The Visionaries Behind Sound Science.®

Visionaries Anchors

Management

Senior management has more than 100 years combined operating experience and customer insight. This includes key personnel in science, engineering and management with demonstrated success in commercializing new medical products. A summary of the key company management:

Sonendo Bjarne Bergheim
Bjarne Bergheim
President & CEO

Bjarne brings more than 15 years of experience driving and leading disruptive innovation in life science companies. Prior to Sonendo®, Bjarne was a member of the Fjord Ventures, LLC team involved in the selection and due-diligence of portfolio companies. From 1998 to 2006, Bjarne was responsible for developing the first trans-apical valve procedure at 3F Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Bergheim has been President and CEO of Sonendo, Inc. since 2008. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 1997 and earned a Master of Science degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1998.

Michael Watts
Michael Watts
Chief Financial Officer

Michael brings over 20 years of experience within the medical device and healthcare industries. Prior to joining Sonendo, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer of The HydraFacial Company, a leading manufacturer and marketer of non-invasive equipment and consumables used in aesthetic skin health treatments. Michael has held senior financial leadership positions within Johnson & Johnson, Zimmer Holdings and Danaher Corporation. Early in his career, he spent five years as an auditor in public accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (Massachusetts). Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and Master of Science from Bentley College.

Sonendo Chris Rabbitt
Chris Rabbitt
Chief Commercial Officer

Chris brings nearly 20 years of experience in sales and marketing within the medical device industry. Prior to joining Sonendo, Chris spent over 12 years at Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the leader in surgical robotics, in positions of increasing responsibility including Director, Global Sales and Marketing, Cardiothoracic Surgery. Prior to Intuitive, Chris spent 7 years at Ethicon, Inc. / CardioVations, a division of Johnson and Johnson, driving the development of minimally invasive cardiac surgery in various sales, sales management and marketing roles. Chris holds a BA in Political Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a post-baccalaureate BS in pre-medical sciences from San Francisco State University.

Roy Chen
Roy Chen
Chief Talent Officer

Roy brings over 25 years of experience within the medical device and healthcare industries. Prior to joining Sonendo, Roy spent 10 years working for the Danaher Corporation in two roles; most recently, Roy was the North American Human Resources Leader for Nobel Biocare, a leading dental implant manufacturer. Also, Roy led Human Resources for Sybron Dental Specialties, with responsibility for over 4,600 associates and an HR organization of over 40 professionals. Before, Roy had 16 years at Johnson & Johnson in a variety of Operations and Human Capital roles with increasing levels of responsibility, with his last role being the Vice President of Talent Management for R&D. Roy holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University, a BS in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering and a MS in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Sonendo Bob Anthony
Bob Anthony
Vice President, Operations

Bob has more than 25 years of start-up and established company operations management experience including 17 years at Guidant Corporation before the sale of the company to Abbott Laboratories. While at Guidant, Bob lead the development and growth of the operations organizations for the Cardiovascular and Endovascular Solutions business units. Most recently, Bob was the Vice President of Supply Chain at Masimo Corporation.

Jacqueline Collins
Jacqueline Collins
Vice President, General Counsel

Jacqueline brings over 20 years’ experience representing technology and medical device companies as in-house counsel.  Prior to joining Sonendo, Jacqueline spent 15 years as Vice President, General Counsel at Nobel Biocare North America, a Danaher subsidiary, and a leading dental implant and digital dentistry medical device manufacturer.  Jacqueline began her in-house career at the joint venture company of Ericsson-Hewlett Packard Telecommunications.  Jacqueline holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of Oregon, a M.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute, and a J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law.

Sonendo Bob Guyatt
Bob Guyatt
Vice President, Marketing

Bob has more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing roles with B2C and B2B companies. Most recently, prior to joining Sonendo, he spent five years with Danaher in key Vice President of Marketing roles for operating companies within their dental platform. In addition, he was recruited to develop the repositioning strategy for Lifecore Biomedical where he was responsible for leading US sales and global marketing, which resulted in the sale of the company at a significant per-share premium. Bob has worked in sales and marketing roles at various organizations such as the Gallo Wine Company, where he started his sales and marketing career. He holds a bachelor's degree from Point Loma Nazarene University, an MBA degree with a concentration in Global Marketing from the University of Redlands and a post-MBA Executive Certificate in Corporate Innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sonendo Mehrzad Khakpour, PhD
Mehrzad Khakpour, PhD
Vice President, Research & Development

Mehrzad joined Sonendo in 2008 as the primary research and innovation driver of Sonendo’s GentleWave technology. In his role as the Vice President of Research and Development, he is responsible for developing the GentleWave Procedure and overseeing new product development and clinical research. Throughout his career, Mehrzad has authored numerous patent applications and peer-reviewed journal articles. He graduated with a Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, with a focus on fluid dynamics and its application in medical devices and biological systems.

Jane Metcalf
Jane Metcalf
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance

Jane brings nearly 28 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance in the medical device industry. Prior to joining Sonendo, Jane was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Reverse Medical Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of neurological medical devices. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Quality, Regulatory and Clinicals for Interventional Spine, Inc., an emerging company developing products to treat degenerative disc disease. She has also held Quality and Regulatory Vice-Presidential positions at GE HealthCare and Conmed Corporation. Jane holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from the University of California at Irvine. 

