President and CEO
Vince Owens, Founder and Managing General Partner of Guide Medical Ventures, has 25 years of medical device industry experience, including multiple successful exits as start-up founder and CEO. Most recently, he was co-founder and CEO of Intelect Medical, a deep brain stimulation technology company acquired by Boston Scientific in 2011. Mr. Owens holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon university and an MBA. Mr. Owens serves on the boards of several privately held medical device companies.
Head of Technology
Brock Tice began his work on CardioSolv's technology in 2006 and has extensive experience in research and development of the company's patient-specific modeling and VT ablation guidance system. Dr. Tice received his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2009. Dr. Tice's doctoral research involved the creation and use of high-resolution computational models of the heart, with both structural and electrophysiological heterogeneities, and produced mechanistic insight into the initiation, sustenance, and termination of re-entrant arrhythmias.
BROCK TICE, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Natalia Trayanova, PhD, FHRS, FAHA, Founder and CSO, is the Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Her current research interests include understanding the normal and pathological electromechanical behavior of the heart, with emphasis on translation of basic science mechanistic insight into the clinical practice. Specifically, her research focuses on the mechanisms for cardiac arrhythmogenesis and defibrillation, as well as on advancements in ventricular ablation and cardiac resynchronization therapy. Prof. Trayanova is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Marray B. Sachs Chair (2012) from Johns Hopkins University, Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award (2005) and the Outstanding Researcher Award (2002) from Tulane University, and the Fulbright Distinguished Research Award (2002). She was the Vice Chair (in 2007) and the Chair (in 2009) of the Gordon Research Conference on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms. She has authored or coauthored extensively, and has presented papers at a large number of international meetings.
NATALIA TRAYANOVA, PhD
Chief Operating Officer
Scott Kokones, Founder and General Partner of Guide Medical Ventures, was cofounder and Sr. VP of R&D for Intelect Medical through successful exit in 2011. Prior to joining Intelect, Mr. Kokones held various R&D engineering and leadership roles at Medtronic and Enpath Medical, where he worked on implantable devices for SCS, CRDM, and DBS. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Boston University. Mr. Kokones currently serves on the boards of several privately held companies.
ROBERT BLAKE III
Head of Software Development
Robert Blake has over 10 years of experience in numerical software development and over 6 years of experience in cardiac modeling. Rob has developed parallel FEA programs to simulate the equations
governing electrical propagation in cardiac tissue, and he has invented a compiler that can convert high-level descriptions of cellular membrane kinetics into optimized code. Prior to joining CardioSolv Ablation Technologies, Mr. Blake worked on developing the company's technology as a Research Programmer at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Blake received his M.C.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2010, where he specialized in numerical analysis and parallel algorithms.
Director of Product Development
Greg Schulte is a Partner at Guide Medical Ventures. Prior to that, he served as President of 525 Medical, a medical device research and engineering firm he founded in 2009 that has provided R&D services for several early and late stage companies, as well as medical device analysis for the financial services sector. Mr. Schulte served as Mechanical Engineering Manager at Intelect Medical, and has also held R&D engineering roles at EnteroMedics, Enpath and Medtronic. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.