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Meet Our Team

Interim CEO and Member, Board of Directors

Mr. Andreeff is the General Partner and Portfolio Manager of Maple Leaf Partners, L.P. and the President of Andreeff Equity Advisors, L.L.C. Mr. Andreeff has managed investment portfolios since 1996 for Andreeff Equity, L.P., Andreeff Overseas Ltd. and Clover Partners, LP. Prior to managing portfolios, Mr. Andreeff worked as an associate analyst at Furman Selz and Granite Capital International Group. Currently, Mr. Andreeff serves as a Director of TraceSecurity Inc., HDL Therapeutics, Inc. and Myocardial Solutions, Ltd.

Mr. Andreeff received his Master's degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991 and Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1989.

Medical Advisor

Dr. Sackier joined the Company in December of 2014 as Chief Medical Officer and brings to his role extensive experience in new technologies and treatment methodologies gained over more than 30 years in the healthcare industry. He is widely recognized as one of the leaders of the laparoscopic surgery revolution.  A trained surgeon, Jonathan Sackier has collaborated with pharmaceutical and medical device technology partners including ConvaTec, Pfizer, Karl Storz, Applied Medical, Stryker, Siemens, Bayer and Novartis. He helped build several companies including medical technology, research and product-design and medical contract sales organizations. In addition to his role as CMO, Dr. Sackier has been a Visiting Professor of Surgery at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at Oxford University since 2014.  From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Sackier was a Visiting Professor of Surgery at University of Virginia and prior to that a Clinical Professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC. from 1995 to 1999 when he ceased clinical affiliation but retained his academic affiliation.  Dr. Sackier founded and funded the Washington Institute of Surgical Endoscopy, a center for education, research, innovation and technology transfer in 1995. Prior, he worked to develop and market the AESOP robot with Computer Motion from 1992 to 1998 when that company went through a successful IPO in 1997.

Dr. Sackier currently sits on the board of directors of Kypha (since 2014 and was Chairman of that board from 2014-2016), Clinvue (since 2010), and Brandon Medical (since 2009), is a Trustee of First Star and previously chaired The Larry King Cardiac Foundation Board of Governors. Dr. Sackier was also Director for Hemoshear from 2008 to 2015 and served as Chairman of Adenosine Therapeutics which became part of Clinical Data and then Forest Laboratories from 2002 to 2008.  He has also served as a board member of The American College of Surgeons Foundation, The Surgical Fellowship Foundation and Rex Bionics, winner of London’s 2014 Aim Award for outstanding achievement for most successful growth market.

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer

Ms. LaViscount joined Helius Medical Technologies in October 2015 as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer. Ms. LaViscount previously served on Helius’ Board of Directors from March 2015 to December 2015. Prior to Helius, Ms. LaViscount was at MM Health Solutions (formerly MediMedia Health) from July 2012 until August 2015 where she served as Chief Operating Officer and CFO for the marketing services company.  Concurrent with her role at MediMedia Health, Ms. LaViscount also served as the CFO for MediMedia Pharmaceutical Solutions from January 2014 until February 2015.  Prior to joining MM Health Solutions, Ms. LaViscount was Executive Director/Group Controller North America for Aptalis Pharmaceuticals (2010 to 2012).  From 2004 to 2009 Ms. LaViscount worked for Endo Pharmaceuticals in a variety of roles, including Chief Accounting Officer, VP-Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, and VP Finance Operations, as well as operational roles in Sales Operations and Training and Corporate Strategy Development. Ms. LaViscount’s pharmaceutical industry experience also includes more than 15 years in finance at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pharmacia. Ms. LaViscount began her career with Ernst & Young and is a New Jersey Certified Public Accountant and has Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Franklin and Marshall College.

