President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Laursen was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and a director in November 2018. Mr. Laursen, formerly served as the Executive Vice President, Sales and Strategy of The Coghlin Companies, Inc. (“CCI”) since January 2012. CCI is a privately held, time to market services company, offering engineering, prototyping and contract manufacturing of complex electro-mechanical and electro-optical devices and equipment for a variety of markets including military and medical devices. From January 2007 to June 2011 Mr. Laursen served as Executive Vice President of Business Development, Sales and Marketing for TC TECH, a company that has developed its very own system for the production of advanced plastic details. Operations are based on an IPR-protected induction technique that makes it possible to heat and cool material – rapidly and with high precision. Since October 2009, Mr. Laursen has also been a principal of MAKS, LLC, a project oriented company that provides strategic planning, business development, equipment sourcing, sales and systems implementation for the optical media industry. In addition to his expertise in business development, sales and marketing, strategic development on operations, Mr. Laursen brings to Micron over 25 years of experience focused on innovation in highly automated manufacturing environments in many industries such as medical devices, instrumentation, plastics, consumables and consumer products as well as experience in contract manufacturing.
Mr. Chambers has served as a director of the Company since 2006. He has served as the Chairman of the Board since June 2016. Mr. Chambers has served as President of Mountain Brook Water, a water bottling and distribution company, from 2002 to present, and from 2001 to present has served as a consultant assisting The Chambers Medical Foundation, a private foundation (the “Foundation”), in assessing medical grant applications. Mr. Chambers was appointed Trustee of the Foundation in 2011. The Foundation beneficially owns approximately 10% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. Mr. Chambers holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University with a concentration in finance and marketing. Mr. Chambers is also a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Hematologic Oncology visiting committee member and a member of Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering Board of Visitors. Mr. Chambers brings over 15 years of practical business and finance experience as the president of a growing enterprise along with knowledge of and relationships with the medical community through his non-profit activities.
Mr. Benedetti was appointed to the Board in July 2015. Mr. Benedetti is currently Vice President for Business & Finance and Treasurer of Canisius College, a private college based in western New York with 4,000 full time students and a $100 million annual operating budget. Prior to joining Canisius College in 2013, Mr. Benedetti served nearly ten years at Greatbatch, Inc., a publicly-traded global manufacturer of components for medical devices for a variety of applications. He held a number of senior financial roles there, including Vice President of Finance – Financial Planning and Analysis, Investor Relations and Treasurer. Before that, Mr. Benedetti held senior finance positions at Ashton-Potter, U.S.A. LTD and International Imaging Materials, Inc. Mr. Benedetti is a certified public accountant and began his career at KPMG, LLP. He received a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Benedetti brings over 30 years of financial and operational experience from medical device manufacturing, technology printing and public auditing. During that time, he built and led global operational, accounting and finance teams, directed strategic planning initiatives, analyzed and supported multiple acquisitions, identified growth and efficiency opportunities, and drove financial results.
Mr. Friedman is the founder and managing member of REF Securities & Co. (“REF”), a private investment firm. Mr. Friedman and REF currently own approximately 13% of the common stock of the Company. REF also is the holder of $100,000 of the subordinated promissory notes issued by the Company in December 2013 and 20,000 warrants to purchase common stock. REF has been principally engaged in investing in public and private equities and derivatives since 1991. Prior to founding REF, Mr. Friedman was employed as an option trader at O’Connor and Associates, a market maker on the American Stock Exchange. Mr. Friedman received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business.
