Advisory Board

Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering

Syed has recently been the head of Abbott Vascular's innovation incubator group with a vision of Targeted innovation optimizing short Term and long-term business growth options. The group has delivered 10 successful proof-of feasibility projects (2007 thru 2013). Successful feasibility projects include Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffold for peripheral vasculature, clinically showing product feasibility. Syed's technical contributions include Biomaterials for Clinical application, Local Drug delivery, and Mathematical modeling of Biomedical therapy. In addition, Syed leads the innovation... Read More

Steve joined NEA in 2015 as a Venture Partner on the Healthcare team where he focuses on the Medical Device investing practice. Prior to joining NEA, Steve served as Medtronic’s Senior Vice President for Medicine and Technology and was a member of the Medtronic Executive Committee for 14 years. By forging relationships with global technology partners and technical universities, he oversaw long term internal technology investments while participating in strategic corporate investments in emerging private companies. He also served as a member of the Business Development and Strategy... Read More

CEO of Apurba Technologies Inc.

Fuad Rahman, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur with extensive background in building companies in the area of software technology. He is the Founder and CEO of Apurba Technologies Inc., a technology based software IP Company. Headquartered in the Silicon Valley, USA, Apurba has now branch offices in Bangladesh and Malaysia. Apurba specializes in building software - specifically in regulatory compliance, data mining, large data analytics, mobile enterprise and mobile app development spaces. As an IP based company, Apurba holds significant stakes in multiple companies, some of which are Newsfile... Read More

General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners

Carmichael Roberts joined North Bridge Venture Partners in 2007. His scientific expertise has positioned the firm to capitalize on breakthroughs in chemistry and materials. Carmichael Roberts started his career as a technologist. He moved into business "developing applications for his research interests" and subsequently to entrepreneurship and venture capitalism, exploring ways to finance those businesses. Carmichael invests predominantly in companies that make products using chemistry, materials science and/or materials engineering, with a primary focus on early stage ventures... Read More

Divisional Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Vascular Abbott Laboratories

Charles A. Simonton, MD is a practicing Cardiologist (Heart Specialist) in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Simonton graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1980 and has been in practice for 36 years. He completed a residency at Moffitt Hospital University of Ca. Dr. Simonton also specializes in Interventional Cardiology. He currently practices at The Sanger Clinic Charlotte and is affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center Lincoln and Carolinas Medical Center Pineville. Dr. Simonton accepts multiple insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Simonton is board certified... Read More