Jordan Lancaster, Ph.D. – Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Lancaster is an inventor of Avery’s MyCardia technology, which he developed at the University of Arizona. His two issued patents and several pending patents have been exclusively licensed to Avery. Dr. Lancaster’s research over the past decade has focused on cell-based regenerative medicine technologies for treating cardiovascular disease. His interests include engineered tissues using biomaterials and induced pluripotent stem cell derived cells. He holds a doctorate in Physiology from the University of Arizona and a certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Eller College.
Jen Koevary, Ph.D. – Chief Operating and Financial Officer
Dr. Koevary has a background in business development and medical device R&D. She was previously responsible for commercialization of university technology at the University of Arizona, where she led educational programs, community engagement programs for small business funding (including the U of A I-Corps Site program), business development assistance and the university’s asset development program, with >70 projects under management. Dr. Koevary has previously held high responsibility roles in startup companies Yakaroni, LLC and Surgical Tools, LLC, and has prior research and consulting experience in design and analysis for medical devices/software. Dr. Koevary earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, B.S. in Health Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona.
Steven Goldman, M.D. – Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Goldman is a board certified cardiologist and an inventor of Avery’s MyCardia technology, which was developed in his laboratories at the University of Arizona and Southern Arizona VA. Dr. Goldman is also Professor of Medicine and holds the C. Leonard Pfeffer Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research at the University of Arizona, Sarver Heart Center. He served as the Chief of Cardiology at the Southern Arizona VA for 35 years. Over the past 40 years his research has focused on understanding the pathophysiology of heart failure, developing new therapeutics for heart failure and graft patency after coronary artery bypass grafting. He has led multiple multi-center clinical trials and advised for several companies taking products through the FDA. His research lab has also performed contract research for a number of pharmaceutical companies including Merck, BI, Amgen and Novartis. Dr. Goldman earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed Internal Medicine training at the University of Illinois, University of Chicago and Stanford, and his Cardiology Fellowship at Presbyterian Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Goldman served in the US Navy and Marine Corps in Vietnam and Long Beach, CA.
Scientific and Medical Advisors
Jack G. Copeland, M.D.
Dr. Copeland is the previous head of the cardiothoracic surgery program at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson (retired). Dr. Copeland performed Arizona’s first heart transplant (1979), first heart-lung transplant (1985) and first U.S. implant of a pediatric ventricular assist device designed for newborns and toddlers (2000). Dr. Copeland brings years of experience in surgical approaches, patient populations, and immunology.
Elizabeth B. Juneman, M.D
Dr. Juneman is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and advanced heart failure/transplantation. She currently serves as Medical Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South. Dr. Juneman’s basic science research focuses on understanding the electrical and mechanical remodeling in heart failure. Dr. Juneman has served as a principal investigator in nationally funded, multi-center clinical trials, as well as her own investigator-initiated clinical trials. She has authored multiple original research publications, book chapters, and multiple clinical reviews. She attended medical school at the University of Texas - Houston Health Sciences Center and completed her internal medicine residency & chief residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine in Tucson.
Tim Mobley, M.B.A.
Mr. Mobley is Director of LWR Ventures, a company providing early stage investment and due diligence for technology start-up companies and residential real estate. He was formerly Director of Glass Core Technology at Samtec, and CEO of Triton Microtechnologies (acquired by Samtec). He brings expertise in technology commercialization, business strategy and relationship development to the Avery team.
Michael Zile, M.D.
Dr. Zile is a professor of medicine and cardiologist with appointments at the Ralph H. Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Medical University of South Carolina. He has expertise in diastolic function and clinical trial design and management to the Avery team.
Jessi Crosby, Ph.D. – Clinical Specialist
Dr. Crosby leads clinical planning and operational activities and has previous industry experience with class III cardiovascular medical devices and clinical experience working with patients requiring mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Crosby earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Arizona.
Carlos C. Chang, Ph.D. – Senior Product Development Engineer
Dr. Chang leads product development and has extensive experience with designing and developing biomanufacturing systems, models, and products for research and medical use. Dr. Chang earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Arizona.
Natia Bamidele – Executive Assistant
Bamidele provides support to the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, and Chief Medical Officer. Bamidele has a strong background in administration and earned a B.A. in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.