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AxoGen Inc (AXGN.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jamie Grooms

57 2011 Independent Chairman of the Board

Karen Zaderej

55 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Peter Mariani

53 2016 Chief Financial Officer

Gregory Freitag

55 2016 Senior Vice President - Business Development, General Counsel, Director

Shawn McCarrey

59 2013 Senior Vice President - Sales

David Hansen

56 2015 Chief Accounting Officer, Controller

Mike Donovan

52 2015 Vice President - Operations

Kevin Leach

47 2016 Vice President - Marketing

Erick DeVinney

41 2014 Vice President of Clinical and Translational Sciences

John Engels

45 2011 Vice President

Mark Friedman

59 2011 Vice President - Regulatory and Quality

Jon Gingrich

48 2017 Chief Commercial Officer

Mark Gold

68 2011 Independent Director

Guido Neels

68 2016 Independent Director

Robert Rudelius

61 2011 Independent Director

Amy Wendell

56 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Jamie Grooms

Mr. Jamie Mark Grooms is the Independent Chairman of the Board of AxoGen, Inc., since September 30, 2011. Mr. Grooms is a co-founder of AC and from 2002 to May 2010 served as AC’s CEO. Since leaving AC in May 2010, Mr. Grooms has provided consulting services to start-up companies and serves on the board of directors of several companies. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Grooms served as the founding CEO and Chairman of the Board of Regeneration Technologies, Inc. a publicly-traded company involved in processing human tissue for allogenic grafts used in orthopedic, oral maxillofacial, urinary and cardiovascular surgeries. Mr. Grooms has extensive experience in all areas of operations of the allograft business and has worked at the Virginia Tissue Bank (now LifeNet Health), Osteotech, Inc., and CryoLife, Inc. in various positions of leadership. In addition, Mr. Grooms has served as Director of the University of Florida Tissue Bank from 1992 to 1995. Mr. Grooms holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Old Dominion University.

Karen Zaderej

Ms. Karen L. Zaderej is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of AxoGen, Inc., since September 30, 2011. She has served as the CEO of AxoGen Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“AC”), and a member of AC’s board of directors since May 2010. Ms. Zaderej joined AC in May 2006 and served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales from May 2006 to October 2007 and as Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) from October 2007 to May 2010. From October 2004 to May 2006, Ms. Zaderej worked for Zaderej Medical Consulting, a consulting firm she founded, which assisted medical device companies in building and executing successful commercialization plans. From 1987 to 2004, Ms. Zaderej worked at Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, where she held senior positions in marketing, business development, research & development, and manufacturing. Ms. Zaderej is a Director of SEBio, a non-profit supporting the life science industry in the southeastern United States. Ms. Zaderej has a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

Peter Mariani

Mr. Peter J. Mariani, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Mariani has been AxoGen’s Chief Financial Officer since March of 2016. Prior to joining AxoGen, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Lensar, Inc, a privately held laser refractive cataract surgery company, from July 2014 through January 2016, which was sold in December 2015. From June 2011 to June 2014 Mr. Mariani served as Chief Financial Officer of Hansen Medical, a publicly traded medical device company developing robotic solutions for intravascular procedures. From 2007 through 2010 Mr. Mariani served as Chief Financial Officer for two privately held companies: Harlan Laboratories (2007 – 2009); and BMW Constructors (2009 – 2010). From 1994 through 2006 Mr. Mariani served in various senior financial roles with Guidant Corporation, a publicly traded leader in the development and sale of medical devices for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Mr. Mariani began his career with Guidant as Director of Corporate Financial Reporting where he supported the initial public offering of Guidant and ultimately served as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Mariani’s experience at Guidant included two years as Director of Financial Reporting, Guidant Vascular Intervention in Santa Clara, California, and four years in Tokyo, Japan, mostly as Vice President Finance and Administration where he helped to facilitate the conversion and scale of the Japan business from a distributor network to a direct sales and marketing organization. Following the 2006 sale of Guidant to Boston Scientific Corporation, Mr. Mariani co-led the initial integration of the two companies. From 1987 to 1994, Mr. Mariani worked with Ernst and Young, LLP, where he served a diverse client base as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Mariani received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Indiana University.

