About St. Teresa Medical, Inc.
We are focused on treating surgical bleeding.
St. Teresa was founded in 2010 to commercialize an innovative technology developed at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in collaboration with the Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. St. Teresa Medical licensed the invention from VCU and added substantial additional intellectual property to the portfolio. We have 11 patents issued or allowed in the US, EU, Japan, Israel, Australia, and Mexico. We also have over 30 patents pending throughout the world. The technology was originally developed for treating battlefield trauma.
Philip A. Messina
Chair, President & CEO
Mr. Messina co-founded St. Teresa Medical in 2010. During his more than twenty-five years of management and operating experience in early-stage medical device and life science businesses, Mr. Messina has acquired broad experience in regulatory matters, licensing, royalty and distribution agreements, acquisitions and company sales. Previously, Mr. Messina was the President/COO of Martell Biosystems, COO of Gel-Del Technologies/Cosmeta Corp, President/COO of UroMetrics, Inc., CEO of Life Signs Corporation, and President/CEO of Pulse Trend, Inc,. Additionally, Mr. Messina has held sales management positions at several healthcare-related companies. Mr. Messina earned a B.S. from Northeastern Illinois University.
Brian J. Jackson
Director and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Jackson co-founded St. Teresa Medical in 2010. Mr. Jackson has a strong background in early-stage medical technology finance and governance. He has helped raise growth capital in a variety of transactions including public offerings, private placements, venture placements, strategic partnerships, limited partnerships and traditional bank financings. Mr. Jackson co-founded PepTx, a bio-pharmaceutical firm and served as Chairman, President and CEO and later as VP and CFO. Mr. Jackson also served as CFO and Controller for Everest Medical Corporation. Mr. Jackson holds a B.S.B. from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Jackson is the co-inventor on one U.S. patent in cardiovascular technology and another in hemostasis technology.
Lawrence G. Sucsy
Mr. Sucsy has over 35 years of middle-market investment banking and corporate finance experience. He is a co-founder and President of Sucsy, Fischer & Company, investment bankers, and co-founder and registered principal of SF Investments, Inc. a registered broker/dealer. He has been a director of numerous companies, both privately-held and public. He was formerly a management and technical consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Mr. Sucsy holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an M.B.A. with Distinction (Baker Scholar) in Finance and Marketing from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Rock co-founded NeuroSpine Ventures in 2003. NeuroSpine Ventures invests in early stage medical technology companies. It has made nine prior investments and has achieved six exits with returns on investment ranging from 85% to 3,200%. Two of its investments have had successful IPOs and are listed on NASDAQ and the NYSE. Mr. Rock is also Executive Director of DP Enterprises Group, Inc., a consulting company in medical product development and marketing/distribution, both in the U.S. and overseas. He was formerly Sr. Vice President of Strategic Development/Mergers & Acquisitions for K2M, Inc., a spine technology manufacturer. Mr. Rock holds 17 patents, primarily in medical devices. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Motion Intelligence, Inc. and the Board of Trustees of The Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Alexandros Powers, M.D.
Dr. Powers is a practicing Neurosurgeon in Washington DC at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. He has a wealth of practical experience in our initial market focus on Orthopaedic and Spine procedures.
Tim Floyd, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Floyd is a practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon and joined St. Teresa Medical in 2011 as its Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board. He is currently practicing at St. Lukes Regional Medical Center and St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID. Dr. Floyd is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and an Instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He previously was Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, President of the Idaho Orthopaedic Society, President of the Medical Staff at the Wood River Medical Center in Sun Valley, ID and Chief of Surgery at the Wood River Medical Center. Dr. Floyd served as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve from 2002 to 2006. He deployed in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 30th Medical Brigade, Third Infantry Division and Fifth Special Forces. Dr. Floyd frequently lectures and publishes professional articles. Dr. Floyd earned his M.D. from the University of Florida.
Rodolfo Padua, Ph.D.
