About Us

About Us

About Us

Company Overview         Leadership         Board of Directors

Company Overview

PhotonMD® is a medical device company focused on identifying and developing natural, chemical free, non-UV containing light technologies that will enable the treatment of chronic diseases. Our products will treat various health conditions using Modulated Light Therapy (MLTTM ) technology. MLT is a proprietary unique application of specific wavelengths of light that play an important role in unlocking key elements in human physiology. One of the keys to modulating the immune system is the power to control nitric oxide (NO) and reactive oxygen species. PhotonMD uses innovative, precision photomedicine devices to create safe, therapeutic solution for aesthetic, autoimmune, inflammatory diseases and other conditions susceptible to light-based healing.

Leadership

Dr. Medendorp is co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Nick is a seasoned technology and product development leader with over 80 U.S. patents in electronic materials, LED and lighting products. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology development industry and has served in a broad range of functions throughout his career, including research and product development, operations management and marketing. Nick previously served as Vice President of Medical Devices for Novan, Inc., the industry leader in nitric oxide (NO) pharmaceutical drug development, where he was responsible for the development of innovative medical devices for a variety of hard to treat conditions. Prior to his work at Novan, Nick served as Vice President of Research & Development for Cree, Inc., where he was responsible for product development, engineering, compliance and advanced technology development for the LED Lighting Division. He joined Cree in 2004 during the creation of the LED Components division, where he held positions as the Director of Operations, Director of Research and Development and Director of Marketing. In his former work, Nick held a variety of engineering and management positions at Agility Communications, Inc. (acquired by JDSU, Inc.) and Motorola, Inc. Nick received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Purdue University.

Robert P. Catlin is an award-winning marketing and sales leader with seventeen years of experience developing, executing, and measuring business plans in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Previous to PhotonMDTM, Rob was the Senior Director of Marketing at Merz Aesthetics for the Cellfina® System, which he helped launch in 2015. Rob developed all consumer and physician marketing campaigns for the brand, bringing it to market and category leadership within six months of launch. Before working for Merz, Rob was the Director of Marketing for Medicis Pharmaceutical’s Restylane® family of products. Prior to that, he managed the southeast sales team for Medicis and was a brand manager for Allergan Medical. Robert received his Bachelor of Science in finance and marketing from Florida State University and Master of Business Administration from University of Southern California.

Dr. Crizer is a Senior Scientist with over 10 years of experience in bioanalytical chemistry and biophysics. Her expertise focuses on measuring nitric oxide and the downstream biological reactions induced by reactive oxygen and reactive nitrogen species. At PhotonMD, Katey studies the biological reactions activated by light in vitro and in vivo to help design phototherapy solutions that target and correct the underlying causes of diseases. Katey received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she researched the impact of exogenous nitric oxide on bacterial biofilms and airway mucus associated with cystic fibrosis.

Mr. Knape serves as the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, Quality, and Clinical Affairs. He brings to PhotonMD over 25 years of experience in the medical device industry with diverse product knowledge encompassing manufacturing, quality affairs, international & domestic regulatory affairs and clinical affairs. Bill has previously held the position of Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Affairs at ACell, and Sanuwave, as well as early-stage organizations like Endonetics and ACS/Guidant that resulted in their acquisition. He has extensive clinical research experience with conducting over 120 trial protocols leading to multiple US (11 PMAs/35 510(k)s) and International regulatory submissions. He received his B.S. in Medical Technology & Bioengineering from the University of Wyoming and has authored numerous manuscripts.

Mr. Lay, is Director of Design and Development. He is responsible for new concept development, brand design and understanding the patient journey. He has over 20 years’ experience in product design, engineering and managing product development. Michael formerly served as Associate Director of Mechanical Engineering, Medical Devices for Novan, Inc. and prior to that as Advanced Concept Development Manager for the Lighting division of Cree. He is an inventor on over 85 issued US patents and recipient of the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Silver & Bronze awards. His portfolio includes a diverse set of products from fire safety, lighting, exhibits, soft goods and medical products. He received his B.S. of Industrial Design from Auburn University.

