Francis G Duhay, MD, MBA

Former Chief Medical Officier, Edwards Lifesciences (EW:NYSE)
 

Francis G Duhay, MD, MBA, is an accomplished clinical surgeon, scientist, medical innovator, and senior business executive, with expertise in general business management, clinical and regulatory affairs, medical affairs, healthcare economics and reimbursement, new business development and corporate strategy.

Double board-certified in general and cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Duhay served on senior faculty at Duke University School of Medicine. With 32 US and International medical device patents, he has invented and developed devices used in thousands of heart operations annually. His first company, Corvascular, a joint venture with Duke, focused on the nascent field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery and was later acquired by Medtronic.

After completing his MBA, Dr. Duhay joined Edwards Lifesciences (EW; market cap, $20B) as General Manager in Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy, which currently is a $2B business. Promoted to Chief Medical Director, his role was expanded to include Global Medical Affairs, Clinical Affairs and Operations for Heart Valve Therapy.

 

ELIZABETH (LIZ) BERECZ, MA, CPA

Chief Financial Officer, Nemus Bioscience, Inc.

Elizabeth Berecz is a seasoned financial executive with over 20 years of experience holding senior level positions in both private and public companies. Liz is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer of Nemus Bioscience, an early stage public biotech company located in Costa Mesa, California and has held this role since July 2014. She has proven success in leading strategic planning, capital raising, financial reporting, and global system implementations for companies of various sizes. Liz started her career at Price Waterhouse Silicon Valley where she spent five years auditing several high profile public companies in the technology industry. She then spent 10 years holding key leadership positions in various public companies including Quantum Corporation, Business Objects, and Excite, followed by 12 years in Chief Financial Officer positions for Optical Shop International, StarTrac, Power Balance Technologies, and most recently Bentley Mills. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of San Francisco. Elizabeth received her BA in Economics from Stanford University and a MA in Sports Management from University of San Francisco.

Mehrsa Raeiszadeh (PhD)
Director of Manufacturing

Mehrsa has 8 years of experience in micro-fabrication and process development. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in 2006 and the University of Tennessee in 2008, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 2012 from Georgia Institute of Technology, with a focus on photosensitive polymers for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and microelectronics applications. During her Ph.D., she obtained 4 awards and published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings. She joined Celanese Technology and the Innovation Leadership Program in 2012 and holds a U.S. patent for her subsequent work on the development of novel biodegradable materials.

Kimberley Feng
Research Associate

Kimberley joined Microdermics in August of 2016 and she serves as the Pre-clinical Research Associate. This role incorporates planning, coordinating and performing preclinical studies in various animal models. Kimberley received her B.Sc. at the University of British Columbia in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and she has hands-on work experience from academic labs, a government research facility, and two years at Stemcell Technologies.

Sahan Ranamukha (PhD)
Co-founder, VP of RD

Sahan has been involved in the development and testing of microneedles-based drug delivery technologies for more than 5 years. He received a Bachelor’s in Food Engineering (Guelph), Master’s in Chemical Engineering (Waterloo), and Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering (UBC). A recipient of the renowned Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Sahan’s expertise range from materials engineering, biomechanics, and microfabrication technologies to biochemistry, biosensor design and point-of-care diagnostic systems. His research interests are in drug delivery, medical device development, and therapeutic drug monitoring.

Rory St Clair
Director of Operations

As the Director of Technical Operations, Rory oversees Microdermics' daily operations. He brings skills in project management, cross-functional collaboration, financial planning, and operations management. Previously, Rory has worked with various start-up companies - lifesciences and otherwise - to build consensus, manage growth, improve accountability, and drive efficiency. He has Bachelors degrees in Economics and Biology, with a minor in Mathematics.

Iman Mansoor (PhD)
Co-founder, VP of Engineering

Iman has been involved in research and development of microneedles for more than 8 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (mechatronics option) in 2007 and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering in 2009 and 2014, respectively, from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC, Canada. He also received a sub-specialization certificate in Engineering Management and Technology Entrepreneurship in 2013 from UBC. Iman’s graduate research was in the field of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and mainly focused on process development and characterization of microneedle devices for intradermal drug delivery and biosensing applications. He currently holds a patent on the microneedle fabrication process developed during his graduate research. Since 2014, Iman has worked as Systems Consultant and Product Development Specialist in major engineering companies and has completed several successfully-commercialized projects. During this period, he has also been active in further development and commercialization of microneedle devices.

Boris Stoeber (PhD)
Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer

Boris has nearly 20 years of experience in research and development of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and microfluidics. He received the Diploma degree in electrical engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, in 1998, the Diploma degree in general engineering from École Centrale de Lyon, Ecully, France, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002. From 2003 to 2005, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow of chemical engineering with the University of California. Since 2005, he has been with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC, Canada, where he is a Professor. He holds the Canada Research Chair for Microfluidics and Sensing Technology, serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal, and is registered as a professional engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. He holds four US patents (& 4 int. patents pending) for MEMS and measurement technology.  

Raymond Chan
Chief Executive Officer

Ray Chan is CEO of Microdermics, Inc. He is a director at digital health company Bodymatter, a director at medical device company Tinykicks, a Managing Partner of K5 Ventures, a Venture Partner of Tech Coast Angels ACE Funds, and the founder of The Portal, a unique non-profit organization that empowers the entrepreneurial ethos in Orange County, California. He was previously the COO of Everyone.net (acquired by Proofpoint) and EVP of NetSoft (acquired by NetManage). He is one of the OC 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in 2018 and 2017, as recognized by the Orange County Business Journal.