President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Erik T. Engelson has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since March 2019. Mr. Engelson has also served as a venture partner at ShangBay Capital, a venture capital company, since February 2018. From February 2019 to November 2021, Mr. Engelson was a board member to DeVoro Medical Inc., a therapeutic medical device company. From August 2018 to July 2022, Mr. Engelson was a board member to Neptune Medical Inc., a therapeutic medical device company. From April 2016 to February 2019, Mr. Engelson was a board member and consultant to Arrinex, Inc., a therapeutic medical device company. From August 2015 to March 2016, Mr. Engelson was a General Manager at Medtronic PLC, a medical device company. From August 2014 until its sale to Medtronic PLC in August 2015, Mr. Engelson served as the Chief Executive Officer of Medina Medical, Inc., a medical device company. Currently, Mr. Engelson is a member of the University of California San Diego Bioengineering Department Board of Trustees, a Trustee of the University of California San Diego Biology Dean’s Leadership Council and a Trustee Emeritus of the UC San Diego Foundation. Mr. Engelson received a B.A. in Microbiology and an M.S. in Bioengineering from University of California, San Diego and an Executive M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sandra A. Gardiner has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2020. Ms. Gardiner has served as the Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, Secretary and Treasurer of Pulse Biosciences, Inc., a bioelectric medicine company, since November 2019. Prior to joining Pulse Biosciences, Ms. Gardiner served as Executive Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of Cutera, Inc., a global provider of laser, light and other energy-based aesthetic systems, from July 2017 to November 2019. Previous to that, Ms. Gardiner served as Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Tria Beauty, Inc., a medical device company, from April 2015 until it was acquired in April 2017. Previous to that, Ms. Gardiner served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Aptus Endosystems, Inc., a medical device company eventually acquired by Medtronic plc; Ventus Medical, Inc., a medical device manufacturer; Vermillion, Inc., a medical diagnostic company currently known as Aspira Women’s Health Inc. and Lipid Sciences Inc., a biotechnology company. Ms. Gardiner serves on the board of the Valley Humane Society. Ms. Gardiner holds a B.A. in Management Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Alison McCauley has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2021. Ms. McCauley has served as Chief Advocacy Officer of Unfinished, a social impact organization, since September 2020. In January 2016, she founded Unblocked Future, a strategy firm specializing in emerging categories and markets, and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Ms. McCauley served as Chief Executive Officer of The McCauley Group, a strategic consultancy firm, Vice President Marketing for Xojet, a private aviation company, and Senior Director Brand & Positioning for Oracle Corporation, a software company. Ms. McCauley holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Organizational Behavior and Development from Stanford University.
Steve Tablak has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2019. Mr. Tablak has served as a member of the board of directors of Inflammatix, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company, since August 2017. From September 2015 to February 2017, he served as the Vice President of Roche Molecular Systems Inc., a developer, manufacturer and supplier of a wide array of medical diagnostic products, tests, platforms and technologies. Prior to that, Mr. Tablak served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GeneWEAVE BioSciences Inc., a designer and producer of platforms for the surveillance and detection of infectious diseases, from August 2011 until it was acquired by Roche Molecular in September 2015. Mr. Tablak received a B.A. in Business Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Tuff Yen has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2019. Mr. Yen is the founder and president of Seraph Group LLC, an investment firm he founded in 2004 after working at Chemical Venture Partners and Chase Capital Partners. Mr. Yen currently serves on the board of directors of Zeto, Inc., a medical equipment manufacturer. He previously worked at biotechnology companies Genentech and Amgen in both manufacturing and new product development. Mr. Yen received his undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of California Berkeley and his M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.