Philip W. Faris, Founder, CEO & Director
A serial entrepreneur with over 35 years of successful CEO and board experience, Faris has led over 30 major novel medical product introductions in the pharma, medtech, and clinical informatics spaces. Currently Managing Director with ProSavant International, LLC. Previously, Chairman, Flashback Technologies, Inc; Executive Chairman, Innovative Trauma Care; CEO, President, and Director, Vidacare Corporation (sold to Teleflex); and Lead Director, Advanced Circulatory Systems, Inc. (sold to ZOLL Medical).
Keith G. Lurie, M.D., Founder, CMO & Director
A prolific inventor, successful entrepreneur, electro-physiologist, and world-renowned expert in the resuscitation of patients suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Dr. Lurie founded Advanced Circulatory Systems, Inc. (ACSI) in 1997 to make Perfusion on Demand a standard of care. ACSI was sold to ZOLL Medical in January 2015. He is also Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, and Director of an NIH-funded research laboratory at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.
Glenn Robinson, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Skilled Financial Executive with over 35 years of experience in corporate and public accounting and financial management. Currently Leader of Financial Management Practice, ProSavant International, LLC, and Partner and CFO Regent Coach Line, LTD. Formerly VP Finance Innovative Trauma Care, Inc.
Anja Metzger, PhD, VP Clinical and Preclinical Affairs
Strategic leader and scientist with 25 years’ experience in medical device research and development, grant funding, pre-clinical and clinical study design and execution, regulatory expertise, and key opinion leader development. Prior to joining ACS, Metzger served as VP of Research and Development, Clinical Affairs and Grants Management with ZOLL Medical Corporation. She has worked with a number of medical firms including Restore Medical (acquired by Medtronic), Johnson & Johnson, and Avecor Cardiovascular Inc.
Kim Marie Macygin, Vice President of Clinical Education
A master’s-prepared registered nurse with over 20 years of clinical experience and over 10 years of experience as an educator for market-leading and emerging technologies in pre-hospital, emergency, trauma and critical care medicine with Vidacare Corporation, Teleflex, Inc., Innovative Trauma Care, and ACS.
Lisa M. Owens, VP Marketing Strategy & Communications
Owens has nearly 30 years of experience in providing strategic public relations and marketing communication for high science, pharma, biotech and medical device firms in pre-hospital, emergency medicine, oncology, cardiology, nephrology, health IT, and other sectors. She has a history of moving emerging novel technologies to global commercialization with success and efficiency. She has worked with a number of leading medical device firms including Vidacare Corporation, Advanced Circulatory Systems Inc. (sold to ZOLL Medical) and more.
Meet the Outside Directors
A world-renowned electro-physiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Benditt served as a director of Advanced Circulatory Systems, Inc. prior to its sale to ZOLL Medical, and served as a new product consultant to St. Jude Medical, 3M, Medtronic, Cardionet, Transoma, and Nanostim. He brings expertise in device development, clinical trial design, and regulatory affairs.
The former Chairman and President of Sherburne Tele Systems, Inc., Eddy is an active philanthropist and entrepreneur, and endowed the R.K. Eddy Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Resuscitation at the medical school of his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, in 2013.
Dr. Gold is Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs and Professor of Anesthesiology of Minnesota Health (M-Health), and Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota. She is a founding member of Minnesota Resuscitation Solutions, LLC, and co-inventor of a number of important devices and methods to improve outcomes from cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Dr. Gold’s special interests are focused on improving clinical performance and patient outcomes using systems-based approaches.
Meet the Scientific Advisory Board
Michael Levy, M.D. – Anchorage EMS, State of Alaska Medical Director, Anchorage, AK
Michael Levy M.D. is the Medical Director and Department Physician for the Anchorage Fire Department, Medical Director for Emergency Programs for the State of Alaska, and a number of other Alaska EMS agencies. He has been involved in EMS from Chicago to the Navajo Nation and for the last two decades in Alaska. His goal in EMS is to enable providers to improve the outcome of their patients through personal empowerment via education, training, and evidence-based practice. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Colorado – Boulder and his medical degree is from Northwestern University, followed by residencies and board certifications in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine with board certifications in both as well as subspecialty boards certification in EMS Medicine.
R. J. Frascone, M.D. – Regions EMS, Twin Cities, MN
Dr. R.J. Frascone has over 40 years of experience as a senior staff physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Regions Hospital. Dr. Frascone has been a leader in regional, state, and national EMS. His research interests include airway management, CPR, intraosseous technology, and shock. Dr. Frascone attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.
Charles Lick, M.D. – Allina EMS, Twin Cities, MN
Charles Lick, M.D., has been an emergency physician for over 28 years in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. He has held many leadership roles and is currently Medical Director at Allina Health EMS. As Medical Director, Dr. Lick is responsible for the care delivered by Allina Health EMS personnel for setting equipment and training standards, as well as service protocols. A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Lick also serves as a staff physician in the emergency departments at Mercy, Unity, and Fairview Southdale Hospitals. Throughout his career, Dr. Lick has worked with multiple community health care, and civic organizations to advance the cause of early defibrillation for sudden cardiac arrest. Dr. Lick received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota and his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame.
