Board of Directors

Dr. Waqaas Al-Siddiq, Phd

Chairman, CEO & Founder

Waqaas, the founder of Biotricity, is a serial entrepreneur, a former investment advisor and an expert in wireless communication technology. Academically, he was distinguished for his various innovative designs in digital, analog, embedded, and micro-electro-mechanical products. His work was published in various conferences such as IEEE and the National Communication Council.

Waqaas has held several high-level design positions in IBM, AMD, and Intel. His achievements have been numerous in both the technical and academic world. Coupled with this, Waqaas has vast experience in leading various groups through his board experience and executive roles within start-ups, mid-sized companies, and non-profits.

Waqaas has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Economics, a Master’s in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Henley Business School. He also holds a Doctorate in Business with a specialty in Transformative Innovations and Billion Dollar Markets.

Norman Betts, Phd

Independent Board Member

Norman sits on the Boards of Directors of the Bank of Canada, Tembec Inc., New Brunswick Power Corporation, 49 North Resources Inc., Adex Mining Inc., Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Inc. and the University of New Brunswick Pension Plan for Academic Employees.

Norman is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He is accomplished in the field of accounting and finance, with a mix of academic, public, and private-sector experience. He is an expert in accounting regulations, and has extensive experience in audits, risk management, governance and oversight. He was a member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly from 1993 to 2003 and held three different cabinet posts, including Minister of Finance from 1999 to 2001. Prior to entering politics, Norman was Assistant Dean of the MBA Programme and an Associate Professor at the University of New Brunswick as well as a partner in the accounting firm Shannon, Betts & Buffett.

Norman received a PhD in Management with a concentration in accounting and finance from Queen’s University School of Business in 1992 and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in 1978. He also holds a Fellow Chartered Accountant designation.

Dave Rosa

Independent Board Member

Dave has spent the past 22 years in a variety of positions in the medical device industry. He was appointed CEO of Sunshine Heart in October of 2009 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer through November 2015. Dave took Sunshine Heart Public on NASDAQ in 2012 and raised over $120M during his tenure. The Company achieved a number of clinical, regulatory and research and development milestones under his leadership. Prior to joining Sunshine Heart, he was President and CEO of Milksmart, Inc., a privately held company developing a unique stent-like agricultural technology that increases milking efficiencies, output and quality. From 2004-2008, Dave was Vice President of Global Marketing for Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology at St. Jude Medical, Inc. While at St. Jude, he developed the strategic pan for the newly formed interventional division, directed the launch of several new products and oversaw the acquisition and integration of Velocimed, a privately held company in the cardiovascular space.

From 1999-2004, Dave held executive management positions at privately held A-Med Systems, Inc., an emerging medical technology company that developed ventricular assist devices (pVADs) for acute heart failure. His roles included Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. From 1995- 1999, Dave served as Product Manager for Angioplasty Balloons and Director of Intravascular Ultrasound at SCIMED Life Systems, a privately held company that was engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of medical devices to treat cardiovascular disease. SCIMED was acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation and now operates as a subsidiary of Boston Scientific. Dave holds an M.B.A. in Marketing Management from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University.

Patricia Kennedy

Independent Board Member

Patricia has spent over 25 years in a variety of global sales and distribution positions in the medical device industry, focusing on the field of Electrophysiology. In 2015, she founded and is currently the Managing Director of PJM Medical Consultants, supporting medical device companies entering the international market with market entry and product commercialization strategies. From 2008 to 2015, Pat served as VP – International and General Manager for Atricure, Inc. She achieved significant sales, market development and clinical science milestones, while defining strategic plans and pursuing technology development and acquisitions. From 2001 to 2008, Pat worked with Stereotaxis, Inc. in numerous executive positions including Worldwide VP – Clinical Services and VP – International Sales and Marketing.

Prior to Stereotaxis, Pat worked with EP MedSystems as International Marketing Manager for defibrillation and diagnostic catheters. She began her career in the medical industry at Boston Scientific from 1992 to 1997 while serving in several positions, including Sales and International Product Manager for EPT. Pat has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of North Florida.

Management Team

Dr. Waqaas Al-Siddiq, Phd

Chairman, CEO & Founder

John Ayanoglou

Chief Financial Officer

John has over 25 years of accounting, finance, and operations experience, having previously served as CFO of several public companies and a regulated financial institution. As CFO of Equitable Group, Mr. Ayanoglou raised over $130 million of regulatory capital in common, preferred, and debenture offerings over successive transactions, all during a period of extreme capital market turbulence, helping to successfully grow assets under administration from $6.1 billion to over $10 billion to facilitate Equitable Bank in becoming Canada’s ninth largest bank. He was also the CFO and Corporate Secretary of Xceed Mortgage Corporation, where he partnered with an entrepreneurial top team to grow the business through the successful implementation of warehouse financing lines and other securitization programs including public term securitizations of over $700 million.

John has extensive experience as a trusted business advisor working with management teams and boards on business acquisition and consolidation, risk mitigation and turnaround, to establish efficient, effective operations. He is a CA, CPA with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Toronto and his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Business.

Amir Ali

Chief Development Officer

Amir is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in launching companies and producing innovative products, services, and solutions. Amir is sought after for his expertise in transforming R&D technologies into products based on market needs, commercializing products for volume production, and establishing global distribution channels across the world.

Prior to joining Biotricity, Amir served as CEO at AT Labs Inc., where his team pioneered the concept of wireless mobile thin clients to access secure enterprise applications through the cloud. The efficacy of the robust solutions resulted in customers from healthcare, government, enterprise, and retail sectors, most of which spanned thousands of locations across the United States. His experience in developing such novel technologies has put him at the forefront of companies that have grown in revenue from zero to over $160 million. In his own ventures, he has worked with many leading industrial and financial institutional funders including Jafo, Bay Partners, and JP Morgan with whom he has raised over $35 million.

Spencer LaDow

Vice President, Engineering

Spencer is an expert in wireless communication and has worked with the United States Department of Defense. His academic career was highlighted by various innovative projects and designs. Spencer obtained his undergraduate degree while balancing a full-time job at Flightline Systems Ultra Electronics, a small defense contractor. His specialties are in the design and implementation of radio frequency, digital, analog, embedded software and PC software. Spencer also has experience in working with marketing, sales, and manufacturing teams in order to develop products for large-scale output. Spencer has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Advisory Board

Thomas C. Nelson

Nelson serves as the president of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America. Prior to joining Share Our Strength in 2011, Nelson was chief operating officer for AARP, where he led the build-out of its state strategy in all 53 US states and territories. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Nelson has a long history of service to civic organizations, including his current position on the board of directors of ProInspire. Other board positions include, the board of counselors for the Davis Gerontology School at the University of Southern California; the board of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards; and the board of Community Wealth Partners. Nelson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and an M.A. from Columbia University.

John Rother, JD

Mr. Rother is President and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care, America’s oldest and most diverse group working to achieve comprehensive health system change. Prior to joining the Coalition in 2011, Rother worked at AARP for over 27 years as the Executive Vice President for Policy, Strategy, and International Affairs where he led the development of AARP’s policy positions and advocacy strategies. Under his leadership, AARP engaged in public policy research and analysis, public education, and advocacy on health and retirement issues at the federal, state and international levels. Rother wrote numerous articles and was a frequent speaker on health, retirement security, the federal budget, and the boomer generation.

Prior to that, Rother was Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging under the direction of Chairman John Heinz and served as Special Counsel for Labor and Health to U.S. Senator Jacob Javits. He has consistently been named as one of the most powerful people in Healthcare and in 2010 received the Robert Ball Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance for “lifetime advocacy to strengthen Social Security and Medicare.”

