gel-e management team & advisors

Larry Tiffany is Chief Executive Officer and Director of gel-e. Larry is a serial entrepreneur having most recently founded and led to the sale of the neuro-molecular testing company DioGenix. While at the helm of DioGenix, Larry raised over $12M from early stage investors while garnering another $2M in non-dilutive sources (e.g. the National MS Society) to support the clinical development and prospective validation of the first new diagnostic for Multiple Sclerosis since the late 50’s, MSPrecise®. Prior to DioGenix, Larry held positions in Sr. Management at Ore Pharmaceuticals (CBO), Gene Logic (SVP & GM, Genomics) and Genetraks (US President). He holds a JD from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire (specializing in intellectual and commercial law); a MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland; and a BS in Biochemistry from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.

Matthew Dowling, Ph.D. is Chief Scientific Officer and Director of gel-e. Matt completed his graduate work at the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland in May 2010. In 2005, after graduating in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, he was awarded the Fischell Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering for his innovative ideas in drug delivery systems. Matt then co-created the gel-e platform, raising initial grants to develop the technology, which led to being named the Dean’s Doctoral Research Award from the UMD Clark School of Engineering for his work on chitosan-based self-assembled soft materials for use in wound treatment. He has since successfully licensed gel-e from UMD and has raised another $4.0M in non-dilutive funding which has been used to achieve three FDA clearances for gel-e, a large and growing patent estate and numerous peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals.

Marvin Slosman is the Chief Operating Office of gel-e. Marvin L. Slosman has held leadership roles in the medical device industry for over 27 years, serving the diagnostic imaging, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, neuro and orthopedic surgical markets. He has extensive experience with both large blue chip as well as early stage growth companies including leadership of international operations in Israel and Europe. Most recently, as a consultant with Integra Life Sciences, he led the international commercial strategy and business development effort following the acquisition of Codman Neuro Surgery. Prior to Integra, he was the President of Itamar Medical, Inc., an early stage company developing and commercializing innovative vascular and sleep technologies. Marvin was also the CEO of Ovalum Vascular, Ltd. an innovator of Cardiovascular guidewire systems and was with Emerge Interactive serving as Executive V.P. / Chief Commercial Officer. Marvin has also held positions of increasing responsibility with Cordis, Johnson & Johnson and General Electric Healthcare in various commercial leadership roles. He serves on the board of directors of Victus Worldwide and ReMar Inc. and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago, with a BS from The University of Alabama.

Rich Vincent is the Chief Financial Officer of gel-e. Rich previously held senior management positions at Meritage Pharma, Sorrento Therapeutics, Elevation Pharmaceuticals, Verus Pharmaceuticals, Women First HealthCare, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Phase Metrics, and Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he specialized in emerging growth and publicly-traded companies. Over the past 20+ years, Rich’s experience includes raising over $550 million through venture capital, major commercial banks and institutions, public offering proceeds for high growth pharmaceutical and technology-based companies, and participating in a number of acquisitions and divestitures valued at over $1 billion. Rich was named 2014 public company CFO of the Year in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal.

Elsa Abruzzo is the Head of Regulatory at gel-e. Over 29+ years, Elsa has helped numerous disruptive technologies reach successful commercialization with US and International regulatory approvals, including: implantable biomaterials, transcatheter heart valves (TAVR), stents, atrial fibrillation ablation devices, orthopedic navigation systems, drug delivery devices, point of care analyzers, and wearable technologies. As President of Cygnus Regulatory since 2008, Elsa specializes in regulatory and clinical strategy, quality assurance, due diligence, and project management. Ms. Abruzzo is regulatory affairs certified (RAC) and a Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS) Fellow (2010). An engineer by training, Ms. Abruzzo has worked in leadership roles at companies such as Baxter, Cordis JNJ, CryoLife, Percutaneous Valve Technologies (acquired by Edwards LifeSciences), AtriCure, InnerPulse, Merlin MD, Sapheon (acquired by Covidien), and PTS Diagnostics.

Alexander K. Arrow, MD, CFA is a Director at gel-e. Alex is currently also the CEO of Zelegent, Inc., a medical technology company developing a minimally-invasive tool for otolaryngologist sleep specialists to treat snoring in a simple office-based procedure, and serves as the part-time CFO of Protagenic Therapeutics, Inc., an early-stage biotechnology company developing a novel neuro-active peptide drug. He previously served on the Board of Neumedicines, Inc., an immuno-oncology company developing a first-in-class broad-spectrum anti-cancer agent, and was a Director as well as President and Chief Operating Officer of Biolase, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the world’s lead manufacturer of dental lasers, where he also served as Chair of the Audit and Compensation committees of the Board of Directors. Prior to Biolase, Dr. Arrow was the Chief Medical Officer of Stanford-affiliated neuroscience company Circuit Therapeutics, Inc., and prior to that he spent five years as the Chief Financial Officer of cardiovascular device manufacturer Arstasis, Inc. As CFO of Arstasis, he was part of a team that raised over $100 million in five rounds and launched a first-in-class cardiovascular technology for interventional cardiologists.

