Dave is the Chief Operating Officer at Verb Surgical. Dave has more than 20 years of experience building and leading high-performing teams at both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies related to surgical robotics, medical imaging and diagnostics. He was part of the start-up and leadership team at Xradia, Inc. (acquired by ZEISS) where he received a Research and Development award for the development of the Nano-XCT, a 50nm resolution x-ray tomography system. He is a co-founder of Varioscale, Inc. a start-up venture dedicated to bringing ultra-high resolution laser etching technology to the semiconductor community.
At Intuitive Surgical, he led the next generation medical imaging and advanced imaging technologies team for the da Vinci robot surgical platform. Most recently he was the Divisional Vice President of Research and Development for Abbott Medical Optics, where he led programs in both Laser Cataract Surgery and Laser Vision Correction surgery. He was the Vice President of Research and Development for OptiMedica (acquired by Abbott Medical Optics), where he led the team that developed the Catalys system for laser cataract surgery.
Dave has been awarded several patents in x-ray imaging, medical endoscopy and laser surgery applications. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Pablo E. Garcia Kilroy
Pablo is leading Verb Surgical research in medical robotics as the Vice President of Applied Research and Technology. Prior to his role at Verb, Pablo worked at SRI International for 20 years, directing more than $50 million in novel research and development programs in robotics and medical devices.
Pablo has led numerous research programs sponsored by healthcare and robotics companies, as well as the Department of Defense, NASA, and DARPA. Some of his programs included the development of remote telementoring and robotic surgical system for the DoD, the first electrical dynamic walking humanoid (Durus) for DARPA and the development of the core robotic technologies which were adopted by Verb Surgical. Pablo is excited to see some of this technology become a reality through Verb. His research interests include medical devices, robots and machine learning. He co-founded MISTRAL, a collaboration with Stanford University and funded by the FDA, intended to foster innovation in the development of medical devices for the underserved pediatric population.
Prior to robotics, Pablo worked on the development of nuclear reactors for General Electric. He holds more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents. He earned his Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in industrial and mechanical engineering from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, Spain. When Pablo is not thinking about robots, you can find him with his family, swimming, surfing or making paellas.
Dave brings more than 15 years of marketing, business development and commercialization experience to Verb Surgical, where he serves as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development.
On why he joined Verb: “The chance to work in a start-up environment, while partnering with the world’s largest healthcare company and the world’s largest technology company, was the draw. We have the opportunity to impact patient care on a global scale, while at the same time transforming our industry.”
Prior to joining Verb, Dave led the U.S. Marketing organization of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care with responsibility for marketing ACUVUE™ brand contact lenses to consumers and doctors. Prior to this, Dave held positions of increasing responsibility with the Johnson & Johnson Ethicon and Ethicon Endo-Surgery divisions, most recently leading global marketing for the Ethicon $3 billion endo-mechanical business.
Throughout his career, Dave has partnered extensively with physicians, providers, and patients in leading more than 20 product launches into new and existing healthcare categories. These launches have been responsible for more than $1 billion in growth revenue.
Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Dave worked for General Electric in new product development and marketing in the technology and consumer electronics industries. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Mary Lynn Gaddis
Mary Lynn is a successful medical device clinical marketing professional who has been in the medical device and biotech industry for more than 25 years. She has been a key player at large and small companies including start-up organizations. Mary Lynn is currently the Director of Clinical Marketing at Verb Surgical Inc. where she was hired as the second employee. Mary Lynn has been integral to the hiring of more than 200 employees and contractors at Verb and implementing the employee culture.
Prior to working at Verb Surgical Inc., Mary Lynn was the Senior Director of Scientific Affairs and Communications at Volcano Corp., where she was hired as the third employee. From 2002-2015 at Volcano (NASDAQ:VOLC), she led global efforts in clinical research, investigator initiated studies, scientific publication strategies, regulatory reviews and clinical material reviews while working closely with key opinion leaders (physicians) and the chief medical officers at the company. Volcano was purchased by Philips (NYSE:PHG) in 2015. Mary Lynn worked at Baxter Healthcare (now Edwards Lifesciences – NYSE: EW) as the Clinical Marketing Manager for minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Mary Lynn was an independent consultant for medical start-ups and venture capital firms (Domain Associates) where she led clinical marketing communication and clinical protocols development and implementation. Mary Lynn spent more than 2 years in Milan, Italy working as a registered nurse at Clinic Columbus (Antonio Colombo, MD) in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. She holds more than 10 patents in medical devices and is a co-author on 10 scientific articles.
Mary Lynn has been married for 24 years and has 4 children. She is an active volunteer in her community and enjoys time with family and friends. Mary Lynn dedicates much of her spare time to mentoring at Newport Harbor High School and volunteering as Vice President Philanthropy for the National Charity League Newport Beach Chapter, where she strives to encourage others to be the best they can be.
