Board of directors

Board members include business leaders strong experience in business management and medical devices, both in international and start-up companies. 

Board members

Jean-Luc Vermeulen

Chairman of the Board
45 years+ experience in Business Management

Jean-Luc served as President Exploration & Production and member of the Executive Committee of Total SA. Prior to this, he held a number of different managerial positions in the Elf Aquitaine Group, in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Jean-Luc is co-founder and Chairman of Majus Ltd., a UK company, which develops and markets innovative technologies for the oil production industry.  

Jean-Luc graduated from Ecole Polytechnique of Paris and holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. 

Soad El Ghazouani

Soad El Ghazouani

Board member
25 years+ experience in Medical Devices 

Soad is currently CEO and co-founder, of a venture-funded early stage company developing a transcatheter-based tricuspid valve replacement system. 

She previously served as CEO of Novostia during the period 2017-2018, during which she significantly contributed to the achievements made by the company. Prior to this, Soad held several managerial positions, as VP global marketing with Biosensors, as CEO of Bioring, or as Vice President Europe for Ev3. Soad also served in several operational management positions for Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Meadox and Hitachi. 

Soad holds an MBA in international business from the EM Lyon and a biomedical engineering degree.

Alain Barbal

Board member
35 years+ experience in Medical Devices, Mechanics and Microelectronics 

Alain is currently CEO of Coherent Streams, a Swiss Company specialised in the design, production and implementation of projects, strategies, and business models.

He previously worked in multinational companies (Motorola, Pfizer, Essilor), in big companies (Swatch Group, Ascom), in SMEs (Asyst Technologies) and in startups (VHF Technologies-Flexcell, Monoclonix), where he has occupied various functions, including production manager, R&D manager, plant manager, and CEO. 

Alain holds a Master's degree in Strategic Management from EM Lyon Business School, a Master's degree in Management of strategic innovation from EPFL, and a mechanical engineering degree from Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse. 

George Ortiz

Board member
25 years+ experience in Business Management

George is a serial entrepreneur. With his two brothers, Oliver and Nicolas, he successfully built several companies in the Baltic States and contributed to the development of Medical Device companies in the United States. 

He holds an MBA in international business management from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and a BA cum laude in biology from Harvard University, Cambridge.