• Kamal Ramzipoor

      President and Chief Executive Officer

      Kamal Ramzipoor is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Perceptive Navigation, LLC. Mr. Ramzipoor has been a medical device technical and business executive for over 30 years with a wide range of experience from raising capital to building and managing medical device companies.

      Prior to his work at Perceptive, Kamal was the CEO of Amaranth Medical Inc, an early stage medical device company that was engaged in the development of bioresorbable drug-eluting polymeric stents. In that role, Kamal built, staffed, trained and managed vertically integrated new operations, in U.S. and Asia, including Research and Development, Manufacturing, Clinical/Quality/Regulatory, Accounting and finance.

      Kamal also had the role of Director of Research and Development for the Neurovascular Division of Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC), where he was responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of novel devices for the treatment of stroke. Before BSC, he was the Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Research and Development at Micrus Endovascular. While holding this position, he was responsible for developing and launching the company’s first product, a revolutionary device platform for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. Micrus was acquired by Johnson and Johnson.

      Kamal was the first member of the senior management team that created Acuson’s new percutaneous ultrasound transducer division. As the leader of that team he oversaw the development and managed of the new organization within Acuson. In this role he directed the development of the first minimally invasive under blood imaging technology (AcuNav). Acuson was acquired by Siemens.

      Previously, Kamal was the Director of Research and Development at Progressive Angioplasty Systems (acquired by Tyco Healthcare), where he was responsible for developing stents and angioplasty catheter systems for cardiovascular applications. Earlier in his career, Kamal held several engineering and management positions at Guidant and Boston Scientific. Before entering the medical device field, he spent several years in the aerospace industry developing polymer-based, lightweight, high strength, thermo acoustic composite structures for a variety of applications in the field.

      Kamal has authored or co-authored over hundred issued or pending patent applications. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Detroit Institute of Technology.

      Mike Zipparo

      Ph.D., Ultrasound Engineer

      Dr. Zipparo has over 30 years of experience in ultrasound array and imaging technology. He previously worked for TETRAD, at one time the world’s largest OEM array manufacturer. He then directed R&D at W.L. Gore, another ultrasound technology company. He has particular expertise in catheter based ultrasound and will be invaluable in getting Vu-Path to market. His responsibilities include iterative design of the transducer including in-vitro and in-silico testing, help with decisions on final clinical design and oversee manufacturing design and third-party OEM supplier evaluation.

      Chris Dykes

      B.S., Design Engineer

      Mr. Dykes is an engineer with over 20 years of expertise and experience with medical device design and fabrication. He has previously worked in product development and design with several large publicly traded biomedical companies. His expertise is in catheter design, plastics, ergonomics and mechanical testing. Most recently, Mr. Dykes held a position at GE Medical as a Marketing Product Manager for Infant Care microprocessor controlled thermoregulation microenvironments.

      Pei Zhang

      Ph.D., Research Engineer

      Dr. Zhang has over 20 years experience with biomedical engineering with a significant amount of expertise related to evaluation of various ultrasound technologies. Dr. Zhang has independently performed large animal studies using various imaging modalities and assisted in clinical studies of novel medical devices. She has extensive experience with design, development and testing of novel devices in the pre-clinical and clinical settings. Dr. Zhang’s responsibilities includeperformingin-house testing and coordinating ultrasound machine programming, transducer development, pre-clinical testing and clinical trials.