Steve Rubin, Chairman
Steve Rubin has served as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Neovasc and B-Balloon since February 2008 and as a director of B-Balloon since November 2007. Since May 2007, Mr. Rubin has been the Executive Vice President, Administration, of OPKO Health, Inc., a specialty healthcare company that focuses on the commercialization and development of proprietary pharmaceuticals and instruments for the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmologic disorders. Prior to that, from August 2001 to September 2006, Mr. Rubin served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of IVAX Corporation, which was acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in January 2006. Mr. Rubin is also a member of the Frost Group, LLC, a private investment firm based in Miami, Florida, and serves on the boards of directors of Dreams, Inc., a vertically-integrated sports products company, Modigene, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, Ideation Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of acquiring businesses in digital media, Longfoot Communications Corp., a public shell company seeking to identify a merger or business combination candidate and Safestitch Medical, Inc., a medical device company. Mr. Rubin holds a B.A. in Economics from Tulane University and a J.D. from the University of Florida.
Paul Geyer graduated with a B.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1988. In 1991, he founded Mitroflow International Inc., a medical device company that developed and commercialized bovine tissue heart valves. Under his leadership, Mitroflow grew from a start-up of nine employees to more than 125 employees in 1999, when the firm was sold to Sulzer Medical. It continues to be one of the largest medical device companies in the Vancouver area. Since June 2009, Geyer has been CEO of LightIntegra Technology Inc. which developed the ThromboLux technology used to determine platelet quality for blood transfusions. Since 2003, he is a member of the board of directors at Science World British Columbia, where he was the board’s chairman from 2007 to 2010. Geyer has established a scholarship endowment at UBC for the support of students in the newly established Biomedical Engineering program and is a director and active supporter of BC Social Venture Partners, an organization supporting families and youth at risk through social enterprises. He continues to be an angel investor in technology and life science companies and was awarded the British Columbia Angel Investor of the year.
Alexei Marko’s decades of experience in the medical device field spans product development, sales and marketing and executive management. Mr. Marko has held management positions with Neovasc’s predecessor companies since 1999 and assumed the role of chief executive officer in 2008 in conjunction with the company’s expansion and restructuring. He is a registered professional engineer, a listed inventor on issued and pending medical technology patents and has been instrumental in the development and approval of multiple medical device products. Mr. Marko completed a B.Sc. (Hons) degree at Queen’s University and a M.Sc. in electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia, specializing in medical device development.
In addition to his duties as a Managing Partner at Strul, Norman Radow founded the RADCO Companies, an opportunistic real estate investment group specializing in the acquisition and repositioning of multifamily assets, in 1994. In 2006, RADCO became a nationally recognized workout company and then oversaw much of the Lehman bankruptcy estate residential portfolio from 2008 through 2010. Today, RADCO owns approximately 17,000 apartment units in 13 cities across 8 states with an asset value in excess of $2 billion, and has approximately 500 employees. In both 2017 and 2018, RADCO was named one of the fastest growing private companies in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of the fastest growing mid-market companies in the state of Georgia by the Association for Corporate Growth, and one of the fastest growing companies in the nation by Inc. 5000. In 2018, Norman was recognized as one of the Most Admired CEOs in the commercial real estate industry by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to founding RADCO, Mr. Radow practiced law. He was awarded a Juris Doctor by New York Law School in 1981 and currently serves on its board. Mr. Radow also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1978.
Douglas Janzen has deep experience in the cardiovascular industry having served as the past President and CEO and Director of Cardiome Pharma Corp. (TSX: COM; NASDAQ: CRME), a company that develops drugs to treat or prevent cardiovascular diseases. Mr. Janzen previously served as the company’s President and Chief Business Officer, since March 2006, and prior to that as CFO. Mr. Janzen has served as a director on a number of public and private boards of therapeutic and device companies including Sentinelle Medical, ICo Therapeutics and Bradmer Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Janzen also serves as the Chairman of Life Sciences British Columbia and as a Director of Biotech Canada. Mr. Janzen also has extensive experience in corporate banking and financing within the biotechnology sector as an analyst and the Head of Research at Loewen Ondaatje McCutheon from 1997 to 2001 and then as Managing Director, Health Sciences and Partner at Sprott Securities Inc. (now Cormark) from 2001 to 2003.
Fred Colen, President and Chief Executive Officer
Fred Colen is a seasoned business executive with years of experience leading small, medium and large medical device businesses throughout the world. Fred has been a successful business innovator in commercialization of new medical technology products. He was President/CEO of BeneChill, a brain cooling company and President of the Boston Scientific Cardiac Rhythm Management Group. Additionally he served as Boston Scientific’s Chief Technology Officer for eight years. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Fred obtained a master's degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in BioMedical Technology from the RWTH Aachen, Germany. He has served on several boards: Mölnlycke Healthcare, Middle Peak Medical and College of Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota.