Jack Blair

Mr. Blair has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare and medical device industry. He was Group President and Board Director of Smith & Nephew. Prior to Smith & Nephew’s acquisition, Blair was president of orthopedic firm Richards Medical Company. Mr. Blair has extensive startup experience and has extensive experience as a Board Director dj Orthopedics, NuVasive, MedShape, Buckman Labs, SCB Computer Technologies, NBC Bank. Mr. Blair holds an M.B.A. in finance from UCLA and a B.A. in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


Ken Woody

Mr. Woody was Senior Vice-President for Global Sales with Smith and Nephew Orthopedics. He served as Vice President of Sales for J&J’s DePuy Spine in Boston. He has worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions side of BioTech, Medical Device and IT businesses. Mr. Woody worked for GE for more than 16 years, serving as a VP and General Manager in their Healthcare and Capital businesses. Mr. Woody serves on the board of ExtraOrtho, Cagenix, S2, NuScriptRx, Vaxent, The FedEx Insitute of Technology, and The Tennessee Biotechnology Association. Mr. Woody received his degree from North Carolina State University.


Steve Charles, M.D.

Steve Charles, MD is one of the world’s leading vitreoretinal surgeons and has developed many of the techniques and devices used by vitreoretinal surgeons worldwide. He has performed over 29,000 vitreoretinal surgeries, lectured in 50 countries and operated in 25, delivered 14 named lectures, and over 1000 speaking trips. He authored a leading textbook in the field which is now in the 5th edition and in 5 languages and authored over 140 articles in the medical literature and 44 book chapters. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and International College of Surgeons and a member of the Retina Society, Macular Society, American Society of Retinal Specialists, Club Jules Gonin, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Dowling Society. He is on the editorial board of Retina and a reviewer for Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, and British Journal of Ophthalmology, writes a column for Retina Physician and is an editor for eMedicine. He is a mechanical and electrical engineer and has 106 issued or pending patents. He is a consultant for Alcon Laboratories and the principal architect of the Alcon Accurus and Alcon Constellation Vision System. He is the Founder of MicroDexterity Systems, developing robots for dexterity enhancement for minimally invasive knee and hip replacement, spine surgery, and skull base neurosurgery. He is the President of Infinity Research, Inc; a medical device and avionics consulting company. He has received the Wacker Medal from the Club Jules Gonin, the first Founders Medal from the Vitreous Society, was inducted into the University of Miami School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association Hall of Fame, and was named by Ocular Surgery News as one of the top ten innovators in the past 25 years. He is consistently listed in Best Doctors in America and Becker’s Top 34 Ophthalmologists in America. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Tennessee and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

After four years in engineering school, he completed medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He did research all four medical school years at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. After a medical internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami he completed a residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute followed by a two year Clinical Associate appointment at the National Eye Institute (NIH); focused on vitreoretinal surgery, angiogenesis research, and medical device engineering.


Kevin T. Foley, M.D.

Dr. Kevin Foley is a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. He also holds academic appointments at the University of Tennessee School of Biomedical Engineering and the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He serves as Director of Complex Spine Surgery at Semmes-Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute, Director of the Spine Fellowship Program for the University of Tennessee Department of Neurosurgery, and Medical Director for the Medical Education & Research Institute.

Dr. Foley received his Doctor of Medicine degree from UCLA in 1979. During his training, he was awarded the Eben J. Carey Memorial Anatomy Award and the Merck Manual Award for Academic Achievement and was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He interned at Letterman Army Medical Center, where he received the Richard Mason Award for Outstanding Intern. He returned to UCLA in 1980, where he completed his neurosurgery residency.

Following residency, Dr. Foley served in the United States Army Medical Corps as Assistant Chief of Neurosurgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, Chief of Neurosurgery at Tripler Army Medical Center, and Chief of Neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he was also the director of the neurosurgical residency training program. During his military service, Dr. Foley was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the Surgeon General’s Physician Recognition Award.

In 1992, Dr. Foley left the military to enter private practice and pursue an academic career. In addition to a full-time spine surgery practice, he is actively involved in research in image-guided spinal navigation, minimally invasive spine surgery, and spinal biomechanics. He has authored 20 book chapters and more than 80 journal publications. He has lectured at more than 200 scientific meetings and educational workshops and has been a visiting professor and invited lecturer at several universities in the US and abroad.

Dr. Foley is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, the Cervical Spine Research Society, the North American Spine Society, the Society of University Neurosurgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, the International Society for Computer Aided Surgery, the Canadian Neurosurgical Society (Honorary), the Southern Neurosurgical Society, and the Tennessee Neurosurgical Association.


Gary Stevenson

Mr. Stevenson Co-founded the MB Venture Partners in 2001. He has a unique combination of financial and strategic experience in the health care industry including four years in public accounting, seven years with one of the largest and most diversified health care manufacturers, and six years in investment banking and equity research. Previously, he served as the Director of Health Care Investment Banking at Morgan Keegan and Company, where Mr. Stevenson worked on a variety of transactions in private equity, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. He was also an Equity Research Analyst on medical device and health care services companies at Morgan Keegan and A.G. Edwards and Sons. Mr. Stevenson held several management positions in finance, sales, marketing, and strategic planning for seven years at Abbott Laboratories. He began his career in public accounting, where several of his clients were health care companies. Mr. Stevenson serves as the Chairman of Protein Discovery. He currently serves on the Board of Spinal Restoration, Inc.: BioSurface Engineering Technologies, Inc., and BioMetic Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Stevenson also serves as a Board Observer of Axiomed Spine Corporation and Applied Spine technologies. He served on the Board of BioMimetic Therapeutics from May 2003 to August 2005; Anulex Technologies from July 2006 to December 2007; and Trivirix International from October 2006 to July 2009. Mr. Stevenson is a C.P.A. and a C.F.A. He holds an M.B.A. from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University in 1992 and a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri in 1984.


Brian Austin

Mr. Austin has over 20 years of executive and management experience in the orthopaedic industry. Most recently he was Founder and President & CEO of ExtraOrtho, which was acquired by Zimmer in late 2011. Previously he was Vice President and General Manager at Smith+Nephew where he held positions in strategic development, marketing, product development and manufacturing. Mr. Austin holds a BS and MBA from Christian Brothers University.