founders and principals

Natalia Juncosa-Melvin, MS, PhD Natalia Juncosa-Melvin, MS, PhD has been the Scientific Director of the company since 2007. She received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (University of Cincinnati, 2005) and created an outstanding research program as a postdoctoral fellow in Tissue Engineering. Since joining Surgical Energetics she has been the principal investigator of two NIH SBIR phase II grant-funded studies.
Alan Melvin, MS Alan Melvin, MS was a founder in 1998, performing design, development, fabrication and testing. He has been the Director of Engineering of the company since 2003 and has an engineering master’s degree in biomechanics (University of Cincinnati, 2003). Mr. Melvin and the late Dr. David Melvin are inventors for 19 issued and 5 pending U.S. (and numerous foreign) patents for medical devices in the fields of wound closure, cardiac assist and orthopedic surgery.
Nigel M. Ferrey Nigel M. Ferrey, CEO of Surgical Energetics LLC, is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of senior management experience. He currently serves as CEO or Senior Advisor to multiple emerging life science companies. In 2007, Mr. Ferrey and Dr. Ray Takigiku founded bioLOGIC, a biotech accelerator headquartered in the greater Cincinnati area with offices and laboratories throughout North America and the Pacific Rim. Mr. Ferrey has a philosophy of hiring and retaining the “best and brightest” in global talent, which has led to a consistent record of profitability in his numerous business ventures.
David Melvin, MD, PhD David Melvin, MD, PhD (1942-2008), a cardiac transplant and device surgeon with a second earned doctorate, left clinical practice in 1993 to concentrate on engineering approaches to challenges in clinical surgery until his passing in 2008.

A native of Bradford, Tenn., Dr. Melvin received a bachelor’s degree cum laude in mathematics from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He was second in his class at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He later received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in engineering from UC and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University Biomedical Engineering Center.

He served in the U.S. Public Health Service as a clinical associate at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Clinic of Surgery in Bethesda, Md. He also was a clinical instructor of surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita.

He practiced surgery with Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons Inc., in Cincinnati from 1979 until 1988. He organized the Cardiothoracic Transplantation Program at UC in the early 1980s, was the chief cardiac transplant surgeon, the director of research in cardiothoracic surgery, and the director of the mechanical circulatory support laboratory.

In 1998 with his son Alan Melvin he founded CardioEnergetics Inc. to develop devices for the mechanical treatment of heart failure. It soon became apparent that part of this technology held great promise in wound closure and orthopedic applications as well, and in 2007 the company became Surgical Energetics to reflect this change of focus.

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