Our Management Team
William Olson, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Olson is a seasoned med-tech executive with approximately 20 years of operational leadership experience. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Satient, a life-science strategic advisory firm based in Menlo Park, California. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of ACT, an electrophysiology catheter developer, and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sawtooth Labs (NASDAQ:AVGR). Mr. Olson also served as Vice President of corporate development at FoxHollow Technologies which was acquired by Medtronic (NASDAQ:MDT). His broad experience also includes direct sales for Guidant’s (NYSE:GDT) Cardiac Rhythm Management division, strategy and operations consulting at Deloitte Consulting and six sigma project management at GE (NYSE:GE) Medical Systems. Mr. Olson holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and undergraduate degrees from Boston College, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Henk van der Laak, Director of Sales, EMEA
Henk van der Laak serves as Director of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
He brings extensive experience in the international medical devices industry, in particular in the interventional radiology, cardiology, and endovascular field.
Before joining ArtVentive, he held the position of regional Sales Director for Europe at HemoCue AB, a Danaher Company. Mr. van der Laak previously served in European sales leadership roles with SenoRx Inc. and Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company. He established direct sales, marketing and logistics operations, including the set-up of a European central warehouse, and managed international distributor networks in the EMEA region. Mr. van der Laak was involved in the market introduction of new interventional vascular technologies, thereby building successful relationships with KOL’ s across Europe.
Leon Rudakov, President and Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Leon Rudakov, is the founder of the Company and the Company’s President and Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for the development of the Company’s technologies. Dr. Rudakov pioneered the development and commercialization of several cardiovascular devices, including a stent graft for coronary artery bypass surgery and a unique neurovascular device for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. He currently holds 34 patents and pending applications. Dr. Rudakov is the inventor of the Company’s EOSTM vascular plug and a family of new products in the Company pipeline.
Dr. Rudakov has more than 25 years of experience in R&D, engineering, and management. He has held several executive management and leading R&D positions with international corporations including Booz Allen&Hamilton, and startup companies. Dr. Rudakov holds a PhD in mechanical engineering. He is also a graduate of the Business Executive Program at Duke University.
Tyson Brill, Director of Sales, USA
Tyson Brill serves as Director of Sales for ArtVentive Medical Group. He is responsible for creating client partnerships and advancing commercial sales in the United States.
Mr. Brill benefits from more than twelve years of progressive responsibility in the medical device industry. Prior to joining ArtVentive, he managed and developed new business opportunities for Infraredx, Inc. (acquired by Nipro Corporation TYO:8086) where he commercially launched the first and only available catheter to combine near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) technologies to identify intracoronary lipid-core plaques long suspected of causing heart attacks.
Mr. Brill has extensive startup, sales planning and management experience from previous roles at AccessClosure (purchased by Cardinal Health, Inc. NYSE:CAH) and GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Neil Reithinger, Chief Financial Officer
Neil Reithinger serves as CFO of ArtVentive Medical Group.
Mr Reithinger is the Founder and President of Eventus Advisory Group, LLC, a CFO-services firm that specializes in capital advisory and SEC compliance for publicly-traded and emerging growth companies. He is also the President of Eventus Consulting, P.C., a registered CPA firm in Arizona. Mr. Reithinger is an experienced CFO with over 22 years of diversified practice in a broad range of industries including life sciences, consumer products, mining, energy services and digital media. Mr. Reithinger has successfully created initiatives to streamline accounting processes and SEC compliance, develop capital markets strategies, restructure and optimize operations and spearhead due diligence for financings and acquisitions. He has strong leadership and administrative skills, experience in building efficient processes and managing and developing accounting and finance staff.
Since August 2014, Mr. Reithinger has served as the CFO of Orgenesis Inc., a publicly-traded cell therapy and regenerative medicine company with a technology focused on curing Type 1 diabetes. Prior to forming Eventus Advisory Group, LLC in December 2009, Mr. Reithinger served in various executive management positions including COO & CFO of New Leaf Brands, Inc., a branded beverage company, CEO of Nutritional Specialties, Inc., a nutritional supplement company (that was acquired by Nutraceutical International, Inc. NASDAQ: NUTR), Chairman, CEO & President of Baywood International, Inc., a publicly-traded nutraceutical company. Prior to that, Mr. Reithinger worked for Bank of America. Mr. Reithinger earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Advisors – Madison Square Capital
Rob is a co-founder of Madison Square Capital and advisor to ArtVentive. He has extensive experience in business, technology, funding, law, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and corporate finance. He has worked for, and served as a business and systems consultant, to major bulge bracket investment firms and has worked at world renowned law firms as a practicing attorney for major U.S. corporations and investment banks. Rob has a unique combination of practical experience in business funding, consulting and law. Rob holds a B.S in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Mikhail is a co-founder of Madison Square Capital and advisor to ArtVentive. He has a extensive experience in analyzing and funding public and private companies and has assisted them with corporate restructurings, public and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, due diligence, and litigation claims. Mikhail previously worked with a prestigious New York based special situations capital markets firm focusing on middle market transactions.