"Senior" Director of Clinical Affairs
Dr. Padua, joined St. Teresa Medical as Director of Clinical Affairs in March 2014. He has over seventeen years of medical device industry experience ranging from early stage R&D projects focused on development of the next generation biologics/medical device products to conducting and managing preclinical studies and pre- and post- market clinical studies. Prior to joining St. Teresa Medical, Dr. Padua held leadership positions in R&D and clinical research teams with Bard Lutonix, American Medical systems and Medtronic. Dr. Padua earned his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Manitoba.
Director of Quality Affairs
Ms. Brezinka joined St. Teresa Medical in March 2016. She has over twenty years of experience in quality with medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining St. Teresa Medical, Ms. Brezinka held leadership and management positions at American Medical Systems, Minnetronix and Novartis. She has been successful at implementing quality systems, new product development and product/process improvements. Ms. Brezinka earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College and mini MBA from St. Thomas University. She also holds certification in Quality System Auditing.
Jean-Jacques Abitbol, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)
Dr. Jean-Jacques Abitbol is founder of California Spine Group located in San Diego California. A past president of North American Spine Society and the Federation of Spine Associates and has served on the board of the Cervical Spine Research Society. Dr. Abitbol has also served as examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as an editorial reviewer for The Spine Journal and Spine. He currently serves as Medical Director of the Spine Education Research Center of the North American Spine Society in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
Dr. Abitbols interests include minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation spinal technologies, spinal biologics, as well as complex cervical spine surgery. He was a national lead investigator for a cervical arthroplasty device from 2004 to 2012 and has authored more than 70 original articles and abstracts. Additionally, he has authored more than 30 book chapters in spine and is the current holder of numerous spinal patents.
Dr. Abitbol has received numerous awards for his research including the Orthopaedic Research Society, Young Investigator Award. He twice received the North American Spine Society award for Outstanding Spine Research, and the Cervical Spine Research Society award for Outstanding Spine Research. He was also the recipient of the Best Resident Research award at McGill University. He has presented his research and is invited to speak worldwide on a regular basis.
Dr. Abitbol is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons-Orthopaedics. He completed his spine fellowship being mentored by Dr. John Kostuik at Mount Sinai and Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, Canada.
Richard Guyer, M.D.
Dr. Richard Guyer is a board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon and is one of the founders of Texas Back Institute and served as its President. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Texas Back Institute Research Foundation and has been Director of the Spine Surgery Fellowship program since its inception in 1986.
Dr. Guyer did his medical school and residency training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed two spine fellowships, one at Case Western Reserve University with Henry Bohlman, MD in Cleveland, Ohio and the other with Leon Wiltse, MD in Long Beach, California. He holds many patents in spine surgery and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and 45 chapters presenting his research at national and international spine conferences. While the majority of the research work has dealt with the diagnosis and treatment of painful degenerative spinal conditions, he is also one of the pioneers in early minimally invasive surgery and lumbar and cervical disc replacement. In the early 1980s he worked with his former mentor Parviz Kambin who pioneered endoscopic discectomy. In 2000 he performed one of the first disc lumbar disc replacements in the USA and has been an investigator in nearly a dozen US IDE studies of both cervical and lumbar disc replacements. He continues to research and publish in this area as well as in motion preservation and minimally invasive treatments.
Dr. Guyer has been very active with various spine societies including NASS, CSRS, ISSLS, and ISASS serving as President of NASS during the 2006-2007 year and various committees of the ISASS. He was recently appointed to the board of directors of the American Board of Spinal Surgery.
Dr. John Ferguson, FRACS
Dr John Ferguson is a Consultant Spine Surgeon. He practices surgery at the Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, and has a senior lecturer title at the Auckland University Medical School. He also performs adult spinal surgery at Ascot Integrated Hospital. His areas of special interest are spinal deformity surgery and minimally invasive surgery. John is an active member and a committee member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association and the New Zealand Spine Society. He contributes regularly and has given lectures at the SRS annual meeting and IMAST meetings. He is the author of several peer reviewed articles.
