President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Keith Valentine has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 2015, our President since July 2015 and joined our Board of Directors in July 2015. Prior to joining SeaSpine, Mr. Valentine served as President and Chief Operating Officer of NuVasive, Inc. from January 2007 to April 2015 and as President from December 2004 to January 2007, prior to which he served in various senior executive roles in Marketing, Development and Operations since joining NuVasive in 2001. Previously, Mr. Valentine served as Vice President of Marketing at ORATEC Interventions, Inc., a medical device company acquired by Smith & Nephew PLC, and spent eight years in various roles with Medtronic Sofamor Danek, including Vice President of Marketing for the Rods division and Group Director for the BMP Biologics program, the Interbody Sales Development Effort, and International Sales and Marketing. Mr. Valentine received a B.B.A. in Management and Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
John Bostjancic has served as our Chief Financial Officer since March 2015. Prior to this, Mr. Bostjancic served as acting Chief Financial Officer of the SeaSpine business within Integra since December 2014. Prior to that, he was Integra’s Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain from February 2012 through November 2014, where he was responsible for global planning, kitting, distribution, logistics and customer service functions and led the project team implementing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “unique device identifier” rule in 2014. From 2008 until January 2012, Mr. Bostjancic was Senior Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis at Integra. Since Mr. Bostjancic joined Integra in 1999, he held roles of increasing responsibility in the finance organization, including Corporate Controller from 2003 through 2006. Before joining Integra, Mr. Bostjancic was a manager in the accounting standards team at Merck & Co., Inc., a publicly traded global health care company, from 1998 through 1999 and worked in the business assurance organization at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1993 through 1998. He received his B.S. in accounting from the College of New Jersey.
Vice President, Sales
John Winge has served as our Vice President, Sales since June 2015. From August 2008 to June 2015 he served as Vice President, Sales of Integra’s U.S. Spine division. He was also Vice President, Marketing for Integra’s U.S. Spine division from June 2011 to September 2013. Mr. Winge joined Integra in August 2008 when Integra acquired Theken Spine, LLC,a privately held medical device company focused on spine, where Mr. Winge served as Executive Vice President, Sales and played an integral role in building Theken Spine from approximately $6 million to roughly $50 million in annual revenue. Prior to joining Theken Spine in 2004, Mr. Winge led the distribution business for REO Spine as the U.S. distributor for Eurosurgical Ltd., a distributor of surgical instrumentation and medical equipment products, from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Winge worked with various independent distributors from 1992 to 1998 as a spine hardware sales representative and manager. Mr. Winge began his medical device career as a sales representative for Sofamor Danek. Mr. Winge received a B.A. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Vice President, Global Operations
Brian Baker has served as our Vice President, Global Operations since July 2015 and, from March 2015 to July 2015, was Vice President, Operations of the SeaSpine business within Integra. From November 2013 until March 2015, Mr. Baker was an industry consultant providing mergers and acquisitions and business process optimization services. Beginning in 2007, Mr. Baker was with Integra following its acquisition of Physician Industries, Inc., a company which sold pain management products and of which Mr. Baker was President and Chief Executive Officer from 1994 until 2007. At Integra, Mr. Baker served as President of Integra’s Pain Management division from May 2007 to September 2011 and as Vice President, Operations from September 2011 until November 2013. Mr. Baker received a B.A. in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Vice President, Spinal Implant Systems and International
Colin Smith serves as our Vice President, Spinal Implant Systems and International. Prior to this role, Mr. Smith served as Integra LifeScience’s Vice President, Product Development for spine from 2011 to 2015. While at Integra, Mr. Smith led spine marketing from 2014 to 2015 and served as Vice President, Global Hardware Product Development for Integra’s Orthopedics and Tissue Technologies division in 2014. Mr. Smith joined Integra in 2011 when Integra acquired SeaSpine, where he had served as the Executive Vice President, Product Development and Marketing since joining the company in 2003. Prior to joining SeaSpine in 2003, Mr. Smith served in marketing and product development roles for Interpore Cross, Stryker Corporation and Terray Corporation. Mr. Smith received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary (Canada) and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University.
Vice President, Marketing
Troy Woolley serves as our Vice President, Marketing. Prior to joining SeaSpine, Mr. Woolley served medical device companies in the strategic marketing and development of surgical products and procedures as a consultant, and held roles with Lanx - Biomet Spine as Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Medical Education and Sales Training. Previously, Mr. Woolley spent 13 years with NuVasive in leadership roles in marketing and product development contributing to revenue growth from $0 to over $600 million. His achievements include the successful development, launch and commercialization of XLIF and several other novel minimally disruptive spine procedures. Mr. Woolley received a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from University of California, San Diego.
Vice President, Regulatory, Clinical and Quality Assurance
Laetitia Cousin serves as Vice President, Regulatory, Clinical and Quality Assurance. Prior to joining SeaSpine, Mrs. Cousin spent 16 years in progressively senior positions at NuVasive. Most recently, she served as NuVasive’s Vice President, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, Quality Assurance. Mrs. Cousin has nearly two decades of medical technology experience, primarily in regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and premarket clinical studies and has demonstrated excellence in scaling, influencing, and strategically guiding global regulatory, quality and clinical teams in the spinal device and tissue industry. Mrs. Cousin received a B.S. in biological sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Vice President, Orthobiologics and Business Development
Tyler Lipschultz serves as our Vice President, Orthobiologics and Business Development. Mr. Lipschultz is responsible for orthobiologics marketing and development, as well as business development for all of SeaSpine. Prior to joining SeaSpine, Mr. Lipschultz served as Executive Vice President of NuVasive, including four years leading global operations and, prior to that, leading the Biologics organization. Over the course of his career, Mr. Lipschultz has also held global management roles at Spine Wave, VERTx, DePuy, Smith & Nephew, and Stryker. He has also served as an equity research analyst for Piper Jaffray where he focused his research on orthopedic and spinal markets. Mr. Lipschultz received a B.A. in economics from Kalamazoo College and an MBA from Purdue University.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Patrick Keran has served as our General Counsel since October 2015. Prior to joining SeaSpine, Mr. Keran provided strategic and business advisory services to a variety of life sciences companies, including acting as Chief Legal Officer to NAIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held international drug development company. From February 2010 to February 2015, Mr. Keran served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Mast Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly held clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, and from August 2006 to February 2010, he served as its General Counsel. He also served as Mast’s Principal Financial Officer from July 2009 to January 2013. Previously, from 2004 to 2006, Mr. Keran was Associate General Counsel at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly known as Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a publicly held drug discovery and development company. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Keran practiced corporate law at the law firms of Heller Ehrman LLP and Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP, specializing in public and private financings, licensing arrangements, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. Mr. Keran is licensed to practice law in the State of California. Mr. Keran received a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.