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.
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Andrew Jackson has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2018 and as our Secretary since July 2018. From October 2016 to April 2018 he was Chief Financial Officer for AltheaDx, Inc, a molecular diagnostics company specializing in precision medicine. From March 2014 to March 2016, Mr. Jackson held senior financial positions, including Chief Financial Officer, at Celladon Corporation, a publicly-traded, clinical stage biotechnology company. From April 2013 to March 2014 he held senior financial positions at Sapphire Energy, an industrial biotechnology company. Mr. Jackson received a MSBA in Finance in December 2006 from San Diego State University and a BSB in Accounting in June 1992 from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Jackson is also a certified public accountant (inactive).
Jeffrey J. Kraws has served as our Co-President since May 2018 and served as the President of Ra Medical from August 2016 until May 2018. Since 2003, Mr. Kraws has served as Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Crystal Research Associates and CRA Advisors. Mr. Kraws is a partner at Grannus Securities Pty Ltd. (an Australian based private equity fund) since November 2015. Prior to founding Crystal Research Associates, Mr. Kraws served as co-president of The Investor Relations Group (IRG), a firm representing primarily under-followed, small-capitalization companies. Previously, Mr. Kraws served as a managing director of healthcare research for Ryan Beck & Co. and as director of research/senior pharmaceutical analyst and managing director at Gruntal & Co., LLC (prior to its merger with Ryan Beck & Company). Mr. Kraws served as managing director of the healthcare research group and senior pharmaceutical analyst at First Union Securities (formerly EVEREN Securities); as senior U.S. pharmaceutical analyst for the Swedish-Swiss conglomerate Asea Brown Boveri; and as managing director and president of the Brokerage/Investment Banking operation of ABB Aros Securities, Inc. He also served as senior pharmaceutical analyst at Nationsbanc Montgomery Securities, BT Alex Brown & Sons, and Buckingham Research. Mr. Kraws also served in the treasury group at Bristol-Myers-Squibb Company. Mr. Kraws serves on the board of directors of Avivagen (TSX:VIV), Saleen Automotive, Inc. (OTC: SLNN), and is Chairman of the Board of Synthetic Biologics (NYSE:SYN). Mr. Kraws holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS degree from State University of New York, Buffalo.
Dan Horwood has served as our General Counsel since October 2018. From April 2018 until October 2018, Mr. Horwood served as Corporate Counsel to Teradata Corporation, a data and analytics, cloud analytics and consulting company. Mr. Horwood was Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. from 2014 through 2018, advising life sciences and technology companies on public offerings, private financing, mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance, public company reporting and corporate governance. From 2012 until 2014, Mr. Horwood served as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary to Groupon, Inc., a worldwide e-commerce company. Mr. Horwood began his legal career at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance. Mr. Horwood received a B.A. in Government from Connecticut College and a juris doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania.