About Our Team

Francisco Portela, RN – Founder & CEO

Francisco started this company after a 'eureka' moment while training at Massachusetts General Hospital as a nursing oncology fellow. He realized that, with some creative thinking and bringing a team together, the CAUTI issue could be solved.

From his intern days at the NIH to working as a medical surgical nurse he uses these experiences to help this medical device company grow. This started as an idea in college with Amit Soni and continues to gain traction with the clinical, investment, and medical device communities.

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Amit Soni – Founder, Chief Operating Officer

Amit co-founded PSM while at Purdue University with Francisco. Although an aerospace engineer by trade, he brings extensive technical problem solving and management expertise to lead the overall vision and operations of PSM. During his undergraduate career, Amit has interned for the major industry leaders in the aerospace industry, such as The Boeing Company and General Electric Aviation, allowing him to leverage his experiences managing large-scale projects and technical teams.

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Kenneth Kim – Partner, Chief Scientific Officer

Kenneth has several years of experience in cancer research and additional expertise in the fields of biotechnology, bioinformatics and regulatory science. At Oceanit, Kenneth successfully designed and prototyped a device that promotes venous return following reconstructive surgery. He has maintained an interest in medical devices ever since.

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Juan Portela, Lead Biomedical Engineer

Juan began his passion for medical devices as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University where he earned Bachelor's Degrees in both mechanical and biomedical engineering. While in school, Juan began designing, developing, and testing medical devices and has continued to showcase his talents with PSM. Juan leverages experience from Ximedica, where he has designed and implemented benchtop and cadaveric studies to evaluate surgical robotic systems.

Juan also brings experience from the U.S. Army's Natick Labs, where he worked to improve traumatic brain injury simulations with ballistics and blast teams. He also has formal experience in quality systems and data management.

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David Berger, General Counsel

David has been a licensed attorney in the state of Massachusetts since 1996. Currently, he is a Contract Specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard. He specializes in federal contracts with ten plus years of experience in research and development of high technological subjects. These include but are not limited to: military grade electronic communication systems, aircraft upgrades, naval ship overhauls, and services contracts.

Since receiving his degree from the University of Edinburgh, he has turned his attention to medical technology and advancement.

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Stephanie Lee, Project Manager

Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge to her PM role and a passion for medical science. She is excited to contribute to the next generation of technology in this industry.

Her expertise in human resource management is vital to the business operations of PSM during these early stages.

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Alan Poon, Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical Engineering Intern at Portela Soni Medical

Developmental Engineer at Adecco Group / Zimmer Biomet

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University

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JP Lalumia, Project Manager

JP brings a wealth of knowledge to his PM role and a passion for medical science. He is excited to contribute to the next generation of technology in this industry.

His proficiency in data analytics is vital to the business operations of PSM during these early stages.

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Sarah Dulaney, Marketing Technology Manager

Sarah is an award-winning website developer and online marketer with a passion for entrepreneurship. She founded and runs her own website development and design firm, GMD Designs. Sarah has worked as a web developer and implementation manager for a variety of companies including Fidelity and Predicata, an organization that specializes in healthcare data analytics.

Her expertise in her field has created a launching pad for PSM's online presence and exposure.

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Advisory Board

Don Malackowski

Don has worked at Stryker for twenty years, and is currently Vice President of Research & Development for Stryker's Incubation Medical Technology group.

An experienced engineer, Don holds dozens of patents for medical innovations and brings a wide breadth of medical device expertise to PSM.

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John Janik, PhD

John is the Director for Strategic Development with Stryker's Incubation Medical Technology division. John has a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering, and has extensive knowledge in other medical specialties, bringing a valuable insight and expertise to PSM.

Additionally, John has experience with financing startups, having successfully raised over $30 million in venture financing for a technology wearables startup while serving on their Board of Directors.

 

Joseph Renzulli II, MD

Dr. Renzulli II is a Director of Minimally Invasive Urology Institute and Director of the Prostate Surgery Program at The Miriam Hospital. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Urological Surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where he educates urology fellows in robotic techniques.

Joe brings PSM his clinical and academic expertise to the development of our catheter.

 

Gyan Pareek, MD

Dr. Pareek is a Director of the Minimally Invasive Urology Institute and Director of the Kidney Stone Center at The Miriam Hospital where he treats patients with various urological conditions and disease. He is an Associate Professor of Urological Surgery at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University.

As a practicing academic physician, Gyan brings his perspective of urological medicine to PSM.

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Lori Escallier, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC

Lori is a Professor and Associate Dean at the Stony Brook University School of Nursing, where she has worked for over 35 years.

Lori is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and is nationally recognized as an expert in curriculum development, diversity and evaluation. She brings her academic nursing perspective to PSM, as catheterization is generally performed by registered nurses.

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Vrad Levering, PhD

Vrad is a biomedical engineer with degrees from Duke University and The University of Texas. He has over six years of research experience, with specific focus on infection-reducing catheters.

Vrad's passion towards innovation and research coupled with his expertise in catheters, biofilms and cardiovascular devices makes him a vital member of PSM's advisory board.

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Stephen Laddy, MS, R.Ph.

Stephen is the co-founder and CEO of MasterPharm, a New York-based compounding pharmacy that specializes in clinical trial formulations. Stephen is a pharmaceutical industry serial-entrepreneur with positions on various licensing boards and professional societies. He has also been published in pharmaceutical textbooks and has experience consulting for sports teams on Performance-Enhancing Drugs.

Stephen's wide range of pharmaceutical and entrepreneurial expertise provides PSM with unprecedented insight to the industry.

 

Constance Howes, J.D., Esq., FACHE

Constance (Connie) just retired in July from her position as Executive Vice President of Women's Health for Care New England Health System. Prior to her role as EVP, Connie spent 11 years serving as President and CEO of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. In addition, Connie serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, as the chair of the Governor's Workforce Board RI, and many others.

Her prestigious and wide-ranging experience in the healthcare system provides PSM with invaluable VOC insight and executive coaching.

 

Eamonn Hobbs

Eamonn is a serial entrepreneur with demonstrated success in the medical device field. He is the Chairman of the Board of Marvao Medical, and serves as a Board Member for numerous other organizations.

Eamonn's entrepreneurial success in the medical device industry and passionate leadership domain expertise provide PSM with valuable entrepreneurial and corporate insight.