Meet the Oraya Team
The Oraya team brings together scientists, physicians, and clinical innovators with years of experience in ophthalmology and medical technology. Our team has introduced landmark tools in eye care, earned patents related to X-ray technologies, set up the first-ever clinical research programs in the retinal field, and brought numerous new products successfully to market. We all share a common passion for the development of this exciting platform, the Oraya Therapy solution.
OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM INCLUDES
- Jim Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer
- Jan Reed, Chief Financial Officer
- Denis O’Shaughnessy, PhD, Vice President of Clinical Affairs
- Astrid M. Berthe, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
- Phil Aulson, Vice President, Operations
- Alan Czeszynski, Vice President Marketing and Business Development
Jim Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Taylor has more than 25 years of management and technical experience and leadership in the medical device industry. He previously served as President/CEO at sector-leading companies including Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. (CZMI), Coherent Medical, and Ohmeda Medical Systems. At Coherent and subsequently at CZMI, he led the introduction of several landmark technologies in eye care, including Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging systems for AMD treatment and diagnosis, as well as an array of other technologies for glaucoma, refractive, and cataract applications. During his tenure at CZMI, the company grew to become one of the most well-recognized and respected leaders in the ophthalmic industry.
Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the United States Naval Academy and holds a Master’s degree in administrative science from Johns Hopkins University.
Jan Reed, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Reed has more than 20 years financial management experience in various public and private high tech companies. She is the founder of Silicon Valley Finance Group which provides strategic and day-to-day financial, accounting and human resources consulting to venture funded companies. Jan previously served as CFO to several venture funded entities including TruAxis, Codesion, Dealix and Vividence, were she managed a variety of successful exits, debt facility negotiations and equity financings. Prior to that, she held several financial management positions at Oracle, including Corporate Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. Jan began her career at Ernst & Young where she earned her CPA and provided attestation services for both emerging and public companies.
Ms. Reed received her Bachelor of Business in accounting with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and is also a graduate of Stanford’s Executive Program for Growing Companies. She is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of CPAs and California Society of CPAs.
Denis O’Shaughnessy, PhD, Vice President of Clinical Affairs
Denis O’Shaughnessy has more than 25 years of clinical, pharmaceutical, and ophthalmology experience. Prior to joining Oraya, he was Senior Vice President of Clinical Development at OPKO, Inc., and before that, Dr. O’Shaughnessy was a founding member of Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, responsible for overseeing the Macugen® development program, which resulted in the completion and successful marketing approval of this pioneering wet AMD anti-VEGF drug in just under four years. Dr. O’Shaughnessy has worked for a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Hoffman-La Roche, where he established the first-ever clinical drug research program in the retinal field, Sandoz (Novartis), Xoma, and Celltech. While at Celltech, he headed up its Clinical Research Department. Dr. O’Shaughnessy began his career as a clinical research manager in 1984, with American Cyanamid’s European regional office in London.
Dr. O’Shaughnessy received a Bachelor of Science degree in physiology and biochemistry from Queen Elizabeth College London and a PhD in physiology from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School London.
Astrid M. Berthe, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
Astrid M. Berthe has more than 20 years of leadership experience in areas of quality systems, regulatory compliance, engineering, manufacturing operations, and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Oraya Therapeutics, Ms. Berthe was the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance and Compliance Officer for ATS Medical. She has also held leadership positions at Baxter Healthcare, Medtronic, and Isotis Orthobiologics.
Ms. Berthe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Engineering College.
Phil Aulson, Vice President, Operations
Phil Aulson has more than 15 years of experience leading medical device manufacturing operations for both Fortune 500 and start-up organizations. He has successfully ramped up new technologies across a broad range of class II and III implantables, disposables and complex capital equipment. Prior to Oraya, Mr. Aulson held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility at InSound Medical, Hansen Medical, Boston Scientific, Genzyme and Johnson & Johnson.
Mr. Aulson holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from Babson College.
Alan Czeszynski, Senior Director, Market and Business Development
Alan Czeszynski has more than 15 years of product marketing and development leadership experience. Prior to Oraya, Mr. Czeszynski led a number of ophthalmic diagnostic product lines at Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., including their market-leading Optical Coherence Tomography products, which more than doubled in global sales during his tenure. He has experience bringing a broad array of products to market, including industrial X-ray imaging equipment, consumer electronics, internet infrastructure equipment, and satellite components.
Mr. Czeszynski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with honors from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Science in engineering from the University of New Hampshire, and an MBA with honors from Santa Clara University.