Gregory Freitag

Mr. Gregory Gene Freitag, Esq. J.D. CPA is the Senior Vice President - Business Development, General Counsel and Director of the Company. He has been AxoGen’s Senior Vice President Business Development since May 2014, was AxoGen’s Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) from September 2011 to May 2014 and August 2015 to March 2016. From June 2010 through September 2011, Mr. Freitag was the CEO, CFO and a board member of LecTec Corporation, an intellectual property licensing and holding company that merged with AxoGen in September 2011. From May 2009 to the present, Mr. Freitag has been a principal of FreiMc, LLC, a healthcare and life science consulting and advisory firm he founded that provides strategic guidance and business development advisory services. Prior to founding FreiMc, LLC, Mr. Freitag was a Director of Business Development at Pfizer Health Solutions, a former subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc., from January 2006 to May 2009. From July 2005 to January 2006, Mr. Freitag worked for Guidant Corporation in their business development group. Prior to Guidant Corporation, Mr. Freitag was the CEO of HTS Biosystems, a biotechnology tools start-up company, from March 2000 until its sale in early 2005. Mr. Freitag was the COO, CFO and General Counsel of Quantech, Ltd., a public point of care diagnostic company, from December 1995 to March 2000. Prior to that time, Mr. Freitag practiced corporate law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Freitag is also a director of the Foundation Board of HealthEast Care System, a health care system in Minnesota, and PDS Biotechnology Corporation, a private, clinical stage Biopharmaceutical Company developing immunotherapies for cancer and other disease areas such as infectious disease. Mr. Freitag holds a JD from the University of Chicago and a BA Economics & Business and Law & Society from Macalester College, Minnesota.

Shawn McCarrey

Mr. Shawn F. McCarrey is the Senior Vice President - Sales of AxoGen, Inc. Mr. McCarrey has served as AxoGen’s Senior Vice President of Sales since February 2013. Mr. McCarrey was Executive Vice President of North American Cardiovascular Sales at Bayer Interventional/MEDRAD Interventional from January 2009 to May 2012. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG, is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry. Bayer Interventional, now doing business as part of Bayer Medical Care’s Radiology and Interventional business, is the interventional franchise formerly operated under Bayer’s MEDRAD brand. From 1998 to 2009, Mr. McCarrey held multiple escalating positions with Possis Medical, Inc., a company that developed, manufactured and marketed medical devices for the cardiovascular and vascular treatment markets, and served as Director or Sales, VP of US Sales, VP of Worldwide Sales and EVP of Worldside Sales & Marketing. For more than 15 years prior to joining Possis, Mr. McCarrey served in a series of progressively responsible roles with two divisions of C.R. Bard, United States Catheter and Instrument Corporation (USCI) which specialized in the treatment of coronary disease in the cardiac catheterization laboratory and Davol, an operating room division that promoted Thoraclex and Simpulse to cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeons. Mr. McCarrey holds a BS degree in Marketing from Central Michigan University.

David Hansen

Mr. David Hansen is the Chief Accounting Officer and Controller of AxoGen, Inc. Mr. Hansen has served as Chief Accounting Officer of AxoGen since December 2015. Mr. Hansen has served as the Corporate Controller of AxoGen, Inc. since November 2011 and the Corporate Controller of AC since June 2006. Mr. Hansen was Vice President of Finance—Corporate Controller and Treasurer of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc., a publicly-traded environmental services company, and held other corporate and regional accounting positions at Perma-Fix Environmental Services from 1995 to 2005. Mr. Hansen was also the Controller at Kraft Foodservice, Inc. from 1994 to 1995 and held other accounting and procurement positions at Kraft Foodservice, Inc. from 1985 to 1994. Mr. Hansen has over 20 years of experience in senior financial positions at both publicly traded and private companies. Mr. Hansen holds a BBA degree in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma.

