Elevating stroke care.
Imperative Care is reimagining how technology can solve stroke’s unmet needs, enabling healthcare providers with the ability to raise the standard of care for patients.
Imperative Care is reimagining how technology can solve stroke’s unmet needs, enabling healthcare providers with the ability to raise the standard of care for patients.
Imperative Care Announces Appointment of Daniel Davis as Chief Operating OfficerRead more >
Imperative Care Announces $85 Million Series C Financing for Innovative Stroke TreatmentsRead more >
Imperative Care Announces Appointment of Brian Armijo as Vice President of OperationsRead more >
Imperative Care Announces U.S. Clearance of the ZOOM Aspiration SystemRead more >
Imperative Care Announces FDA Clearance of Initial ProductsRead more >
Large diameter catheters that combine the stability of a long sheath with the flexibility of an intermediate catheter. Track farther and get closer to the treatment site for both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke procedures.
Designed to work with the Large Distal Platform (LDP), our easy to deliver, highly trackable reperfusion catheters are optimized for fast, effective clot removal in a wide range of sizes to treat occlusions from ICA to M2.
Powered by the ZOOM Pump, capable of delivering -29.5 inHg vacuum.
Chairman and CEO
A Silicon Valley medical device entrepreneur, Fred is Managing Director of Incept LLC, a health sciences innovations accelerator, founded in 1998. Incept has founded 23 medical companies (16 with exits), in which Fred has served as an executive and/or a director. For more than 30 years, Fred has held management and executive positions in both large and small medical technology enterprises. Fred is either inventor or co-inventor on over 200 US and worldwide granted and patent applications. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS.org), a bipartisan think tank dedicated to providing strategic national security insights to help decisionmakers chart a course toward a better world; is a member of the Board of Directors at Spirit of America (spiritofamerica.org) a non-profit that promotes private-sector support for the safety and success of our troops and the local people they want to help; and a Convening Board Member for Technology for America (T4A.org), a nonprofit for promotion of innovation as a way to engage public-private dialogue that benefit all Americans. Fred holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduated cum laude with an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University.
John joined Imperative Care in late 2015 and brings over 35 years of financial experience in the medical technology field. Previously, he served as CFO at Apama Medical, an atrial fibrillation company (acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation, NYSE: BSX); Access Closure, Inc., a leading player in the vascular closure space (acquired by Cardinal Health in 2014) and Acologix, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on osteo-renal diseases. John spent 16 years at Ernst & Young LLP where he was a Partner and served as Director of the Pacific Northwest Life Science Practice. John received his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive Status).
Yi is a seasoned medtech executive/entrepreneur with over 22 years of experience in the medical device industry. Yi is the Chief Technology Officer of Incept LLC, a highly successful medical device accelerator located in Silicon Valley and Boston. Prior to Imperative Care, he was the COO of Ostial Corporation, overseeing development, production, and commercialization. Previously he was the co-founder and VP of R&D at CAVU, a medical device startup developing novel technologies for the treatment of obesity. Yi held senior management roles at Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX) and EndoTex Interventional Systems, Inc. (acquired by BSX). Other positions Yi held were technical project manager at EP Technologies, Inc. (acquired by BSX), and technical leader at Guided Medical Systems, Inc. Yi is the inventor or co-inventor on multiple patent applications. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Daniel Davis joined Imperative Care in 2020 and brings 19 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business development with both early stage and Fortune 500 companies in medical devices and before that in software and consumer products. Prior to Imperative Care, he was Chief Commercial Officer and President, North America for Penumbra, Inc. where he helped lead the company’s IPO and successful entry into the peripheral vascular market. Daniel earned increasing responsibility in the company as he progressed from a leader in the marketing organization to Vice President of Strategy to President, North America. Joining Penumbra in 2007 in the pre-commercial phase, Daniel launched the first FDA cleared intracranial delivery catheter (Neuron), the first FDA cleared aspiration system for neurovascular mechanical thrombectomy (Penumbra System), and the Penumbra Coil 400 for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. Previously, he held sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility at Boston Scientific (now Stryker Neurovascular) as well as roles at Newell Rubbermaid and Trilogy. Daniel holds an A.B. in History and in Economics from Duke University.
