SURESH PAI — CEO
Suresh Pai has over 20 years of development and general management experience in a variety of medical device segments spanning plastic surgery implantables (Mentor), vascular stents (Cordis/Johnson & Johnson and SquareOne), stent-grafts for thoracic aortic aneurysms (ProGraft Medical /W.L. Gore & Associates), devices for crossing chronic total vascular occlusions (LuMend, Inc.) carotid artery stents and embolic filters (Boston Scientific) and femoral closure device technologies (AccessClosure). Most recently, he co-founded Axiom Technology Partners, a start-up company that leveraged a unique fast to market business model to rapidly develop and commercialize a new laparoscopic fascial closure system that was acquired by Teleflex Medical within two years of its inception. Mr. Pai has numerous US and international patents covering a variety of technologies in the medical device field. Mr. Pai holds a MS in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami and a BS in biomedical engineering from Tulane University.
CELSO BAGAOISAN — COO, VP of Quality
Celso Bagaoisan, a veteran industry executive, has been working in the medical device industry for 30 years. Prior to joining CogENT, Mr. Bagaoisan helped co-found Axiom Technology Partners, LLC (acquired by TeleFlex Medical in 2012) where he contributed to the development of a next generation laparoscopic fascial closure system. He also previously held early stage senior management positions in R&D and Engineering at SquareOne, AccessClosure, and PercuSurge. At PercuSurge, he helped pioneer the GuardWire, a first-in-class, embolic protection system that was subsequently acquired by Medtronic. Early in his career, he held a variety of engineering and manufacturing positions at Guidant (Advanced Cardiovascular Systems) where he was integral to the commercialization of numerous interventional, catheter-based products. Mr. Bagaoisan has numerous US and international patents covering a wide variety of technologies in the cardiology and surgery fields. Mr. Bagaoisan earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines.
SCOTT SERSHEN — VP of Operations
Dr. Scott Sershen has 10 years of product development and engineering experience in the medical device industry with core expertise in applied biomaterials. Prior to founding CogENT, he held various Management and R&D positions at AccessClosure where his efforts and leadership led to the successful commercialization of the Mynx family of products. Scott is versant in intellectual property matters, has co-authored numerous patent applications, and is named as inventor on several issued and pending patents in the nanotechnology, drug delivery, and medical device fields. He received a doctorate in Bioengineering from Rice University and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University.