OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that prepared you for your current position as CEO of Spiracur Inc.
I received my MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Hackensack, NJ) and my BA from Upsala College (East Orange, NJ). My early career was in sales and sales management positions in the consumer products industry.
OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that prepared you for your current position as President and CEO of Arch Therapeutics, Inc. I attended medical school at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and then completed internal medicine residency at Tufts University School of Medicine at its western campus, Baystate Medical Center, where I was the Chief Medical Resident.
Friction and shear are big issues for skin health. Sometimes we need friction, such as on the soles of our slippers or our shoes, so we can stand and walk without falling over. We want friction when our patient is sitting on the side of the bed and want them to avoid falling to the floor. In short, friction helps keep something where it is.
OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that prepared you for your current position as President and COO of EHOB, Inc. Before joining EHOB, I worked in the telecommunications industry after graduating from Notre Dame with degrees in economics and pre-law. In 1993, I was brought on as EHOB’s Vice President of Sales to help restructure the department and expand our sales footprint domestically. My extensive training in sales and experience with small- to medium-sized companies and major accounts helped us put together the structure for EHOB’s sales distribution strategy that is currently in place.
OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that prepared you for your current position as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of EuroMed, Inc.
I have been in the medical device industry for 25 plus years, starting with 6 years in international management positions for Coloplast (Denmark). While there, I had the benefit of learning extensively about ostomy, incontinence, and wound care. My background is in international business.
OWM: Please provide a short description of your background, training, and experience.
As a scientist, I have over 20 years of hands-on experience in the research and development of medical devices, including products for acute, chronic, and combat wound care. My technical expertise is in micro- and nano-technologies and system engineering. As an entrepreneur, I have extensive knowledge of the medical device industry and try to apply an innovative approach to business development and the introduction of new products. I am an inventor of over 100 United States (US) and international patents, many of which have served as a basis for new products, processes, and companies. I hold an MSEE and PhD in Technology.
One of the biggest challenges for wound care, especially in the bariatric patient population, is adequate access to or support of a body part where a wound requires care. For example, sacral wounds require the patient to role or turn, and the caregiver is then in an awkward posture for prolonged periods of time performing the wound care task. For perineal wounds, access can be very challenging, requiring the caregiver to reach and bend at the waist, while holding arms in prolonged postures, with or without a holding force to move a leg out of the way if needed.
OWM: Please describe your education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as the VP of the Critical & Chronic Care Division at 3M.
I have been with 3M’s Health Care Business for over 10 years, but I started my 3M career in the United Kingdom 28 years ago. I have worked in several different 3M businesses and divisions since that time, including the 3M Electronics and Energy Business and the 3M Industrial Business. I gained extensive healthcare experience while working in Europe, specifically in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Belgium, as well as in Singapore. Prior to joining 3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions, I headed up 3M Unitek, our orthodontics business.
OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as Director of Government Affairs and Reimbursement at Smith & Nephew.
I have worked more than 15 years in Biologic and Medical Device Government Affairs and Reimbursement capacities. For 15 years before entering the industry, I held a number of positions within healthcare administration.
OWM: What inspired you to start working with government affairs and reimbursement at Smith & Nephew?
Smith & Nephew enjoys a positive reputation in providing high-quality, patient-focused products. As an industry representative for many years, I continually evaluated the Advanced Wound Management division and was fortunate to secure a position within the organization.