VP, General Manager, Canadian Operations

Mark has spent the last 20 years in the Healthcare space, primarily in the MedTech areas of Cardiology and Neurology. He has led commercial and clinical teams for several Fortune 500 companies. While at Johnson & Johnson Medical, Mark held commercial roles of increasing responsibility in Canada leading teams. While at J&J, he led several pan-Canadian commercial launches related to new technologies that included both capital equipment and consumable products. While at Boston Scientific, he was charged with creating the Canadian electrophysiology go-to-market strategy and developing the commercial team. Prior to coming into the healthcare sector, Mark spent 12 years in corporate marketing, communications and business development for the Toronto Blue Jays and National Hockey League. He is a graduate of Ohio University (BSc) and resides in Toronto with his family.

Member, Board of Directors, Member, Audit Committee 

Blane is a Partner at Talisman Capital Partners, a private investment partnership located in Columbus, Ohio.

Blane was the founder of inChord Communications, Inc., which he built into the largest independently-owned, healthcare communications company in the world. In 2005, inChord was acquired by Ventiv Health, the largest provider of outsourced sales and clinical services serving the pharmaceutical industry to create inVentiv Health. In 2008, Blane became CEO of the combined public company. Through organic growth and more than 20 acquisitions, inVentiv Health became the leading provider of outsourced product development and commercialization services to the global pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. inVentiv’s client roster consists of more than 350 leading pharmaceutical, biotech, life sciences and healthcare payer companies. In 2010, Mr. Walter led the successful $1.2 billion buyout of inVentiv Health by Thomas H. Lee Partners. Blane presently serves as Vice Chairman of inVentiv Health and also serves as Chairman of the Governor of Ohio’s Executive Workforce Board.

Prior to joining inChord, Mr. Walter worked as a Financial Analyst in New York City for Smith Barney in mergers and acquisitions specialty group. Blane actively pursues and over-sees investments in healthcare, information technology and marketing/professional services.

Mr. Walter graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance from Boston College.

Member, Board of Directors

Mitch is a biomedical engineer and scientist with over 30 years of experience in research and development of visual and tactile displays for human-machine interfaces. He has been with TCNL since 1992 and was cofounder of Wicab, Inc., (with Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita), and Vice President of Research and Development. He is the lead inventor of the BrainPort™ Balance device, and codiscoverer of the retention effect and the neurorehabilitation potential of tongue electrotactile stimulation. He was principal investigator on NIH SBIR grants developing balance, vision and auditory substitution applications, and on a DARPA contract for an underwater navigation and orientation system. After serving in the US Navy, Mitch received a BS in mechanical with a minor in electrical engineering from San Jose State University in California in 1980, and an MS in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. He is a senior lecturer in the UW Department of Biomedical Engineering, where he teaches biomedical engineering design, biomechanics, bioinstrumentation and neuromotor control. His research interests include cutaneous and tongue-based electrotactile displays, human-machine interaction, and in clinical applications of noninvasive neuromodulation for rehabilitation. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin.

Member, Board of Directors, Member, Audit Committee

Edward M. Straw is the founder and managing partner of Osprey Venture Partners—a firm that finds investment capital and assists with business development for startup entrepreneurs.  He is the retired President, Global Operations of The Estee Lauder Companies, and currently sits on the boards of the following companies: Academy Securities, Boston Consulting Group Federal, Odyssey Logistics, Helius Medical Technologies, and Lenitiv Scientific.   He is the Chairman of Odyssey Logistics.

During his ten-year tenure as Chairman of Odyssey, he has overseen the valuation of the company grow from $40M to $1.5B. 

As President, Global Operations for Estee Lauder, Mr. Straw led Lauder’s R&D, package engineering, acquisition, manufacturing, distribution, inventory management, and information systems organizations which supported 20 Estee Lauder Companies around the world.  In his five years at Estee Lauder, he is credited with directing significant improvements in their global supply chain and driving major stock price impacting savings to the bottom line.

Prior to joining the Estee Lauder Companies, he was Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at the $40 billion Compaq Computer Corporation in Houston.  Before joining Compaq in late 1998, Mr. Straw was President of Miami-based Ryder Integrated Logistics—then the leading provider of third-party supply chain services in North America.   