Mike Donovan

Mr. Mike Donovan is the Vice President - Operations of the Company. Mr. Donovan has served as AxoGen’s Vice President of Operations since September 2015. Prior to September 2015, Mr. Donovan was AxoGen’s Director of Operations from January 2011 until September 2015. From 1988 to 2010, Mr. Donovan held positions at Zimmer Holdings in manufacturing, continuous improvement, quality assurance and sterilization including Director of Manufacturing from 2002 to 2010. Mr. Donovan has a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Akron.

Kevin Leach

Mr. Kevin Leach is the Vice President - Marketing of the Company. Mr. Leach has been AxoGen’s Vice President of Marketing since March 2016. Prior to joining AxoGen, Mr. Leach worked in a consulting capacity between September 2015 and March 2016 for start-up companies supporting strategic planning and due diligence activities for targeted acquisitions. Mr. Leach previously served as Vice President of Marketing for Stryker within their orthopedic division, where he led the overall knee strategy from September 2013 through August 2015. From February 2013 to September 2013 Mr. Leach served as marketing consultant for SteadMed Medical, a medical device company focusing on acute and chronic wounds. From January 2008 to February 2013 Mr. Leach served in marketing roles with increasing responsibility including as Vice President, Marketing with ConvaTec, a medical products and technologies company with leading market positions in Wound Therapeutics, Ostomy Care, Continence and Infusion Devices. ConvaTec was acquired by private equity firms Nordic Capital and Avista Capital Partners in 2008. Prior to moving to the United States, from October 2000 to January 2008, Mr. Leach was a global marketing leader for ConvaTec, a Bristol-Myers Squibb company where he led the launch of new products globally. From February 1999 to October 2000 Mr. Leach served as Business Unit Manager at Zimmer UK, within a newly established division for the orthopedic business unit focusing on market development and commercialization of an injectable hyaluronic acid for the relief of joint pain. From January 1992 to February 1999 Mr. Leach held various sales and marketing roles within the UK division of ConvaTec. Mr. Leach qualified as a Podiatrist from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

Erick DeVinney

Mr. Erick DeVinney serves as Vice President - Clinical and Translational Sciences of Axogen, Inc., since January 2014. Prior to January 2014, Mr. DeVinney was the Director of Clinical and Translational Sciences for AxoGen from April 2007 until January 2014. Erick has over 14 years of experience in the successful planning and management of clinical development. Prior to joining AxoGen Mr. DeVinney served as Manager of Clinical Operations for Angiotech Pharmaceuticals from 2005 to 2007 and Clinical Program Lead for Pharmaceutical Research Associates International from 2001 to 2005. Mr. DeVinney has been involved in the successful submission of numerous 510(k), IDE and NDA applications. He has a BS in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University.

John Engels

Mr. John P. Engels is Vice President of AxoGen, Inc., since September 30, 2011. He is a co-founder of AC and has served as AC’s Vice President since June 2006, having provided operational and financial leadership and managing AxoGen’s strategic and product development partnerships until January 2012 when he assumed the leadership of international sales. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Engels worked as a consultant for the University of Florida, Saffron Hill Ventures and PA Early Stage Partners, among other companies. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Engels was an analyst and associate at CACM, a boutique investment banking firm. Mr. Engels is currently a member of the board of directors of Oxicool, Inc., a privately-held company developing new cooling technologies. Mr. Engels holds a MBA in Management and Operations from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from the University of Chicago.

