Founder & President
In 2000, Doug co-founded what is now VentriFlo, Inc., as the President and CEO as well as Technical Lead. Additionally, Doug leads Design Mentor, Inc., an engineering consultancy specializing in the development of medical devices. Design Mentor has worked on the development of over 35 diverse medical components and systems including numerous blood and blood handling disposables and instruments.
In 2001, Doug began working on his own proprietary pumping technology using a suspended magnet linear motor (similar to a speaker) coupled to a high-performance, flexible diaphragm. This effort grew into the VentriFlo® True Pulse Pump and VentriFlo, Inc. Doug is dedicated to the ongoing development and commercialization of this groundbreaking product.
Prior to founding Design Mentor, Doug worked as an engineer and developer of medical products. Projects have included many pump based products such as dialysis machines (Baxter HomeChoice), Aphaeresis Systems (Fenwal ALYX), transportable Cardiac Assist systems (ABIOMED BVS 5000t) and Hystroscopic Surgical systems (Olympus ACMI Dolphin II). For the past 20 years, almost all programs that Doug has led or participated in have involved the pumping of blood.
Doug has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He shares seventeen patents.
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Co-Founder & Vice President
Brian Key is Vice President and co-founder of VentriFlo, Inc. Brian met Doug Vincent just after Doug graduated from school and was interviewing with Dean Kamen of DEKA. Brian, a computer science grad, was at Teletrol, one of Dean’s companies, where he was the Principal Firmware Engineer and Chief Architect of a family of networked building automation and control systems.
He then went on to work with DEKA Research & Development Corp, where he was Principal Software Engineer. His applied his expertise in specialized, high reliability real time control systems and was co-inventor of Johnson and Johnson’s Independence 3000 IBOT transporter.
Brian moved to Andover Controls Corporation, where he was Manager, Technical Products Management Group. He was responsible for new products from concept, through design/development, quality assurance, to launch. Brian then served as Director of Privacy & Security for the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform and the Director of Service Delivery Lifecycle for the Philips EII BU.
Doug and Brian remained in touch, and decided to collaborate. Brian started Design Mentor with Doug Vincent in 2003. Between Doug’s background in medical device design, and Brian’s architecture and software acumen, they offered contract medical device development. Not soon after, Doug had the inspiration of combining technologies, not usually attributable to medical devices, to create fluid pumping with a heart-like beat. They began exploring what would become the core VentrFlo technology. After several years, including a short hiatus during the economic downturn, Brian and Doug agreed that the significant potential in the VentriFlo technology deserved a complete dedicated infrastructure to bring it to market. Together, they co-founded VentriFlo, named for their innovative cardiac pump technology.
Brian holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Lowell, MA.
Director, Clinical Operations and Device Innovation
Ellen joined VentriFlo in 2020 as the Director, Clinical Operations and Device Innovation. She brings 35 years of professional experience from her years in Surgical ICU and OR environments, as well as experience in medical device development. Her direct clinical perspective combined with her knowledge of the device development process offer VentriFlo unique and critical insights driving product innovation, safety and Human Factors.
As an RN, Ellen received certification in Cardiovascular Perfusion in 1992. She began her perfusion career within the University of Penn Health System in Philadelphia. She then joined Abiomed Inc. as a Clinical Educator/ Consultant and was the primary Perfusionist for the in vivo studies for Abiomed’s Abiocor™ totally implantable artificial heart.
Ellen returned to clinical practice, serving several hospitals the greater Boston area, and became one of two primary Perfusionists supporting the cardiac surgery program at North Shore Medical Center in Salem. Meanwhile, Ellen received her MBA and a master’s in Healthcare Management.
She moved back to Philadelphia to lead the Perfusion programs at Penn Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospital. Her direct and extensive experience supporting patients during heart surgeries, her passion for patient safety and desire for innovation informed her decision to join Spectrum Medical Inc. as Director of Operations, quickly rising to Vice President of US Operations.
After leaving Spectrum, Doug Vincent (a colleague from Abiomed aware of her clinical and device expertise), reached out and asked Ellen to join the VentriFlo team.
Ellen has an MBA and a Masters in HCM from University of Phoenix, a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College and is an RN. After 25 years of perfusion certification, Ellen was granted CCP Emeritus by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.
CCO (Chief Commercialization Officer)
Steve has spent over 25 years in development, marketing, sales and general management of medical devices including 16 years in the cardiac rhythm (electrophysiology) and catheter ablation field. From 1996 to 2003 Steve served as General Manager and then President of the Bard Electrophysiology Division. Under Steve’s direction that division became the market leader for electrophysiology diagnostic catheters and recording systems and grew to 600 employees and nearly $90 million in sales. More recently, Steve served as President and CEO of CardioFocus, and Executive Vice President of CardioNet, an early stage company developing and supplying systems for remote monitoring of cardiac arrhythmia patients.
Steve holds a J.D. from Emory University and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College.
Senior Advisor & Chief Scientific Officer
Prior to joining the VentriFlo project, Dr. Rohit Vishnoi served as the Corporate Vice President for the Global Device R&D organization at Hospira where he is responsible for providing strategic and operational direction. In addition, he serves on advisory boards for the Biomedical Engineering departments of Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining Hospira, Rohit was the Vice President for Global Product Development for the Renal Division at Baxter Healthcare. Over a 20-year career at Baxter, he held positions of increasing responsibility in R&D and general management. Teams he led were the recipients of the Janus de la Santé Award in 2006, the Medical Design Excellence Award in 2005, and the R&D 100 Award for technologically significant product development in 1995.
Rohit received his Masters of Management in Marketing and Finance in 1995 from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in 1988 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1982. As an inventor, Dr. Rohit Vishnoi has been granted eleven design patents.