Intellirod Spine
554F White Pond Drive
Akron, OH 44320

About Intellirod Spine - Board Members
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Richard R. Navarro
Richard R. Navarro Mr. Navarro is the President & CEO of Intellirod Spine He has over 25 years of medical device and implant experience in artificial hearts, wheelchairs, operating room equipment and spinal implants. Most recently he served as the VP and Site Manager for Integra LifeSciences spine division in Akron, Ohio. Prior to that he was in senior management at Theken Spine and was a co-founder and VP R&D; for Theken Disc, a company that developed the first lumbar artificial disc to incorporate microelectronics. In addition he has held senior engineering, quality, and operations roles with Integra, Biomec, Allen Medical Systems, AcroMed and the Cleveland Clinic.

Mr. Navarro holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College. He is also an inventor on 21 patents and has commercialized numerous spine and operating room products.

Dr. George Picha
Dr. George Picha Dr. Picha is a board certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with over 25 years in practice. He was fellowship trained at University Hospitals in Cleveland and received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also has a PhD from CWRU in Biomaterials with additional degrees in Bioengineering and Biology. In addition to being a consultant to companies such as Dow Corning, Baxter Healthcare and Gore & Associates, he is the President and CEO of Applied Medical Technology, a Class II medical device company focused on the GI market with sales in over 30 countries. Dr. Picha is a prolific inventor with over 50 patents and numerous peer reviewed publications.

Mike Bunker
Mike Bunker Mike has 20 years in the medical device field serving most recently in venture capital where he led investments and held board seats in many portfolio companies. He has also taken operational roles within startup companies in business development and as CEO, with experience in raising capital, strategic relationships and corporate governance. Prior to his venture experience, Mike led strategic acquisitions and business development activities at C.R. Bard and Medtronic.

Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson Steve Wilson is an entrepreneur and marketing professional with more than 40 years of experience. Mr. Wilson is currently a member of the Queen City Angels, an angel investing organization operating primarily in Ohio and Northern Kentucky, where he focuses on new businesses and start-up ventures.

Mr. Wilson is retired CEO of VNU Advisory Services. VNU, now The Nielsen Company, is the world's largest provider of marketing information and research. VNU businesses formerly under Mr. Wilson's responsibility included BASES, Claritas, Spectra Marketing and HCI. He was also responsible for divisional new product development, acquisitions and strategic planning.

Prior to his role with VNU, Mr. Wilson was President, BASES (1989-1998); President, SAMI (1986-1989); President, Burke Marketing Research (1981-1986); President, Market Audits (1977-1981) and he is a former Officer of Booz, Allen and Hamilton (1977-1979). Mr. Wilson began his career in consumer products brand management at Warner-Lambert (1968-1973) and Richard-Vicks (1973-1976).

In addition to OrthoData, Mr. Wilson serves on numerous boards including, Chair of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, and Director of Buyology, CoupSmart, Bob Sumerel Tire, and Maple Knoll Communities.

John Naber, PhD
John Naber, PhD John Naber is a Professor at the University of Louisville (UofL) Speed School of Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Naber's research over the past 15 years at UofL has primarily involved developing custom analog and digital circuits using RFID technology and MEMS-based sensors for advanced implantable biomedical sensing systems.

Dr. Naber started his career at General Electric in Syracuse, New York as an integrated circuit design engineer for 2 years. He then spent 8 years with the ITT Gallium Arsenide Technology Center in Roanoke, Virginia. In 1995, Dr. Naber began working at UofL, holding several positions in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering prior to his current role as Professor and Associate Chair. During this time at the University of Louisville, Dr. Naber has been granted 10 patents and received 25 externally funded grants totaling more than $14M, including the 2001 National Science Foundation grant that would foster the development of OrthoData.

Dr. Naber received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville. In 1992 earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Latest News
Intellirod Spine Launching iLink® Wearable Sensor (External Link)

Intellirod Spine Receives First Ever Spine FDA De Novo Approval (External Link)

Intellirod Listed as Top 10 Biomechanics Solution Provider (External Link)

Intellirod Spine's New High-tech Measurement of Spine Healing (External Link)

Intellirod Spine recognized as a leading HealthTech Innovator in the 2017 Global Digital Health 100 (External Link)

Intellirod Spine™ Acquires New IP, First patient with LOADPRO™, and over $1M in New Financing (External Link)

Look for our abstract accepted at the North American Spine Society 32nd Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL October 25-28, 2017. (External Link)

Intellirod Spine Raises Over $1M (External Link)

Intellirod Spine Receives $1.6 Million Ohio Third Frontier Award

An Orthopedic Sensor To Report Progress of Spinal Fusion Aims to Reduce Use of CT Scans (External Link)

City of Akron Backs Intellirod Spine with $1.1 Million (External Link)

JumpStart Invests $250,000 in Intellirod Spine (External Link)

Intellirod Spine Arrives in Ohio with a Sensor Device for Spine Surgeries & $1.1M in New Investments (External Link)

About Intellirod Spine
Intellirod Spine™ (formerly OrthoData Inc.) was founded by renowned spine surgeon Rolando M. Puno, M.D. and professors from the University of Louisville. The company is developing a wireless implantable microelectronic spinal rod strain sensor. This innovative strain monitoring system will allow spine surgeons to objectively assess the strain on implanted spinal fusion rods.


The difficulty in detecting bone growth
after spine fusion is a known challenge.


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