OUR SYGENX, INC. TEAM:

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Bill Cramer
Chairman

As Chairman of Sygenx, Bill Cramer is responsible for leveraging partnerships to discover and develop innovative healthcare solutions in the U.S. and internationally. Bill has 30+ years of healthcare experience in medical device sales and is the visionary founder of the Device Benefit Management platform in 1997 with his company Access MediQuip. Under Bill’s leadership, the company had exceeded $100 million in gross revenue and contracted with large health insurers such as WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna, and Humana. He has also worked with some of the leading orthopedic and spine specialists in the U.S. to develop regenerative medicine therapy strategies for their practices.

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Mike Duvall
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Duvall (CFO) is a licensed CPA in Texas with an MBA degree, who has held various accounting positions (CFO, Controller and others) for over 30 years in industry such as: healthcare, energy, insurance and finance. He spent five years as a senior auditor with Deloitte performing financial audits for both private and public companies. Mike was the CFO for five years at Access Mediquip and worked with an outside brokerage firm to successfully market and sell the company to a private equity firm. Mike supports various charities and is a Board Member of a local non-profit organization in Houston that provides food, shelter, and clothing to families in short-term crises. He also is an inventor and holds four US Patents related to sports analytics.

SYGENX EDUCATIONAL SPEAKERS BUREAU:

