John R. Barr
Mr. John R. Barr has spent his career in medical devices. From October 2014 until August 2017, Mr. Barr has served as CEO at Surgical Specialties Inc., a privately held medical device firm specializing in wound closure and surgical knives that was sold to an investor group in March 2017.
Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and President of Global Surgical at Bausch & Lomb Holdings Incorporated until its acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals in August 2013. Prior to Bausch and Lomb, Mr. Barr was the Chief Executive Officer of AGA Medical Holdings, a pioneer and leader in the development, sale and manufacture of disposable devices used in minimally invasive repair of structural heart defects and other vascular defects. Mr. Barr led an initial public offering for the Company in 2009 and the business was sold to St. Jude Medical in 2010.
Mr. Barr served as CEO of V.I. Technologies from and led its initial public offering in 1998. The mission of V.I. Technologies was to commercialize pathogen inactivation technology for transfusion blood products. Prior to V.I. Technologies he served as President of North American Operations and a member of the Board at Haemonetics Corp., where he had responsibility for Haemonetics’ blood bank, commercial plasma and blood bank services businesses. From July 1981 to April 1990, Mr. Barr held various positions at Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Mr. Barr is currently a member of the Board of EarlySense, LLC, a pioneer in the development of contactless monitoring for use in acute, sub-acute and home settings. Mr. Barr is a graduate of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management-Northwestern University where he earned his master’s degree in finance, accounting and economics. He earned his undergraduate degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric S. Fain, M.D.
Board Advisor & Strategic Consultant, Cardiac Neuromodulation
Dr. Eric S. Fain, M.D. is the former Senior Vice President and Group President, Cardiovascular and Neuromodulation at Abbott following its acquisition of St. Jude Medical.
Dr. Fain became Group President of St. Jude Medical in 2014 where he was responsible for global sales, marketing and clinical affairs across the entire St. Jude Medical portfolio worldwide.
Dr. Fain joined St. Jude Medical in 1997 as Vice President, Systems Development as part of the company’s acquisition of Ventritex, Inc., where he had worked since 1987. He went on to become Senior Vice President, Clinical/Regulatory Affairs for the St. Jude Medical Cardiac Rhythm Management Division (CRMD) in 1998. He was later promoted to Executive Vice President, Development and Clinical/Regulatory Affairs for CRMD in 2005 and then President of CRMD in 2007. Prior to his role as Group President, Dr. Fain was President of the company’s Implantable Electronic Systems Division beginning in 2012 when its CRM and Neuromodulation Divisions merged. Dr. Fain received his M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and holds a Sc.B. degree in applied math/biology from Brown University.
Geoffrey W. Smith
Mr. Geoffrey Smith has been on the Board of Caliber Therapeutics, Inc. since 2011. He is a co-founder and General Partner of Ascent Biomedical Ventures, LLC (“Ascent”), a New York City-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage life sciences investments and an investor in Caliber.
In addition to Caliber, Mr. Smith currently represents Ascent on the Board of Directors for Azevan Pharmaceuticals, BackBeat Medical, and BlinkBio, and is a Board Observer of Vivasure Medical. He is also the founder and Managing Partner of Digitalis Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in fundamental new ideas in math and science to address complex health problems. He currently represents Digitalis as a Director of CareDox Inc. and as a Board Observer of Second Genome, Inc. Mr. Smith is a co-founder of Fuse Therapeutics. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Rockefeller University and an adjunct faculty member at the RU Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Previously, he was the founding Director of the Mount Sinai Institute of Technology and a Professor in the Department of Population Health Science and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Mr. Smith received a B.A. (with honors) from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
David Pacitti is President of Siemens Medical Solutions, Inc. and Head of Siemens Healthineers North America.
Based at the U.S. headquarters of Siemens Healthcare in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Mr. Pacitti is responsible for leading the marketing, sales, service, and support functions in the U.S., with additional oversight of Canada, across the entire Healthcare portfolio, including medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, therapy solutions, and services.
Prior to joining Siemens in 2015 in his current role, Mr. Pacitti was Division Vice President of U.S. Commercial Operations, Sales, and Marketing at Abbott Vascular for two years, overseeing the company’s business in North America. As a member of the Senior Executive Staff, he worked with the CEO, CFO, and Research & Development team on business development initiatives and played pivotal roles in key launches, including Abbott Vascular’s first drug-eluting stent franchise and structural heart franchise. Prior to this position, Mr. Pacitti was Vice President of Abbott Vascular’s Commercial Operations from 2009 to 2013, and Vice President of Global Marketing from 2006 to 2009. He joined Abbott Vascular with its acquisition of Guidant Corp, where he served in positions of increasing responsibility from 1995 to 2006. Early in Mr. Pacitti’s career, he was a sales representative in Siemens’ Molecular Imaging business.
A Philadelphia area native, Pacitti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Science from Villanova University, where his football prowess earned him induction into the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2006. Following college, in 1990 he signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins as an Offensive Lineman.
Mr. Louis Shapiro is President and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery (“HSS”). He has served in this role since October 2006, overseeing all strategic and operational aspects of HSS and fulfilling its mission to advance the field of musculoskeletal medicine through world-class patient care, research and education.
Under Mr. Shapiro’s leadership, HSS has experienced significant growth, expansion of facilities and recognition as the world leader in its specialty areas of orthopedics, rheumatology and their related disciplines. His hands-on leadership has led to extremely high employee engagement. HSS has received the prestigious Gallup Great Workplace Award twice for the most engaged workplaces in the world.
Mr. Shapiro has more than 30 years of healthcare experience, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, and as a leader in the healthcare practice at McKinsey & Company. He began his career at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he served in a number of capacities. In the past, Mr. Shapiro has served as Board Chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association, for which he continues to serve on the Executive Committee and others. He also serves on the Board of Crutches for Kids, Move Mountains Foundation and Prep for Prep. Mr. Shapiro earned his BS and MHA degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.
Semih Oktay, Ph.D.
Dr. Semih Oktay, Ph.D. is the President and Founder of CardioMed Device Consultants. Prior to founding CardioMed, he was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Engineering at MicroMed Laboratories, Inc. (Petaluma, CA).
In this capacity, Dr. Oktay provided engineering and regulatory consulting services to the medical device and related industries, and managed MicroMed’s east-coast office. Prior to joining MicroMed, Dr. Oktay worked for six years as an expert mechanical engineer and scientific reviewer for the FDA in the Office of Device Evaluation, Interventional Cardiology Devices Branch, where he served as primary reviewer in the product areas of coronary stents, peripheral stents, and balloon angioplasty catheters. Dr. Oktay holds a considerable, in-depth understanding of the fields of material science, medical devices, medical device regulations, and regulatory submission requirements. He has extensive experience interpreting and evaluating engineering data, developing and presenting reports of scientific review, and devising and modifying guidelines and protocols for the testing of medical devices.
Dr. Oktay earned his masters’ and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland and his bachelor’s degree in mechanical/manufacturing engineering from the Istanbul State Academy of Engineering and Architecture, Turkey.