Ariel holds over 15 years of commercial experience bringing disruptive technologies to market and joined Imperative Care in August 2016. Prior to Imperative Care, Ariel was the VP of Marketing at Cordis Cardinal Health (formerly AccessClosure, Inc.) establishing Cardinal Health’s interventional franchise. During her tenure at AccessClosure, Ariel played a major role in the growth of the Mynx Vascular Closure Device. Ariel was Director of Marketing at FoxHollow Technologies where she led market development and product marketing for the SilverHawk atherectomy device. Ariel also held engineering and marketing roles with Texas Instruments and LifeScan, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to joining industry, she spent a year in Israel at the Technion Institute of Technology as a Fulbright Scholar. Ariel earned a Sc.B. in materials engineering from Brown University and an MBA and MEM from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
VP Research and Development
Chad brings over 25 years of experience as an engineering innovator in the medical device space. Previously, Chad led the development of Pulsar Vascular’s (acquired) PulseRider platform. At Avantis Medical Systems, he led the development of a unique imaging catheter to improve colonoscopies. Chad spent five years at Aspire Medical (acquired) developing minimally invasive surgical treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). As Director of R&D for Appriva Medical, he led the development of the PLAATO (Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Transcatheter Occlusion) system (acquired). Chad also held engineering positions at Target Therapeutics (acquired) and Scimed Life Systems (acquired). Chad has over 50 patents issued and many pending related to cardiology, catheters, stents and therapeutic aneurysm therapies, along with multiple commercial product launches. He holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
SVP Human Resources
Carole has 20 years of Human Resources experience in the medical device and drug delivery industries and joined the team in 2016. Prior to Imperative Care, Carole played a strategic HR leadership role in a consulting capacity for Shifamed, a medical device incubator, and with Apama Medical, which was acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation in October 2017. Carole was VP of Human Resources for AccessClosure, followed by supporting the Orthopedics and Cordis cardiology businesses of Cardinal Health after their acquisition of AccessClosure in 2014. Early in her career, Carole was in compensation, HRIS, and HR generalist roles with Conor Medsystems and ALZA, which were both acquired by Johnson & Johnson. Carole holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her SPHR certification.
VP R&D and GM, Implants
An accomplished medical devices inventor and innovator, Lilip brings more than 25 years of experience to his role with Imperative Care. Prior to joining, Lilip was VP of Instruments R&D with Auris Health’s (recently acquired by Johnson & Johnson) robotic surgery platform. Early career highlights for Lilip include being the first engineer on the ACS (later Guidant, Abbott Vascular) coronary stent project, where he invented and patented the linked rings stent structure with rapid exchange delivery catheter which remains the best-selling stent of all time. He later joined Prograft (W.L.Gore) as an engineer, later VP of R&D, where he invented and patented the endovascular stented graft and sheath-less delivery system platform for treating AAA,TAA, and SFA occlusive disease. Lilip holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and Case Western Reserve University, respectively.
Corporate Scientific Officer
Syed was head of Abbott Vascular’s innovation incubator group that delivered 10 successful proof-of-feasibility projects, primarily in local drug delivery and drug eluting implant technology for cardiovascular application; key projects include the first ever drug-eluting Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffold for peripheral vasculature. Syed received Abbott’s President’s Award for outstanding technical contribution. He has received over 370 issued patents and has more than 450 patents pending in the areas of cardiovascular implants, drug delivery, and Biomaterials application. He has delivered over 20 invited lectures and keynotes at world congresses, holds more than 20 peer-reviewed journal publications, and 75 additional podium and poster presentations. In 2014, he was appointed Adjunct Professor, Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and in 2018 made the Director of Applied Engineering program at the same. In 2016 he was awarded Naser Chair Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Syed received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Texas Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from BUET.
