David M. Geliebter, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder
David is an accomplished serial entrepreneur with five decades of experience starting and growing businesses. Prior to founding Critical Diagnostics, David started and ran the Carson Group, one of the world's most successful financial information and advisory companies. Additionally, he was a founding principal and President of Evolution Capital, a healthcare investment bank. Both Carson Group and Evolution Capital were sold to the Thomson Corporation (now Thomson-Reuters) in 2000. David is the Managing Partner of Carrot Capital Healthcare Ventures and is on the board of Remedy Pharmaceuticals. David is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

“I have many hobbies, among them writing. I’ve authored four books, all non-fiction. The latest, Camelot Revisited, is a look at the people and events surrounding 1963 and how four individuals, John Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Martin Luther King, Jr. and George Wallace changed the world forever and set America on the path it’s still on today. I wrote a book about homelessness and addiction (Underbelly) that was featured on Oprah’s radio channel, and another about the murder of a man who collaborated on the Curious George children’s books, but who’s private life took him into the twisted adult world of sex and violence (Spank the Monkey). My most successful book is called Fun with Hypnosis. It’s a how-to guide to stage hypnosis, another hobby borne from my love of magic. ‘You are getting sleepy, very sleepy…’”

David Geliebter’s Phone: 858.381.5675. Email: dgeliebter@criticaldiagnostics.com


James V. Snider, Ph.D., President
James has extensive experience in product development and operations in both startup and large companies. Prior to joining Critical Diagnostics, James was the Executive Vice President of Business & Operations for IntelligentMD, an early-stage medical device company that focuses on the essential elements of disease diagnostics and therapeutic intervention. Previously, he spent eight years at Applied Biosystems (ABI). James holds a B.S. in chemistry from Grand Valley State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina.

“Born and raised in rural Michigan, I always had an active lifestyle—which included hunting, fishing, training horses for my 4H program and, of course, high school sports, where I was an all conference linebacker on the football team (the Reed City Coyotes) and an all state wrestler. Academically, I was inclined toward science, so I chose chemistry as my major. My senior year I was in the National Honor Society as the outstanding chemistry student and was awarded a college scholarship. Away from the office I tend to continue the active lifestyle of my youth. I’m especially partial to water sports. I’ve been an avid sailor for many years and since becoming a San Diego resident have taken up surfing. I am also quite fond of California red wine and have been known to enjoy a bottle from time to time.”

James Snider’s Phone: 858.270.2400. Email: jsnider@criticaldiagnostics.com


Sven M. Jacobson, Director, Co-Founder
Sven has co-founded five healthcare startups and has served as CEO and CFO of each at various times during their development. He has experience in cardiovascular, orthopedic, and neurological therapeutic, device and diagnostic development. Sven has been CEO of Remedy Pharmaceuticals since 2007. Additionally, he runs the day-to-day operations of Carrot Capital Healthcare Ventures.

“I admit it, I’m a foodie and will try virtually any cuisine, although right now, I definitely skew to Japanese, Korean, Chinese (particularly Szechuan) and Thai. I live to eat, and if I’m not working on something really interesting or hanging out with my family, I’m probably eating or researching what to eat. I’m a huge fan of hole in the wall restaurants and will eat anywhere, no matter how dingy, as long as the food is great. I practice yoga but am a horror movie fanatic, proving that enlightenment doesn’t come easy. I came to Manhattan a dozen years ago (where I live with the love of my life and our two wild kids) via Johannesburg, and am a New Yorker through and through - I ALWAYS fold my pizza.”

Sven Jacobson’s Phone: 858.381.5678.  Email: sjacobson@criticaldiagnostics.com


Dennis Dalangin, Vice President, Operations and Global Marketing
Dennis joined Critical Diagnostics in 2012. Dennis brings with him well over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, with a focus on international marketing, product development, and direct and business-to-business activities. Most recently he was Global Director for anticoagulation solutions at Alere. Prior to Alere, he served as Manager, Global Marketing, at Philips Healthcare. Dennis has a BS in biology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA.

