Chairman of the Board of Directors
Yury Zhivilo has served as Chairman of our board of directors since September 2007. In 2004, he co-founded Leman Cardiovascular S.A., a private company that develops, manufactures and markets bioprosthetic products used in cardiovascular surgery, as well as nephrology indications. Since 2010, he has been serving as President of Leman Cardiovascular S.A, Chief Executive Officer and President of Dante-Lido Financial Limited, and as Managing Director of Biodyne, all of which are based in Morge, Switzerland. Biodyne’s principal line of business is to invest in medical device technology companies. Mr. Zhivilo is also currently serving as a director of Dante-Lido Financial Limited and Biodyne. From 2004 to present, Mr. Zhiyilo served as Chairman of the board of director of Leman Cardiovascular S.A. Prior to that, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Base Metal Trading Limited from 1992 to 2004. Mr. Zhivilo received a Senior Specialist degree in economics in 1985 from Moscow State Institute of International Affairs. We believe Mr. Zhivilo is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors because of his extensive experience in the medical device industry as both an operating executive and as a board member.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Robert Berman has served as our Chief Executive Officer since April of 2018. Mr. Berman has over 25 years of experience in a broad variety of areas including healthcare, finance, acquisitions, marketing, compliance, turnarounds, and the development and licensing of emerging technologies. From September 2012 until July 2017, he served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of ITUS Corporation, a Nasdaq listed company that is developing a liquid biopsy technology for early cancer detection. Prior to ITUS, Mr. Berman was the CEO of VIZ Technologies, a start-up company which developed a beverage dispensing cap, and he was the founder of IP Dispute Resolution Corporation, a company focused on intellectual property licensing. From 2000 to March 2007 Mr. Berman was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Acacia Research Corporation, which became the preeminent, publicly traded company for licensing and enforcing patented technologies. He started his career at the law firm of Blank Rome. Mr. Berman has a B.S. in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he is an adjunct faculty member.
Francis Duhay, M.D.
Dr. Francis Duhay, a trained cardiac and thoracic surgeon, is the former Chief Medical Officer at Edwards Life Sciences, the world’s leader in heart valves, where he led medical and clinical affairs for transcatheter and surgical heart valves. While at Edwards, Dr. Duhay led the preparation and submission, and ultimate regulatory approval of two FDA Premarket Approval (PMA) applications for transcatheter and surgical heart valve therapies and was responsible for the design and execution of the applicable clinical trials. Dr. Duhay was also the Vice President and General Manager of the Ascendra™ transcatheter heart valve business unit at Edwards, where he grew the unit from sixteen to eighty employees and contributed to annual growth in sales from $3 million to $250 million. Dr. Duhay was also an industry representative and clinical expert, and member of the working group for ISO 5840, the international quality standard for the design, development, and testing of heart valves.
Sanjay Shrivastava, Ph.D.
Dr. Sanjay Shrivastava has been involved in developing, commercializing, evaluating, and acquiring medical devices for more than 18 years, including serving in Chief Executive Officer and board of director positions at several medical device start-ups, and leadership positions in research and development, business development, and marketing at BTG, Medtronic, Abbott Vascular, and Edwards Life Sciences. While working as a vice president, upstream marketing and strategy at BTG, a medical device and specialty pharmaceutical company with annual revenue of about $800 million, Dr. Shrivastava worked on several acquisition and investment deals. At Medtronic, Dr. Shrivastava was the Director of Global Marketing for the Cardiac and Vascular Group where he helped build the embolization business, from its initiation to a substantial revenue with a very high CAGR over a period of six years. Dr. Shrivastava was a Manager of Research and Development for the peripheral vascular business at Abbott Vascular and a Principal Research and Development Engineer for Trans-Catheter heart valves at Edwards Life Sciences.