Mr. Reynolds is the Director of Engineering. He is responsible for electrical, software and mechanical engineering of products. He’s an experienced manager of electronics and research design, and previously assisted in the growth and success of many multi-million companies including EchoStar Communications, National Semiconductor & CREE. Matt formerly served at the Global IC Applications Manager at Texas Instruments. Matt is a creative innovator, holding US Patents in the field of power electronics, semiconductors, photometry and various  product design.  In his spare time Matt will most certainly be found outdoors either riding his bike, rock climbing, fishing or building a tree house. He received his B.S. in Electronics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Mr. Sharron, Director of Operations, is responsible for the company’s global supply chain and manufacturing. He has over 12 years of operations leadership experience and has worked exclusively in the medical device industry since 2012. Prior to joining PhotonMD, Jesse led global supply chain and manufacturing for TranS1/Baxano Surgical and TransEnterix. Mr. Sharron is a former Marine Corps Staff Sergeant and served in Operation Enduring Freedom. He received his B.S. in Integrated Supply Chain and Operations Management from the University of Phoenix and his MBA from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

Mr. Zarnosky is the Director of Accounting and Administration. Prior to joining PhotonMD, he was the Director of Accounting and Finance for a SaaS based Healthcare Technology company, Medfusion, Inc. Previously he held various finance and accounting positions with Cree, Inc. and was a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in publicly traded and private companies with a focus in the consumer products sector. Mr. Zarnosky started his career as Assistant State Auditor in Ohio and then in North Carolina. He received his BSBA in Accounting from Youngstown State University, his MS in Accounting from Kent State University, and his MBA from East Carolina University.

Board of Directors

Dr. Medendorp is co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Nick is a seasoned technology and product development leader with over 80 U.S. patents in electronic materials, LED and lighting products. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology development industry and has served in a broad range of functions throughout his career, including research and product development, operations management and marketing. Nick previously served as Vice President of Medical Devices for Novan, Inc., the industry leader in nitric oxide (NO) pharmaceutical drug development, where he was responsible for the development of innovative medical devices for a variety of hard to treat conditions. Prior to his work at Novan, Nick served as Vice President of Research & Development for Cree, Inc., where he was responsible for product development, engineering, compliance and advanced technology development for the LED Lighting Division. He joined Cree in 2004 during the creation of the LED Components division, where he held positions as the Director of Operations, Director of Research and Development and Director of Marketing. In his former work, Nick held a variety of engineering and management positions at Agility Communications, Inc. (acquired by JDSU, Inc.) and Motorola, Inc. Nick received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Purdue University.

Mr. Hunter was the founding investor of Novan, Inc. and served as the Company’s Chairman for eight years, personally orchestrating the fund raising of over $100M in private financing. His 25 year track record of successfully raising capital for technology companies in both the public and private sectors began as a Co-founder of Cree, Inc. (NASDAQ:CREE). Neal served multiple roles at Cree, including as the public company CEO and Chairman from 1994 to 2001 and then Chairman until 2005. He was also instrumental in the creation and start-up of LED Lighting Fixtures, Inc. which he co-founded in 2005 to accelerate the use of LEDs in general illumination applications and was subsequently sold in 2008 for over $100M. In total, Neal has been either co-founder, founder, co-founding investor or founding investor in over ten significant start-up ventures in the areas of semiconductor materials & devices, aesthetic materials, software, gourmet food service, commercial and residential real estate, LED lighting systems and life sciences. His proven expertise in technology transfer, from inception of innovations to the creation of market-changing products, has led to the transition to his new role as Chairman of KnowBio, LLC, an RTP based incubator for platform based medical technology and biotechnology companies.

Dr. Stasko is co-founder, President and Chief Science Officer of Novan, Inc. He is the inventor of the core Novan technology and of more than 100 patent filings, 19 of which have issued, and has authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts pertaining to the chemical storage and controlled release of nitric oxide. Dr. Stasko led Novan through each of its private financings totaling more than $100 million, as well as the award of government grants and contracts totaling $15 million, the latter ultimately resulting in Novan’s national recognition as a Tibbetts Award winner for excellence in Small Business Innovation Research.

PhotonMD® is headquartered in the Research Triangle of North Carolina.

627 Davis Drive, Suite 400

Morrisville, NC 27560

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