Mr. Wichems joined Vertos Medical in September 2011 and served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing prior to becoming president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors. Previously, Mr. Wichems served as director of marketing for medical devices in the plastic surgery market for Allergan Medical. He has almost a decade of experience in the healthcare industry through product management, marketing, and strategic planning assignments at Allergan and Johnson & Johnson.
Mr. Wichems earned a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, a master degree in engineering from North Carolina State University, and a MBA from Duke University.
Ms. Colbert brings both financial and commercial experience to her role at Vertos Medical.
Previously, she held the position of vice president, customer and sales operations for the surgical division of Bausch & Lomb. Ms. Colbert also served in several roles including vice president, finance & sales operations for eyeonics Inc., an ophthalmic device company whose rapid growth and impending IPO prompted Bausch & Lomb to acquire the company in February 2008.
One of the longest tenured employees at Vertos Medical and holding a Business Administration degree from Miami University, Mr. Gray brings over 20 years of medical device experience to the leadership team. Before coming to Vertos to start the domestic sales team, Mr. Gray held various sales and sales management positions with Baxter, Interpore-Cross, Oratec Interventions and St. Jude Neuromodulation. Well versed in the pain management market space, he has been successful in bringing cutting edge procedures to market and building effective teams that challenge the norm and establish them as standards of care.
Karen Davis, Vice President of Clinical Research
Ms. Davis has been in the medical device industry for over 20 years, including 13 years in interventional neurovascular with ev3 Neurovascular and Micro Therapeutics Inc. Her experience has included positions in marketing, business development, and clinical research. Ms. Davis was senior director of clinical research at ev3 Neurovascular, where her responsibilities included implementation and management of all clinical studies worldwide. Ms. Davis also served as director of business development for Intersect Partners, a medical device incubator. Ms. Davis began her career on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch and Needham & Company, where she was vice president of corporate finance and head of the Heathcare Investment Banking Group. Ms. Davis holds a BA in mathematics from Colorado College and an MBA from Stanford University.
Mr. Lalor brings to Vertos Medical over 25 years of medical device leadership experience in manufacturing, quality control and product development. Prior to joining Vertos Medical, Mr. Lalor held various operational and technical management positions at C. Brewer Co., ev3, Terumo, 3M Health Care, and Cardiovascular Devices Inc. (prior to its successful acquisition by 3M Health Care).
Mr. Lalor has been a key leader in successful product launches, scaling up manufacturing capacity, and improving product quality. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from California State University, Long Beach.