Jim Buck is a Director at gel-e. Jim is currently the President and CEO of Mardil Medical. Jim has over 25 years of experience successfully developing and commercializing innovative medical technologies. Prior to joining Mardil, Jim served as President & CEO of SetPoint Medical, a privately funded early stage developer of an implantable neuromodulation device system to regulate uncontrolled inflammation; VP, marketing & business development at InnerPulse, a privately funded developer of a novel implantable defibrillator system; and VP, marketing & business development at Closure Medical, leading the product mapping strategy and execution for a breakthrough surgical sealant and adhesive technology culminating in a $370 million acquisition and integration into Johnson & Johnson. Previous to Closure Medical/J&J, Jim held several positions of increasingly greater responsibility over eleven years at cardiac medical device leader St. Jude Medical. Jim holds a master of management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of management and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

Bruce Choi is Head of Manufacturing at gel-e. Bruce is a medical device professional with over 19 years of global experience in Quality, Research and Development, Operations, and Supply Chain at large multi-national and privately held start-up companies. Bruce is the Founder & CEO of Integral, a company that focuses on building Quality and Operational infrastructure for new medical device ventures. Previously, Bruce was the Director of Medtronic’s endoVenous Global Operations where he was responsible for the end-to-end values stream of products accounting for over $400 million in revenue. Bruce has a B.S. degree in Material Science & Engineering from Cornell University and a M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cal Poly.

Ed Quilty is a Senior Advisor at gel-e. Ed Quilty is an accomplished senior business executive who has consistently led, built and transformed organizations. Ed has been CEO of four publicly-listed companies and is currently a Board Member and senior advisor to selected healthcare companies. Ed most recently served as the Chairman & CEO of Derma Sciences Inc., a leader in tissue regeneration and advanced wound care. Under Ed’s direction and leadership the company grew from under $5 million in sales with less than 10 employees to become a leader in its industry with revenues of just under $100 million and over 250 employees. During his career, Ed managed numerous M&A transactions and financings with a total value of over $2 billion. Ed served as Chairman of the Board of Palatin Technologies, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company specializing in peptide drug design, was President/CEO of MedChem Products, Inc., a leader in specialty medical products (acquired by C. R. Bard). He served as CEO of Life Medical Sciences, that was purchased by MedChem Products, Inc. where Ed became CEO of the combined company.

Tanaya Meaders is a Senior Advisor at gel-e. Currently, Tanaya is responsible for research, development, and the integration of innovation at MIL. Tanaya joined MIL in 2018 and brings extensive clinical executive and regulatory awareness across a continuum of industries. As an experienced clinician and consultant, Tanaya averages more than 15 years of healthcare/industry leadership, years of directing healthcare organizations/institutions/ASC/outpatient experience/office based lab, as well as, partnering with medical device/IT companies. Her career pathway includes roles at Red Sparrow Consulting, Corindus Vascular Robotics, Hansen Medical, The University of Georgia – Clinical Research and Translational Unit, along with several medical institutions throughout the Southeast US. Her academic career includes The University of Georgia and The Medical College of Georgia where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Tanaya holds a current RN licensure with the state of Georgia and a CNOR certification.

Gary Lickovitch is a Senior Advisor at gel-e. Currently, Gary serves as Chief Innovation Officer at MIL. His role is to leverage his experience with development of disruptive technology advancements in MIL’s business units. His 20 plus year career includes roles at the C.R. Bard, Abbott Vascular, Boston Scientific, and Corindus Vascular Robotics. Gary has led the company’s largest US growth and development at Abbott Vascular and Boston Scientific, in which all of his business units have exceeded proforma in deliverables to the bottom line. He has a B.S. from the School of Education, at The Ohio State University, as well as completed The Harvard Business School PLD program in Authentic Leadership.

Clinical Advisory Board

David King, MD, LTC
Harvard Medical

Mayur Narayan, MD, MBA
Cornell University

Joel Buzy, MD, FACEP
Shady Grove Adventist ER

Grant Bochicchio, MD, MPH
Washington University

Scientific Advisory Board

Srinivasa Raghavan, PhD
University of Maryland

John Hess, MD
University of Washington