Kips Bay Medical Management 
MANNY VILLAFAÑA
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Manny started his career with Medtronic, Inc. as the company's first international sales administrator. Manny went on to found Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. (CPI), a CRM company that revolutionized the pacemaker industry by introducing a long-life lithium iodine pacemaker, a technology still utilized today by 100% of the market. CPI was ultimately acquired by Eli Lilly & Company, which spun out CPI as Guidant, which in turn was acquired in 2006 by Boston Scientific, Inc. After CPI, Manny founded St. Jude Medical, Inc. Manny led St. Jude Medical's development of a novel heart valve that still dominates the mechanical valve replacement market. Manny has also founded and led the public offering for medical technology companies such as GV Medical, Inc., ATS Medical, Inc. and CABG Medical, Inc. Every year 250,000 Americans receive a lifesaving medical device developed by Manny. 
 

 

SCOTT KELLEN
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Scott joined Kips Bay in February 2010 as we began the registration process for our initial public offering. In March 2012, Scott also became our Chief Operating Officer. He served as Director of Finance from 2007 to 2009 and Chief Financial Officer from February 1 to May 1 of 2009 for Transoma Medical, Inc. From 2005 to 2007, Scott served as the Corporate Controller for ev3 Inc. during that company's initial public offering and during additional follow-on offerings. From 2003 to 2005, Scott served as Senior Audit Manager of Deloitte & Touche, LLP (now Deloitte LLP), providing auditing and consulting services to mid-size public companies adjusting to the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Altogether, Scott has spent more than 15 years in the medical device industry, serving early stage and growth companies that produced Class II and III devices. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

 

 
RANDY LABOUNTY
Vice President of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs
Randy has over 20 years of experience in medical device research with 16 years of experience in cardiovascular medical devices. Prior to joining Kips Bay Medical, Randy served as Vice President of Clinical Research at Osprey Medical, Inc. and Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Lumen Biomedical, Inc. He has also held Director level positions at Atritech, Inc., ev3, Inc. and IntraTherapeutics, Inc. Randy has extensive experience with Class II and Class III medical products. He has been involved in all phases of the medical device approval process including the development of clinical and regulatory strategies, clinical trial execution, obtaining FDA Investigational Device Exemptions (IDE) and Post Market Approval (PMA) and 510(k) submissions. Internationally, he has successfully brought medical devices from initial clinical trials through to CE Mark approval. Randy has a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics and Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota. 

 

 
ERIC SOLIEN
Director of Research and Development
Eric has over 20 years of experience in pre-clinical cardiovascular research. Eric began his career with the University of Minnesota's Cardiovascular Research Laboratory (known today as Experimental Surgical Services) and held several positions there before leaving as the Associate Program Director. He served as Study Director and Senior Research Surgeon at Surpass, Inc. (previously River Valley Farms and Charles River Labs, Interventional and Surgical Services) as a member of the research teams, developing novel devices for coronary artery bypass at HeartStent Corporation and CABG Medical. Eric is a certified Surgical Research Specialist and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

 

 
CHRISTOPHER BORG
Director of International Sales
Chris has more than 22 years of successful sales, marketing, and management experience. During the last 13 years, he has focused his attention in the medical device industry encompassing minimally invasive cardiac surgery technologies. He served as the Director of Sales for Cardica, Inc. (CRDC), and focused on anastomotic stapling devices used in coronary artery bypass. Before that, he was the Midwest Regional Director for Johnson and Johnson Cardiac Surgery division, where his focus was in the area of sales and market development with CardioVations/Ethicon products. Chris’s proven track record in the device industry includes, among other accomplishments, Sales Representative of the Year awards and Manager of the Year awards. He was instrumental in the integration of the Heartport technology and sales force into Ethicon, Inc. Most recently, Mr. Borg was honored to be invited as a founding industry member of the newly formed R2S (Robotic Revascularization Society).Chris has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

 

 
RAY HOLLOWAY
Director of Sales and Marketing
Ray has been involved in diverse business activities that include startup stage, intermediate,and mature business environments. His more than 20 years of experience in the surgical device industry has provided a wide-ranging sales and management background.He embraces an entrepreneurial approach to technology, and this coupled with his exceptional drive, perspective, and passion for innovation has produced a proven record of business development. He is founder and served as Vice President of Technical Servicesfor CryoLife, Inc., a tissue engineering enterprise, and he served as President of Organetics, Inc., a firm focused on donor organ preservation. He was the founder and President of Cornerstone Communications, Inc., a commercial printing firm, and was Chief Operative Officer of M-Powered, a development firm applying microwave energy to fuelcell technology to SOFC and PEM fuel cells. In addition to business acumen, Ray is driven by a high standard of ethical behavior and views this principled approach as a guiding priority in business. Ray has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, pre-medical curriculum, from the University of Alabama.