David R. Amerson – President and General Manager
David R. Amerson served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors from July 2011 until October 2017, when the NeoTract business was purchased by Teleflex. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Amerson was Global Vice President, General Manager for the Urology division of Coloplast, a publicly traded medical equipment company based in Denmark. From 1990 to 2006, Mr. Amerson worked at Mentor, a publicly traded medical device company, and he was Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Urology division at the time Mentor was acquired by Coloplast in 2006. Prior to Mentor, Mr. Amerson worked at Osbon Medical Systems, a private urological medical device company, in a variety of management roles. Mr. Amerson is a former board member of the Urology Society of America and the American Lithotripsy Society. Mr. Amerson holds a M.B.A. from Argosy University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of West Georgia.
Tyler Y. Binney – Vice President of Sales
Tyler Y. Binney has served as our Vice President of U.S. Sales since September 2014. From September 2012 to September 2014, Mr. Binney was an Area Sales Director for Acclarent, a Johnson & Johnson company specializing in medical devices. From March 2010 to September 2012, Mr. Binney was a Regional Sales Manager for Acclarent. Prior to Acclarent, Mr. Binney worked for Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson company, in a variety of sales and marketing roles, most recently as a Division Sales Manager from April 2006 to March 2010. Mr. Binney holds a B.S. in Biology from Presbyterian College.
Joseph Catanese, III, Ph.D. – Vice President of Operations & Innovation
Joseph Catanese, III, Ph.D. is a co-founder of NeoTract, Inc. and served as our Vice President of Professional Education since September 2013. From March 2006 to September 2013, Dr. Catanese served as our Vice President of Research and Development and prior to that was a project manager from February 2005 to March 2006. From September 2003 to March 2006, Dr. Catanese was a product development manager for Medtronic Vascular. From March 1999 to November 2003, Dr. Catanese was a program manager or project engineer on various research and development projects for TransVascular. Dr. Catanese holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco.
Sarah Cooley - Human Resources Director
Sarah Cooley has served as our Human Resources Director since April of 2019. She has worked in the Medical Device industry for the past eight years, holding various leadership positions in Human Resources at Natus Medical and CooperVision. She has a diverse background in HR, holding specialized roles in Compensation, Benefits, Corporate Wellness and Learning & Development. Her role is a partner to the NeoTract Leadership Team and oversees employee development, talent acquisition and culture enhancement strategies.
Ann M. Decker - Vice President of Reimbursement & HealthCare Policy
Ann M. Decker, Vice President, Reimbursement & HealthCare Policy, joined NeoTract|Teleflex in September 2013 during early commercialization to develop and execute the UroLift System reimbursement strategy. Ann and her teams judiciously navigate the many challenges of medical device reimbursement for the purpose of improving market access to the UroLift System procedure for patients and providers. Prior to NeoTract|Teleflex, Ann was responsible for the development and leadership of reimbursement programs at Uroplasty/Cogentix, 2010-2013 (Urgent PC) and Novasys Medical, 2006-2008 (Renessa). Ann also played an integral role in the reimbursement successes for Medtronic, 2002-2006
Brian R. DuBois - Vice President of Research & Development
Mr. DuBois joined NeoTract as the Vice President, Research & Development in June, 2018. Brian has been involved in the development of over three dozen medical devices since 1992. From 2006 - 2017, he held the positions of Vice President- R&D and General Manager at Laurimed LLC and was responsible for innovating and developing new products for sinus surgery and interventional spine procedures. From 2000 through 2005, Brian was the Vice President- R&D at Cardica, Inc. where he led the development activities for automatic anastomosis devices used in “beating heart” cardiac bypass surgery procedures. From 1992 to 2000, Brian held a variety of product development engineering & leadership positions at Ethicon EndoSurgery Inc. a Johnson & Johnson company, while developing a variety of devices for general surgery. Mr. DuBois is recognized as an inventor on numerous US and International patents, he earned a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Miami University, and a graduate certificate in Biodesign from Stanford University.
Bryan M. Holmes – Vice President of Marketing
Bryan M. Holmes has served as our Vice President of Marketing since May 2016. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Holmes worked for Sonova Group, a hearing solution medical device company, as Managing Director of Phonak Lyric, a Sonova Holding operating company, from June 2013 to May 2016 and as Vice President of Global Marketing from February 2013 to June 2013. From December 2006 to February 2013, Mr. Holmes held multiple marketing director roles for Johnson & Johnson, most recently as Senior Director of Brand Marketing from January 2011 to January 2013. Mr. Holmes previously held management roles at Pfizer and Warner Lambert. Mr. Holmes holds a M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Business Administration from New England College.
Theodore C. Lamson, Ph.D. – Founder
Theodore C. Lamson, Ph.D. is a co-founder of NeoTract, Inc. and has served as our Chief Technical Officer since December 2009 and as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2005. Previously, Dr. Lamson served as our President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2006 to December 2009. Prior to joining our company, Dr. Lamson was Vice President of Advanced Technologies for Medtronic, from 2003 to 2004 and Vice President of Research and Development for TransVascular from 1999 to 2003. Dr. Lamson is an affiliate member of the American Urological Association and the European Association of Urology. Dr. Lamson holds a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Penn State University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Lauren Lewis - Assistant General Counsel
Lauren Lewis has served as our Assistant General Counsel since January 2018. Before joining our company, Ms. Lewis has held roles as in-house counsel at Essex Property Trust, Thoratec Corporation, and St. Jude Medical. Prior to that, Ms. Lewis practiced corporate law at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton and advised startups and public companies on a broad range of legal issues. Ms. Lewis holds a J.D. from UC Davis School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a member of the State Bar of California.
Jacqueline Nerney Welch - Medical Director
Jacqueline Nerney Welch serves as the Medical Director for the NeoTract/Teleflex Interventional Urology Business Unit and has been with the company since November 2004. She also serves as Senior Director of Teleflex’s Global Clinical Operations and Scientific Services. Prior to joining NeoTract, Dr. Welch pursued research and innovation through a variety of technology and clinical roles at Stanford University, Exploramed, Guidant, Pfizer, NASA Ames Research Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Welch is an affiliate member of the American Urological Association and serves as the industry representative of the Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Welch holds a M.D. from Stanford University and B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Michael P. Nevares – Vice President of Quality and Regulatory
Michael P. Nevares has served as our Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Compliance since February 2015. From January 2014 to January 2015, Mr. Nevares served as our Senior Director of Quality and Regulatory Compliance and was a director of quality from March 2012 to December 2013. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Nevares held regulatory and quality assurance positions at Ventus Medical, AngioScore, Abbott Diabetes Care and TheraSense, which was acquired by Abbott Diabetes Care in 2004. Mr. Nevares holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Vanessa P. Nguyen - Vice President of Finance
Ms. Nguyen joined NeoTract in 2012 and has held various Finance roles of increasing responsibility within the organization leading up to its acquisition by Teleflex in 2017. Ms. Nguyen has over 15 years of experience in the medical device industry with various Financial and Sales Operations roles at Guidant, MAQUET, and Abbott Labratories. Ms. Nguyen holds an M.B.A. from San Jose State University and a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton.
Wendy J. Sawyer – Vice President of Operations
Wendy J. Sawyer has served as our Vice President of Operations since September 2011. She previously served as a consultant to NeoTract from July 2011 to September 2011. Prior to joining our company, Ms. Sawyer held various management and operations positions for Boston Scientific and Guidant. Ms. Sawyer holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.