Our Advisors and Partners

Board of Directors

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Ashok Rao

Board Chairman

Ashok Rao is a decorated Serial Entrepreneur with five successful high technology start-ups of his own. Currently, he is an Angel Investor, investing in several start-ups, mentoring their founders, and serving on their boards. He has led and contributed to the successful exit of several startups. From 2014-2017, Ashok was the Chairman of Adhesys Medical, Inc. That year, he led the sale and acquisition of Adhesys to Grunenthal in April 2017. He now serves as the Chairman of their Advisory Board. In addition, Rao is the Chairman of BioMed X Innovation Center in Heidelberg, Germany, and Houston, TX and is the Principal Investor & Chairman of SiNode Systems. Rao is a member of the prestigious 20-member GOOSE Society of Texas (The Grand Order of Successful Entrepreneurs), founded by Dr. Jack Gill & Compaq founder Rod Canion. From 2011 to 2014, Ashok served as Chairman of TIE Global. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi. He received his masters from Marquette University. In addition, he received his diploma in Financial Management from the London.


David Motley, M.B.A.


Mr. Motley is Co-founder and General Partner at BlueTree Venture Fund, a Pittsburgh-based venture capital firm investing in med-tech and IT companies at the Series B stage. He is also Managing Director at Headwaters SC, a mid-cap investment banking firm that provides sell side and buy side transaction support, advisory services and growth capital to business-owning families. Previously, Mr. Motley held the position of Vice President and General Manager at Covidien, Inc. Surgical Devices, where his principal responsibilities were franchise management, portfolio management and strategy for its $2 billion portfoli of surgical products.

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Matt Kesinger


Mr. Kesinger was an EMT in Boston, MA for two years where he learned firsthand how hard it can be to diagnose a stroke with just a clinical exam. Upon attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he conducted and ultimately published research on the difficulties of pre-hospital providers diagnosing stroke. His years of work on this problem led him to create AlphaStroke. In order to develop and bring it to market, Matt co-founded Forest Devices with Dan and Steve. Matt is on a leave of absence from Medical School, where he developed a deep understanding of the neuroscience behind our stroke detection method, and an understanding of urgent/emergency care in both pre-hospital and emergency room environments.


Ian Colrain, Ph.D.

Board Member

Ian Colrain, PhD is President of SRI Biosciences, one of the largest research organizations in the United States. SRI partners with organizations worldwide to bring new medicines and devices to market through basic research, technology discovery, preclinical development and clinical translation. Ian is an internationally recognized leader in sleep research using EEG and evoked potentials. He has published over 300 articles, chapters, and abstracts, and he is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for Compumedics Pty. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of EEG-based diagnostic equipment. He has led the technical diligence for venture investments in numerous neurology companies.He was the clinical senior research fellow in the Stanford University Sleep Disorders Center and held tenured faculty appointments at Auckland University in New Zealand and The University of Melbourne in Australia where he is currently a professorial fellow. He served as a reserve officer in the Australian Army Psychology Corps and earned the Australian Defence Medal.


Steve Fleck, M.B.A.

Board Member

Steve Fleck is Chief Operating Officer of ConnectiveRx, the nation’s leading provider of technology-enabled pharmaceutical commercialization solutions for specialty and branded medications. Steve leads the company’s enterprise operations, product management, and data analytics organizations. Steve was Founder & CEO of Careform, a leader in technology-enabled pharmaceutical Hub services, prior to its acquisition by ConnectiveRx in November 2017.

Prior to Careform, Steve was the co-founder and served as CEO and CTO of ClearCount Medical Solutions from its inception to acquisition by Stryker. Steve led the development of ClearCount’s innovative surgical device technology focused on patient safety and operating room efficiency.

Steve holds nineteen U.S. patents in the medical device field and serves as a Director of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. He earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and a BS in applied and engineering physics from Cornell University.

Our Advisors



W. Frank Peacock, MD, FACEP, FACC

Chief Medical Officer
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Mark Wholey, M.D.

Dr. Wholey is Director of the Center for Vascular and Neurovascular Interventions and Allegheny Health Network. He specializes in peripheral vascular procedures and is considered a pioneer in his field, having founded medical technology companies, developed popular medical devices and treated thousands of patients. He is a co-founder of EndoTex and Embolic Protection, both acquired by Boston Scientific Corp., and of Medrad. He is also the inventor of many medical devices, including the Wholey Wire.


Lawrence Wechsler, M.D.

Dr. Wechsler is a professor of neurology and neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Stroke Institute and has been very active in the treatment of stroke and its debilitating effects. Dr. Wechsler has served as local principal investigator for national and international clinical trials testing new treatments for acute stroke.



Denis Olson

Disciplined, high performance orientated Senior Executive with experience in varied functional disciplines including Production Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Quality, Commercialization Processes and Service. Background also includes International organic start-up business projects, identification of acquisition targets, working with Private Equity partners, in-depth financial analysis, and leading due diligence processes required to support acquisition projects for business growth targets WW. Skilled at developing processes and strategies needed for Mission and Vision deployment, long term strategy development, organizational planning requirements, International Commercialization projects and Quality Management processes required for performance excellence and Best-In-Class performance. Deep Business knowledge in Post-Sale Support strategies and assessment including Customer Support, Field Service, Depot Service, Technical Assistance, Service Marketing and driving Service Businesses to increased profitability and performance. Has also developed Communication tools and forums across varied disciplines for strategy roll-out, executive updates, employee updates and ongoing annual strategies to communicate Business information as needed to ensure Business plans are met and executed.


John Tedeschi

John is a proven marketing and sales executive with a distinguished career of delivering consistent, progressive results. He has demonstrated success in customer focused marketing and sales, distributor sales, corporate accounts, and building start-up sales organizations in Europe and Japan. Managing sales and marketing departments, John has delivered brand growth and functional excellence with North American and International sales and marketing teams growing sales from $17 million to more than $600 million in annual revenue over his career. He has over 25 years of executive experience including: Managing global commercial field organizations (sales, service, and clinical support organizations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America, and Australia), Member of the Executive Committee at MEDRAD (during the period when they received two Malcolm Baldrige Awards) with responsibilities across all aspects of corporate management, and member of the Board of Directors (Life’s Work of Western PA, Clarion School of Business Administration).


Penn Krause, FACHE

Penn Krause is a healthcare operations and business development leader with management experience in hospitals and startups. As a member of the Community Health Systems' (CHS) senior team, Penn helped lead CHS through rapid growth and IPO. He became a champion of IT while CEO at Mercy Health System, which earned recognition as one of the “Top 100 Most Wired.” Mr. Krause possess an entrepreneurial knowledge of the healthcare industry and delivering new technologies, having developed and grown health IT startups which serve some of the nation's premier health systems.


Peter Cleber

Peter is CEO & Founder of IdeogeniQ, a business based in the Netherlands which supports medical device companies accessing European healthcare markets with selection and management of distributors and distribution channels in order to achieve structural and sustainable growth. IdeogeniQ accompanies companies through all stages of their business development efforts, including product registration, distributor selection, manufacturer representation, sales & marketing strategies, warehousing & supply chain infrastructures and the management of direct and indirect sales & marketing operations in Europe. Peter is a Finance expert, holding a postdoctoral degree in Financial Controlling, as well as an MBA in General & Strategic Management. Peter has more than 25 years of experience in Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals in the EMEA market. He worked as an Executive Director for MEDRAD Inc., responsible for the company’s EMEA business, while later taking ownership of the Bayer Radiology business in EMEA. Peter is based in Maastricht, The Netherlands, fluent in English, German, French and Dutch, and is a strategic, creative & results-oriented leader.

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