Our People

  • Business Strategy & Execution

  • Product Development & Commercialization

  • Investor Relations & Fundraising

  • Operational Leadership

  • Financial Modeling Profit & Loss Management

  • Contract Negotiations

  • Marketing

  • Revenue Generation

  • Board Leadership

Dan Sands, Managing Partner

Growth

Growth-driven, decisive, and award-winning entrepreneur with expertise in scaling and expanding companies in the medical device and technology industries. Perceptive corporate strategist who recognizes new market opportunities and stands up businesses from concept to commercialization and acquisition. Multi-patent holder known for transforming ideas into groundbreaking products and technologies highly sought-after by large healthcare and medical device companies.

Experience

  • Drove all aspects of three successful startups and three corporate expansions.
  • Commercialized 20+ patented medical devices worth tens of millions of dollars in new revenue.
  • Built strong commercial relationships and won multiple complex contracts with original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and hospitals.

Education

  • Associate of Science (AS) in Plastics Engineering Technology | Ball State University
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Manufacturing Engineering Technology | Ball State University
  • Master of Science in Management (MSM) | Indiana Wesleyan University
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  • Strategic Portfolio Development

  • Product Road-Mapping

  • Design for Manufacturability

  • Design Control Processes & Standards

  • Lean Practices & Continuous Improvement

  • Business Planning & Strategy

  • Complex Product Development

  • Portfolio Prioritization

  • Resource Allocation and Tools

Shaher Ahmad, Partner

Product Life Cycle Management

Innovative engineer, research and design expert, and product launch specialist who provides guidance to companies throughout the complete product development cycle. Builds on his leadership roles in small and large medical device companies and extensive network to offer expertise to bring medical products from concept to commercialization.

Experience

  • Research and development engineer and executive leader with extensive expertise in medical device innovation and commercialization.
  • Numerous patents for medical devices, systems, and methods.
  • Record of developing and implementing progressive strategic vision, building and managing teams, and engaging stakeholders.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Bioengineering | Arizona State University
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) | University of Texas at Dallas
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  • Building Effective Leadership Teams

  • General Management

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • New Product Development

  • Financial Management

  • Board Leadership

  • Business Integration

  • Strategic Planning & Implementation

Bob Peterhans, Partner

Business Strategy, Execution & Operations

Dynamic, self-driven, and results-focused executive with extensive experience supporting growth and enhancing profit for several global organizations in the healthcare industry. An executive advisor who motivates and mentors teams through leadership and aligned objectives.

Experience

  • Successfully led multiple global medical device divisions ($50M – $500M in revenue) to growth and profitability.
  • Acquired three businesses and led the integration of five businesses into acquiring organizations.
  • International experience navigating cultures in start up and large corporations.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering | Michigan Technological University
  • Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical Engineering | University of Iowa
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Marketing | University of Chicago
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  • Board Management

  • Innovation

  • Business Development

  • Program Management

  • Executive Leadership & Employee Relations

  • Executive Advising & Coaching

Mark Shaker, Partner

Partner Engagement

Highly motivated and engaged executive who has successfully driven innovation and operational excellence for a large health system in the Midwest. Career commitment to the delivery of quality care, revenue growth, and financial efficiency.

Experience

  • CEO of three divisions of health system including 500+ bed health systems and teaching referral center.
  • Hospital / health system executive focused on employee relations, financial management, clinical and operational quality, and financial / cost management initiatives.
  • Assist entrepreneurs and healthcare business realize their missions and financial success.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) | The Ohio State University
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA) | Washington University School of Medicine
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  • Business Development

  • Lean Canvas (Desire, Feasibility, Viability)

  • Product & Technology Roadmap
  • Research & Development

  • Product Management

  • Intellectual Property

  • Project Management & Rescue

  • Startups / Bootstrapping

Mike Wentz, Partner

Business Development

Partners with medical startups to create value by turning problems into products. Utilizes extreme customer focus and a collaborative approach to align practical technology with the business needs of the company.

Experience

  • Strong science and technical background with 20 years of experience across research, product development, marketing, regulatory, and business development.
  • Recognized as a project catalyst and effective translator between engineers, cross-functional teams, clinicians, executive leadership, and stakeholders.
  • Comfortable in a boardroom creating a company vision, or digging into the weeds with scientists and engineers to solve a mission-critical technical problem.
  • Appreciation for strategic partnerships, co-development, technology transfer, and bootstrapping for early shareholder value.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Mechanical Engineering | University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Science (MS) Mechanical and Bioengineering | University of Pittsburgh
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  • Commercial Team Creation and Leadership

  • Sales & Marketing Strategy

  • Revenue Generation

  • Market Evaluation

  • Product Development & Commercialization

  • Operational Leadership

  • Supply Chain Management

  • General Management

Kevin Haines, Partner

Sales and Marketing

Sales, marketing, and general management executive responsible for the successful commercial launch of numerous medical devices. Winner of multiple awards for sales and marketing excellence who utilizes “in-field” experience to build dynamic commercial teams. Significant experience building relationships with key stakeholders within small and multi-billion dollar organizations.

Experience

  • 25-year successful career including multiple President’s Awards for sales and marketing excellence.
  • Led the formation and commercial efforts of private equity startup resulting in the acquisition of four medical device companies totaling $150M+ in revenue.
  • Commercially launched multiple successful medical device product lines.
  • Built several outstanding commercial teams.

Education

  • Bachelor of Administration in Economics | Indiana University
  • Executive Leadership Training

  • Talent Acquisition & Development

  • National & International Sales Leadership

  • Revenue Generation

  • Commercial Team Building

  • P&L Ownership

  • New Market Identification & Penetration

  • Board Relations & Collaboration

  • Product Development & Launch

Paul Rhyne, Partner

Sales and Marketing

Global sales executive with a record of leading organizations through building and developing award-winning healthcare teams that understand how to drive demand, increase market share and deliver increased top-line profitable growth. Experienced problem-solver with diverse experience leading regional, national, and international sales teams. Broad experience in startup, pre-revenue startup, and Fortune 100/500 companies.

Experience

  • Held every important commercial sales role within Class III surgical device implant space.
  • Led the creation, development, and commercialization plan of disruptive surgical illumination platforms for minimally invasive spine surgery.
  • Led national and international commercial teams responsible for launching over 20 new Class III surgical devices.
  • Former United States Army officer that led high-performing teams in the most demanding environments.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Pre-med / Biology | The Citadel Military College of South Carolina