Daniel Sands, MD, MPH

Dr. Sands is passionate about healthcare transformation, non-visit based care, collaboration in healthcare, and participatory medicine. He spent six years at Cisco, as chief medical informatics officer, where he provided both internal and external health IT leadership and helped key customers with business and clinical transformation using IT. Sands’ prior position was chief medical officer for Zix Corporation, a leader in secure e-mail and e-prescribing. Sands also spent 13 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he developed and implemented numerous systems to improve clinical care delivery and patient engagement.

He has earned degrees from Brown University, Ohio State University and the Harvard School of Public Health, and trained at Boston City Hospital and Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. Sands currently holds an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School and maintains a primary care practice in which he makes extensive use of health IT. He works as a consultant for a variety of innovative companies. Sands is the recipient of numerous health IT awards, has been elected to fellowship in both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics, and is a founder and co-chair of the board of the Society for Participatory Medicine. In 2009, he was recognized by HealthLeaders Magazine as one of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.”

Scientific & Medical Board

Dr. John Simpson, Ph.D., MD

Chair of Science Alliance Board

Dr. John Simpson has long revolutionized the field of medicine through a variety of innovations that have fundamentally altered how physicians treat cardiovascular disease. Dr. Simpson received his PhD in Immunology from the University of Texas, his MD from Duke University, and completed his fellowship in interventional cardiology at Stanford University. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, has published on a wide variety of medical subjects, and has lectured extensively throughout the world. Dr. Simpson has started numerous companies, including Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Perclose, FoxHollow Technologies, Avinger, Inc. and Simpson Interventions.

Dr. Simpson now focuses his efforts towards his most recent venture, which aims to radically improve the treatment of vascular disease through the development of new technology and a new approach through optics.

Dr. Reed Ferber, Ph.D., ATC

Dr. Ferber is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary. An award-winning teacher, he currently holds NSERC Discovery and Idea-2-Innovation grants and an NSERC Accelerator Award, which is given to only 125 scientists each year who are “highly original and innovative with ground-breaking advances in their area.”  Dr. Ferber has worked with world-leading wearable technology companies such as Garmin, Fitbit, and Orpyx and has extensively published research to validate and develop novel algorithms related to injury prediction and prevention. He holds a Ph.D. in sports medicine and gait biomechanics from the University of Oregon and is a board certified athletic trainer.

Dr. Donald S. (Buck) Cross, MD, FACC

Dr. Buck Cross specializes in complex and high-risk interventions and treatment of chronic total coronary occlusions and peripheral vascular disease. He is the National Medical Director for National Cardiovascular Partners and a Fellow at the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Cross is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and has practiced as an Interventional Cardiologist with Waco Cardiology Associates for the past 15 years.

Dr. Edward J. Lazaga, MD

Dr. Edward Lazaga specializes in Internal Medicine and has over 33 years of experience. He focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. Dr. Lazaga is affiliated with multiple hospitals in Texas, including the Baptist Medical Center and Christus Santa Rosa Health System-San Antonio. He received his Internal Medicine certification from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Imran Mohiuddin, MD

Dr. Imran Mohiuddin specializes in vascular surgery and has been practicing for 21 years. He received his board certification in Vascular Surgery from the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Mohiuddin was the first surgeon in Texas to implant the Crux Vena Cava Filter at the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. The filter is used in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism, a condition caused by a large blood clot migrating to the lungs.

Dr. Radoslaw (Stefan) Kiesz, MD

Dr. Stefan Kiesz specializes in interventional cardiology and endovascular surgery. He is the Co-founder and deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of American Heart of Poland, and the Clinical Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Texas. Dr. Kiesz was the first surgeon in the world to perform a life-saving angioplasty and was one of the world’s first pioneers in stenting of femoral and renal arteries. Today, he is the author of over 100 publications and abstracts in prestigious specialist journals.

Dr. Tea E. Acuff, MD

Dr. Tea Acuff specializes in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. He is Chairman of the Cardiovascular Division at the Denton Regional Medical Center and a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Dallas County Medical Association. Dr. Acuff is the author of numerous publications and abstracts in prestigious specialist journals. He currently practices at North Texas Cardiothoracic Surgeons and has nearly 40 years’ experience.