospital markets. While there, Charlie led the merger with another company that provided both sleep and EEG services.

Additionally, he has served as Executive Vice President of Sales at PDSHeart – CardioNet.

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Russell Hirsch, MD, PhD

Managing Director of Prospect Venture Partners
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Russell Hirsch, MD, PhD

Managing Director of Prospect Venture Partners

Biography

Russell is a Managing Director of Prospect Venture Partners. Russell co-founded Prospect Venture Partners II and III, as dedicated life science funds with over $1 billion in capital under management. Prior to establishing Prospect Venture Partners II and III, Russell was a member of the Health Care Technology Group at Mayfield. He joined Mayfield in 1992, served as a Venture Partner from 1993 to 1994 and as a General Partner from 1995-2000. Russell played a key role in Mayfield's investment activities in the biotechnology and medical device sectors. As an Associate, he participated actively in the incubation of Millennium Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Takeda) and as a General Partner he was responsible for the incubation of Intuitive Surgical Devices (NASDAQ:ISRG).

Prior to Mayfield, Russell was at the University of California San Francisco from 1984-1992 where he was engaged in biomedical research. His work, published in a variety of respected journals, focused on important aspects of hepatitis B viral replication. His descriptions of the reverse transcription and packaging functions of polymerase gene products merited publication in Nature.

Russell serves or has served on the Board of Directors of Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG), Hansen Medical (NASDAQ: HNSN), Opus Medical (NASDAQ: ARTC), Orquest (NASDAQ: JNJ), AVEO Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AVEO), Visiogen (NYSE: ABT acquired), Baxano, DFine, SentreHEART, NinePoint Medical, Portola Pharmaceuticals and several other privately-held companies. Russell served as the Vice Chairman of the BOD of Interplast and on the Genetics Advisory Council of the Harvard Medical School-Partners Healthcare Center for Genetics and Genomics.

Russell holds an M.D. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco and a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago. 

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Brian Neider

Partner at Lead Edge Capital
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Brian Neider

Partner at Lead Edge Capital

Biography

Brian is a Partner at Lead Edge Capital. Prior to Lead Edge, Brian was a member of the investment teams at FTV Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners, where he concentrated in software, business services and internet sectors. Brian received his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Matt Rice

Matt Rice

Partner at Ballast Point Ventures
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Matt Rice

Matt Rice

Partner at Ballast Point Ventures

Biography

Matt’s current board affiliations include UpLift, Careviso, PaceMate, Suncoast Skin Solutions, IRIS, Theragen, BioTissue, YPrime, and Carterra. He also serves on the St. Joseph’s Hospitals Board of Directors (Baycare Health System). Prior to joining BPV, Matt began his career in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group of Raymond James Financial where he focused primarily on the specialty pharmaceutical, drug distribution, and contract research organization sectors. He also worked in the Strategic Alliances group at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.

Matt graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration with an MBA.

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