“I have always been fascinated by airplanes! Growing up, my gaze was always upward, towards the sky, listening to the hum of a single engine Cessna or trying to identify the fighter plane taking off from Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines (where I spent my youth). As a licensed pilot for over 12 years, I have flown many types of aircraft over varying geography that has included the Mojave Desert, to the mountainous terrain of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest. Flying close enough to see the crevices of Mt. Shasta at 12,000 feet is unlike any other experience! My dream is to sit in the back of a Blue Angel, F-18 Hornet, achieving supersonic speeds, while pulling some of the high G maneuvers that they use in combat.”

Dennis Dalangin’s Phone: 858.270.2448. Email: ddalangin@criticaldiagnostics.com


John A. Butterfield, Sr. Vice President, International Sales and Business
Prior to joining Critical Diagnostics in 2011, John excelled for over a decade in commercial business development of clinical cardio-renal biomarkers (BNP, troponin, & N-GAL) in the Asia Pacific region representing Biosite and then Alere, as the Director of Clinical Cardiovascular/Renal Asia Pacific. John holds a BSc(Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from University of Western Sydney, also, MBA from La Trobe University, in Melbourne. John is credited with a number of journal publications and academic posters at both AHA and ACC congresses. Currently, he is researching B-Type Natriuretic Peptide and echocardiographic parameters in the Chinese population, at the University of Western Sydney's Ph.D. program.

“When I’m not working, I’m running…Health and well-being – a holistic approach – is what I ‘hang-my-hat-on’ each and every day. From a very early age I competed at representative level for track and field, specializing in the most challenging of events: 400m, 800m and 1,500m. Even today, I am part of a Sydney athletics club whereby I still enjoy the buzz and fulfillment that comes from a highly competitive environment. When I am travelling throughout the world and in-need of my daily endorphin dosage, I turn to the steepest set of stairs or longest city street to supplement my need for a challenge. And, by-the-way, I always travel with a blender. A daily mixed-fruit and/or vegetable juice is the other secret to the [holistic] story. But don’t tell anyone!”

John Butterfield’s Phone: 61.2.9673.0122. Email: jbutterfield@criticaldiagnostics.com


greg cerra, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Systems
Greg joined Critical Diagnostics after 15 years in the Biotech / Life Sciences industry and brings with him experience from the pharmaceutical, device, and viral vector fields.  Most recently, he held the title of Director, Regulatory Affairs for Alere Toxicology and was responsible for premarket strategy and submissions for multiple entities worldwide.  Greg holds a BS in Microbiology from Oregon State University.

On days when I am not working, I can usually be found on a golf course somewhere in San Diego County.  I admit I am a bit obsessed, but I love being outdoors and playing a round of golf with my wife and my friends.  I think I am drawn to the rules (go figure), and the parallels between life and golf – things don’t always go as planned, but it’s how you respond to situations that is key.  My dream would be to someday qualify for the Champions Tour, but in the short term I would settle for breaking 80.  By night I play guitar for a Smiths / Morrissey tribute band, or bass for an eclectic jazz trio.


David Nemer, Sr. Operations Engineer
Dave joined the company in 2012. He has spent the last nine years developing process improvements and product transfers in the medical device field. Prior to medical devices, he worked in the circuit board industry as a chemical process engineer. Dave has worked at Toppan Electronics, Alere, and spent a year in Hawaii developing the manufacturing process at Hawaii Chitopure, now part of Synedgen. Dave has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of South Dakota and a M.S. in Analytical Chemistry, specializing in Organometallic Electrochemistry from the University of Vermont.

“I grew up in a small town in South Dakota where I learned many of the values that have carried me through life. With my father being a family physician, I became fascinated with saving lives. Being in the medical field gives me the satisfaction of knowing I’m helping people. I live a healthy lifestyle and actively bike, hike, blade, run with [or after!] the dog, and play extreme golf (where the longest drive wins on every hole). Music (I play trumpet), theater, lectures, worldly travels, movies, and fixing things are my pastimes. I am high energy and love to stay active, but also appreciate meditation. Most of all, I live life enjoying the small stuff.”

David Nemer’s Phone: 858.270.2424. Email: dnemer@criticaldiagnostics.com


JESSICA ROSAS, Manager, Finance
Jessica joined Critical Diagnostics the summer of 2013 as Accounting Manager. Prior to that, Jessica held accounting positions for small and start-up businesses structuring their accounting systems and operations. She brings to the company 10 years of accounting experience and is currently continuing her studies toward a BMAcc degree in Accountancy at San Diego State University.

