CORE TEAM

 
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GEORGE MIMURA

Chairman and CEO

George Mimura is Chairman and CEO of Salutaris Medical Devices (SMD). He worked on Wall Street for 25-years where he held Managing Director positions in equity, fixed income, and currency businesses in New York, Tokyo, London, and Sydney. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University.

 

Ryan Lohrenz is COO of SMD. He designed and developed the current SMD-DA Applicator and Source. He has 10+ years of management, engineering, and medical product design, and development experience. Previously, Ryan acquired significant expertise with the 510(k) and CE marking process of new devices at Bioptics (presently Faxitron X-Ray). He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

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MARY DREW

Director of Clinical Operations

Mary Drew serves as Director of Clinical Operations and has been with SMD since 2010. She leads the Pilot, Feasibility, and the current FDA-approved Pivotal Study. She has comprehensive experience in clinical trials in various therapeutic areas including; cardiology, endocrinology, pain, dermatology and women’s health. She received a M.S. in Clinical Research from Arizona State University and a B.S. in Microbiology from Minnesota State University.

 
 

Hailey Davenport

Biomedical Engineer

Hailey Davenport held the position of Biomedical Engineer at SMD. She has a range of experience in the clinical research industry integrating biomedical engineering, molecular biology, data analysis, and clinical trial conduct. She received her B.S in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

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MEDICAL EXPERTS

 

RUSSELL HAMILTON, PhD, DABMP

Head of Physics, University of Arizona

Dr. Russell Hamilton is a board-certified medical physicist specializing in radiation therapy and SalutarisMD founder. He is currently a tenured professor at the University of Arizona where he founded the medical physics graduate and residency program.

 

He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois and earned a Ph.D. at Stanford University in theoretical astrophysics.

 

BALDASSARRE STEA, MD, PhD, FASTRO

Head of Radiation Oncology, University of Arizona

Dr. Baldassarre Stea is a board-certified radiation oncologist, tenured professor at the University of Arizona, specializing in the treatment of eye tumors and brain tumors. He developed the stereotactic radiosurgery program at the University of Arizona, and his research involves utilizing novel radiation enhancers and radio-sensitizing drugs for brain tumors. Dr. Stea oversees treatment of ocular melanomas with I125 plaques for southern Arizona.

 

Dr. Stea has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UCLA and his M.D. from George Washington University.

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GREGG KOKAME, MD, MMM

Chief of Ophthalmology, University of Hawaii

Dr. Gregg Kokame is Chief of Ophthalmology and Clinical Professor at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. He is founder and director of The Hawaii Macula and Retina Institute and The Retina Center at Pali Momi with over 100 publications and over 60 national or international clinical trials. Dr. Kokame is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Honor Award - 1999, Secretariat Award - 2008, Senior Achievement Award – 2014), Macula Society (Gass Medal 2021), Retina Society, and American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) (Honor Award – 2001; Senior Honor Award – 2003).  He was admitted to the American Ophthalmological Society in 2015 after acceptance of his thesis on treatment and multimodality diagnostic testing PCV (polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy).

Dr. Kokame received his M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine with honors in Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed ophthalmology residency at the Jules Stein Eye Institute/UCLA, and vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, rated the #1 ophthalmology program in the United States for the past 20 years.  He received his business degree in organizational development (Master of Medical Management) from the USC Marshall School of Business.

 

RAMA JAGER, MD, FACS, MBA

Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois

Dr. Rama Jager, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., is a board-certified ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon. He is the President and Managing Partner of University Retina. He also serves as Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois at Chicago / Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Jager has authored over 60 scientific papers, book chapters, and national meeting presentations with published abstracts. He has also co-authored three books in ophthalmology, Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Comprehensive Text and the third and fourth editions of the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Review Manual for Ophthalmology.

 

Dr. Jager graduated from Northwestern Medical School, followed by a residency at the University of Chicago and fellowship at Harvard Medical School. ​He received his MBA from Stanford Business School.

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ROBERT BHISITKUL, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology, University of California San Francisco

Dr. Robert Bhisitkul, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, has over 20 years of experience as a retina surgeon and clinician scientist. His translational research interest is in pre-clinical development of novel technologies for ophthalmic disease. In clinical research, he is an investigator in major clinical trials of novel ophthalmic therapeutics, as well as studies of long-term outcomes of drug treatments for chronic eye disease. He is Fellowship Director for the UCSF Retina Surgery program. He is an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, and an editorial board member of American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. He acts as consultant and medical advisor for ophthalmologic pharmaceutical companies in designing early stage trials and conducting clinical development of new ocular therapies.