Guillaume Debaty, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Guillaume Debaty is a professor of Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Emergency Medical Services – Mobile Intensive Care Unit – SAMU 38 at the University of Grenoble Alps in southeast France. He has a Ph.D. and a habilitation thesis to supervise research in medical and therapeutics engineering. He is a recognized researcher in the field of cardiac resuscitation and emergency medicine. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the French Society of Emergency Medicine (SFMU). His main research focuses on the optimization of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and reperfusion injury protection. He is working in collaboration with several international research groups on cardiac arrest with a particular interest in collaboration with the University of Minnesota to study the head-up position during CPR to improve blood flow to the brain. He is the principal investigator in several multicenter randomized clinical trial related to cardiac arrest in France.
Joe Holley, M.D. – Memphis and Shelby County Fire EMS, State of Tennessee EMS Medical Director
Dr. Joe Holley is the Medical Director for the State of Tennessee Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Memphis and Shelby County Fire Departments, and several municipal and private ambulance services in West Tennessee. He is also the Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Holley has served on over 30 deployments, including Hurricane Katrina, the Pentagon on 9/11, the Medical Director of the Tennessee Task Force 1, Urban Search & Rescue Team, and serves on the national FEMA Incident Support Team. Dr. Holley is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and was among the first group of physicians in the nation to earn the designation of Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Holley received his Medical Degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, followed by internship and residency at University Medical Center in Jackson.
Kenneth Scheppke, M.D. – Palm Beach County Florida EMS
Kenneth A. Scheppke, M.D. is a dual board-certified specialist in the fields of emergency medicine and the subspecialty of EMS and is the State EMS Medical Director for the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Scheppke serves as the Chief Medical Officer for several fire-rescue agencies in Palm Beach County, Florida and is a member of the EMS medical direction team for the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Broward County, Florida. Dr. Scheppke is an accomplished educator and serves as the Medical Director for the highly rated Palm Beach State College EMS Training Academy. He is the Director of Emergency Services for Lakeside Medical Center in Palm Beach County. Dr. Scheppke is a productive scientific investigator and educator in the fields of stroke care, cardiac arrest, pre-hospital use of ketamine, and successful approaches to address the opiate epidemic. He has earned numerous EMS awards including national recognition for his contributions to EMS such as the 2017 EMS Innovator of the Year award from the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. He received his medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Peter Antevy, M.D. – Broward County Florida EMS
Peter M. Antevy, M.D. is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician practicing in-hospital emergency medical care at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in South Florida. Board-certified in pediatrics, emergency medicine and the subspecialty of EMS, he is also the founder of Handtevy – Pediatric Emergency Standards, Inc., and he serves as the Medical Director for Davie Fire-Rescue, Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Rescue, Southwest Ranches Fire Rescue, and American Ambulance. Dr. Antevy also serves as Associate Medical Director for several other agencies including Palm Beach County, Florida and is medical director for two highly-regarded paramedic training programs as well as several mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) programs in greater Broward County, Florida. He was the recipient of the 2014 Raymond H. Alexander EMS Medical Director of the Year in Florida, the 2015 EMS 10 Innovator of the Year Award from the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, the 2017 Ron J. Anderson Memorial Award, and the 2018 NAEMT Medical Director of the Year. Dr. Antevy earned his post-graduate degrees and specialty training from the University of Miami School of Medicine, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Nicolas Segal, M.D. – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Born in Paris, France, Dr. Segal received his medical degree. from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris (France). He completed his emergency medicine residency in France before doing a Ph.D. at the University Denis Diderot in Paris and at the University of Minnesota (USA) under the direction of Dr. Keith Lurie at his research lab. To practice medicine in the US, Dr. Segal is repeating his emergency medicine residency at the University of New Mexico. His clinical interests include emergent cardiac care, resuscitation, and EMS.
Michael Jacobs – Alameda County CA, Emergency Medicine Services, a Division of the Health Care Services Agency
Michael J. Jacobs, EMT-P, is the Coordinator for Alameda County (CA) EMS Specialty Systems of Care, with areas of focus including education and research related to cardiac arrest, STEMI stroke, trauma, and CPR in schools. He is also an EMS consultant for Coastside Fire Protection District in San Mateo County and a clinical education consultant for Stanford Children’s Hospital.
Marvin Wayne, M.D. – Whatcom County Washington EMS
Dr. Wayne received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. After a career in general and trauma surgery, Dr. Wayne entered the evolving field of EMS in Whatcom County, WA in 1974. Dr. Wayne currently serves as the Medical Program Director for the City/County EMS systems in Whatcom County, and is an attending physician in the ED at St. Joseph Medical Center, and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Wayne is a member of numerous local, state, national, and international organizations on emergency medicine and EMS, and has authored numerous papers, and book chapters, and conducted cutting-edge research regarding ETCO2 and cardiac arrest, ResQ Trial, IMMEDIATE Trial, and many more.