Sara Wissmueller
Sara Wissmueller
Vice President of Information Technology

Sara brings over 25 years of Information Technology experience in various industries. Prior to joining Sonendo, Sara was VP of IT for Verizon Connect (Telogis), an industry leader in telematics and fleet management. Sara has managed IT departments at DB Schenker, Washington Mutual and Tricon Global Restaurants. Sara holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin in Management Information Systems & Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University.

Board of Directors

Sonendo Bjarne Bergheim
Bjarne Bergheim
Director

Bjarne brings more than 15 years of experience driving and leading disruptive innovation in life science companies. Prior to Sonendo®, Bjarne was a member of the Fjord Ventures, LLC team involved in the selection and due-diligence of portfolio companies. From 1998 to 2006, Bjarne was responsible for developing the first trans-apical valve procedure at 3F Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Bergheim has been President and CEO of Sonendo, Inc. since 2008. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 1997 and earned a Master of Science degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1998.

Sonendo Olav Bergheim
Olav Bergheim
Director

Olav Bergheim has over 30 years of experience in creating and managing life science companies. He is a founder of Sonendo, Inc., in addition to several other successful life science companies including Volcano Corporation, 3F Therapeutics (acquired by Medtronic), Glaukos Corporation, Lonestar Heart Inc., Prelude Corporation and Metronom Health, Inc. Mr. Bergheim is also the founder of Fjord Ventures LLC, a life science accelerator located in Laguna Hills, California, where Sonendo was created. Mr. Bergheim was the chairman of Vessix Vascular, Inc. (acquired by Boston Scientific). Prior to starting Fjord Ventures, he spent 10 years at Domain Associates as a company creator and general partner. Prior to Domain, Mr. Bergheim spent 18 years with Baxter Healthcare at US and international locations, where he held various leadership and operating roles. Mr. Bergheim was a Corporate VP of Baxter as well as President of Baxter Germany, President of Baxter’s Cardiovascular Group (now Edwards Life Sciences) and General Manager of the Nordic area.

Sonendo Vince Burgess
Vince Burgess
Director

Vince Burgess has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare operations, business development and venture capital investment. He is currently a Venture Partner with OrbiMed. Mr. Burgess was on the initial executive team at Volcano Corp., where he was Group President, Advanced Imaging Systems, and also led global marketing and business development from 2002 to 2010. At Volcano, he was a key architect of the company’s product, marketing and M&A/partnering strategies. During his tenure, Volcano grew from a start-up to a global company with more than 1,000 employees and a market capitalization of more than $1.2 billion. Previously, Mr. Burgess served as a general partner of San Diego-based Sorrento Ventures, focusing on the firm’s healthcare investments. Mr. Burgess earned his Master of Business Administration degree at the Anderson School at UCLA and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from USC.

David Caluori
David Caluori
Director

David Caluori is a senior member of the healthcare team at General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm. Prior to joining General Atlantic, he was with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, where he focused exclusively on the healthcare sector. Earlier in his career, he was a healthcare investment banker at Jaffray and Jefferies. Mr. Caluori serves on the boards of General Atlantic portfolio companies Oak Street Health, Sonendo, and Synaptive Medical. Mr. Caluori received a B.A. in economics from Brown University.

Sonendo Thomas R. Engels
Thomas R. Engels
Director

Thomas Engels is a retired executive of 3M Corporation, having worked in various assignments spanning a 39-year career with the company, including 15 years in executive business management. Prior to retiring from 3M, he served as vice president for the 3M ESPE Dental Division for six years, where he led the division globally with a progressive strategy of new product innovation and acquisitions. Other executive management assignments for 3M included managing director of 3M’s Mexico subsidiary and vice president/general manager of the Medical Device Division. The majority of his career was spent in various R&D, manufacturing and business management assignments spanning a wide range of medical supply, medical device and dental businesses. He has held various board positions including with Minnesota-based Medical Alley, the Mexico American Chamber of Commerce and the Dental Trade Alliance. He is currently an active board member of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation. Mr. Engels pursued undergraduate studies at St. John’s University in Minnesota, prior to transferring to the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Sonendo Dan Even
Dan Even
Director

Dan Even spent more than 30 years in progressive leadership roles with Sybron Dental Specialties, including president from 2006-2011. While under his leadership, Sybron surpassed $1 billion in revenue with a broad portfolio of successful platforms including orthodontics (Ormco), endodontics (Sybron Endo), implants (Implant Direct), surface disinfection (Metrex) and esthetic restorative products (Kerr). Mr. Even has led several technological advancements in the field of dentistry, both by leading strategic acquisition activity as well as organically cultivating and optimizing internal development teams. He is a member and past president of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, and a past board member and president of the Orthodontic Manufacturing Association, as well as the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation. Mr. Even earned his Master of Business Administration degree at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Sonendo Paul Madera
Paul Madera
Director

Paul Madera is Managing Director of Meritech Capital Partners, a $3 Billion venture capital fund he co-founded in 1999. Over the years he has led Meritech’s investments into several notable tech companies including 2Wire, BlueArc, Facebook, IntraLase, Riverbed Technology, Salesforce.com and Yammer. Prior to Meritech, he was an investment banker with Montgomery Securities and Morgan Stanley, and he served in the US Air Force as an F-16 Instructor Pilot. He holds a BS from the US Air Force Academy, and an MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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