Roger has worked in the medical device field for over 30 years, and is currently a Managing Director of Coronis Medical Ventures and the President and CEO of Stellartech Research Corporation, a contract medical device development and manufacturing company located in Sunnyvale, California.
From the very beginning of his career, Roger has been involved with medical devices, entrepreneurs and start-up companies. While in college, Roger worked with Instruments for Cardiac Research, Inc., a company founded by an entrepreneurial professor to develop and manufacture Holter recorders and EKG analysis tools.
Roger earned a BSEE degree at Syracuse University and went on to attend graduate school at Stanford University, receiving both a Masters and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, with emphasis on medical imaging. During his graduate studies, Roger held a position at the Palo Alto Medical Research Foundation, researching innovative cardiovascular applications for ultrasound. He also spent significant time in the Radiology Department of Stanford University Medical Center, working with physicians and patients to collect imaging data required for his Ph.D. thesis.
Roger is recognized as an expert in the application of radiofrequency, ultrasound and other directed energy sources for therapeutic applications, including ablation and electrosurgery. Over the past 18 years, he has developed key technology for more than twenty medical device start-up companies, in areas including gastroenterology, interventional cardiology and electrophysiology, cardiovascular surgery, gynecology, urology, dermatology, arthroscopy, and general surgery. Roger is named as the inventor on more than 37 U.S. patents, with over 15 patents pending.
Roger currently serves as President and CEO of Stellartech Research Corporation. He founded the company in 1988 to develop innovative electronic devices for start-up companies in the medical industry. Stellartech has grown steadily over the years, and has built a strong reputation based on its expertise in the development and manufacture of complex energy delivery systems and other sophisticated medical equipment. Today, Stellartech’s services also include the design and manufacture of disposable devices. The company currently employs over 150 people in its state-of-the-art facilities.
Utilizing Stellartech’s “virtual company” model, Roger has co-founded and incubated a number of successful medical device companies, personally performing such activities as raising venture capital and serving in management roles, including Chief Technical Officer and President and CEO.
Roger is an active angel investor and currently serves on the Board of Directors of several medical device companies.
In 2004, Roger was named one of Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry’s 100 Notable People.