Jagi Gill, PhD
Jagi Gill, PhD, is the chief executive officer and founder of Tenex Health. He has led the company starting from licensing the initial technology from the Mayo Clinic, to successfully raising the finances to operate the company, completion of product development, and securing regulatory approval to commercialize the TX1™ System in the United States.
Jagi brings over 15 years experience from his tenure in various executive positions in management, marketing, and business development at Boston Scientific, Advanced Bionics, and the Mayo Clinic. In addition to Tenex Health, Jagi has cofounded two other medical device companies.
Clay Wilemon is chief executive and chief strategy officer of DevicePharm, a marketing strategy and integrated marketing solutions provider for medical device, biotech, life science, and biopharma companies. He has 25 years experience in medical device marketing with both early-stage companies and global healthcare leaders.
Clay and his team at DevicePharm have been recognized with dozens of national and international healthcare marketing awards for branding, integrated marketing, website design, and direct-to-consumer and physician marketing.
Rom Papadopoulos, MD
Rom Papadopoulos, MD, is the managing partner of The Intuitus Group, a merchant-banking firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. He brings more than 20 years of medical technology investment and merchant banking and entrepreneurial experience.
Rom has a proven, extensive track record in business startups, patent and intellectual property protection and strategies, business development and expansion, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, marketing, and operations. Most recently, he has cofounded three med-tech firms.
Ivan Mijatovic is the managing partner of VCI Partners, a private equity firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He brings more than 15 years of executive capital markets, telecommunications, and healthcare experience. Prior to establishing VCI Partners Ivan served as the senior vice president of corporate development for Barr Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest specialty generics companies in the world. He was a member of the management board and chief financial officer of Pliva, a multibillion dollar publicly listed pharmaceutical company based in Europe.
Ivan also held various Board of Director positions in several companies in the telecommunications, banking, and infrastructure sectors.
Tommy G. Thompson
Tommy G. Thompson is a former United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary and four-term Governor of Wisconsin. Following his term in public office, he built on his efforts as HHS Secretary and Governor to develop innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing American families, businesses, communities, states and the nation as a whole. These efforts focus on improving the use of information technology in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices; promoting healthier lifestyles; strengthening and modernizing Medicare and Medicaid; and expanding the use of medical diplomacy around the world.
Governor Thompson served as HHS Secretary from 2001 to 2005 and is one of the nation’s leading advocates for the health and welfare of all Americans. Governor Thompson has dedicated his professional life to public service and served as Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001. Governor Thompson made state history when he was re-elected to office for a third term in 1994 and a fourth term in 1998.
Doug Kohrs brings more than 30 years of experience in medical devices with 20 of those years spent as a founder or CEO for several innovative medical device companies. In addition to his contributions as CEO, over the past 15 years he has served on the board of directors of 10 diverse medical technology companies.
Doug was most recently CEO and President of Tornier, a premier orthopedics company which he guided from a family-owned business to a global player in the joint replacement and soft tissue repair markets. Prior to Tornier, Doug was CEO of American Medical Systems where he turned a small urological-products firm into a successful public company. Before that, he was one of the founders of Spine-Tech, an orthopedic manufacturer later acquired by global medical technology giant Sulzer.