Rick Ferraro, Director, is currently President of WR Solutions, a manufacturer of medical devices, Previously, he was President of Point Medical, Inc, a company he co–founded in 1990. Point Medical manufactures disposable and implantable medical devices on a contract basis, providing concept to production services. Prior to Point Medical, Mr. Ferraro was employed as an engineer working for several companies in the healthcare market.
Jim Nicholson, Director, Mr. Nicholson has been a Director and advisor to Twin Star since its inception. Jim was a founder of Mitek Surgical Products and Innovasive Devices, Inc. Both became successful public companies and both were acquired by J&J. Jim has a track record in the medical device industry taking technologies and companies from concept to a successful position in the marketplace. He also holds thirty–eight patents, involving numerous enabling medical and surgical products, including the Mitek Anchor and Venodyne Intermittent Compression.
Norman Dann, Director, has extensive experience in the medical device industry. Mr. Dann also currently serves as a director of several private companies. Mr. Dann was co–founder of Pathfinder Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm (“Pathfinder”). From 1980 to 1992, he served as an executive officer of, and consultant to, Pathfinder and also served as a general partner of three of Pathfinder’s funds and partnerships. Prior to Pathfinder, Mr. Dann was VP Sales & Marketing and Senior VP Development at Medtronic.
Jim Stice, President, CEO and Director, is a founder of the Company and currently serves as a full–time employee of the Company. Mr. Stice also co–founded and served in various executive positions, including President, of FlexMedics Corporation, a medical device company. FlexMedics became a leading designer and manufacturer of medical devices using Nitinol, a shape memory alloy. Proprietary and custom product development, including FDA approval, was undertaken with device firms and physicians as customers. Mr. Stice was Chairman of Medical Alley in 1994, a non–profit trade organization representing manufacturers, providers and payers.
Rick Odland M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director and Director, is a founder of the Company and also is a part–time employee of the Company. Dr. Odland is a staff surgeon at Hennepin County Medical Center, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota. He is the inventor of the Company technology, and has published papers on the technology. Dr. Odland received his M.D. from Creighton University in 1981 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1990.
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