Christopher von Jako, PhD - Board Member

Dr. von Jako is President, CEO at NinePoint Medical and has more than 20 years experience in medical devices.  Dr. von Jako is formerly the CEO and Board Director at NeuroTherm, a privately held medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art minimally invasive solutions for pain management in Spine.  He has served as Vice President of Marketing at Integra LifeSciences and has been director of Sales at Covidien (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), two publicly traded medical device companies. Dr. von Jako also has an excellent track record with start-ups, having served as General Manager and Executive VP at Odin Medical Technologies (acquired by Medtronic) and President and Board Director at Activiews (acquired by Stryker). Most recently, Dr. von Jako has successfully negotiated a $200M agreement to sell NeuroTherm to St. Jude Medical. Dr. von Jako has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and a Masters from M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Cristian Atria - Founder & CEO

Mr. Atria has consulted and worked for Fortune 100, start-up and private equity owned companies (GE Healthcare, Fiagon GmbH, HealthTronics, nView medical). With nView medical, Mr. Atria has successfully secured seed funding from private investors, successfully obtained Small Business Innovation Research grants (SBIRs) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and built a superb team.  Prior to founding nView medical, Mr. Atria worked 13 years for GE Healthcare. His last role was General Manager with Global Profit & Loss responsibility where he ran an acquired start-up in the field of surgical navigation (VTI) and integrated it with GE OEC. Mr. Atria has developed and launched three major image guidance platforms and obtained five 510(k) clearances.  Mr. Atria holds two Masters of Science in Engineering from Supelec, Paris and Politecnico di Torino, Italy and an MBA from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lisa Last - COO

Ms. Last leads the effort in bringing nView products through regulatory approvals and manufacturing as well as leading nView's relationships with contract manufacturers.  Ms. Last has 13 years of experience, 11 with GE Healthcare.  She brings strong systems design, manufacturing and regulatory experience with her to the role.  During her tenure at GE Healthcare, she was a Manufacturing Transfer Project Leader - a key role in bringing technology into production.  Ms. Last's latest responsibilities with GE Healthcare included working closely with the FDA on regulatory issues and she successfully managed stop-shipment lifting for a product that was under a Consent Decree with the FDA.  She also successfully lead various FDA audits.  Ms. Last worked with Mr. Atria in the past, and together they have cleared five 510(k) products.  Ms. Last holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Boston University and a M.Sc. in engineering management from Tufts University.

Kevin Foley, M.D. - Board Observer

Dr. Foley is a practicing neurosurgeon and active entrepreneur who invented many of the surgical devices and techniques that have revolutionized minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Foley is the Chairman of Semmes-Murphy Neurologic & Spine Institute and a tenured professor of neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering at the University of Tennessee. He has authored over 35 book chapters and more than 125 journal publications, lectured at more than 600 scientific meetings and educational workshops, and holds more than 150 patents issued by the USPTO. Dr. Foley is the recipient of the 2019 AANS Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery, awarded by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He received his M.D. from UCLA.

Erica Bisson, M.D. - Advisor

Dr. Bisson is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and the Medical Director of the Ambulatory Neurosurgery CNC Clinic at the University of Utah Health Care.  She obtained her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.  Following her Neurosurgical training, she completed a fellowship in Complex Spinal Surgery at the University of Utah in 2008.  Dr. Bisson's extensive clinical experience with image guidance and surgical navigation, including the use of x-ray fluoroscopy and the intra-operative 3D imaging with the O-arm (Medtronic, Minneapolis MN), making her particularly well suited to advise nView medical.  

Alpesh A. Patel, M.D. FACS - Advisor

Dr. Patel is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Director of Orthopedic Spine Surgery and Co-Director of the Northwestern Spine Center at the Northwestern University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School.  Dr. Patel specializes in cervical spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.  Dr. Patel's experience and research include the areas of cervical spine surgery, cervical myelopathy, herniated discs, minimally invasive surgery, spine trauma and spinal cord injuries.  He also cares for patients with spinal stenosis, spine cancers and tumors, and neck pain.  Dr. Patel is known for his clinical research on patient outcomes, genetics of spinal disease, and injuries of the spine and spinal cord as well as for his research in cost-effectiveness and value in spine care and making spine surgery throughout the United States and the world, safer and more effective.   


Frederic Noo, Ph.D. - Advisor

Dr. Noo is a Tenured Professor of Radiology and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Noo is an international expert in medical imaging, with strong emphasis on image reconstruction, image quality assessment and system design. His research encompasses both diagnostic CT imaging and three-dimensional cone-beam imaging in interventional radiology. To date, he has published 62 peer-reviewed papers and co-authored 98 conference proceedings. Dr. Noo regularly lectures at international conferences and actively serves as a reviewer for the NIH and for scientific journals. He is an associate editor with The IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and is member of the editorial board of Medical Physics. He also has launched and repeatedly chaired the biennial “International Conference on Image Formation in X-ray Computed Tomography."

Valerio Pascucci, Ph.D. - Advisor

Dr. Pascucci, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Extreme Data Management and Visualization at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah; Faculty at the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, University of Utah; Professor at the School of Computing at the University of Utah and Laboratory Fellow at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Dr. Pascucci is an expert in Data Analytics, High Performance Computing, and General Purpose GPU processing.  His interests include low-latency large data streaming for analysis and visualization.  Dr. Pascucci is also the CTO and founder of ViSUS, a University of Utah spin-off focused on managing, processing and delivering massive 2D, 3D and 4D imagery.