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Dr. Guy Scuderi
MD
Dr. Scuderi is the founder and president of Cytonics Corporation. Dr. Scuderi is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and has practiced medicine since 1993. He has also recently worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery of Stanford University. He graduated medical school from State University of New York at Buffalo, N.Y. and completed his Residency at University of Miami School of Medicine. He is fellowship trained in spine surgery from UCSD. Dr. Scuderi has published over 45 scientific articles and has lectured worldwide. Dr. Scuderi currently practices orthopedic surgery in Jupiter, FL.
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Dr. Stuart Shoemaker
DVM
Dr. Stuart Shoemaker is a board certified veterinary surgeon with 34 years of clinical experience.. Dr Shoemaker has been a managing partner at Idaho Equine Hospital; an 8 doctor referral equine surgery center. He is the director of the Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine division at Idaho Equine Hospital.Dr. Shoemaker has been an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and served as a board member from 2006-2009. He is a member of The American College of Veterinary Surgeons and an adjunct professor at Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Shoemaker is a consultant for Boise State University and serves on the board for Research and Economic Development. He also provides counsel to the Animal Research Vivarium at Boise State University.
Dr. Shoemaker received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1984 and completed a surgical residency program at Louisiana State University in 1989. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1993.
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Dr. Sean O'Connell
PhD
Dr. O’Connell is a seasoned healthcare professional with 30 years experience in regenerative medicine, immunology, infectious disease and tissue repair. As Founder and President of Wound Immune Consulting, LLC, Dr. O’Connell has served as interim management or strategic consultant to numerous venture capital, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and tissue processing companies focusing on operations, pre-clinical and clinical development, commercial opportunity assessment, product and market development strategy. Previously Dr. O’Connell has served as Chief Science Officer for Vertical Spine, LLC and as Chief Medical Officer for Cascade Medical Enterprises, LLC.
As Director, Medical Affairs for the Transplantation/Tissue Engineering/Immunology Business Unit of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Dr. O’Connell was responsible for pre-clinical and clinical development, publications and professional relations. Dr. O’Connell was SVP, Medical Direction, for Integrated Communications Corp. (ICC/IPG) and was COO and Co-Founder of Heartland Bio Technologies, LLC, a drug discovery start-up. Dr. O’Connell received his PhD in immunology and molecular biology from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at New Brunswick. Dr. O’Connell has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts and currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Vascular Surgery, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.
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Dr. Jason Berk
MD
Dr. Jason Berk was born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He remained in Philadelphia to obtain his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He then went to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 2012 to complete his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where he was a chief resident. Following residency, Dr. Berk completed a Pain Medicine Fellowship at The University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Berk is PA Board Certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as Pain Medicine. He is an active member of The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Spine Intervention Society.
Dr. Berk specializes in conservative, minimally invasive management of spine and musculoskeletal disorders. He believes strongly in treating people as individuals, developing customized treatment plans to address specific needs. In addition to his patient care at Aligned Medical Group, Dr. Berk is a professor at Thomas Jefferson University where he takes part in the training of future generations of Physicians.
Outside of practicing medicine and teaching, Dr. Berk enjoys working out, playing sports, watching his hometown sports teams, and spending time with his family and friends. These days, he is also kept busy by his miniature golden retriever, Sidney.
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Dr. Jason M. Cuéllar
MD PhD
Dr. Jason M. Cuéllar, M.D., Ph.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, CA. He provides compassionate treatment of patients with spinal disorders; both non-surgical and surgical. He focuses on total disk replacement (artificial disk replacement) and minimally invasive spine surgery. In addition, he provides non-operative treatment of knee pain, including injections of a novel biologic therapy for mild and moderate osteoarthritis. He is affiliated with the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center of Excellence and Dr. Todd H. Lanman of Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery.
He treats various disorders of the spine, including cervical disk herniation, cervical radiculopathy, cervical myelopathy, neck pain, cervical stenosis, cervical disk degeneration, lumbar disk herniation, lumbar radiculopathy, lumbar stenosis, lumbar degenerative disk disease and low back pain.
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Dr. Nelson Scarborough
PhD
Dr. Nelson Scarborough has held academic and industry positions with large and small companies including Medtronic, Smith & Nephew and TheraCell, Inc. He is an inventor on 45+ U.S. patents and has authored key papers in leading journals. In addition to his pioneering work in the bone graft field, he has developed technology for improving diagnosis and treatment of spine pain, an extended duration anesthetic for post-operative and other pain disorders among other accomplishments. Dr. Scarborough is currently exploring how to address unmet medical needs with new modalities including regenerative medicine and tissue engineering and establishing strong data to support their usage. He is currently Principal at Oscar Consulting, LLC.
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Dr. Farshad Shafizadeh
MD
Dr. Shafizadeh is a board-certified urologist and urological surgeon licensed to practice urology in the State of New York. He is the Director of Voiding and Sexual Medicine at New York Hospital Queens, Weill Cornell Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Urology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.Dr. Shafizadeh’s areas of interest include surgery and treatment of voiding dysfunction conditions such as urinary incontinence related to pelvic prolapse in women and prostate related disorders in men. With many years of clinical practice in major academic centers, Dr. Shafizadeh is well versed in such minimally invasive procedures as robotic assisted laparoscopic reconstructive surgeries for correction of pelvic prolapse and laparoscopic robotic surgeries of prostate and kidney.Dr. Shafizadeh fled his native Iran on foot as a young teen during the horrific years of the Iran-Iraq War. Making his way across the mountains and deserts of Iran into Pakistan and then to Vienna, Dr. Shafizadeh arrived in the United States in 1985. He attended school during the day and worked at nights to support himself and later his family. He attended college on full academic scholarship with a concentration in biophysics. Subsequently, he received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Downstate, Brooklyn. Dr. Shafizadeh completed both his general surgery and urology residencies at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Shafizadeh was appointed Assistant Director of Urology at Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan. Thereafter, he was appointed the residency coordinator for Mount Sinai Department of Urology at Cabrini Medical Center where he was extensively involved with residency training and teaching, along with practicing medicine and surgery.

Dr. Shafizadeh’s training in and affiliation with such major academic medical centers as Mount Sinai Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, allow him to remain on the cutting edge of the field of Urology and to quickly adopt the most advanced surgical and minimally invasive treatments into his practice.

As a physician, Dr. Shafizadeh believes that continued training and learning are an essential part of providing the best Urological care in the tri-state area and will continue to allow him to remain in the forefront of cutting edge urological medicine and technology. But most importantly, Dr. Shafizadeh sees his patients as distinct individuals with unique needs and desires. One of his most important attributes is his ability to listen to his patients and to help them understand their conditions and treatment options. Each and every patient is treated with the utmost care and respected.