R. John Fletcher
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Fletcher joined our Board in May 2017 and currently serves as Chairman of our Board.Mr. Fletcher founded Fletcher Spaght in 1983 where, as Managing Partner emeritus, he remains active in both the consulting practice and venture capital activities, with analytical insights and creative solutions derived from his years of experience with clients, portfolio companies and the investment community. Mr. Fletcher works across Fletcher Spaght's practice groups, with a focus on healthcare. He has particular interests in devices, specifically in cardiology, cardiac surgery, and orthopedics, as well as in biopharma and healthcare IT. Prior to founding Fletcher Spaght, Mr. Fletcher was a Senior Manager at The Boston Consulting Group, advising a broad range of companies in healthcare and high technology industries. Mr. Fletcher serves on the Board of Directors of KORU Medical Systems, Vyant Bio, Metabolon and OptiNose, Inc., and formerly served on the Board of Directors of Spectranetics until it was acquired by Royal Philips in August 2017. Mr. Fletcher serves on the Board of Advisors of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Whitehead Institute at MIT. He served as a Captain and jet pilot in the U.S. Air Force and continues to be active in aviation. Mr. Fletcher received his MBA from Southern Illinois University, and a BBA in Marketing from George Washington University. He was an Instructor for courses in international business and a PhD Candidate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Joseph M. Burnett
President & CEO
Mr. Burnett joined us as our Chief Executive Officer and President and became a member of our Board of Directors in November 2017. Prior to joining ClearPoint Neuro, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Neuro Diagnostics and Therapy at Royal Philips, a publicly traded global health technology company, since March 2016. Prior to serving in such role, Mr. Burnett was the Senior Vice President and Business Leader of Image Guided Therapy Devices at Royal Philips and General Manager of Volcano Corporation (a Royal Philips company) from February 2015 to March 2016. Before joining Royal Philips, Mr. Burnett worked for Volcano Corporation, where he served in various positions from November 2004 to February 2015, most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Coronary & Systems Business Unit. Prior to joining Volcano Corporation, Mr. Burnett served as an R&D Engineer and Product Manager at Guidant Corporation from August 1999 to November 2004 and worked as a Bio-Medical Engineering Researcher at Duke University from May 1998 to May 1999. Mr. Burnett holds an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.S.E. degree in BioMedical Engineering from Duke University.
Lynnette C. Fallon
Ms. Fallon joined our Board in July 2021. She is Executive Vice President, HR/Legal, General Counsel and Secretary of Axcelis Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACLS), a provider of equipment and service solutions for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, with locations in eight countries. Ms. Fallon has held her current position since May 2005, having initially joined Axcelis in 2001 as a Senior Vice President and General Counsel. As a member of Axcelis’ executive team for more than twenty years, Ms. Fallon has been involved with business development, financial and tax management, investor relations, public offerings, M&A, risk management, executive compensation, and all aspects of international corporate compliance. Before joining Axcelis, Ms. Fallon worked at the Boston law firm of Palmer & Dodge LLP, as a partner since 1992, prior to which she was an associate since 1987. During her more than ten years at Palmer & Dodge, Ms. Fallon’s work was primarily for clients in the biotech industry. She was head of Palmer & Dodge’s business law department for the three years prior to joining Axcelis. Ms. Fallon’s M&A and financial transaction experience began in 1984 at a Wall Street boutique firm, doing tax-driven LBOs, venture capital and private equity transactions. She holds a J.D., cum laude, from the School of Law at Boston University and a B.A. with departmental and general honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Vassar College.
