MEET OUR DEDICATED LEADERSHIP TEAM
AirXpanders®has a committed group of professionals with over 100 years of combined experience in medical device and technology development. AirXpanders® team is led by some of the industry’s most exceptional leaders and innovators.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Mr. Dodson is President, CEO, and a member of the board for AirXpanders®. He has over 25 years of executive management and leadership experience in the medical device industry with Boston Scientific, Orthofix Orthopedics, and BarrX Medical. Most recently, Scott was the President and CEO of Avantis Medical Systems, where he led the company through their Series C financing and two successful bridge financings. He oversaw the securing of Medicare reimbursement; the completion and publication of the largest tandem designed, randomized trial in medical device history; and the development of a next generation imaging system for global, full-market release. Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and has completed the Executive Management Program of both Columbia University and Babson College.
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Payne has extensive leadership experience in research and development with a focus on the execution of early stage technologies. He has held positions as a Research Engineer/Scientist for Cytyc Surgical Products and Manager of Mechanical Systems Design and Drafting for United Technologies, where he and his teams worked on and delivered multiple projects for the aerospace industry. Mark has successfully submitted seven patent disclosures and has published several peer-reviewed publications. Mr. Payne received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from University of Michigan and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL AFFAIRS
Ms. Kelley has over 20 years of experience in hospital clinical, quality, and risk management and five years in clinical research, and has extensive experience in medical quality analysis. Prior to joining AirXpanders® as the Director of Clinical Affairs in 2010, she held a number of management positions, performed audits for FDA submissions, and served as the liaison to hospital lawyers for medical legal cases at John Muir Medical Center. Kathy has initiated and run clinical trial sites, both nationally and internationally in Europe and South America. She has experience in several start up medical device companies such as Zeltiq Aestheics and Revascular Therapeutics. Kathy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Boston University.
SR. DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Mr. Morefield has over 15 years of Medical Device and Aerospace experience with a focus on transitioning innovative technologies through late stage development into full scale manufacturing. He most recently held the position of Sr. Director of Manufacturing and Engineering at Avantis Medical Systems, where he was responsible for advancing operations during the course of clinical studies and into full commercialization and through the eventual transition to off-shore manufacturing. Prior to joining Avantis, Tony spent eight years in varying leadership roles with Align Technology in the product development and manufacturing groups and was instrumental in building Align’s unique, world-class manufacturing operation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
For the past 12 years, Mr. Lai has been a Director at Montgomery Professional Services Corporation in San Jose. During his time at Montgomery Professional Services Corporation, John served as a financial services expert for multiple clients in industries ranging from medical devices to software and Internet products and even insurance and consumer products. John’s expertise ranges across financial planning, audits, forecasting, investment strategies, modeling and downstream accounting activities.
SR. DIRECTOR OF QUALITY AND REGULATORY
Ms. Nouri brings over 20 years of medical device experience with expertise in national and international quality systems, products assurance, and regulations. Recently, she served as the Vice President of Quality and Regulatory for Asante Solutions in Sunnyvale, CA, where, through the implementation of a quality system, she secured a CE Mark and 510K under new FDA regulations. Prior to Asante, Naghmeh was Vice President of Quality and Regulatory at Health Hero Network and Radiant Medical. She has a wealth of experience in implantable devices, drug delivery systems, and cardiovascular products in companies such as Aradigm, Ventritex and Siemens Medical Systems. Naghmeh holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers in Electrical Engineering where she graduated in the Honors Program.