Mike has many areas of expertise but has recently focused a lot of time on the treatment of stroke and on catheter-related technologies, particularly those that reduce the incidence of nosocomial infection.
Prior to joining Early Stage Partners as Managing Director in 2008, Mike held roles in sales management and corporate acquisitions for C.R. Bard Access Systems (NYSE: BCR).
As Director of Corporate Development, he created the process to evaluate medical technology investments for Bard's six centralized divisions and successfully executed 14 acquisitions, licenses, and divestitures.
Later, Mike managed a field sales force and negotiated multiple contracts with hospitals.
Mike joined Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) in 1998 where he initially led a $750 million global product launch in cardiac rhythm management and served on product development, strategy and clinical committees.
Mike then served in Medtronic's corporate development group, closing over ten minority investments and acquisitions in support of corporate strategy initiatives across the neurostimulation, cardiac rhythm management, orthopedic and vascular business units.
Mike also served in sales and marketing management roles earlier in his career for Apogee Enterprises and Rand McNally.
Mike is a graduate of Miami University (B.S.) where he studied Marketing, and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (M.B.A.).
Arun Venkatesan, holds a Ph.D., in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron.
Dr. Venkatesan has many years of post-doctoral research experience in fuel-cell materials development and micro-fuel-cell fabrication.
He has over 8 years of experience in industry in commercialization of advanced materials and technology.
His area of expertise is materials research and development, device integration and forward-integration of technology into tangible, marketable entities.
His expertise in these areas is evidenced by his publications and patents.
During his industrial career Dr. Venkatesan worked for various companies in a research and development capacity while interacting with academic research groups as well as independent development teams.
He has extensive experience in co-coordinating development projects in small-scale and start-up companies using external vendors for rapid turn-around of various product components.
He was responsible for the development and commercialization of a wide variety of products – chemically modified fullerene based fuel-cell materials, a solid-oxide electro-chemical oxygen generator for the army, completely micro-manufactureable micro-scale fuel-cells to name a few.
Dr. Venkatesan also is a certified Project Management Professional, and a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Lalit holds an M.S. in Bio-Medical Engineering from The University of Akron.
Lalit has worked as a quality assurance engineer at Larsen & Toubro Ltd. Medical Equipment and Systems, India where he handled verification and validation of the design of bedside diagnostic devices, including software testing, hardware compliance and safety testing.
He is a Certified Reliability Professional (which is the Indian equivalent of ASQ's Certified Reliability Engineer), and was chosen to lead the Reliability Engineering team at Larsen & Toubro.
He has played a key role at Syncro Medical Innovations, Inc., a startup company, where he participated in product design, prototyping, and optimizing processes for manufacturability and cost.
He handled design verification and validation, and component quality validation, and biocompatibility testing. He developed new vendor relationships, monitored their performance, and managed and coordinated the supply chain and inventory.
He also initiated CAPA for the very first time in Syncro.
He was also responsible for handling the regulatory process and brought the company's regulatory documentation from scratch to FDA audit ready in 4 months.
At Cleveland Medical Polymers, Lalit has participated in evaluating polymer compounds for suitability to electrophysiological sensing.
He enabled quantitative material comparison by building test platforms and performing data analysis.
He has participated in the design, prototyping, and implementation of ECG acquisition platforms specifically for dry contact ECG measurement.
Lalit is capable of, and has demonstrated skills in handling both hardware and software development for new medical products, including setting up manufacturing and handling regulatory requirements.