Chairman & CEO
Weaver Gaines was a co-founder of OBMedical Company, a medical device company that developed and received FDA clearance for an electronic maternal fetal monitor and was acquired by Philips Healthcare in 2018. From 2008 to 2017, Gaines was Chairman of the Board of Nanotherapeutics, Inc. (now Ology Bioservices, Inc.). Prior that that, Gaines founded Ixion Biotechnology, a Florida-based, clinical-stage biotechnology company that developed therapies focused on treatment of metabolic disorders. Ixion’s technology was acquired by QMed AB.
Gaines is a Trustee and chair of the Audit Committee of the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular studies and a founding director and Chairman Emeritus of the Florida Research Consortium. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Keck Graduate Institute of the Applied Life Sciences, a founding director and former Chairman of the Board of BioFlorida, the Florida biotechnology trade association, and a Trustee and Treasurer of Dance Alive National Ballet.
Gaines received a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from the University of Virginia School Of Law. After graduation from college, he served two years of active duty with the US Army Infantry, including service in the Berlin Brigade and Viet Nam, reaching the rank of Captain.
President & COO
Blythe Karow has 15+ years of experience in medical device strategy and marketing, both as a consultant and on the industry side. Previously, Ms. Karow developed the Connectivity strategy for Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, was Director of Marketing for Healogics, spent 5 years in strategic consulting, and held the role of General Manager, Business Strategies at Becker Consulting. Her experience also includes worldwide marketing strategy for Johnson & Johnson Ethicon Women’s Health, brand management and marketing for BlueSky Medical (now part of Smith & Nephew), research in the development of MRI catheters at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, product marketing work with Medtronic, and federal legislative work at the Florida Department of Health.
Ms. Karow holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Stephanie George, MBA, CFO
Stephanie George has a deep technology background and direct management experience in operational and fundraising roles within companies. Stephanie operated at a C-level with various software startups in Florida and worked primarily with financing and fundraising for the companies.
As the Fund Manager for the Florida Institute Ms. George reviewed hundreds of business plans and presentations and helped fund over 40 seed-stage technology startup companies with over $12M in loan and equity funding instruments.
Stephanie has an MBA from the Warrington College of Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Competitive Strategy and Technology Management; she also holds a BS degree in Computer Science, both from the University of Florida.
Scientific Advisory Board
Damon Lamb, PhD
Dr. Lamb is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Florida and holds dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University. His primary research focus is the neurophysiological basis of complex interactions and overlap between executive and limbic (emotional) brain networks. He has applied computational neuroscience, electrophysiology and neuroimaging techniques to better understand emotional, cognitive and autonomic nervous system function for nearly 15 years, and has developed several widely distributed data processing and simulation software and libraries. Together with the other members of our founding scientific team, Drs. Williamson and Porges, he has worked on the development of vagal nerve stimulation technologies including closed loop systems based on an individual’s own neurophysiological responses.
Eric Porges, PhD
Dr. Porges is a Cognitive Neuroscientist with expertise the autonomic nervous system. He is a faculty member in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida where his research explores cognition in the context of alcohol, HIV, and Aging. He has published and consulted with industry on the application and interpretation of autonomic nervous system responses as they relate to cognition, social behavior, and emotion. Together with our founding scientific team, Drs. Williamson and Lamb, he has worked on the development of vagal nerve stimulation technologies including closed loop systems based on an individual’s own neurophysiological responses.
John Williamson, PhD
Dr. Williamson is a clinical psychologist with specialty training in neuropsychology. He is a faculty member in the Center for OCD and Anxiety Related Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. He completed National Institute of Aging funded postdoctoral specialization work in autonomic neuroscience. Together with our founding scientific team, Drs. Lamb and Porges, he has worked on the development of vagal nerve stimulation technologies including closed loop systems based on an individual’s own neurophysiological responses.