OUR TEAM

 
 

W. Andrew Grubbs

PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER

Andy is a Senior Executive and 28-year veteran Venture Capitalist. Strategically recruiting and triaging new technologies, investing in the most promising startups, he creates critical-path partnerships with industrial and research institutions, and leads multiple complex engineering and scientific development projects through to commercial success. Grubbs is perhaps most publically recognizable for his role as the founding Chairman of the world’s leading biometric company, AuthenTec, which was sold to Apple in 2012; and as the lead investor of NxtWave (now Broadcom), which has 90% market share in the HDTV market. He holds a BSME from NC State and a MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School. Grubbs is a Visiting Executive Lecturer at Darden and is also a Professor of the Practice at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School (MBA) teaching Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property and “Designing and Protecting Your Startup.”

 

 
 
 

Richard H. Feins, M.D

CO-FOUNDER & SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

Rick is a cardiothoracic (CT) surgeon with over 30 years of experience and has a longstanding interest in the improvement of surgical training using simulation-based training. He was Chairman of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery from 2007 to 2009. He is co-director and a faculty member of the Thoracic Surgery Resident Boot Camp in which beginning cardiothoracic surgery residents come to Chapel Hill for several days of intense training, via simulators, in surgery techniques. Dr. Feins is a Professor of Surgery at UNC School of Medicine and is Medical Director of Peri-Operative Care at UNC Hospital. He is the Principle Investigators on a $1.05M, multi-institution grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality which was the largest study of simulation-based surgical training to date and which clearly demonstrated the advantage of simulation-based training in improved skills and safety in cardiac surgery.

 
 
 
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Samuel D. Drew

VP OF OPERATIONS

Sam began working with KindHeart in November 2014. He is responsible for transitioning the company’s operations from startup to commercial scale. He has overseen the development of the latest generation of simulation models and their installation with clients. He has built a team of staff, consultants and subcontractors to develop the next simulators, service existing units in the field and prepare for international expansion. Prior to KindHeart, Mr. Drew was Director of Investment Management at Lookout Capital, an early-stage private equity firm. He received his MBA for the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, where he was awarded the Integrity Core Value Award. Before business school, he worked as a project manager in land surveying companies in Boston and North Carolina. His undergraduate degrees are a Bachelor of Geomatics (Honors) and Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.

 
 
 
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Joseph Vance

DIRECTOR OF SALES

Joe joined KindHeart in January 2016 as Director of Sales and Marketing. He brings 18 years of experience in lead generation, customer qualification, applications; marketing content creation, and winning the technical and financial close. He has placed over $100M in capital equipment to universities, hospitals, government labs and pharmaceutical companies throughout the Americas, Europe, India, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining KindHeart, Joe served 11 years as an Account Executive with Varian Inc selling NMR and MRI Imagers, and then 7 years as VP Sales for Bioptigen, Inc., a spin-out of Duke University selling OCT optical imaging systems into ophthalmology and vision research markets. Danaher / Leica Microsystems acquired Bioptigen in June 2015. As Director Sales, OCT Products at Leica, he led the integration of Bioptigen process for medical and life science sales into the respective Leica sales units. With MS degrees in physics, biomedical engineering, and business, Joe’s expertise is in bringing innovative and enabling technologies to the healthcare and life science markets. Experience in research and teaching enable Joe to communicate strong value propositions to doctors, scientists and financial administrators in support of productive commercial contracts. He frequently coaches in Ted Zoller’s Soft Launch MBA course at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

 
 
 
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John Alexander, M.D., MBA

DIRECTOR OF CARDIAC SIMULATION SYSTEMS

Dr. Alexander did his General Surgical Residency and Cardiac Surgery training at Duke University. He has practiced at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York Hospital, West Virginia University Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center and Evanston Hospital. He is the former Chief of Cardiac Surgery at West Virginia University Medical Center, Evanston Hospital in Evanston Illinois and Hackensack University Hospital in Hackensack New Jersey. He served at Evanston Hospital as the Vice Chair of Surgery and helped establish a 700 member faculty practice plan. His clinical cardiac and thoracic surgery experience includes thoracic oncology procedures including minimally invasive procedures, robotic cardiac surgery, and cardiac transplantation in addition to coronary artery bypass, arrhythmia surgery and valve surgery. He has had experience with surgical device startups companies as an inventor and consultant and holds 7 patents. His bibliography includes more than 100 articles, reviews and presentations.

 
 
 
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Matthew D. Miller, Ph.D.

Matt Miller has worked in the technology industry for more than thirty years with significant experience in optics, spectroscopy, semiconductors and broadband digital communications. A serial entrepreneur with deep technical background in multiple domains, Miller was most recently CEO of Multispectral Imaging (infrared detectors) from its formation in 2004 through its sale in 2008. He was CEO of NxtWave Communications, a leading supplier of semiconductor chips for emerging digital (HDTV) television markets world-wide, from 1997 until its acquisition in 2002 by ATI Technologies. Prior to NxtWave, Miller was Vice President of Technology at General Instrument Corporation (leading supplier of cable TV equipment), where he was a line report to Donald Rumsfeld during the company’s privatization and turn-around period as a Forstmann Little portfolio company. He played a significant role in the formulation and execution of the company’s broadband digital strategy, including major contributions to the development of digital television, optical communications for cable television, and cable modems. Before joining General Instrument, Miller was Vice President of Technology at Viacom, a horizontally integrated communications company with interests in cable and satellite television. He began his career as a member of technical staff in the semiconductor device group of the David Sarnoff Research Center (RCA Laboratories) and also worked as a high technology program manager at Perkin-Elmer, developing a number of airborne and space-based instruments for remote sensing and spectroscopy.

Miller has also consulted extensively to both the private equity and venture capital communities and has served on numerous boards of directors of public and private companies in addition to having served on investor advisory boards. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.

 
 
 
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Charles Jablonski

Charlie served industry consultant to various media, technology and investment funds. Most recently he was the Interim CEO (as well as its VP of Operations) of Onlive, a cloud based gaming company. Prior to than Charlie has served as President and CEO then Executive Chairman of Myrio a company delivering middleware and systems enabling the telephone industry to deliver consumer quality digital video into the home. Prior to that he spent 16 years at NBC where he was Vice President of Engineering and Technology where he had responsibility for Olympics, Owned Stations Operations and Engineering, Strategic Technology, Network Distribution and Engineering, and International Operations. He continues as an advisor and consultant to NBC Olympics for its production of the Olympics. He is a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), which he is past president and Chair Emeritus for the Emmy Awards Committee for Science and Technology for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as serving on the NATAS Award Committee. He serves on several boards, including ForATV, Western Broadcasting of Puerto Rico and DuArt Laboratories and as an advisory to various startup companies. He also serves as an Executive in Residence at the Plug and Play Tech Center, in the Silicon Valley, a startup accelerator. He has been awarded eight Emmy’s for his work on the Olympics. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.