VP Strategic Development and GM, Patient@Home Care
Kirsten holds nearly 20 years of experience in product development, marketing, strategy and business development for interventional neurovascular devices. Prior to Imperative Care, Kirsten was Senior Director of Strategic Development at Stryker Neurovascular, leading business intelligence, portfolio planning, services, products and BD deal modeling and diligence activities. Kirsten’s years at Stryker Neurovascular (previously BSX) were spent in a succession of management roles; in her marketing roles Kirsten led development of pre-shaped microcatheters, the MAPS Trial, and ultimately the Target Coil, which remains the #1 embolization coil in the world. Following the acquisition by Stryker in 2011, Kirsten moved into Strategic Development. She holds 2 patents on pre-shaped microcatheters and is a contributing author on 4 publications in the American Journal of Neuroradiology and the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery. Kirsten earned a B.Sc. in biomedical engineering from Yale University and an MBA and MPH from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
SVP Clinical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance
Nora has over 20 years of experience supporting business goals of small start-up, medium-size, and large multi-national medical device companies. Nora’s experience includes a broad range of medical devices and all major medical device processes in the US (including FDA Advisory Panel), Europe, Canada, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and ASEAN countries. Prior to Imperative Care, Nora was VP of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Shockwave Medical, Inc., bringing to market their innovative intravascular lithotripsy technology. As Director of Regulatory Affairs at Abbott Vascular, Nora was responsible for global regulatory activities for a variety of peripheral and coronary products. Prior to Abbott Vascular, Nora held leadership positions at BeneChill, Inc. and Myocor, Inc. Nora also worked with cardiac resynchronization and sacral nerve stimulation technologies at Medtronic. Nora earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Brian joined Imperative Care in July of 2019 and brings more than 25 years of manufacturing and operations experience and leadership. Most recently he was with Rodo Medical as SVP Operations. Brian spent 9 years with AccessClosure (acquired by Cardinal Health in 2014) as VP and then SVP of Operations, ultimately taking on responsibility as well for R&D activities for the business. During his tenure, Brian led the operations group from a capacity of 40 units per day to more than 2500. Prior to AccessClosure, Brian spent 7 years with Boston Scientific (through their acquisition of Embolic Protection, Inc. and became a Plant Manager and VP of Operations), as well as time with Quanam Medical as the Director of Operations and Manufacturing (acquired by Boston Scientific), Somnus Technologies (through IPO), and Arthrocare (through IPO). He began his career in Manufacturing and Engineering with General Electric in the Manufacturing Management Program (MMP) which included positions in Aircraft Engines, Lighting, Appliances, Electrical Distribution and the Corporate Audit Staff. Brian holds a dual degree from Brown University in Electrical Engineering/Control Systems and Comparative Literature/Spanish.
VP Corporate Development
Phil Nalbone spent 20 years on Wall Street as an analyst following the medical device industry at such firms as Hambrecht & Quist, Salomon Smith Barney, and RBC Capital Markets. During that time, he published research on nearly 100 companies and participated in more than 40 equity financings, including 30 IPOs. In 2011, he joined Vascular Solutions, Inc. as Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations and a member of the executive management team. After Vascular Solutions was acquired in 2017 by Teleflex Inc., Phil spent the next year as part of Teleflex's Corporate Development group to assist with the integration and to provide strategic support to the newly-created Interventional business unit.
VP Advanced Explorations
Mike joined the team in December 2018. He previously co-founded and was CEO of Motiv, a company that developed the smallest "wearable" fitness and health tracking device in the form of a ring. Mike has over 20 years of experience in product design and development with a wide variety of companies including Apple, IDEO, NASA, and BMW. Mike founded and led Think2Build LLC, a product design and engineering consultancy, for 10 years. Mike is on more than three dozen patents for products ranging from medical devices to cell phones. He has worked on products such as the BACtrack blood alcohol tester, the first Apple optical mouse, printer technology for HP, the Tracker avalanche beacon, implantable medical devices and surgical tools, the new FedEx smart drop box, and innovative packaging for Miller-Coors beer. Mike is a regular guest lecturer at Stanford’s d.school and UC Berkeley Bioengineering program. Mike earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a M.S. degree in Engineering (Product Design) from Stanford University.
Ascension Health Ventures
Center for Strategic International Studies
University of Buffalo
Ally Bridge Group
From day one, Imperative Care has prioritized clinical insights to inform our approach to elevating stroke care. Our founding clinical advisors have been involved with the company since its inception and help advise on the company’s product pipeline and clinical strategy.
Imperative Care was co-founded by Dr. Nick Hopkins, founder and chief scientific officer of the Jacobs Institute in Buffalo, New York. The company’s three founding clinical advisors are Adnan Siddiqui, M.D., Ph.D., Neurosurgeon at the University of Buffalo Neurosurgery; Aquilla “Quill” Turk, D.O., Neuroendovascular surgeon in Greenville Health System; and J Mocco, M.D., M.S. Neurosurgeon at the Mount Sinai Health System, New York. All founding clinical advisors are stockholders in Imperative Care.
At Imperative Care, we are a team of committed innovators passionate about improving patient outcomes with new solutions to stroke care. Our company culture is collaborative, creative and
As we expand, we continue to search for passionate, energetic and talented individuals. If you are looking for an environment where you can have real impact, we invite you to explore our career opportunities. If you don’t see the perfect job match here, but think we may be the right place for you, please reach out to us at HR@imperativecare.com.
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Imperative Care is an equal opportunity employer.