Thursday , July 19, 2018


Russ Houser, CEO & Chairman

  • 25 years medical device development and management experience.
  • More than 18 medical device product lines brought to market.
  • Over 115 issued and pending medical device patents.
  • 80% interventional cardiology, 20% cardiac surgery projects.

Casey McGlynn, (Partner, WSG&R - Palo Alto, Ca) - Lead Corporate Attorney

  • Recognized in the 2006 - 2015 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, most recently in the top tier of California life sciences attorneys.
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of The Legal 500 US
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2006 - 2015 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers.
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2006 - 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America.
  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell.

Advisors / Consultants (partial list)

Jim Heslin, (Partner, WSG&R - Palo Alto, CA) - Lead IP Attorney

  • For more than 20 years, James Heslin has focused on helping medical device companies protect and enforce their domestic and international intellectual property rights, as well as advising venture capitalists who invest in medical technology companies. Jim's medical and surgical device clients span a broad array of technologies, including angioplasty, atherectomy, stent delivery, arthroscopic treatments, suturing devices, ultrasound imaging and therapy, gynecological devices, minimally invasive surgical equipment, implantable hearing aids, drug delivery systems, orthodontics, orthopedics, and diagno
  • In addition, Jim has extensive experience in investor due diligence, portfolio evaluation, licensing matters, and the preparation of patent validity and infringement opinions. He also counsels clients regarding in-house intellectual property protection programs.
  • Prior to joining WSG&R, Jim was the founder and leader of the medical device technology patent group at Townsend and Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick Townsend). He also served as general counsel for Align Technology.

Medical Advisors

Alessandro Bortone, M.D., PhD, F.E.S.C., F.A.H.A., F.A.C.C. - Medical Advisor

  • Chief of Interventional Laboratory, Institute of Cardiac Surgery, Policlinico di Bari. University of Bari School of Medicine (IT);
  • Over 28 years experience in interventional cardiology and minimally invasive cardiovascular techniques;
  • Member of the council on clinical cardiology and cardiovascular and radiology intervention for the American Heart Association, (AHA).

Antonio Colombo, M.D., F.A.C.C. - Medical Advisor

  • Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at EMO Centro Cuore Columbus Hospital, Milano (IT) and Chief of Invasive Cardiology at San Raffaele Hospital, Milano (IT) and is currently visiting professor at Columbia University School of Medicine (New York) NY;
  • Dr. Colombo has authored numerous articles, is a member of both European and U.S. professional societies and serves on the editorial boards of Circulation, the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and several other major heart journals.

Charles J. Davidson, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I. - Medical Advisor

  • Director of Interventional Cardiology Program, Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School;
  • Chief, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Richard Heuser, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P., F.E.S.C., F.A.S.C.I. - Medical Advisor

  • Director of Cardiology and Chief of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at St. Luke\ís Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona;
  • Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, as well as Director of the Interventional Fellowship Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix Campus;
  • Dr. Heuser has served as a principal investigator to research the safety and/or effectiveness of more than 100 medical devices and 50 pharmaceutical products, and has participated in more than 20 research studies.

Martin Leon, M.D., F.A.C.C. - Medical Advisor

  • Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC);
  • Director of the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy (CIVT) at CUMC and a practicing interventional cardiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City;
  • Dr. Leon is also a Director and Founder of Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics, the largest dedicated meeting in interventional vascular therapy in the world.

Corrado Tamburino, M.D., PhD, F.E.S.C., F.S.C.A.I., F.S.I.C.I. - GISE - Medical Advisor

  • Director of the Postgraduate School of Cardiology;
  • Chief of the Cardiovascular Department at Ferrarotto Hospital, Catania University (IT).
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