R. King Nelson – President and CEO
King Nelson has more than 30 years of diverse experience and expertise with medical devices. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Kerberos Proximal Solutions, which was acquired by FoxHollow, and as president and CEO of VenPro, which was acquired by Medtronic. Prior to that, he spent 19 years with Baxter and American Hospital Supply Corporation with roles that included division president for Dade Diagnostics, Bentley Labs and Baxter’s Perfusion Services. He currently serves on the board of directors for several early stage private medical device companies. King received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and MBA from the University of Miami.
Robert Barry – Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Bob brings over 25 years of multifaceted experience in the medical device industry, from founding and funding novel inventions to designing and manufacturing to supporting clinical trials to finally commercializing and driving product adoption. Prior to founding Uptake Medical, he co-founded CoAptus Medical and served as Director of Product Development for Spiration (acquired by Olympus in 2010). Prior to those engagements, Bob spent 15 years in product development and manufacturing capacities with various medical technology firms, including Boston Scientific, Pfizer, Universal Medical Instruments, and Bausch & Lomb. He is an inventor on over 25 issued patents in the fields of cardiology, radiology, pulmonology and thoracic surgery, and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Carol Holt – Vice President, Commercial Customer Operations
Carol brings a unique perspective to Uptake Medical which draws upon more than 25 years as a clinician and accomplished business professional. Prior to starting her own consultancy, Carol was Vice President of Customer Operations for Edwards Lifesciences, where she launched the industry’s first web-based ordering platform, managed global customer loyalty research, and pioneered the company’s first inside sales operation. Carol led global product development, marketing, and clinical education for the Critical-Care division of Baxter’s CardioVascular Group. Carol started her career as a critical care nurse and has extensive experience in the design and implementation of programs designed to maximize quality of care and patient outcomes. Carol has a Master’s degree in Critical Care Nursing from Texas Women’s University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Auburn University.
Norma Lowe, PhD – Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
Norma has over 31 years of clinical and regulatory experience in the medical device industry. Previously, she had a successful long-term consulting practice with experience in the cardiovascular, oncology, renal and respiratory areas in startup and mid-size companies. In addition to consulting experience, Norma has significant corporate experience with Baxter Healthcare (Edwards), Medtronic (Cardiopulmonary) and Alpha Therapeutics. Norma holds six U.S. patents. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Brigham Young University and a Doctorate of sciences from Washington State University.
Krista Mann – Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
With over 25 years of early stage and private company experience, Krista has served in a number of companies with focus on finance, accounting, business planning and strategic solutions. She was chief financial officer of Adolfson Associates, an environmental consulting firm. She has served in other leadership capacities including controller of the Seattle Sonics NBA team, Coopers and Lybrand and Bank of America. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in finance.
Bob Mest – Vice President, R&D
Bob has over 25 years of medical device research and product development experience in both startup and corporate settings. Most recently, Bob was new product development consultant to Voyage Medical. Prior to that, he served 13 years with Biosense Webster in various capacities of R&D and new product development, most recently as Director of Global New Product Development. Bob has been awarded 11 U.S. patents to date. He holds both Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in Biomedical and Clinical Engineering, from California State University, Long Beach.