Board of Directors
Oern Stuge MD
Independent Chairman of the Board
Dr. Oern R. Stuge is the independent non-executive Chairman of the Board. He is an international executive with more than 30 years of experience in the life science sector. Dr. Stuge is the owner of ORSCO Life Sciences AG, through which he holds several executive and non-executive board memberships and advisory roles.
Prior to founding ORSCO, Dr. Stuge worked for 12 years for Medtronic, Inc. in different roles including Senior Vice President (“SVP”) & President Europe & Central Asia, and SVP & President Cardiac Surgery. He was a member of the Medtronic Executive Committee & Operating Committee. Dr. Stuge has been credited for successfully transforming Medtronic’s global Cardiac Surgery business and accelerating the growth in its neurological and cardiovascular business in Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Dr. Stuge earned an MD from University of Oslo, an MBA from IMD, Switzerland and an INSEAD Certificate of Corporate Governance.
Jason Hannon joined Mainstay Medical as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director in October 2017. Mr. Hannon has extensive experience in the medical devices industry, particularly in the areas most critical to the future success of Mainstay: commercialization of new products, penetration of new markets, product innovation, strategic and financial planning, raising capital, regulatory and clinical management, and the building of a high-performance culture.
Mr. Hannon previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of NuVasive (NASDAQ:NUVA), a leading medical device company focused on transforming spine surgery with minimally disruptive, procedurally-integrated solutions. During his 12 years at the Company he helped grow NuVasive from a small U.S.-centric business with a handful of products into the third largest spine company in the world.
Mr. Hannon has a JD degree from Stanford University and a BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Antoine Papiernik is a Non-Executive Director of the Company and is a Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners, which he joined in 1997. Sofinnova has been an initial investor and Antoine has been an active board member in public companies like Actelion, ProQR,Shockave Medical, Novus Pharma (then sold to CTI), Movetis (then sold to Shire), Mainstay Medical, Pixium Vision and Stentys which went public respectively on the Zürich stock exchange, the NASDAQ, the Milan Nuovo Mercato, the Belgium Stock Exchange, the Irish Stock Exchange and EuroNext Paris, in Cotherix (initially NASDAQ listed, then sold to Actelion), CoreValve (sold to Medtronic), Fovea (sold to Sanofi Aventis), Ethical Oncology Science (EOS sold to Clovis Oncology), and Recor Medical (sold to Otsuka). He has also a board member of private companies Rgenix, Gecko, Highlife, SafeHeal, MD Start, Medday, and Reflexion Medical. Antoine has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. In 2012 and 2011 Antoine was selected by Forbes for its “Midas List” of the world’s top venture capital investors. Antoine is one of the only Europeans to have appeared on the list, and one of the few life science investors.
Non-Executive Independent Director
Mr. David Brabazon was a co-founder of Adapt Pharma Limited and served as Chief Financial Officer and a board member. Adapt Pharma Limited is a US focused speciality pharmaceuticals business which was acquired by Emergent BioSolutions Inc. in October 2018. Mr. Brabazon continues to serve as Chief Financial Officer of Adapt Pharma Limited. Mr Brabazon previously was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Azur Pharma plc, which merged with Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc in early 2012. Mr. Brabazon continued to serve in the merged business as Senior Vice President of Finance and Company Secretary until late 2012. Prior to Azur Pharma, Mr. Brabazon served as Vice President of Finance and Group Financial Controller of Elan Corporation plc.
Mr. Brabazon is a chartered accountant and holds a Masters of Accounting degree from University College Dublin, Ireland and a Master of Business Administration degree from INSEAD, France. Mr. Brabazon serves as a director of Headway (Ireland) Limited which provides support and services to people affected by brain injury.
Independent Non-Executive Director
James A. Reinstein has more than 25 years of medical device experience. James was the President, CEO and board member of Cutera, Inc. a NASDAQ listed global device company at the forefront of the medical aesthetics space, until January 2019. Just prior to Cutera, he was the President and CEO of Drawbridge Health, a joint venture of GE Healthcare and GE Venture. Previous to Drawbridge, he was the President and CEO of Aptus Endosystems Inc. where he led the sale of the company to Medtronic for over $100 million. Prior to joining Aptus, James served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer at Cyberonics, a neuromodulation company focused on helping patients with epilepsy, depression and chronic heart failure. James spent 17 years at Boston Scientific in various roles and functions including business development, marketing and general management. Most of his career at Boston Scientific was spent working and living in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
James was employed by Procter and Gamble after graduating with a BA in Marketing from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in Athens. He also completed post graduate studies in management at INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France. James is a General Partner at Palo Alto Medtech Advisors, and also sits on the board of directors of a publicly traded company, Pixium-Vision based in Paris, France and Monteris Medical, a privately held company located in the United States.
Danny Sachs MD
Dr. Dan Sachs is a founder of KSpine Inc., Respicardia, Inc., Mainstay Medical Inc., and Amphora Medical, Inc., all venture-backed medical device companies. He serves as Associate Director of the Innovation Fellows Program within the Institute for Engineering in Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and on the Oversight Committee of the Coulter Translational Research Program at the University of Michigan. He was previously a venture capital investor with Investor Growth Capital and Spray Venture Partners, for which he served on the Board of Directors of Neurometics (STIM), CoTherix (acquired), and CHF Solutions (acquired). He previously served as Instructor in Medicine on the faculty of Harvard Medical School in the Division of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Sachs earned an MD from the University of Michigan, and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Greg Garfield is a Non-Executive Director of the Company and is Head–Medical Technologies Division of KCK-U.S., Inc. Mr. Garfield serves as a director on the boards of numerous private and public companies in the healthcare industry. From 2006 to 2011, he had various roles at Acclarent, Inc., a medical technology company, including Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Acclarent, Inc. was acquired by Johnson and Johnson at a valuation of approximately $800 million cash in January 2010. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Garfield had various roles at Guidant Corporation, a medical technology company, including Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel. Guidant was acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation in 2006 at a valuation of approximately $27 billion in cash and stock. Mr. Garfield has a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.
Nael Karim Kassar
Nael Karim Kassar is an Investment Partner of KCK Group which follows a multi-asset strategy including venture capital and private equity.
Mr. Kassar has been a Director on the board of Mainstay Medical International plc since June 17, 2016. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of OnePhone Holding AB and as a Director of KCK Ltd., KCK Properties Ltd., Future Finance Loan Corporation Limited, Timeshare Finance Investments Limited, Specialty Finance ICAV Limited, Sentient Energy, Inc., Citizens Parking Inc., Affirmed Networks, Inc., SiGNa Chemistry, Inc., HPS Del Mar Holdings LLC and BioInspire Technologies, Inc. He served as a Director of Tunnel Capital City Partners Inc and Hibernia NSG Limited.
Nael holds a bachelor degree in Pure Mathematics from Imperial College London together with a Masters in Advanced Studies in Mathematics from Cambridge University.