Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bryon L. Merade
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Merade has spent the past 20+ years in Women‘s Health and Urology with the past 18 years leading organizations in this sector. Mr. Merade founded Caldera Medical in April 2002, and focuses on corporate strategy, portfolio development and intellectual property. In addition, he is currently serving as Chapter Chair for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and is a board member of Foundation for International Urogynecological Assistance (FIUGA) a charitable arm of International Urogynecological Association (IUGA).
In 1997, Mr. Merade founded Surgical Solutions, Inc. which he built into a successful medical device distribution organization focused on Gynecology and Urology technologies. Prior to founding Surgical Solutions, he served as Director of U.S. Sales for BEI Medical Systems, a publicly traded manufacturer of devices for the Gynecology market acquired by Boston Scientific. While at BEI, Mr. Merade had complete responsibility for the company‘s U.S. sales operations, which represented 88% of BEI‘s revenue. He led a team of 70 sales representatives, 15 distributors and 20 inside sales professionals. Mr. Merade began his career with Integra Precision Corporation as a Regional Sales Manager, where he had sales management responsibilities in numerous states and developed his region into the company‘s largest revenue producing and most profitable area.
Mr. Merade received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, his B.S. in Business Administration from Regis University, and an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Moorpark College.
Alexander L. Cappello
Mr. Cappello has led several public and private companies including Cappello Capital Corp. (member NASD-SIPC), a global merchant bank, whose principals have conducted over $140 billion in transactions in over 50 countries. Mr. Cappello has more than 35 years of global experience in corporate management, corporate finance, investment banking and merchant banking. He currently serves as a Trustee of the University Southern California (USC), and the Board of the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP). In addition, he serves as a Trustee of the City of Hope, a Director of RAND Corporation‘s Center for Middle East Policy (CMEPP) and the RAND Russia Forum, Director of California Republic Bank (largest capitalized bank in California history) and Lead Director of The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ).
Formerly he was Chairman of Inter-Tel (NASDAQ), a global leader in high speed routers and telecom solutions; Chairman of Intelligent Energy, PLC (London), a global technology leader in hydrogen fuel cells; Chairman Geothermal Resources Intl. (AMEX); as well as a Director of Cytrx (NASDAQ), Genius Products (NASDAQ) Koo Koo Roo, Inc (NASDAQ) and Chairman Advanced Biotherapeutics (OTC). Mr. Cappello also served as Chairman of the International Board of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Mr. Cappello received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 1977 with honors, including recognition as an “Order of the Palm” scholar. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Goodwin College in Stamford, CT and has been inducted in the Order of Honorary Fellows at Marymount College in Palos Verdes, CA.
Dr. Fred Haney
Dr. Haney has been a venture capital fund manager and private investor for twenty six years. He is a co-founder and Chairman of NovaDigm Therapeutics, Inc. He is also a co-founder of Dynamic Reconfigurable Computing, Inc., a provider of super-computer co-processors.
Dr. Haney was the founder and manager of 3i Ventures, California, a venture capital fund that invested $80 Million in 60 companies and produced top-quartile returns. He has been a principal in numerous investment transactions, and he has served on the board of directors of 25 private companies and 4 public companies. He founded the Monday Club, an active 150-member startup business mentoring group, in 1983. He was a co-founder, in 1997, of Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment group in the U.S. Dr. Haney has held senior management positions with Scientific Data Systems, Xerox, Computer Sciences Corporation, and TRW. The Orange County Forum for Corporate Directors named him “Director of the Year for Early Stage Companies” in 2002. In 1999, he was selected “Mentor/Angel of the Year” by the American Electronics Association in Orange County.
He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University, and a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Mr. Pikover held various executive, founder, and CEO-level positions at a number of private and public technology companies and has guided numerous private companies through financing, public offerings, and acquisitions. Mr. Pikover is currently a private investor and board member of 6 companies.
Previously Mr. Pikover was Chairman of 5square as well as Chairman and CEO of Access360. In 1993, he was co-founder and EVP of Xylan Corporation (XYLN), which was one of the fastest-growing technology companies in history and was responsible for the sale of Xylan to Alcatel in 1999 for $2 billion. Mr. Pikover has served as a board member of 20 companies.
Mr. Pikover was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the San Fernando Business Journal in 2005, and is a co-author of Security Provisioning: Managing Access in Extended Enterprises.
Mr. Ziering served as Chief Executive Officer of Diagnostics Products Corporation, a medical manufacturer that employed over 650 people in Los Angeles and 1,800 worldwide, from 1999 until Siemens acquired the company for $1.86 Billion in 2006.
Mr. Ziering joined Diagnostics Products Corporation in 1986 as legal counsel, and served as Vice President-Administration from 1988 to 1994, Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 1999, and as President from 1994 to 2004.
Mr. Ziering earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and is an alumnus of University of California Santa Barbara with his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.