Advisory Board

Our advisory board of industry leaders support and advise ViVitro’s team on global growth and broadened cardiovascular device testing applications.

Dr. John Webb

John G. Webb, M.D., FRCPC is a Canadian interventional cardiologist and the McLeod Professor of Heart Valve Intervention at the University of British Columbia. He is most well known for performing the first retrograde transfemoral and the first transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation in the world both in 2005. In addition, he was an investigator in the PARTNER trial, a randomized clinical trial demonstrating the efficacy of TAVI compared to aortic valve replacement and medical intervention.

Dr. Mano Thubrikar

For over 30 years, Dr. Thubrikar has been a leading authority on the aortic valve. From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Thubrikar served as Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Previously, Dr. Thubrikar served as Edwards Distinguished Research Scientist at Edwards Lifesciences Corp.; as Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Heineman Medical Research Center at Carolina’s Medical Center with a joint appointment at the University of North Carolina; and as Director of Surgical Research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.

Karim Mouneimne

Karim Mouneimné has over 15 years of international experience in the medical device industry in Europe and in the USA. President & CEO of PROTOMEDLABS, he held several successful commercial development positions with Johnson & Johnson and key R&D positions with Edwards Lifesciences developing vascular surgery prosthesis. His dual international sales and technical experience provides an edge in leading PROTOMEDLABS and in negotiating positions with strategic partners. Karim holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, USA.

Vincent Garitey

Vincent Garitey has over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry. VP of Engineering of PROTOMEDLABS, he holds several device patents with French Key Opinion Leaders. As a former AFNOR and AFSSAPS expert, Vincent reinforces PROTOMEDLABS lead position in cardiovascular device testing. Vincent played a major role in establishing ISO standard specifications for cardiac valve prosthesis. He spent 5 years as a scientist for MecaBio specializing cardio-vascular devices research and was the lead engineering in the development of Prof. Alain Carpentier’s mechanical valve prosthesis, a collaborative project with BAXTER Healthcare and SICN. Garitey holds a PhD in Fluid Mechanics from Université de la Méditerranée.

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