Board Of Directors & Officers

Board of Directors

Robert M. Levande was elected as Director of the Company in April 2008 and as Secretary of the Company in July 2008. Mr. Levande has been a Managing Director at MDB from June 2003 through 2010 and a Senior Managing Director since 2010. From April 2002 to April 2003, he was a Managing Director of Gilford Securities, Inc. an investment firm.  Previously, Mr. Levande founded and served as president of the Palantir Group, Inc., a private consulting firm specializing in providing strategic advice to entrepreneurs in the medical technology industry.  From 1972 to 1998, he held various managerial positions with Pfizer, Inc., including Vice President-Business Analysis & Development of its Medical Technology Group and Senior Vice President of a subsidiary, Howmedica, Inc. Mr. Levande was a Director of Orthovita, Inc. from 2001 to 2007, and has been a Director of Electroblate, Inc. since 2014. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University. Mr. Levande was appointed as a director primarily because of his 26 years of managerial experience at Pfizer and 14 years of merchant and investment banking experience.

Christopher A. Marlett was elected as a Director and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company in April 2008.  Mr. Marlett is, and has been since 1997, the co-founder, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDB Capital Group LLC (“MDB”), an investment banking firm focused on equity financings and capital formation for growth-oriented technology companies.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Mr. Marlett was appointed as a director because of his twenty-five years of investment banking experience, including all phases of corporate finance, such as the completion of initial public offerings, secondary offerings, PIPEs and strategic consulting.

Peter B. Mills was elected as a Director of the Company in September 2006.  Mr. Mills is CEO of Cimbal, Inc., a startup company developing a mobile payments system in the San Francisco Bay Area. From May 2004 until December 2012, he has been Vice President of Sales at Speck Design, a leading product design firm with offices in Palo Alto, California.  From July 2007 to April 2008, Mr. Mills served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has spent 15 years selling sophisticated industrial robotics and automation systems with Adept Technology, the leading U.S. manufacturer of industrial robots, and Hewlett-Packard Company. He has also served as the Vice President of Sales from October 2000 to September 2001 at Softchain, an enterprise supply chain software company acquired by RiverOne, Inc. in 2001, which was later acquired by i2 Technologies, Inc. in 2006. Mr. Mills has significant experience with respect to the design and manufacturing needs of a variety of industries including medical devices, disk drives, consumer products, food packaging, printers, computers and networking, and semiconductor equipment. He has extensive international business experience in Japan, Singapore, and Korea. Mr. Mills earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in engineering, cum laude, from Dartmouth College. Mr. Mills was appointed as a director primarily because of his twenty years of experience in the high-technology products business.


Christopher A. Marlett – Chief Executive Officer (see Board of Directors)

Gary A. Schuman was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company in January 2010. Mr. Schuman has been the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of MDB since November 2009, and has been Chief Financial Officer of Electroblate, Inc. since 2014. From September 2003 to November 2009, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of USBX Advisory Services, LLC, an investment banking firm focused on mergers and acquisitions, and Chief Financial Officer of its parent company, USBX, Inc.  From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Schuman served in several managerial capacities at Equibond, Inc., a securities broker-dealer based in Los Angeles. Mr. Schuman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.