John continues to remain interested in ways to make spinal surgery more effective, less invasive and safer.
Dr. of Medicine Specialist Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Hirslanden Private Hospital Group Bern Switzerland.
Max Aebi, born 1948 and raised in Switzerland. Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern in 1974/75. After work as a young surgeon in Ethiopia he completed residency and fellowships for Board certification as General Surgeon FMH 1982 and Orthopedic Surgeon FMH 1983 in Switzerland, FRCSC Board certification in Canada from the Royal College 1993, and AMP Diploma from INSEAD, Fontaine- bleau, Paris in 1999.
Founder and Chief of the first Swiss University Spine Unit, at the University Hospital in Bern, Switzerland from1983 till 1991. Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGill University and Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief at McGill University Health Center (MUHC) in Montreal, Canada from 1991 to 2002. Founder, Professor and Co-Director Emeritus of the MEM Orthopedic Research Center, University of Bern 2002 - 2011. Doctor honoris causa 2003, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of France granted through the Universite Mediteranee, Marseilles, France. Lifetime achievement award of the AO Foundation (Spine) 2014 ISSLS-Wiltse - Lifetime Achievement Award in Spine Sciences (most prestigious award in the field), 2016
Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the European Spine Journal for 23 years, now Deputy Editor for online education
Co-founder and past Chair AOSpine
Past President of Eurospine the Spine Society of Europe
Past President of the Canadian Orthopedic Research Society
Past President of the Quebec Scoliosis Society.
Co-Founder and past Chair of the European Spine Foundation which
Co-founder with D. Grob of Spine Tango, a European Spine Registry
President of the SIRIS Foundation, the Swiss Implant Registry (Public/Private partnership)
Co-inventor of a significant number of spinal implants and surgical technologies for the MedTech Industry.
Active reviewer and board member of different Scientific Journals, Societies and Foundations
Author/Co-author of more than 400 publications and book chapters
Active spine surgeon and senior consultant at Das Ruckenzentrum, Bern, Switzerland.
Visiting Surgeon and Professor at National Armed Force Medical College, Rawalpindi (Pak) and Children Hospital, Yervan,Armenia
Robert Borrego, M.D. P.A.
Dr. Borrego has extensive experience in surgical and trauma critical care. Robert is currently the Chief of Staff, Director Trauma Critical Care (a trauma level II facility), Director Trauma ICU at St Marys Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida and also has a solo practice in General/Vascular Surgery. He is active on many hospital committees, such as: Board of Governors, Credentials Committee, Critical Care Committee, Infection Control Committee, etc. Dr. Borrego also speaks frequently on Vascular Trauma, Twenty Years of Trauma, Trauma Team in Iraq / Lessons Learned and Bombs, Blasts & Burns.
John E. Buster, M.D.
Dr. Buster is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist specializing in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He currently serves in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI and also in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He is engaged in private practice and clinical teaching at both institutions, and participates in clinical research programs. Previously, Dr. Buster has held positions as professor of obstetrics and gynecology and served as director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UCLA School of Medicine, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, and Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Buster earned his M.D. at UCLA.
Richard K. Freeman, M.D.
Dr. Freeman is a Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon. He is the Medical Director of Cancer Services, Vice-Chairman for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Director, and Attending Thoracic Surgeon at St. Vincent Health and Hospital System. Dr. Freeman has earned multiple honors and awards within his field and a distinguished military background in service with the United States Navy. He earned his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Jed Baron Gorlin, M.D.
Dr. Gorlin is the Medical Director of the Memorial Blood Center in Minneapolis, as well as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gorlin received his medical degree from Yale University. He completed his internship and residency at the Boston Childrens Hospital, fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Center, and research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Gorlin is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with subspecialty certification in pediatric hematology and oncology. He is also certified by the American Board of Pathology in Blood Bank/Transfusion medicine.