Interim Chief Executive Officer and Principal Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Jackson has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2018 and served as our Secretary from July 2018 through December 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 the President of Ra Medical since August 2016. 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.
General Counsel and Secretary
Dan Horwood has served as our General Counsel since October 2018 and as Secretary since December 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.
Chris Folk, PhD
Vice President of Engineering
Dr. Folk served for the past four years at ViaCyte, a privately held regenerative medicine company, most recently as Engineering and Device Manufacturing Director. He was responsible for product development including the redesign of its lead product candidate PEC-Direct, a novel biologic-device replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes. Prior to ViaCyte, Dr. Folk spent three years as Device Strategy Principal Engineer at Amgen, where he evaluated and determined unmet drug delivery needs across the company’s entire portfolio and led internal device R&D programs to enable new routes and methods of drug delivery. Before that, Dr. Folk served for three years as Research & Development Manager for Covidien Neurovascular (formerly ev3) with responsibility for overseeing cross-functional teams that successfully launched three FDA 510(k)-cleared catheters to treat ischemic stroke and aneurysms. During his tenure, he managed the R&D team that created the first hypotube-based catheter for neurovascular access, allowing unprecedented torque and transmission of force.
Earlier in his career he was Senior Design and Applications Engineer-Medical Devices for Microfabrica Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of micromachine devices, where he was the technical manager for NIH-funded minimally invasive heart surgery research and co-invented the device published as the first all-micro electro-mechanical system (MEMS) medical devices surgical tool. He began his career in the Technical Leadership Program at General Electric, a world leader in the design and manufacture of commercial and military jet engines, leading a team developing the high-pressure engine core for an advanced military prototype.
Dr. Folk holds 10 issued patents with more than a dozen pending. He has coauthored articles published in the peer-reviewed journals Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions, International Journal of Robotics Research, Rapid Prototyping Journal and Journal of American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Folk holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an MS in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.