Richard “Dick” Emmitt, MBA, our Chairman and Director Nominee, is widely regarded as one of the most experienced and successful investors in the medical device industry. Mr. Emmitt is a Senior Partner of InnovaHealth Partners, a New York-based private equity firm focused on the MedTech industry. He also is a General Partner and a co-founder in 1988 of The Vertical Group, a New Jersey-based MedTech focused investment firm. Mr. Emmitt’s background includes all stages of private equity, venture capital, and pubic equity markets. Among his former investments and board of director memberships are companies in virtually all major sectors of the MedTech industry: American Medical Systems (acquired by Endo Pharma and now a part of Boston Scientific); ENTrigue Surgical (acquired by Arthrocare/Smith & Nephew); ev3 (acquired by Covidien/Medtronic); Galil Medical (acquired by BTG/Boston Scientific); Lifecell (acquired by KCI); OsteoBiologics (acquired by Smith & Nephew); SciMed Life Systems (acquired by Boston Scientific); Tornier (acquired by Wright Medical); Velocimed (acquired by Saint Jude); Wright Medical (acquired by Stryker); and Xomed Surgical (acquired by Medtronic). Additionally, his investments also include Outset Medical (Nasdaq: OM) and Silk Road Medical (Nasdaq: SILK).
Prior to his career as a venture capital and private equity investor, Mr. Emmitt was an investment analyst recognized as one of the leading experts on the health care industry by Institutional Investor Magazine. Mr. Emmitt received a BA in Economics from Bucknell University and an MBA from The Rutgers School of Business. Mr. Emmitt is well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his experience as a director of multiple public companies and his over 40 years of management and leadership positions in the medical device industry.
Axya Medical, ENTrigue Surgical, ev3, Galil Medical, Micro Therapeutics, MimOSA Medical, and Tornier