Mikhail holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Winona State University together with a J. D. and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver. Mikhail is admitted to practice law in New York, Washington D.C. and Colorado. He is also admitted to practice law in United States Tax Court.
Scientific Advisory Board
The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) consists of well-recognized international members of the medical and scientific communities related to areas pertinent to AVMG’s development.
The mandate of the SAB is to assist the Company in its identification, development, and cutting-edge direction of opportunities and product development. The Board also advises on clinical studies and scientific and regulatory affairs.
Philippe Gailloud, MD - Chairman
He has been working in the field of image-guided therapy for more than 15 years.
Anthony Venbrux, MD
Dr. Venbrux is the director of Interventional Radiology at The George Washington University Hospital and is also a professor of Radiology and Surgery at the University’s Medical Center, in Washington, DC. His special interest is in women’s health, including the areas of uterine fibroid embolizaton, non-surgical treatment of pelvic varices as a cause of pelvic pain, as well as venous and arterial peripheral vascular disease.
Dr. Venbrux received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and received his fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, in the department of Angiography and Interventional Radiology.
Dr. Venbrux has served as chairperson of the Cardiovascular Radiology Council of the American Heart Association since 2001.
Adriaan Moelker, MD, PhD
Dr. Moelker earned his MD and PhD on MR imaging in the Interventional Radiology department. Following a 4 and half year residency in Radiology, he became a staff radiologist at Erasmus MC. Since 2011, he is head of the Section of Interventional Radiology, one of the largest interventional radiology practices in the Netherlands with six interventional radiologists and two fellows. Since 2015, the Erasmus Medical Center has become leading in hepatopancreaticobiliary oncologic patient care and, therefore, the Interventional Radiology is concentrated around complex liver interventions such as thermal ablations, radio-embolizations and portal vein embolizations. Besides, expertise is on arterial and venous endovascular procedures such as pelvic congestion syndrome and chronic venous occlusive disease. Adriaan collaborates intensively with the “Image Guidance in Interventions and Therapy” research theme of the Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam, supervising several PhD students with projects in the field. This research specifically focuses on improving image guidance by integrating pre-operative image information in the interventional situation for cardiovascular and soft tissue applications.
Jonathan S. Reiner, MD
Dr. Reiner is a professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Dr. Reiner’s papers have been published in over 85 journals and publications pertaining to Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. His work spans over 21 years and he has been honored with many awards, including the Squibb Society award for Cardiac Angiography and the Intervention Fellowship for Research in Cardiac Imaging. He is a Fellow within the American College of Cardiology and member of the American Heart Association.
Robert Gannan, MD, PhD
Dr. Gannan is the founder of two successful medical corporations, and past National Medical Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Physicians Endoscopy. He is also the past Director of Gastroenterology at the Overlake Hospital Medical Centre in Washington.
Dr. Gannan is an international speaker at medical conferences on scientific and business related topics, such as therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatograpy, development of biliary stents and inflammatory bowel disease and development of ASCs (ambulatory surgery centers).
He has written and co-authored over 100 publications and presentations, in addition to being a member of a number of Scientific Advisory Boards to leading corporations within the global medical community. He is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the University of Rochester Medical School. He also teaches gastroenterology and advanced endoscopy in developing countries.
Andrew Akman, MD
Dr. Akman is currently an Assistant Professor for the Department of Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC. Dr. Akman was previously an Interventional Radiologist at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Clinical Instructor for Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland — following his tenure at the Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, as an Instructor in the Department of Radiology, Division of Body Imaging.
Dr. Akman received his Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Business Administration May 2003 from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston prior to his Fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Akman has written 13 publications, educational exhibits, and presentations, in addition to being a member of the Society of Interventional Radiology.