Pascal E.R. Girin
Mr. Girin joined our Board in September 2014. He possesses over two decades of management and executive experience in the field of medical technology. Since September 2016, Mr. Girin has served as the President and CEO of Balt SAS, a private company specialized in the treatment of neurovascular diseases, where he was recruited to lead the company’s global expansion. Mr. Girin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wright Medical Technology, Inc., from November 2012 to October 2015, at which time the company successfully merged with Tornier N.V. and formed Wright Medical Group N.V. Prior to joining Wright Medical, Mr. Girin served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Dental Inc. from February 2011 to June 2012, at which time the company successfully merged with Southern Implants Inc. From October 2010 to February 2011, Mr. Girin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Keystone Dental Inc. From July 2010 to September 2010, Mr. Girin served as Chief Operating Officer of ev3 Inc. following its acquisition by a wholly owned subsidiary of Covidien Group S.a.r.l. Prior to that time, Mr. Girin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ev3 Inc. from January 2010 to July 2010, as Executive Vice President and President, Worldwide Neurovascular and International of ev3 Neurovascular Inc. from July 2008 to January 2010, as Senior Vice President and President, International of ev3 International from July 2005 to July 2008, and as General Manager, Europe of ev3 Inc. from September 2003 to July 2005. From September 1998 to August 2003, Mr. Girin served in various capacities at BioScience Europe Baxter Healthcare Corporation, most recently as Vice President. Mr. Girin received an engineering education at the French Ecole des Mines.
B. Kristine Johnson
Ms. Johnson joined our Board in 2019. She is President and General Partner of Affinity Capital Management, a venture capital firm that has invested primarily in seed and early-stage health care companies in the U.S. She has held this position since 2000. Prior to working for Affinity Capital Management, Ms. Johnson was employed for 17 years at Medtronic, Inc., a manufacturer of cardiac pacemakers, neurological and spinal devices and other medical products, serving most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer from 1998 to 1999. Her experience at Medtronic also includes service as President of the Vascular business and President of the Tachyarrhythmia Management business, among other roles. Ms. Johnson is Board Chair of Atricure, Inc. and also serves on the Boards of Directors of ViewRay, Inc. and Paragon28, Inc. She was previously lead director of the Piper Sandler Board and was recognized in 2018 by NACD for excellence in the boardroom. Ms. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from St. Olaf College. She is also a recipient of the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Matthew Klein, MD, MS, FACS
Dr. Klein joined our Board in April 2020. Dr. Klein serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (“PTC”). Dr. Klein joined PTC in October 2019 as Global Head Gene and Mitochondrial Therapies, became Chief Development Officer in April 2020, and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in January 2022. Prior to joining PTC, Dr. Klein was Chief Executive Officer and a Director of BioElectron Technology Corporation (”BioElectron”), from 2018 to 2019. Dr. Klein served as the Chief Medical Officer of BioElectron from 2013 to 2019 and was Senior Vice President, Clinical Science at BioElectron from 2012 to 2013. Dr. Klein has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine, and an M.S. in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD, MBA
Dr. Liau joined our Board in November 2021. She is Professor and W. Eugene Stern Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is also the Co-Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Center, and Principal Investigator and Director of the NCI-designated UCLA Brain Tumor SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence). Dr. Liau has authored over 200 peer-reviewed research articles and is internationally recognized for her achievements in understanding the immunology of malignant brain tumors and pioneering the use of dendritic cell-based vaccines for glioblastoma. Clinically, she has developed novel ways to map brain function during awake brain tumor surgeries using functional MRI (fMRI) correlates and specializes in surgery for brain tumors in eloquent areas. Dr. Liau received her B.S. and B.A. degrees from Brown University. She earned her M.D. degree from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from UCLA. After completing her residency and fellowship training in neurosurgery at UCLA, she joined the faculty at the UCLA School of Medicine. While practicing, she earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Timothy T. Richards
Mr. Richards joined our Board in March 2014. He serves as the Chief Business Officer at Jana Care, a venture capital funded company focused on chronic kidney and heart disease testing and monitoring. Prior to joining Jana Care, Mr. Richards was Chief Commercial Officer for YourBio Health (formerly Seventh Sense BioSystems, Inc.), and former President of Facet Technologies, LLC, a privately-held supplier to major diagnostic companies. Mr. Richards held executive-level positions within the Covidien organization, first as U.S. President of the Patient Care & Safety Products business unit, and subsequently as President of VNUS Medical Technologies following its acquisition by Covidien in 2009. From October 2003 through October 2008, Mr. Richards served as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Executive Board of B. Braun Medical Inc. Before joining B. Braun Medical, he held a number of progressive leadership positions throughout the U.S. and in Asia with Becton Dickinson and Company.