Anand has been practicing law for more than 22 years in private practice law firms and with corporations as in-house counsel. His career started at the intellectual property law firm Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman in Los Angeles focusing on patents and trademarks. After five years, Anand opened his own law practice focused on patents, licensing and commercial agreements. He subsequently spent two years in a senior role at the AmLaw 100 firm of Pillsbury Winthrop. In 2002, Anand joined Siemens as in-house IP Counsel. There he managed all IP matters for a variety of business divisions including Ultrasound, Oncology Care, Light Rail, OLED and Enterprise Software. In 2007, he joined Apple as patent counsel leading patent and IP matters for the iPhone/iPod division. There he spent seven years leading and coordinating iPhone patent development, IP counseling on commercial agreements and support of major mobile device litigation including matters involving Nokia, HTC, Samsung and others. After managing a team of attorneys at Apple, Anand joined the Licensing and Strategy team at Apple focusing on third-party pre-litigation matters, licensing and IP strategy, as well as business conduct and employment issues.
Anand is currently the Vice President of Legal. He joined Verb Surgical to influence technology development that impacts the world. In Apple’s case, this was the iPhone. At Verb, it is the democratization of surgery.
He has been active in volunteering for local school boards, PTAs and National Junior Basketball as a coach. Anand is married with three children and Leia, a golden retriever. He enjoys basketball and investing in his spare time. He graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and a J.D. from Notre Dame. He is a member of the State Bar of California and a Registered Patent Attorney and holds four issued US patents.
Frank Schembri Jr.
Frank started his professional career at Varian Associates designing airborne electronic countermeasures during the Reagan era. He transitioned to medical products, gathering 30+ years of experience with the design, manufacture and service of complex capital equipment and sterile disposable devices. He has led research and development, manufacturing, supply chain, document control, facilities and service organizations at start-ups and multinational companies.
He led the production and factory design for large scale MRI equipment at Resonex (acquired by GE) and led manufacturing and engineering teams at Acuson/Siemens Ultrasound Division for 14+ years.
Frank served as Vice President Manufacturing and Service at Hansen Medical, a start-up catheter robotics company where he was in charge of developing teams, processes, equipment and facilities for both dispoables and capital equipment.
As a manufacturing consultant, Frank worked with venture capital and start-up firms developing home healthcare devices and medical diagnostic products produced in Asia.
Just prior to joining Verb Surgical as head of New Product Introduction and Manufacturing, Frank consulted for SRI and Ethicon, contributing to the manufacturing strategy for the Verb product.
At Verb, Frank leads New Product Introduction teams, including Test and Manufacturing Engineering, Prototyping, Supply Chain and Service. Frank says “the opportunity to work with the combined ONE Team resources of Ethicon, Verily and Verb, and to contribute to changing surgery is both exciting and gratifying.”
Frank graduated in engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo when cows still outnumbered students. He is a licensed professional manufacturing engineer in California and holds a Regulatory Affairs Certificate-International Focus from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.
John is an engineer, entrepreneur and technical executive who has brought more than 50 products to market and holds 16 U.S. patents. John currently serves as Associate Vice President of Quality and Regulatory for Verb Surgical. Intrigued by the partnership of Johnson & Johnson and Google, John joined Verb in January 2016 to act as a right arm for Research and Development by building a strong, scalable quality system, driving quality into the product and defining an integrated regulatory strategy.
Before joining Verb, John was Vice President of Operations and Quality at Broncus Medical, a computer-aided surgical navigation company for biopsy, access and treatment of lung cancer, where he led all functions except Research and Development and Clinical, including raising more than $13 million in equity. In 2002, John took a position with Intuitive Surgical, where he led Program Management and NPI for the da Vinci Surgical system through the IS1100, IS1200 and IS2000 Research and Development and launch efforts. John played a significant role in the development and launch of the first four-arm robotic surgical system, first 3DHD visualization system, and first robotic beating heart stabilizer, while growing the company from 75 employees in 2002 to 500+ employees, with revenue exceeding $500 million five years later. Having worked at Hello Direct prior as Vice President of Research and Development and Quality, John helped close an acquisition by GN Netcom in 2000 for $100 million after 13 quarters of record revenue/earnings growth. John also worked with a number of start-ups as a functional head or founder, including a small fluidics robot that sampled blood of ICU patients, a Stanford-based brain imaging, post-stroke perfusion company and Geneva CleanTech as President and CEO where he secured $1 million in NRE contracts with Siemens, Sumitomo and NTT.
Notable achievements in the consumer electronics space includes the first high-speed ATA voice coil-based hard drives in the early 1990s with Control Data, the first full-duplex cellular hands-free car kit in 1996 which was sold to Delco Electronics and integrated into OnStar and the first Bluetooth headset in 2000 with GN Netcom. He graduated magna cum laude from San Jose State University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering. In his spare time, John curates a fine mineral collection, conducts mining and mineral collecting operations and enjoys travel around the world with his wife.