Board of Directors

J. Alex Martin

Chairman of the Board

A 40-year, veteran corporate executive of the healthcare and medical device industries, Mr. Martin brings an accomplished track record for growing corporate revenue and successfully transforming global businesses. Mr. Martin was the President and CEO of Coherex Medical, where he led the company to a successful exit with Biosense Webster (a Johnson and Johnson company), in November 2015. Prior to Coherex, Mr. Martin was the President and CEO of WorldHeart Corporation, where he led the company to a successful exit with HeartWare in August 2012. Previously, Mr. Martin has held senior leadership roles with Edwards Lifesciences, Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company, and SonaMed Corporation. Mr. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky.

Andrew ElBardissi, M.D.

Dr. ElBardissi has significant investment experience in the healthcare sector. He is currently an investor on the Private Transactions team at Deerfield Management Company and has previously held roles as an early stage life-sciences venture investor and investment banker. He received residency training in General Surgery at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University. Dr. ElBardissi has been independently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has over 30 publications in leading peer reviewed scientific journals and as presented his research at numerous medical and surgical conferences.

Nicole Walker

Ms. Walker joined Baird Capital’s Venture Capital team in 2013 and focuses on healthcare investments. Ms. Walker is a current member of the Board of Directors at Palyon Medical Corporation, NeuMoDx, and Molecular Imaging. Prior to joining Baird Capital, she managed the strategic planning, market development, and product portfolio initiatives for multiple brands in discrete and continuous blood glucose monitoring for Abbott Ventures. Previously, Ms. Walker was with ONSET Ventures, specializing in seed and early-stage healthcare technology investments. At Guidant Corporation, Ms. Walker held roles in operations, product design & development, engineering management, and marketing. Ms. Walker’s educational background includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MEM (Masters of Engineering Management) from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

David Chung

Mr. Chung has over twenty-five years of hospital-focused, global medical device and pharmaceutical leadership, most recently serving in the role as Chief Commercial Officer for AcelRx Pharmaceuticals.  Prior to AcelRx, Mr. Chung served as Chief Commercial Officer for Conceptus (Bayer), where he oversaw the strategic and day-to-day leadership for a 150-member global sales and marketing team. Prior to Conceptus, Mr. Chung served as President and CEO of Mitralis, an early-stage mitral valve repair company.  He previously held roles of Vice President North America Sales and Marketing, and Global Vice President, Commercial Operations, for the Heart Valve Therapy business at Edwards Lifesciences.  Mr. Chung began his career in the commercial organization at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.  Mr. Chung also served as a PATRIOT missile officer in the U.S. Army, with multiple distinctions, including Airborne, Desert Storm Veteran and Bronze Star Medal.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Casey Tansey

Mr. Tansey is a managing member of U.S. Venture Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Mr. Tansey brings significant experience in entrepreneurial, early stage, medical device companies to our NeoChord Board of Directors. Prior to joining USVP, Mr. Tansey was President and CEO of Epicor Medical, a medical device company that developed a minimally invasive treatment for atrial fibrillation and was acquired by St. Jude Medical in 2004. Prior to Epicor, he was President and CEO of Heartport Inc., an innovator of minimally invasive cardiac surgery products. Heartport was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2001. Previously, Mr. Tansey served as Vice President, North American Sales for Baxter Edwards’ Cardiovascular products, including heart valves and oxygenators. Mr. Tansey’s educational background includes a B.S. and M.B.A from The College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California.

Mudit K. Jain, PhD

Mudit brings two decades of entrepreneurial experiences in medical device industry across R&D, business development, company formation, and venture capital, along with a global perspective on healthcare based on his experiences in USA, Ireland, and India. Mudit has a unique blend of experiences as a private venture capitalist at Synergy Life Science Partners, and as a strategic investor with Johnson and Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC). Mudit serves on multiple private company boards and one public company board.
Mudit is a co-founder and CEO of NuXcel, an electrically active medical device focused accelerator with presence in Silicon Valley, Ireland, and Minneapolis, and a co-founder of ShiraTronics, Inc. Most recently, as a General Partner with Synergy Life Science Partners.
Earlier in his career, Mudit held operational roles at Guidant Corporation’s Cardiac Rhythm Management Division and in petrochemical industry in India. Mudit played an important role in product development for start-ups like Epicor, Inc. (acquired: St. Jude Medical), and Cardiac Pathways Corporation (acquired: Boston Scientific). Mudit holds eight issued patents and has published numerous articles in peer reviewed publications.
Mudit currently serves on the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Graduate School, John Hopkins University Coulter Program Oversight Board, and on the board of One Heart Health, an organization dedicated to advancing remote monitoring technologies to identify and treat cardiac disease in children across the globe. Mudit also served as Chair of TiE LifeSciences, Silicon Valley from 2012-2014.
Mudit graduated with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Nagpur, India (ranked first in his class). He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.