Gibb Clarke - Founder and CEO
Mr. Clarke is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in health care and medical device companies, holding degrees from Duke University (MBA) and University of Colorado (BA in both political science and philosophy). He was a co-founder of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute and also served as the Director of Business Development. Subsequently, Mr. Clarke co-founded three additional companies: Pulsar Vascular (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), Blockade Medical (acquired by Balt Medical), and Three Rivers Medical where he currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Throughout his career, he has had significant experience in medical device development and design, financial modeling, company expansion and revenue growth. Mr. Clarke is the author or co-author of multiple patents (both issued and pending.)
Dean Carson - Vice President, Research and Development
Mr. Carson’s career has focused on early stage research, development, and scale-up of medical devices in the fields of implantable cardiovascular devices, structural heart repair implants, vascular occlusion, ophthalmic, and orthopedic/spinal implants. From initial concept/IP development and first-in-human studies through the product development/V&V cycle and subsequent commercialization scale-up, he has led efforts in device and delivery system design, material selection, pre-clinical bench testing, animal test method development, packaging, sterilization, and optimization of manufacturing processes. Dean has had significant involvement in the creation of intellectual property with 97 patents and applications.
Jim Twitchell - Vice President, Operations and Quality
Mr. Twitchell has over 35 years of experience in operations and quality systems, with the vast majority being in the medical device industry. He was responsible for developing and implementing the quality system at Three Rivers Medical as well as at previous companies. In his quality assurance roles, he has been a key contributor to quality systems and product development activities in both start-up and large medical device companies, and provided direct support for regulatory filings. In addition, he serves as Management Representative and has extensive experience in leading and/or participating in regulatory agency inspections. Prior to joining Three Rivers Medical, Jim was the Vice President of Quality and Management Representative at Avinger in Redwood City, Corporate Director of Supply Chain Quality Assurance for Boston Scientific Corporation, and Plant Director of Quality at multiple Boston Scientific manufacturing sites.
Mike Torres – R&D Program Manager
Mr. Torres brings over 19 years of R&D experience designing, developing and commercializing innovative medical devices in the neurovascular and thoracic surgery sectors. Mike has led and been an integral part of R&D teams that have launched over 15 innovative products (FDA and CE approved) including ischemic/ hemorrhagic stroke devices, arterio-venous cannulae, minimally invasive thoracic surgical instruments, diagnostic/interventional coronary balloon catheters and femoral closure systems. Mike has been involved with early, mid-level and large medical device companies throughout his career. Mike was with Codman Neurovascular, a Johnson and Johnson Company, prior to joining Three Rivers Medical.
Steve Lin – R&D Engineer
Mr. Lin is experienced in both R & D and Manufacturing in the medical device industry. Steve has been an integral member of project teams in the development of various Class I and Class II ischemic neurovascular implants and access devices. He has also led sustaining engineering roles and has served as a subject material expert to support product submissions for both FDA and CE Mark approval. Prior to joining Three Rivers Medical, he has worked at Microvention (Terumo) and Codman Neurovascular, a Johnson and Johnson company.