Select Management & Advisor Biographies
Benjamin V. Booher, Sr.
Founding Member & President
Ben is the inventor of our device and brings over 45 years of experience in design, engineering and development of technologies and products, including during his tenure at Chrysler. His experience includes F500 c-suite business and licensing negotiations, and patent and IP development. Ben and his wife first faced challenges surrounding Preterm Birth during the time of their youngest son’s birth in 1987 (and again with the birth of their youngest daughter in 1999). Since that time, Ben has engaged in research that is now supported by the latest scientific discovery uncovering the significance of biomechanical forces, acting upon the lower uterine segment and cervix, in exciting the progression of birth. Ben designed, built, and lab tested our initial device prototypes, including those prepared and utilized in our first and very successful human fitment studies from 2016 – 2017. Ben is responsible for the development of our highly efficient and effective business model and building the empowering relationships with our affiliates.
Company Member & Executive Vice President
Julie Causey is Chairman emeritus of Western Bank and on the Board of Directors of Fairview Health Services and the Board of Trustees of Minnesota Public Radio. Through 2015, Julie served as Executive Chairman of the $550MM Western Bank with accountability for profitability, strategy, asset quality, capital adequacy, and risk management. She led the successful sale of the 100-year-old bank in 2012 and then continued to lead the bank for 2+ years including serving on the Board of Directors of the $3B acquiring bank. Julie served on the Board of Directors of the $30B Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the Board of Trustees of Colby College, and the Board of Directors and as Audit and Finance Committee Chair for the HealthEast Care System. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Colby and an M.B.A. in Finance from Wharton. By way of her deep understanding of M&A, growth and innovation in the banking and healthcare industries, Julie brings unique experience, insight and strategic focus to ViaTechMD.
Teresa A. Murray, PhD
Company Member & Scientific Advisor
Dr. Murray received her PhD in Bioengineering from Arizona State University, to then become a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, and now holds the position of Edmondson/Crump Endowed Associate Professor for Biomedical Research and Rehabilitation Science, at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Murray was a recipient of the highly competitive National Science Foundation “NSF” Graduate Research Fellowship and two NSF IGERT Fellowships. Dr. Murray has 19 years of research experience and biomedical engineering design. One of the driving forces behind her decision to enter the bioengineering profession was her prior experience managing a health clinic serving an at-risk population. She shares our intense desire to improve the health of women.
Maximillian D. Fiore
Company Member & Business Advisor
Max is the Principal at The Fiore Group and Chief Product Development and Operations Officer at NxThera, Inc. where he was key in transforming the company from an R&D startup into a highly successful commercial entity, mass producing a complex medical system. NxThera recently sold its technology to Boston Scientific for a reported $408M. Max drove innovation, internal R&D and M&A activities at American Medical Systems leading to the sale of AMS to Endo Pharmaceuticals in 2011 for $2.9B (a 45% premium to the previous year’s average share price and the largest medical device deal of 2011). Max holds BSEE and BS degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University; MSEE from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University School of Business, Palo Alto, California, summer 1998, Schwab Executive Program, Product Development and Manufacturing Technology; Max is currently on the advisory board of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota.
Clinical Research Director & Advisor
Shantal is the founder, President and CEO of Stiris Research and Stiris Research USA. Before starting Stiris, Shantal was a Director at a mid-sized CRO where she led teams in global and North American clinical trials. Prior to that, Shantal held positions at both Hoffmann-La Roche and Janssen Ortho Inc. (Johnson & Johnson group of families). Shantal received a B.A. from Western University and her business training through the Tuck Executive Education Program at Dartmouth and the Ivey School of Business at Western University.
Mark DuVal, J.D.
Regulatory Counsel & Advisor
Mark is President of DuVal & Associates, P.A.. Prior to founding the firm, Mark was general counsel for 3M Pharmaceuticals and Drug Delivery Systems working both domestically and internationally. He was on assignment for 3M Health Care Systems, Ltd. In Europe based out of the United Kingdom. He then worked at Medtronic in Corporate Compliance for FDA, Anti-kickback, False Claims Act, HIPAA & HITECH, and other advice related to the FDA-regulated industry. Mark earned his Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law where he served as executive editor on the law review, and his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from St. Cloud State University. Mark has served on various boards including the Minnesota BioBusiness Alliance, Minnesota Biosciences Council, The Food and Drug Law Institute and has been a former Chairman of the Minnesota State Food, Drug, and Medical Device Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is also on the Board of Advisors of the Masters in Regulatory Affairs Services program at St. Cloud State University.
