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 Bergheim is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sonendo, Inc., recently named the 19th fastest growing private company in America according to Inc. Magazine. Bjarne has a passion for driving and leading innovative and transformative fast-growth companies. Prior to Sonendo, Bjarne was a member of the Fjord Ventures, LLC team, helping to grow portfolio companies. Bjarne 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.

Andrew Kirkpatrick
Andrew Kirkpatrick
Chief Operating Officer

Andrew brings more than 25 years of experience in medical device and technology companies. Prior to joining Sonendo, Andrew was the Chief Operating Officer of Accuray, Inc., a publicly traded global provider of innovative cancer treatment technologies, where he was responsible for Manufacturing, Supply Chain and R&D. Prior to Accuray, Andrew held a wide range of roles in Manufacturing, Service, Product Management and M&A at several fast-paced technology companies. Andrew began his career as a nuclear engineer and submarine officer in the US Navy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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.

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.

Amit Agarwal
Amit Agarwal
Vice President, Marketing

Amit brings nearly 20 years of engineering, sales and marketing experience within the medical device industry. Prior to joining Sonendo, Amit spent over 6 years at Johnson & Johnson’s Biosense Webster Inc., the leader in electrophysiology, managing a multi-billion dollar product portfolio as Senior Director in Global Strategic Marketing. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Amit held a wide range of roles in engineering, product development, sales and marketing at various large medical device companies. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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 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.

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

Brooks Andrews
Brooks Andrews
Director

Brooks Andrews is a Partner with EW Healthcare Partners, one of the largest and oldest investment firms dedicated exclusively to healthcare. Before joining EW, Brooks was an investor with Roark Capital and FFL Partners, and he began his career as an investment banker with Barclays Capital. Brooks serves as a director on the boards of EW’s investments in Xenex and BreatheAmerica, and as a board observer for Axogen and EyePoint Pharmaceuticals. Brooks holds BBA and MA degrees from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Stanford University.

Sonendo Bjarne Bergheim
Bjarne Bergheim
Director

Bjarne Bergheim is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sonendo, Inc., recently named the 19th fastest growing private company in America according to Inc. Magazine. Bjarne has a passion for driving and leading innovative and transformative fast-growth companies. Prior to Sonendo, Bjarne was a member of the Fjord Ventures, LLC team, helping to grow portfolio companies. Bjarne 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.

Alex Crisses
Alex Crisses
Director

Alex Crisses is a Managing Director at General Atlantic and focuses on investments in the firm’s Technology sector. Alex leads the firm’s thematic sourcing program and co-heads its Emerging Growth Initiative across sector and geography. Before joining General Atlantic in 2016, Alex was a Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners where he focused on Software investments globally. Alex's current Board Affiliations include Benevity, Flipp, Pymetrics, Gympass, Seismic Software and JumpCloud. Alex was selected as one of GrowthCap's Top 25 Software Investors of 2019.

Corey A. Eaves
Cory A. Eaves
Director

Cory A. Eaves is an Operating Partner and part of General Atlantic’s Operations Group, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s investment teams and portfolio companies with a focus on technology, operations and digital transformation. Before joining General Atlantic in 2009, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer at Misys plc. Earlier in his career, he served as Chief Technology Officer of SSA Global, one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers and a former General Atlantic portfolio company. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Babson College, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He currently serves as chairman of the board for the Marfan Foundation and advisor for NetHope. 

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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