Prior to joining the private sector, he had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a three-star Admiral in 1996.  Vice Admiral Straw culminated his military service from 1992-1996 as the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, the nation’s combat logistics support agency and primary provider of global supply chain material and services support for America’s armed forces.  He reported directly to the Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L), Dr. Paul Kaminski, and General Colin Powell, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was awarded two Defense Distinguished Service Medals for radical improvement to Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force warfighting readiness. His implementation of just-in-time inventory management practices led to an estimated $10B cost savings to the services between 1992 and 2002. 

He also held numerous operational and policy leadership positions at the Navy’s major logistics commands—and was Navy’s lead for logistics planning and execution of material and ordnance support to Navy and Marine Corps forces during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm—while serving as the senior supply officer on the Chief of Naval Operations staff.  During this period, he also managed the Department of Defense Management Review which achieved $28B in savings between 1990 and 1997. 

Admiral Straw received multiple awards throughout his career, including Defense, Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, Harvard University’s School of Public Administration and the Ford Foundation’s Innovations in American Government Award and the Society of Logistics Engineers’ Founders MedalHe is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Naval Academy and recipient of the Navy Supply Corps’ Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Admiral Straw holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University, a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and is a graduate of the National War College.

In addition to the boards listed above, he is a Trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, a ten-year member of the Department of Defense Science Board, a venture affiliate with Boston Millennia Partners, a former pro bono advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and has served on the Board of Directors of Eddie Bauer, MeadWestvaco, Panther Expedited Services, the Navy Federal Credit Union, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts of America.  He has also served in an advisory role to the IBM Federal Group,

Admiral Straw has worked with a group of patriots, since 2010, to regain disability/medical benefits for “Blue Water” Vietnam veterans suffering from Agent Orange related diseases, and in 2017 was selected by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Commission for Veterans Benefits.  The House and Senate passed HR299 in May 2019, which restored disability and medical benefits to these “Blue Water” Veterans on January 1, 2020. He also takes great pride in assisting young men and women gain admission to the US Naval Academy.  Over the past 30 years, he has assisted approximately 75 young men and women graduate from Annapolis.

Admiral Straw has three daughters—Meg, Katie and Silvana.  Meg is a Lieutenant in the US Navy Supply Corps.  Daughter Katie is a recent Yale graduate and a Nurse Practitioner at the VA Medical Center in West Haven Ct.  Silvana is an executive with the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region and leads the Foundation’s highly recognized homeless housing initiatives.  He resides in Georgetown with his wife, Christine, an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Middlebury College.  

Independent Member, Board of Director, Chair of Audit Committee

Jeff is an accomplished senior executive and director of public and privately held companies with broad experience in the biopharmaceutical, medical device, semiconductor capital equipment and water filtration markets.  Mr. Mathiesen has served as Director and Audit Committee Chair of Sun BioPharma, Inc. (OTCMKTS: SNBP), a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company developing therapies for pancreatic diseases, since 2015, and was appointed Vice Chair and Lead Independent Director in March 2020. Mr. Mathiesen has also served as Director and Audit Committee Chair of NeuroOne Medical Technologies Corporation (OTCQB: NMTC), a publicly traded medical technology company providing neuromodulation continuous EEG monitoring and treatment solutions for patients suffering from epilepsy and other nerve related disorders, since 2017, and eNeura, Inc., a privately held medical technology company providing therapy for both acute treatment and prevention of migraine, from 2018 to 2020. Mr. Mathiesen most recently served as CFO and Advisor to the CEO of Teewinot Life Sciences Corporation, a global leader in the biosynthetic development and production of cannabinoids and their derivatives for consumer and pharmaceutical products. He previously served as the CFO of Gemphire Therapeutics Inc., a publicly-held clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing therapies for patients with cardiometabolic disorders, and as CFO of Sunshine Heart, Inc., a publicly-held early-stage medical device company, both of which completed successful IPOs and follow-on equity offerings. Mr. Mathiesen has held executive and financial management positions with private and publicly traded companies dating back to 1987.  He began his career at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Mathiesen received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of South Dakota and is also a Certified Public Accountant.