Lisa Pritchard, BSEEE
Clinical Strategy & Trial Design Manager
Lisa is a Regulatory, Quality & Compliance Consultant at DuVal & Associates, P.A., She focuses on advising clients on Regulatory, Quality and Compliance topics. Lisa work involves worldwide regulatory strategies, marketing submissions and applications (FDA submissions including pre-submissions, 510(k)s, de novos, PMAs, advisory panel meeting preparation, etc.; European Design Dossiers and Technical Files, Canadian license applications, Australian listing applications, etc.); quality system strategies and compliance topics. Lisa brings over 25 years of experience in working with industry. Lisa has executed successful Regulatory, Quality and Compliance strategies at a variety of device companies including American Medical Systems, Medtronic, UroMedica, and EnteroMedics. She brings extensive experience in strategy development, submission preparation, regulatory body negotiations, advertising/promotional materials assessment, inspection/audit preparation and conduct, quality system design, risk assessment, development of design control documentation, usability evaluations, clinical trial design, and adverse event reporting. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, from North Dakota State University.
Virgene ‘V’ Zumbrunn
Clinical Operations Manager
V is our Project Manager at Stiris Research. V has an A.B. in chemistry and a M. Sc. in molecular biology from Princeton University. She transitioned from the lab to clinical research in 2003, first working in a busy Boston hospital as a study coordinator. She has held industry positions in regulatory and pharmacovigilance, and has worked as a Project Manager for clinical trials for the last 13 years. Over the last decade, she has worked in a variety of therapeutic areas (oncology, neurology, endocrinology, women’s health) and phases of trials (I-IV) and medical device. V is passionate about investigating new therapies for patients. V has managed ViaTechMD's clinical operations since 2016.
Keith’s career has included key leadership roles in the medical device and healthcare industries. He served as Vice President & General Manger, RTI Surgical, where he was responsible for International business development and strategy in the surgical implants and device segments across Latin America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, and Asia Pacific Regions. His extensive experience in the Women’s Health surgical segment includes global roles with American Medical Systems and Boston Scientific. His roles included: Regional Managing Director, where he was responsible for market development and product launch execution across the Asia Pacific and Latin America Region; International Director, Women's Health Marketing, where he was responsible for the Women's Health product portfolio, and; Regional Director, Western Europe & Canada, where he managed business development and operations, including the women’s health portfolio. Most recently, Keith served as CEO & President of One Spot Tech where he established an effective management team and created a strategic roadmap for the company’s software technology platform. Keith holds a BA in Biology from Yale University and marketing certificate from Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Dr. William Gannon, Jr.
Clinical & Regulatory Advisor / CSD Study & Trial Monitor
Dr. Gannon serves as Chief Scientific Officer & Medical Director for Capital City Technical Consulting, Inc. (CCTC) in Washington, D.C.. He received his medical and clinical training at Ross University, Case Western Reserve and George Washington University. He btained an M.B.A. at George Washington University in 1988 and has since built a wealth of experience in the management of clinical trials including designing the trials and building operational teams to ensure their successful completion. Dr. Gannon has held positions in multinational Clinical Research Organizations, medical device, biotech and pharmaceutical firms. Dr. Gannon has managed clinical trials and operations, regulatory strategies and submissions, and execution of Phase I through Phase IV clinical trials in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Additionally, Dr. Gannon is involved in philanthropy in the Washington, D.C. area and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Engineering World Health Organization and The Foundation for Sickle Cell Research.
ViaTechMD extends sincere gratitude to the following for their ongoing collaborations:
Andrea D. Shields, M.D.
Vice-Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio; Member, Medical Executive Council, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio; and, Director of Research, Education and International Development, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Brook Thomson
Director of the OB Hospitalist Program, Children's Hospital of San Antonio
Dr. Peter Nielsen
OB-in-Chief for the Children's Hospital of San Antonio
Richard J. Migliori, M.D.
Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealth Group
Phyllis D. Marx FACOG and M.D.
Midwest Center for Women's Healthcare
Brian C. Brost, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Surgery, Wake Forest University School of Medicine Program Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal and Fetal Medicine / High Risk