Mark Friedman

Dr. Mark Louis Friedman, Ph.D. is the Vice President - Regulatory and Quality of AxoGen, Inc., since September 30, 2011. He has served as AC’s Vice President of Regulatory and Quality since June 2011 and served as AC’s Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from September 2006 to June 2011. Prior to joining AxoGen, Dr. Friedman held several regulatory and quality leadership positions at Enable Medical Corporation, a medical device company, including Director of Quality Assurance from 1997 to 1998 and Vice President of Quality and Regulatory from 1998 to 2001 and from 2004 to 2005. Dr. Friedman also worked for AtriCure, Inc., a company that develops, manufactures and sells surgical ablation systems to treat atrial fibrillation, as Vice President of Quality and Regulatory from 2001 to 2004 and as Vice President of Operations in 2004. AtriCure acquired Enable Medical in 2005. Dr. Friedman has over 25 years of experience in developing and directing regulatory strategy and quality systems for medical products, including 15 years with start-up medical product firms. Dr. Friedman has a Ph.D. in Chemistry specializing in protein biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Friedman sits on various agency committees for the Alliance of Regenerative Medicine, Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association and American Association of Tissue Banks, working on improving regulatory laws and standards for regenerative products and medical devices.

Jon Gingrich

Mr. Jon S. Gingrich serves as Chief Commercial Officer of the Company. He brings more than 20 years of global medical device and health care sales, marketing, and general management experience to the Company. From April 1, 2013 until joining AxoGen he served as Global Vice President and General Manager, Skeletal Health Solutions and Group Global Vice President, Marketing, Breast and Skeletal Health Solutions for Hologic Inc., a global health care and life science developer, manufacturer, and supplier of diagnostic, medical imaging, and surgical products. Prior to joining Hologic, he spent 15 years (July 1, 1997- December 31, 2012) with Boston Scientific, holding several commercial and international positions of increasing responsibility. From 2011-2012 Mr. Gingrich served as Vice President, International Commercialization, Cardiac Rhythm Management and as General Manager, Cardiac Rhythm Management of Japan from 2008-2011. Other Boston Scientific roles included Director, International Sales Operations and Training; Director, Marketing and Sales, Japan; Director, Sales Operations, Endoscopy; Global Marketing Product Manager, Endoscopy; and Executive Territory Sales Manager, Endoscopy. He was also in sales and marketing roles with Unilever N.V., a consumer goods companies. Gingrich earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Marketing and Management) from the University of Richmond.

Mark Gold

Dr. Mark Stephen Gold, M.D. is an Independent Director of AxoGen, Inc., since September 30, 2011. From 1990 until his retirement in June 2014, Dr. Gold was a Professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine’s McKnight Brain Institute and was recognized as a Distinguished Professor and Eminent Scholar and was Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. He has also been recognized as the 17th University of Florida Distinguished Alumni Professor. Dr. Gold taught neuroanatomy and medical neuroscience for four decades and has been a pioneer in translational neuroscience research. He has been a consultant and senior advisor to banks and private equity and venture capital firms on medical devices, pharmaceuticals and health care services throughout his career. Dr. Gold was also a Founding Director of the Somerset Valley Bank and Somerset Valley Financial (NASDAQ: SVBF) from 1991 to 1999 which was sold to Fulton Financial Corporation. Dr. Gold was a Founding Director and has served on the board of directors of Viewray, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRAY) since the company’s formation in September 2011. Dr. Gold is a Director of The Magstim Company Ltd., a United Kingdom based global leader in brain stimulation, nerve modulation, and intraoperative nerve monitoring and Viewray, a public commercial stage MR-Guided Radiotherapy company specializing in Cancer treatment. Dr. Gold is also Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of RiverMendHealth.

