David P. Hochman
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hochman has over 20 years of venture capital and investment banking experience. Since 2007, Mr. Hochman has been Managing Partner of Orchestra Medical Ventures, LLC, an investment firm that employs a strategy to create, build and invest in medical technology companies intended to generate substantial clinical value.
Mr. Hochman served as the President of Accelerated Technologies, Inc., a medical device accelerator company managed by Orchestra Medical Ventures. Funds managed by Orchestra Medical Ventures will be shareholders in the Company. Mr. Hochman was a co-founder of Caliber and has been on the Board of Caliber since 2009 and serves as its Chairman of the Board. He was a co-founder of BackBeat and has served as its President and a member of its Board since inception in 2010. He is also Chairman of the board for Motus GI and a director of FreeHold Surgical, Inc., both of which are Orchestra Medical Ventures portfolio companies. Mr. Hochman was a co-founder and currently serves as a board member of Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRBP), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat rare, life-threating inflammatory-fibrotic diseases with clear unmet medical needs. He also serves as a director of Adgero Biopharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. Prior to joining Orchestra Medical Ventures, Mr. Hochman was Chief Executive Officer of Spencer Trask Edison Partners, LLC, an investment partnership focused on early stage healthcare companies. He was also Managing Director of Spencer Trask Ventures, Inc. during which time he led financing transactions for over twenty early-stage companies raising over $420 million. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Hochman was a board advisor of Health Dialog Services Corporation, a leader in collaborative healthcare management that was acquired in 2008 by the British United Provident Association for $750 million. From 2005 to 2007, he was a co-founder and board member of PROLOR Biotech, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing longer lasting versions of approved therapeutic proteins, which was purchased by Opko Health (NYSE: OPK) in 2013 for over $600 million. He currently serves on the board of two non-profit organizations: the Citizens Committee for New York City and the Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation (a family foundation for which he is also President). He has a B.A. degree with honors from the University of Michigan.
Darren R. Sherman
President, Chief Operating Officer and Director
Mr. Sherman has over 24 years of management and entrepreneurial experience in the medical technology industry spanning interventional cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology, sudden cardiac death, stroke, surgery, GI, and neurovascular therapies.
Since 2009, Mr. Sherman has been Managing Partner of Orchestra Medical Ventures, LLC, an investment firm that employs a strategy to create, build and invest in medical technology companies intended to generate substantial clinical value. Mr. Sherman has also served as Chief Technical Officer of Accelerated Technologies, Inc. (ATI), a medical device accelerator company managed by Orchestra Medical Ventures. Until recently, Mr. Sherman served as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Caliber Therapeutics, Inc., and Chief Executive Officer and a director of FreeHold Surgical, Inc. From 2009 until 2016, he served on the board of directors of Vivasure. Prior to joining Orchestra Medical Ventures, from February 2002 until March 2008, Mr. Sherman held various positions in executive management for Cordis Neurovascular (CNV), a Johnson & Johnson company, including Executive Director R&D and Director of Strategic Marketing for stroke products. From January 1997 until February 2002, Mr. Sherman played an integral role in the formation and development of Revivant Corp (acquired by Zoll) while working with Thomas J. Fogarty, M.D. at Fogarty Engineering. He was Revivant’s first employee and managed the design, development, and testing of the AutoPulse device from concept through market introduction. From January 1995 until January 1997, Mr. Sherman held positions in research and development for Cardiac Pathways Corp., prior to its acquisition by Boston Scientific. Prior to Cardiac Pathways, he worked at Baxter Healthcare. In each of these companies, he participated in the creation, development and launch of products. He currently serves as a director of Motus GI. Mr. Sherman has authored more than 70 U.S. patents with an additional 80+ published applications. He earned a BS degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego.
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.