A world-renowned team

Management Roles

DR. RICHARD LAZZARO, MD
CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER 

Dr. Richard Lazzaro, MD is a world renown thoracic surgeon with over 35 years of specialized expertise in minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery. He is the Southern Region Chief of Thoracic Surgery for RWJ/Barnabas Health. Dr. Lazzaro has pioneered many groundbreaking firsts in robotic thoracic surgery and has led one of the largest tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) programs in the nation.

Previously, Dr. Lazzaro was the Director of Thoracic Robotic Surgery and Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Northwell Health / Lenox Hill. Under his leadership, he developed a thoracic surgery program consecutively ranked top 10 in the country for lung cancer surgery outcomes since 2012 as reported by the General Thoracic Surgery Database of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the world’s premier clinical outcomes registry for thoracic surgery.

Notable Hospital Systems: RWJ/Barnabas Health; Northwell Health / Lenox Hill

ROBERT ISRAEL
CO-FOUNDER/ CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

30+ years serial entrepreneur and business developer with several successful exits.  Focus on building, growing, and creating value through business ownership to liquidity.   Start-up expert, entrepreneur, team builder, investor and coach.

Notable Companies: Doc Popcorn, acquired by Dippin’ Dots, Knitwaves, WisdomWrks

PETE WEHRLY
INTERIM CEO

Senior C-level executive in the medical device industry with expertise in delivering revenue growth and operational efficiencies to start-up and multi-billion dollar companies. Mr. Wehrly is a seasoned CEO that has delivered profitability and executed successful business development and M&A strategies.

Notable Companies: Medtronic/Covidien, DePuy Orthopaedics, Sofamor Danek, Synaptive Medical, Vivex Biologics

DAWN BITZ
PRESIDENT

27 years of executive leadership proficiency in both medical device start-up and multinational organizations. Specific experience in C-level general management, product development, scaling, go-to-market, and commercialization, focused on the fields of respiratory, anesthesia and critical intensive care medicine

Notable Companies: Medtronic/Covidien, Vyaire, Boston Scientific, UCB Pharma; numerous Board Member positions

RYAN REDFORD
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

20 years of experience developing and managing disruptive product technologies in the medical, defense, and commercial industries. An expert in complex electro-mechanical, Artificial Intelligence and optical systems, Mr. Redford implements product innovation that profitably solves global technological challenges.

Notable Companies: NASA, DARPA, DOD, James Webb Telescope, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Richard F Caris Mirror Lab

ROBERT WIESENBERG
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

30+ years building and leading a profitable software application development company creating scientific, technical, medical, and legal information products for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and private businesses. Extensive management, operations, sales, and large-scale software development project experience.

Notable Companies: WebMD, Scientific American, HemOncToday

JAMES POLSEN
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

35 years of wide-ranging experience in corporate finance, treasury management, strategic planning, and investment banking. An expert in securing and managing investments having closed $1.7 billion in both debt and equity capital.

Notable Companies: JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America

RENEE ISRAEL
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Seasoned industry-agnostic brand builder and strategic advisor focused on emerging companies, products and programs. 30+ years providing brand development and marketing leadership to companies of all shapes and sizes ranging from start-ups and emerging brands to established Fortune 500 companies.

Notable Companies: Modern Restaurant Concepts, Special Aerospace Services, Doc Popcorn, Digitas, American Express

FREDERICK J. ONORATO, ESQ.
GENERAL COUNSEL

Fred has over 30 years of legal and business experience in medical, telcos, technology software, solar energy, textile manufacturing, finance, and real estate. He is a co-inventor of a patented drone platform and facilitated the introduction of clean water technology and medicine to Sub-Saharan Africa.

RANDALL LAZZARO, ESQ.
GENERAL COUNSEL

Randall Lazzaro has practiced law for over 30 years. His practice is concentrated on all facets of litigation at the state and federal level.

Advisory Roles

DR. SUDISH MURTHY, MD PhD
MEDICAL ADVISOR

Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD is a dedicated thoracic surgeon, researcher, and prolific writer. He has performed over 10,000 surgeries. Currently, Dr. Murthy is a Thoracic Associate Editor for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific articles in leading peer-reviewed medical journals and medical textbooks. His research interests include obstructive lung disease and tracheobronchomalacia (TBM), lung cancer, COVID lung disease, benign and malignant esophageal disease.

JIM KASIC
INDUSTRY ENTREPRENEURIAL ADVISOR

25-year executive and serial entrepreneur in Class I, II, and III medical devices. Mr. Kasic leverages his experience to accelerate commercialization of medical companies. He has raised more than $14 million for early-stage companies, developed several unique implantable medical devices, filed over 40 patents and published dozens of scientific papers.

JAMEY EDWARDS
INDUSTRY ENTREPRENEURIAL ADVISOR

Jamey is a serial social impact entrepreneur on a mission to fix healthcare. Currently Chief Platform Officer at StartUp Health, the largest digital health innovation eco-system worldwide. Previously Co-Founder & CEO of Cloudbreak Health, a pioneer in telemedicine driven health equity solutions acquired by Uphealth.

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