board of directors

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.
Donald C. Harrison, MD Donald C. Harrison, MD has been the founder and director of numerous successful life sciences companies, and has an extensive clinical and scientific background, in addition to his medical practice management experience.

Prior to their successful acquisitions, he was a director of InControl, EP Technologies, and SciMed, and a founder of EP Technologies and Vesta. He was also a founder, or co-founder, of AtriCure and of two life science incubators, Bio/Start and Venturi Group. Currently, Dr. Harrison is a managing partner at Charter Life Sciences, a clinical stage life sciences venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, California. He is also a director of EnteroMedics, CoRepair, Kendle International, AtriCure, and Medical Education and Consultation.

From 1986 to 2003, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and the Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was responsible for three hospitals, more than 1000 faculty and over $240 million in funded research. Previously, he was chief of cardiology at Stanford University and co-director of the Falk Cardiovascular Research Center at Stanford University. Among his many professional honors, he has been the president of the American Heart Association and a trustee of the American College of Cardiology. He has also been a member of the editorial boards of 13 professional journals, is an author of seven books and more than 585 scientific articles and reviews. In addition to Don’s professional accomplishments, he has been the chairman of the Advisory Science Board for Hewlett Packard, a member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of Boston Scientific, a member of the Worldwide Science Advisory Board of Bristol Myers and chairman of the Cardiology Advisory Panel of Procter and Gamble. Don has also received the Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence by the University of Cincinnati’s Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Research. Dr. Harrison holds an MD from the University of Alabama, School of Medicine and a BA in chemistry from Birmingham Southern College. He also received an honorary Doctor of Law from Birmingham Southern College.
Albert Klosterman, PhD Albert Klosterman, PhD received Bachelor’s, Masters and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1965, 1968, and 1971 respectively. On the faculty in Mechanical Engineering while working on advanced degrees and after graduation. Was one of the early employees of SDRC in 1970 and soon became the Vice President / Chief Technical Officer for the corporation in charge of R&D and continued as Chief Scientist until retirement in 2000. The initial focus of SDRC was Structural Dynamics and the R&D group established procedures for vibration testing that set the standard for Computer Aided Testing (CAT) throughout the world. The R&D group then developed software for analytically predicting vibration and stress at the design phase. After this Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software became well accepted by industry, the group developed software for Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). This software was unique in that it was the first system to utilize a formulation for geometric modeling called NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines) to perform 3D Solids Modeling. This mathematical representation is now used in virtually every CAD/CAM system in the industry. These CAD/CAM/CAE/CAT systems led to the need for a Product Data Management (PDM) System to manage and control the data produced. The R&D group then started the development of a PDM system that has subsequently evolved into one of the most widely used systems in the world. By the time of retirement the R&D group had grown to over 400 employees. Now an Angel Investor in new companies and serving on their Board of Directors as well as serving on the Board of Advisors to Universities on how to teach Concurrent Product and Process Management (CPPD).
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.
Salvatore Privitera, MBA Salvatore Privitera, MBA is Vice President of Research & Development at C.R. Bard, Inc. His specialties are Customer Driven Product Specification, Results Driven Research, Medical Device Development, and Design for Manufacture. Prior to Bard, he was Vice President of Engineering and Product Development at AtriCure Inc., a medical device company focused on cardiac surgical solutions. There he was responsible for Research, Development and Sustaining Engineering from 2003-2012 and was part of the initial product development in 2001. Prior to AtriCure, Mr. Privitera spent 13 years at Johnson and Johnson, Inc., the last 5 years as Director of Product Development for Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a developer and manufacturer of minimally invasive surgical instruments. Mr. Privitera began his career at Fisher~Price Incorporated. Mr. Privitera has over 20 years of medical product development experience and has been associated with the release of over 50 medical devices in the fields of cardiac surgery, laparoscopic general surgery, breast biopsy and sedation. He is a named inventor on over 35 issued and filed U.S. patents. Mr. Privitera is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. He received his B.S. from the University of Buffalo, his Masters in Business Administration from Xavier University and is pursuing his J.D. from Chase College of Law.

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