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
- Steven Hansen, COO and Vice President of Engineering
- Ed Battle, Chief Financial Officer
- Denis O’Shaughnessy, PhD, Vice President of Clinical Affairs
- Astrid M. Berthe, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
- Erik Chell, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer
- Alan Czeszynski, Senior Director, Market 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.
Steven Hansen, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Engineering
Steven Hansen joined as a founding member of Oraya Therapeutics after serving as Vice President of Research & Development for Xoft, Inc., where he led the development of a novel electronic brachytherapy device from initial concept through 510(k) clearance. Previously, Mr. Hansen was employed for 15 years at GE Healthcare, where he held various roles in technical and organizational leadership, initiating and building out leading R & D teams in the United States, Europe, and India.
Mr. Hansen holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and holds 21 U.S. patents related to X-ray source technologies.
Ed Battle, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Battle has more than 20 years of experience in the high tech and medical industries, spanning functions from new business development to finance and accounting, serving predominantly as the chief financial officer. Most recently, Mr. Battle served as the Chief Financial Officer for FusionOne Inc., a successful wireless software development firm focused on over-the-air back-up of cell phone content. Prior to that, Mr. Battle served as CFO of BridgePort Networks, a communication software firm focused on off-loading wireless spectrum to the WiFi network. He also served as co-founder and CFO of a software and web development firm focused on the medical education industry, and has held positions at the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche and at the investment bank of Wood Gundy.
Mr. Battle holds a B.Sc. in engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Erik Chell, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer
Eric Chell has more than 15 years of scientific and technical leadership experience in the medical device category. At Oraya, his primary focus is on the implementation and dosimetry of the X-ray subsystem. Prior to joining the Oraya team, he demonstrated a strong track record of success at a number of medical imaging and radiotherapy companies including Imatron, GE Healthcare, Xoft, and Varian Medical Systems.
Dr. Chell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Macalester College and holds a PhD in particle physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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.