Guido Neels

Mr. Guido J. Neels is an Independent Director of the Company. He has been an operating partner of Essex Woodlands Fund IX (“Essex”) since February 2013. Mr. Neels joined Essex as a Partner in August 2006, was promoted to Managing Director in 2008 and served in that position until being appointed to Operating Partner. From May 2004 until retiring in November 2005, Mr. Neels served as COO of Guidant Corporation (“Guidant”), a world leader in the development of cardiovascular medical products, where he was responsible for the global operations of Guidant’s four operating units – Cardiac Rhythm Management, Vascular Intervention, Cardiac Surgery, and Endovascular Solutions. From December 2002 to May 2004, Mr. Neels was Group Chairman, Office of the President at Guidant, responsible for worldwide sales operations, corporate communications, corporate marketing, investor relations and government relations. From January 2000 to December 2002, Mr. Neels was President of Guidant for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Canada. Mr. Neels previously served as Vice President of Global Marketing for Vascular Intervention and as Managing Director for German and Central European operations. From 1982 to 1994, until Guidant was spun off as an independent public company from Eli Lilly and Co., Mr. Neels held general management, sales and marketing positions at Eli Lilly in the United States and Europe. From 1972 to 1980, he held positions in information technology, finance and manufacturing at Raychem Corporation in Belgium and the United States. Mr. Neels currently serves on the board of directors for Entellus Medical, Endologix and Bioventus. In addition to these Essex Woodlands portfolio company boards on which he serves, Mr. Neels also serves on the board of directors for Arsenal Medical, 480 Medical (which was spun out of Arsenal Medical), EndGenitor Technologies, and Christel House International (a not-for-profit organization).

Robert Rudelius

Mr. Robert James Rudelius is an Independent Director of AxoGen, Inc. Mr. Rudelius has served as a member of the Board of Directors since September 2010. Since 2001, Mr. Rudelius has been the Managing Director and CEO of Noble Ventures, LLC, a company he founded that provides advisory and consulting services to early-stage companies in the information technology, medical technology and loyalty marketing fields. From April 1999 through May 2001, when it was acquired by StarNet L.P., Mr. Rudelius was the founder and CEO of Media DVX, Inc., a start-up business that provided a satellite-based, IP-multicasting alternative to transmitting television commercials via analog videotapes to television stations, networks and cable television operators throughout North America. From April 1998 to April 1999, Mr. Rudelius was the President and COO of Control Data Systems, Inc., during which time Mr. Rudelius reorganized and repositioned the software company as a professional services company, which resulted in the successful sale of the company to British Telecom. From October 1995 through April 1998, Mr. Rudelius was the founding Managing Partner of AT&T Solution’s Media, Entertainment & Communications industry group. From January 1990 through September 1995, Mr. Rudelius was a partner in McKinsey & Company’s Information, Technology and Systems practice, during which time he headed the practice in Japan and the United Kingdom. Mr. Rudelius began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. where he was a leader of the firm’s financial accounting systems consulting practice.

Amy Wendell

Ms. Amy McBride Wendell is an Independent Director of the Company. She served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2016. She has been a senior advisor for Perella Weinberg Partners’ (“PWP”) healthcare investment banking practice since January 2016. Her scope of responsibilities involves providing guidance and advice with respect to mergers and acquisitions and divestitures for clients, and assisting PWP in connection with firm-level transactions. Since 2015, Ms. Wendell has also been a senior advisor for McKinsey and Company’s (“McKinsey”) strategy and corporate finance practice and also serves as a member of McKinsey’s transactions advisory board to help define trends in mergers and acquisitions, as well as help shape McKinsey’s knowledge agenda. From 1986 until January 2015, Ms. Wendell held various roles of increasing responsibility at Covidien plc (“Covidien”) (including its predecessors, Tyco Healthcare and Kendall Healthcare Products), including in engineering, product management and business development. Most recently, from December 2006 until Covidien’s acquisition by Medtronic plc in January 2015, Ms. Wendell served as Covidien’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, where she managed all business development, including acquisitions, equity investments, divestitures and licensing/distribution, and led Covidien’s strategy and portfolio management initiatives. Ms. Wendell is a member of the board of directors of Ekso Bionics (OTCBB: EKSO), which develops and manufactures powered exoskeleton bionic devices, and Hologic, Inc. Ms. Wendell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Institute of Technology (n/k/a Lawrence Technological University) and a Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Illinois.