“I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Lima, Peru. Having been raised in a third world country and seeing so much poverty (that would break anyone’s heart) I spent a handful of years traveling throughout most of South America, Russia and Japan devoting a great deal of time and efforts to volunteer programs that centered on humanitarian aid and children’s homes. More recently, I’ve developed a huge love of yoga and do my best to get a headstand in almost anywhere I go. Being one of 8 siblings, I can’t say there’s anything I love much more than spending time with my big, crazy family – eating, drinking and of course, all talking over each other, the way Latin American families do.”


OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS


David M. Geliebter, BOARD MEMBER, CHAIRMAN
David is an accomplished serial entrepreneur with five decades of experience starting and growing businesses. Prior to founding Critical Diagnostics, David started and ran the Carson Group, one of the world's most successful financial information and advisory companies. Additionally, he was a founding principal and President of Evolution Capital, a healthcare investment bank. Both Carson Group and Evolution Capital were sold to the Thomson Corporation (now Thomson-Reuters) in 2000. David is the Managing Partner of Carrot Capital Healthcare Ventures and is on the board of Remedy Pharmaceuticals. David is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

“I have many hobbies, among them writing. I’ve authored four books, all non-fiction. The latest, Camelot Revisited, is a look at the people and events surrounding 1963 and how four individuals, John Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Martin Luther King, Jr. and George Wallace changed the world forever and set America on the path it’s still on today. I wrote a book about homelessness and addiction (Underbelly) that was featured on Oprah’s radio channel, and another about the murder of a man who collaborated on the Curious George children’s books, but who’s private life took him into the twisted adult world of sex and violence (Spank the Monkey). My most successful book is called Fun with Hypnosis. It’s a how-to guide to stage hypnosis, another hobby borne from my love of magic. ‘You are getting sleepy, very sleepy…’”

David Geliebter’s Phone: 858.381.5675. Email: dgeliebter@criticaldiagnostics.com


James V. Snider, Ph.D., BOARD MEMBER
James has extensive experience in product development and operations in both startup and large companies. Prior to joining Critical Diagnostics, James was the Executive Vice President of Business & Operations for IntelligentMD, an early-stage medical device company that focuses on the essential elements of disease diagnostics and therapeutic intervention. Previously, he spent eight years at Applied Biosystems (ABI). James holds a B.S. in chemistry from Grand Valley State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina.

“Born and raised in rural Michigan, I always had an active lifestyle—which included hunting, fishing, training horses for my 4H program and, of course, high school sports, where I was an all conference linebacker on the football team (the Reed City Coyotes) and an all state wrestler. Academically, I was inclined toward science, so I chose chemistry as my major. My senior year I was in the National Honor Society as the outstanding chemistry student and was awarded a college scholarship. Away from the office I tend to continue the active lifestyle of my youth. I’m especially partial to water sports. I’ve been an avid sailor for many years and since becoming a San Diego resident have taken up surfing. I am also quite fond of California red wine and have been known to enjoy a bottle from time to time.”

James Snider’s Phone: 858.270.2400. Email: jsnider@criticaldiagnostics.com


Sven M. Jacobson, BOARD MEMBER
Sven has co-founded five healthcare startups and has served as CEO and CFO of each at various times during their development. He has experience in cardiovascular, orthopedic, and neurological therapeutic, device and diagnostic development. Sven has been CEO of Remedy Pharmaceuticals since 2007. Additionally, he runs the day-to-day operations of Carrot Capital Healthcare Ventures.

“I admit it, I’m a foodie and will try virtually any cuisine, although right now, I definitely skew to Japanese, Korean, Chinese (particularly Szechuan) and Thai. I live to eat, and if I’m not working on something really interesting or hanging out with my family, I’m probably eating or researching what to eat. I’m a huge fan of hole in the wall restaurants and will eat anywhere, no matter how dingy, as long as the food is great. I practice yoga but am a horror movie fanatic, proving that enlightenment doesn’t come easy. I came to Manhattan a dozen years ago (where I live with the love of my life and our two wild kids) via Johannesburg, and am a New Yorker through and through - I ALWAYS fold my pizza.”

Sven Jacobson’s Phone: 858.381.5678.  Email: sjacobson@criticaldiagnostics.com