Mr. Mello was appointed to the Board in April 2015. Mr. Mello has served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Instruments, Inc., a leading supplier of instrumentation for clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and microbiology laboratories around the world, since July 2013. From April 2000 to July 2013, Mr. Mello was employed as Corporate Vice President of IRIS International, Inc. and President of its IRIS Sample Processing division. Iris International is a leading provider of automated urinalysis instrumentation and bench top centrifuge products for use in major medical institutions, commercial laboratories, clinics, doctors’ offices and research institutions. From 1988 to 2000, Mr. Mello was an operations executive with bioMerieux, which designs, manufactures and markets medical instruments and consumables, including from 1996 to 2000 as its Vice President of Operations at their Boston Immunodiagnostics facility and Vice President of Disposables Manufacturing-Clinical Microbiology. Prior to joining bioMerieux, Mr. Mello served as Vice President of Operations for Medical & Scientific Designs, Inc., an in-vitro diagnostics company where he was on the founding team in 1983 and as a Senior Technical Support Engineer at Ortho Diagnostics, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Mello is affiliated with the Diagnostics Marketing Association (DXMA), American Management Association (AMA), American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), and is certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). He received his Management, B.S. degree from Lesley University, and his Electrical Engineering, ASEE degree from Bristol College. Mr. Mello brings over 35 years of experience in startup and turn around operations for both small entrepreneurial companies and large public corporations in the medical diagnostics industry including instrumentation and consumables. Throughout his career he has directed all aspects of R&D, marketing, sales, manufacturing, engineering, QA/RA, materials, distribution, finance and facilities management. Mr. Mello has broad M&A experience from due diligence through deal negotiation to successful integration.
Mr. Soran has served as a director of the Company since December 8, 2017. He served as the CEO of Novaseek Research, Inc. (“Novaseek”), since August 2017. Novaseek is a provider of cloud-based Clinical Data Network for Research (“CDNR”) services. Before Novaseek, he served from July, 2016 to July, 2017 as the CEO and from April, 2016 to July, 2016 as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Verity Health Systems, a Redwood City, California multi-facility hospital, and healthcare network. Mr. Soran previously served from July, 2014 to April, 2016 as COO and Executive VP at Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s (“Tenet”) Detroit Medical Center. He also served from August, 2013 to June, 2014, as president of Tenet’s, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, DMC Surgery Hospital. Prior to Tenet, from April, 2006 to June, 2013, Mr. Soran served as CEO of Framingham, Massachusetts based MetroWest Medical Center, a Vanguard Health Systems facility. Vanguard was acquired by Tenet in 2013. Mr. Soran holds a Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy from Tel Aviv University in Israel and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Boston University-Metropolitan College. Mr. Soran brings over 20 years of experience in hospital operations, strategy and long-term planning, with the medical and medical device community, as well as in corporate financial and operational restructuring and private equity, making him well suited to serve as a director of the Company.
Mr. Marinos has served as a director of the Company since 1994. He served as Chairman of the Board from 2001 to July 2015. From 1995 until 1997, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Marinos has been Chief Executive Officer of AMT/EPM Associates, a consulting firm, since 2001. Mr. Marinos was President and Chief Executive Officer of Midcoast Interstate Transmission, Inc. (MIT), an interstate pipeline company, from 1997 until 2001. He also became Corporate Vice President of Administration for Midcoast Energy Resources, Inc. (MRS), MIT’s parent company, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Kansas Pipeline Co. a subsidiary of MRS in 1999 and he held those positions until MRS was sold in 2001. From 2009 to 2012 he served as a director of the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre, a non-profit organization. Mr. Marinos holds a B.S. in Business Administration with majors in Finance and Accounting from Wayne State University and is a member of the AICPA. Mr. Marinos brings upwards of 18 years prior experience with a “Big 8” accounting firm, including years of experience providing audit and advisory services to a variety of industries including medical, engineering, banking and energy. His prior service as president and CEO of the Company as well as CEO and CFO of other publicly traded companies expand his breadth of knowledge of business and management.
Dr. Walter has served as a director of the Company since its founding in 1982. He served as Chairman of the Board from July 2015 to June 2016. Dr. Walter retired from his position as an electrophysiologist and Professor of Medicine at Emory University in 2010, where he served on the faculty since 1980. He specialized in cardiology and clinical electrophysiology. Dr. Walter started the arrhythmia/electrophysiology service at Emory University in 1980. He performed clinical research studies in signal averaged electrocardiography when this test was being developed in the 1980s. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine with graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Walter has over 35 years’ experience on the Company’s Board and brings over 50 years of experience in the medical field and community, particularly as it relates to cardiology. His experience on the faculty of Emory University and in-depth knowledge and experience as a physician, uniquely position him to provide valuable insights into innovative products in the medical field as well as markets for such products.