Dr. Bhisitkul graduated from Stanford University then combined medical school at Stanford with his Ph.D. in Neurosciences at Yale University, followed by residency and fellowship training at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

 

JAY CHHABLANI, MD

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Eye Center

Dr. Jay Chhablani is a vitreo-retina specialist and Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center. He was a Clinical Instructor at the Jacobs Retina Center at Shiley Eye Center, University of California, San Diego, USA (2010-2012) before joining the faculty at L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India (2012-19). He published three books and more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is on the reviewing boards of all high-impact journals, including Science Translational Medicine and Lancet.

Dr. Chhablani received his M.D. from PT JNM Medical College, India followed by a residency at Kasturba Medical College, India. He received a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai; an International Council of Ophthalmology fellowship at Jules Gonin Eye Hospital, Switzerland; and a medical retina fellowship from University of California, San Diego.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS, SALUTARISMD

ROBERT SELBY, MD

Director

Dr. Robert Selby is board-certified in internal medicine and dermatology. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Dermatology. Dr. Selby is also an experienced biotechnology investor and a commercial real estate developer. He received his M.D. from the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

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Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is an educator, innovative thinker and polymath monk. His unusual background encompasses entering a Buddhist monastery at the age of ten and receiving graduate education at Harvard University with degrees ranging from Philosophy to Physics to International Relations. He is a Tribeca Disruptive Fellow and a 2018 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Venerable Tenzin serves on the boards of number of academic, humanitarian, and religious organizations. He is the recipient of several recognitions and awards, and received Harvard’s Distinguished Alumni Honors for his visionary contributions to humanity. 

 

WILLIAM LOMICKA

Director

William H. Lomicka is the Founder and Chairman of Coulter Ridge Capital. He enjoyed a career at Humana, where he ended up as Senior VP-Finance & Treasurer. He also served as the Secretary of Commerce of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and founded several entrepreneurial companies. He earned a B.A. from the College of Wooster and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

JAPAN PARTNERS

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ROB CLAAR

CEO, HekaBio

Founder of one of Japan’s first medical market intelligence firms (Junicon) and a CRO leading Japan in new category medical device submissions (Vorpal)

Three decades of focus on Japan’s healthcare ecosystem

Regulatory knowhow and strong Key Opinion Leader doctor networks

Worldwide trust network with leading innovators in pharmaceuticals and medical technology

 
 

Medical product strategy and operations leader

Commercializing best-in-class medical innovation globally and in Japan for over 18 years

Strong relationships with Key Opinion Leaders in high need areas of medicine

Entrepreneurship and Marketing MBA; Japan Studies BA

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HITOSHI TORII

CFO, HekaBio

>30 years leadership experience in both large and venture biotech and pharmaceutical companies

Executive management, finance, business development and commercial professional

Experienced in private equity fund raising and IPO preparation

Finance/Accounting MBA; US CPA; Biology BS

 
 

RUSSEL HASKIN

Director of Business Development, HekaBio

Ex-management board member at Medtronic Japan with >16 years experience leading marketing, sales, and clinical research functions for cardiovascular and neuromodulation businesses. Grew transcatheter valves business to $100M

Strong relationships with thought leaders in cardiovascular medicine

University of Michigan MBA; International Affairs BA

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TOSHIRO MABUCHI

Director of Clinical Development, HekaBio

>25 years of clinical development in cardiovascular, neurosurgical, intervention and endocrine diseases at global healthcare firms.

Master’s degree in pharmacy; Pharmacist

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, ACUVIZ

(INVESTMENT HOLDING COMPANY)

 
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WILLIAM MUMMA

Chairman and CEO

​William P. Mumma is Chairman and CEO of AcuViz, the parent company of SMD. Previously, he was a founding investor and served on the board of SMD.  Mr. Mumma ended his 30-year career on Wall Street as the CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), with prior senior executive roles at Nomura Securities and Bankers Trust.  Since 2012, he has been the CEO and Board Chair of the Becket Fund, a public interest law firm based in Washington, DC.

 

ERIC TOOKER

Director

​Eric Tooker serves as Vice President and General Counsel of Translational Drug Development, LLC, a specialty oncology CRO. Mr. Tooker has extensive experience in advising executive business teams throughout his 28 years as in-house counsel. Mr. Tooker earned a B.S. in education from Miami University-Ohio and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

 

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ERIC YOUNG

Director

​Eric Young is Founder and CEO of Cerego, a personalized memory management platform. He is also the Founder of Global Academy and Agos in Japan. Eric also enjoyed a career in finance as the CEO of WestLB Asia Securities and a senior fixed income and currency derivatives trader at Bankers Trust. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University.

 

​Joseph Keating is the Founder and Managing Partner of the U.S. Intellectual Property Law firm of Keating & Bennett, LLP.  For more than 25 years, Mr. Keating has been a U.S. patent attorney representing global multinational companies, in particular, Japanese companies and U.S. high-tech startup companies, in all aspects of Intellectual Property Law, with a specific emphasis on U.S. patent prosecution, litigation, and licensing; IP due diligence; antitrust and related matters.

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