Karl Schmidt, CEO
Mr. Karl Schmidt most recently led Global Marketing at Northstar Neuroscience where he was responsible for marketing and clinical trial recruitment in the USA and Germany. Karl has worked in the medical device industry for the past 15 years and has held roles in manufacturing, R&D, marketing and public relations for companies such as Boston Scientific, Bayer, and BVMED. Prior to Northstar, Karl worked for Boston Scientific Electrophysiology Division where he managed three product launches and a market leading $70 million dollar product line. Before joining BSC Karl was awarded the Bosch Fellowship and worked in Germany on improving transatlantic collaborations to bring medical technologies to market more effectively. Karl holds an M.B.A, B.S in Chemical Engineering, and a BA in German Literature from the University of Washington.
Justin Hulvershorn, MD, PhD, Chief Science Officer
Dr. Justin Hulvershorn served most recently as Director of Research at Northstar Neuroscience. Justin has an extensive clinical background, and experience running both small and large clinical trials in the US and in Europe. He is an author on 12 peer reviewed journal articles and inventor on over 30 patent disclosures relating to cortical stimulation for CNS disorders. Justin is the primary inventor of Mirador’s core technology platform. Dr. Hulvershorn graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Engineering Science, and received a Ph.D. in Biophysics and M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Douglas Swartz, COO and CFO
Mr. Douglas Swartz has extensive experience in the technical development, and financial and business requirements necessary for companies to succeed. Mr. Swartz has over 25 years of experience in the creation of technology start-ups, and personally founded and led four tech firms. These firms (Integrated Solutions, Outbound Systems, Black Labs, and Ntrapoint) represent advances in diverse fields and several reached liquidity. His first venture, Integrated Solutions, was a company which designed and manufactured UNIX servers and workstations for corporate users. He grew that company to $6 million in sales within three years at which time it was acquired for in excess of $8 million (1985 dollars). His second company, Outbound Systems, was formed to capitalize on opportunities in portable computing. This company was sold to Apple Computer. In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Mr. Swartz has twenty-eight years of experience in technology companies, primarily in management roles. He has helped lead companies to success in all phases of product development from concept to launch. Mr. Doug Swartz earned his B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, worked towards a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University (1973), and earned his M.B.A. from Northeastern University (1979).
Steve Gappa, Vice President of Sales
Steve has over 20 years sales and management experience, his last 10 years was with Arrow International, a manufacturer of critical care and vascular access products. At Arrow, he was an inaugural member of the Chairman™s Club, repeatedly one of the top sales reps, and ultimately moved into management where he was 3-time Regional Manager of the Year. In addition to his medical device experience at Arrow, Gappa also has 11 years of business to business sales success at companies ranging from start-ups to global market leaders like Enterprise Holdings.