Past MIx Moderators

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Arie Shen

Founder

Results-oriented executive with a proven track record in building and growing companies. Creates and implements key strategies. Manages programs, P&L, technical projects and worldwide teams in various sectors. Quickly grasps complex technology concepts. Connects to customers, resellers and VARs, technologists and executives, and works effectively with all of them. Demonstrated experience in leading, developing, and contributing to teams that achieve results. Accomplished, analytical, big-picture thinker who promotes a shared vision and thrives in challenging, fast-paced environments where innovative ideas and pragmatic methods are valued. A leader through empowerment, integrity, and personal example / individual contributor with rich international background.

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George Tolomiczenko

Director of Medical Innovations, UC Irvine School of Medicine

Dr. Tolomiczenko currently serves as Director of Medical Innovations at the UCI School of Medicine. His interdisciplinary experience as a clinician, researcher, professor and administrator jointly inform his inclusive approach toward fostering cultures of innovation and entrepreneurship conducive to stakeholders aiming to translate ideas into products that improve health and healthcare delivery. This role builds on a track record of linking engineering and medicine as well as other schools and departments at academic institutions with clinicians and staff at healthcare delivery settings for almost twenty years.

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Kirby Dick

American Film Director

Kirby Dick is a two time Emmy-award winning and two-time Academy award-nominated
documentary film director. Kirby founded the Los Angeles-based company Chain Camera
Pictures that produces critically acclaimed documentaries for international theatrical and
television release. The film company, led by Kirby and Amy Ziering, produces groundbreaking,
investigative documentaries about contemporary social issues.

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Vijay Dhaka

Healthcare Executive, Mentor, and Investor

Vijay Dhaka has over 20 years of healthcare technology experience at early stage medical technology startups, with experience in: raising venture capital, go-to market strategy, product design leadership, IP, technology licensing, sales, and marketing. As a consultant at McKinsey & Co. he focused on pharma, and hospital systems driving innovation through organizational transformation and private equity due diligence.

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Bill Colone

Seasoned Healthcare Executive

Experienced medical device executive with expertise in investor presentations, fund raising, building teams, product development, operations management, Class II and Class III Medical Device clinical trials, and start-up organizations. Hands-on experience with peripheral cardiovascular devices from concept through commercialization.

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Jahnavi Lokre

Chief Operating Officer, Diality

As COO at Diality, a home hemodialysis startup, Jahnavi is responsible for the overall operations of the company. Over her career, she has been involved in a multitude of electro-mechanical and software medical devices. Her experience and leadership have been focused on developing and delivering medical device design and manufacturing services and solutions, providing outstanding client service, and driving profitable revenue growth.

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Kwame Ulmer

Principal, Ulmer Ventures

Kwame Ulmer serves as the Principal at Ulmer Ventures, a regulatory strategy consulting firm. He brings nearly twenty years of experience evaluating medical technologies in the government and serving in senior operating roles at medical device companies. Mr. Ulmer previously served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Implant Direct, a Danaher Corporation operating company.

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Dave Ferrera

Chief Technology Officer, Balt USA

David Ferrera is an engineer, entrepreneur, inventor and advisor with more than 25 years experience in the medical device field successfully developing products, founding companies, and managing them from concept through commercialization. He’s currently Chief Technology Officer of Balt which is dedicated to advancing therapies in hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke.

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Juan Espinoza

Director of West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics

After completing his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Juan Espinoza received an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) at the Immunotherapy Unit of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. Successively, Juan attended the USC Keck School of Medicine, receiving his MD in 2010. Juan completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2013, and in 2014 he became an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the USC Keck School of Medicine.

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Richard Oberreiter

Chief Executive Officer at Modulim

Richard loves start-ups and Modulim is his third such venture in medical devices. After graduating from UCLA, Richard was commissioned as a naval officer and served nine years on guided missile cruisers in the Pacific. After the Navy, Richard practiced law and later earned an M.B.A. from USC.

He caught the start-up bug during the dot.com boom and has never looked back. He is not just a manager, but also is co-inventor on four US patents, and is involved in number of Orange County charities.

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France Helfer

Advisory Board and Executive Mentor for MedTech Startups

With over thirty years in the Healthcare Industry, over twenty as a senior level executive, Ms. Helfer brings Serial Entrepreneurship and C- level business leadership, Corporate and Business Development, Operations Management, Product Development, R&D, and International Sales and Marketing expertise for high growth Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies. She has been involved as a founder or founding team member of six companies. Helfer has raised over $80MM in funding from angels, corporations and venture capitalists and is an angel investor.

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Kathryne Cooper

Co-Director of West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics

Kathryne Cooper is a native Angelino passionate about growing and funding early stage companies and creating an ecosystem to support entrepreneurs. She is the head of CTIP’s investment arm, where she selects medical device companies with commercialization potential, high clinical impact, and proprietary technology for investment and support. Kathryne holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business and a Certificate in Venture Capital Finance from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Bertran F. Cooper, M.D. Scholarship Fund at the Howard University College of Medicine.Kathryne nerds out connecting innovative people, products and ideas.

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Rick Sanghera

Chief Executive Officer, AtaCor Medical

Rick is a serial entrepreneur in the medical device industry with multiple successful exits. He started as an engineer in-house at Guidant (now Boston Scientific). After Guidant, Rick joined the Cameron Health team, and was instrumental in developing the world's first implantable subcutaneous ICD (S-ICD) that didn't require any leads/wires to be attached to the heart.

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