Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer, Co-President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dean Irwin founded Ra Medical in 2002 and has served as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board since September 2002 and as Co-President since May 2018. Prior to forming Ra Medical, Mr. Irwin was Vice President of Research, Development, and Engineering at PhotoMedex, Inc., a manufacturer of excimer lasers, from February 1998 to August 2002. Prior to his tenure at PhotoMedex, Inc., Mr. Irwin provided scientific consulting for Intel Corporation from January of 1999 to August 1999 and was Vice President of Engineering and General Manager at SpatiaLight, Inc., a manufacturer and seller of high-resolution liquid crystal on silicon microdisplays, from June 1993 to February 1998. Mr. Irwin was also a founder and Chief Scientist at DIR Corp., a custom equipment development company, from May 1985 to January 1991. Mr. Irwin has held various engineering positions with Acculase, Inc., a laser development company, (acquired by PhotoMedex), General Atomics, a defense contractor, and Universal Voltronics Corp., a developer of high voltage power supplies. We believe that Mr. Irwin is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his senior management roles in multiple companies in the medical devices industry and his deep understanding of our business, operations, and strategy.
Melissa Burstein, M.B.A.
Executive Vice President and Director
Melissa Burstein co-founded Ra Medical in September of 2002 and has served as its Executive Vice President, and as a Director since September 2002, Ms. Burstein also served as our Secretary from 2002 until 2018. Prior to co-founding Ra Medical, Ms. Burstein held various sales and marketing positions with Eli Lilly and Co., a pharmaceutical company from September of 2001 to March 2003. Ms. Burstein also previously served as Marketing Intern at the Kellogg Company, a consumer packaged goods company from January 2000 to August 2000 and as an Analyst for Sprint International, a telecommunications company from June 1997 to August 1999. Ms. Burstein holds an MBA specializing in international management from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, and a B.S. from Georgetown University. We believe that Ms. Burstein is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to her extensive experience in marketing and sales and her deep understanding of our business, operations and strategy.
Maurice Buchbinder, M.D.
Maurice Buchbinder has served as a director of Ra Medical since January 1, 2017. Dr. Buchbinder has served as Interventional Cardiologist for Maurice Buchbinder M.D., C.M., A Professional Corporation, from October 1994 to present. Dr. Buchbinder holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Doctor of Medicine, Master of Surgery, from McGill University. He completed his post-graduate education at Stanford University where he specialized in Cardiovascular Medicine. We believe that Dr. Buchbinder is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive experience in the medical and medical device industries.
Martin Colombatto has served as a director of Ra Medical since January 2017. Mr. Colombatto has served as a Venture and Industry Partner of Seven Peaks Ventures LLP, a venture capital fund based in Bend, OR, since January 2016. From December 2013 to August 2014, Mr. Colombatto served as a director of PLX Technology, Inc., a technology company. Mr. Colombatto has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Staccato Communications, Inc., an Ultra Wideband semiconductor company, from January 2006 to March 2009 and as Executive Chairman of Staccato Communications, Inc., from January 2006 to September 2010. Prior to joining Staccato, Mr. Colombatto served as Vice President and General Manager of the Networking Business unit of Broadcom Corp., a broadband communication semiconductor company, from July 1996 to July 2002. Mr. Colombatto was also previously employed by LSI Logic, an application specific semiconductor company, from August 1987 to July 1996. Mr. Colombatto also previously held engineering positions at Reliance Electric, a production automation and control company, from August 1985 to June 1987 and Texas Instruments, an electronics company, from June 1982 to April 1985. Mr. Colombatto holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. We believe that Mr. Colombatto is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive management experience and familiarity with our business and strategy.
William R. Enquist, Jr.
William R. Enquist, Jr. has served as a director of Ra Medical since July 2018. Mr. Enquist held various roles at Stryker Corporation, a medical device company, from 1986 to 2014, including Advisor from 2013 to 2014 and President, Global Endoscopy from 1998 to 2013. From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Enquist served as the chairman of the board of directors of EndoChoice Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded medical device company, until its acquisition by Boston Scientific in 2016. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Enquist served as a member of the board of directors of Firefly Medical Inc., a medical device company. Mr. Enquist currently is chairman of the board of directors of Clinical Innovations and board director for SpineEx, both medical device companies. Mr. Enquist earned a BBA from the University of San Diego and completed Harvard University's Program for Management Development. We believe that Mr. Enquist is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors because of his extensive experience as a senior executive officer of other healthcare companies.
Richard Mejia, Jr.
Richard Mejia, Jr. has served as a director of Ra Medical since July 2018. Mr. Mejia previously served as a partner in the San Diego office of Ernst & Young LLP, a public accounting firm, from 1988 up until his retirement in 2008, including that from 2001 through 2008 he led the Life Sciences practice. Mr. Mejia currently serves as a member of the board of directors of SkyBell Technologies, Inc., a technology company. From 2014 to 2018 he served on the Board of Stemedica Cell Technologies, Inc., a life science company and from 2008 to 2015, Mr. Mejia served on the board of directors of Dot Hill Systems Corp., a public company which manufacturers software and hardware storage systems. From 2010 to 2012 he served on the board of directors of Sharp Health, a healthcare delivery system. Mr. Mejia holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California. We believe that Mr. Mejia is qualified to serve as a director because of his extensive experience in public accounting, financial matters, industry knowledge and serving on boards of directors.
Mark E. Saad
Mark E. Saad has served as a director of Ra Medical since July 2018. Mr. Saad currently serves as Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Alethea Capital Management, LLC, an asset management firm based in San Diego. From August 2014 to February 2017, Mr. Saad served as the Chief Financial Officer of Bird Rock Bio, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative immuno-inflammatory regulators. Previously, Mr. Saad served as Chief Financial Officer of Cytori Therapeutics, a medical device developer and manufacturer, from 2004 to 2014, where he was responsible for finance and accounting, business development, and other operating functions. Prior to Cytori, he served as Executive Director of UBS Investment Bank, a multinational investment bank and financial services company, where he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Healthcare Group. Prior to UBS, Mr. Saad was part of the Health Care Investment Banking Group at Salomon Smith Barney, an investment bank. Mr. Saad has been a member of the board of directors of Axsome Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, since December 2014. Mr. Saad holds a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University. We believe that Mr. Saad is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his financial expertise and leadership experience.