Richard Ferrari: Chairman
Mr. Ferrari is a Co-Founder of De Novo Ventures which has $650 million under management and which
is one of the premier firms dedicated to medical devices and biotechnology. Mr Ferrari has extensive
experience in the medical devices sector, including being CEO of Cardiovascular Imaging Systems (the
first and leading developer of ultrasound imaging catheters acquired by Boston Scientific) and
CardioThoracic Systems (the market leader in disposable instruments and systems for performing
minimally invasive beating heart bypass surgery acquired by Guidant). Mr Ferrari also co-founded the
Medical Technology Group which spun-out Integrated Vascular Systems, acquired by Abbott Vascular
and Ensure, acquired by J&J.
Mr. Ferrari also serves as a faculty member of the Stanford Biodesign Emerging Entrepreneurs Forum,
as well as a board member for the Stanford | Coulter Foundation for Translational Medicine. Mr Ferrari
is the recipient of the Mallinckrodt Award for Excellence in Medicine and has been a finalist for the
Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Rich holds a BS degree from Ashland University and an MBA from the University of South Florida.
Mehran Khorsandi, M.D.: CEO, CMO, Co-Founder
Henry Bourang: President, CTO, Co-Founder
Nitin Matani: Director
Nitin Matani started his career at Advanced Cardiovascular Systems (ACS) as a manager of
the Extrusion & Coating Department in 1985. In 1989, Mr Matani co-founded Danforth
Biomedical Inc., a pioneer in providing high quality engineering, product development, and
custom extrusion. He served as CEO until 1999 when he led the negotiation of the sale of
Danforth to ACT Medical and again the sale of ACT Medical to MedSource Technologies in
2000. From 2003 to 2009, Mr Matani served as President and CEO of Tacpro, Inc., where he
successfully negotiated and managed the acquisition of Tacpro by Creganna in 2009 where he
would continue to serve as CEO for 2 more years.
Mr Matani currently serves as CEO of Vitaecore Inc., a GI products company as well as
serving as President of Danforth Biomedical Consulting Inc., a consulting group for early stage
companies and private equity groups.
Mr. Matani earned a ME in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1984.
Robert Walston: Director
Mr. Walston is currently President & CEO of DB Coworking Holdings Corp., a start-up based in Los
Angeles and Denver in the rapidly growing coworking industry. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Walston was
President & CEO of Psyop Media Company, LLC, an advertising production company with facilities in
New York City and Los Angeles. From 2000 to 2002, Mr Walston was the President & CEO of Ascent
Media Group, a diversified media services company providing technical and creative services to the
film, television and advertising industries. Ascent conducted operations from 64 facilities in five
countries and employed over 4,000. From 1993 to 2000, Mr Walston was Chairman & CEO of Four
Media Company which, under Mr. Walston’s leadership, completed 22 acquisitions with a total
enterprise value of $228 million and which was ultimately sold to Liberty Media achieving an enterprise
value $565 million.
In 1999, Mr. Walston was acknowledged as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young,
NASDAQ, CNN, and USA Today and in 2002 Mr. Walston received the “Industry Giant” Award
from the Vision Fund, an award sponsored by the major Hollywood studios and broadcast
networks. Mr. Walston completed his BBA at Baylor University and earned a MBA from the
University of Texas at Austin.