Pierre Jérôme and Stéphane Bette founded SpineGuard in 2009 with the idea of delivering the clinical benefits of the DSG® (Dynamic Surgical Guidance) technology to as many patients as possible. SpineGuard’s primary goal is to establish the DSG technology as a standard of care to SECURE AND STREAMLINE SKELETAL IMPLANT PLACEMENT for the benefit of patients, surgeons, operating room staff, healthcare providers and SpineGuard’s shareholders.
DSG is a powerful radiation-free real time sensing technology platform that was co-invented by Professor Ciaran Bolger, MD PhD, Maurice Bourlion, PhD, and Alain Vanquaethem. The PediGuard devices, which incorporate the DSG Technology, were the first handheld devices capable of alerting surgeons in real time of potential vertebral cortical wall breaches. Fourteen studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals have demonstrated the multiple benefits of DSG® Technology. Building on these solid fundamentals and several strategic partnerships, SpineGuard has expanded its technology platform into disruptive innovations: the «smart» pedicle screw launched, in late 2017, in dental implantology and is broadening the scope of applications to surgical robotics.
SpineGuard’s mission is to help surgeons MAKE SPINE SURGERY SAFER while deploying and driving adoption of smart devices derived from its DSG platform for spine surgery and other skeletal applications in partnership with innovative medical device companies.
A dedicated, cohesive and international team with an ambitious vision, a clear mission, financial discipline and a well-defined roadmap towards the future. SpineGuard’s corporate headquarters are located in Vincennes, near Paris, France. The company also has an office in Boulder, Colorado, USA focused on sales and marketing to support the technology and the products in the US market. SpineGuard is listed on Euronext-Growth Paris (ALSGD) since 2013.
Pierre Jérôme – Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder
Pierre Jérôme founded SpineGuard with Stéphane Bette in January 2009, was its CEO until July 2017 and is now Chairman of the Board. He is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of international experience in the Med Tech industry.
Prior to founding SpineGuard, he served as Vice President Sales & Marketing for SpineVision, a venture capital backed company developing and marketing innovative spinal implants. From 1997 to 2005, he assumed a broad spectrum of executive roles (sales, marketing and business development) with Boston Scientific in both the US and Europe for its Urology, Peripheral Vascular and Oncology divisions.
He started his Med Tech career with Sofamor Danek, a pioneering Spine company which has since been integrated by Medtronic, today’s Spine leader. While at Sofamor Danek, he held several international marketing positions including European Marketing Director.
Pierre Jérôme obtained a Master degree in Business from the INSEEC School of Management, Bordeaux, France.
Stéphane Bette brings more than 23 years of R&D and general management experience in the Spine industry, 13 spent in the United States.
Prior to founding SpineGuard, Stéphane Bette was a member of the foundational team of SpineVision, a privately-owned international company focused on the development and marketing of spinal devices, where he served for 10 years at various positions of increasing responsibilities from R&D Project Management to VP of R&D and finally US General Manager. Stéphane Bette began his career in 1996 as R&D Project Manager with Sofamor Danek, a pioneering spine company which has since been integrated by Medtronic, today’s spine leader, where he developed a scoliosis system.
Stéphane Bette received a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from ENSAM, France and a Post-graduate Degree in Biomechanics from LBM in Paris, France.
Maurice Bourlion – Co-Inventor & Non-Executive Director
Maurice Bourlion is the co-inventor of DSG® Technology, for which he received the prestigious Design Award, and co-inventor of Electroconductive ShockWave Lithotripsy (now being the gold standard for non-invasive urinary tract stones treatment – several million patients treated so far).
Today he is Board Member of SpineGuard and member of its Scientific Advisory Board. He acts also as an independent advisor for the funding of oncology projects, in non-profit organizations.
Maurice was also Professor at Jean Monnet University in Saint Etienne France where he was lecturing Business Intelligence. Formerly he was Executive Vice President for SpineVision® group and General Manager of its North American subsidiary in San Francisco (California, USA). Beside his international experience of Marketing for HighTech products Maurice’s scientific expertise is broad and includes ultrasounds, shock waves, and electrophysiology in particular electro stimulation.
Prior to this Maurice Bourlion was Business Development Director at Medtronic and successfully launched incontinence pacing products and sleep diseases devices in Europe. Before that he was involved in the international development and the successful launch of Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripters (ESWL) of Technomed International group and held several positions as project and product manager. He started his career in the research group of Dowell Schlumberger where he participated to design experimental set-up for measuring fluid flow in heterogeneous media.
Maurice Bourlion holds a biomedical engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique et de ses Applications (ENSEA) and a University Degree in Electronics. He is also Certified Professor at the college of electrical engineering and computer science. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He is author of dozens of scientific publications and listed as an inventor on more than 20 patents.
Joey Mason – Non-Executive Director
Joey Mason is the Head of the Life Sciences Fund at M-Ventures. He has spent his career in the life sciences sector, most recently as an independent board director and adviser to a number of publicly-listed and private European companies from 2015-2017. Joey was a General Partner with the venture capital firm, Delta Partners, for 10 years from 2004, where he made and exited investments in the EU and US across a range of health care sectors. During this period, he served as Member, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of InvestEurope (formerly EVCA). Prior to this Joey co-founded and was Managing Director of Eumom Ltd, a women’s health internet business in the UK, Ireland and DACH. Joey was Corporate Development Director at Biotrin plc, a VC-backed immuno-diagnostics company from 1995-1999. He was a healthcare corporate finance analyst with Morgan Stanley International in London and a director at Technomark Consulting Ltd, a corporate finance advisory firm over a 5-year period from 1990. He trained as a medical doctor at Trinity College, Dublin.
Alexia Perouse– Non-Executive Director
Alexia Perouse is trained in Neurosciences and Management and has worked more than 20 years in the development of public or private innovative companies. Since December 2015, she is the founding CEO at iBionext: a French management company specialized in the operational support and financing of medical disruptive technologies from creation to growth. Alexia has led investments in over 15 start-ups (Tissium, EyeTechCare…) and played an active governing role as Director. She also pursued several merger and acquisitions such as Biolipox/Orexo, Fovea Pharmaceuticals/Sanofi-Aventis, Circulite Inc./Heartware Inc…, and several IPO’s such as Eos Imaging (EOSI), SpineGuard (ALSGD), SuperSonic Image (SSI), Pixium Vision (PIX)… Prior to this, Alexia started her career in the biotechnology field working as an analyst for Chiron Vaccines and Parteurop Développement before joining the sector of Private Equity in 1999 at Sofinnova Partners then at Omnes Capital in 2005 in charge of the venture capital portfolio (330M€ AUM) and specifically, the medical device («Med Tech ») and connected health portfolios.
Manuel Lanfossi has over 30 years of experience in various corporate financial functions. After beginning his career as an auditor with Deloitte, he held operational functions such as controller and CFO in various industries including poultry genetics, packaging and automotive. His experience also includes over 20 years in the medical device sector (Dade –Behring, ev3 and SpineGuard). Manuel also held corporate functions within ASSA ABLOY (locking solutions) and SEALY (mattresses), where he was in charge responsible for mergers and acquisitions and divestures in his roles as EMEA CFO and Vice President Strategic Planning Europe.
A French – Italian binational, Manuel joined SpineGuard in April 2011. He is a graduate of EM Normandie and speaks fluent French, English, Italian and Spanish.
Patricia Lempereur has been with SpineGuard since its inception in 2009. She is the Director, International Sales and Marketing.
Patricia has over 18 years of experience in the industry, including 16 years in spine. After beginning her career as Head of mission in charge of CRAFT project at ANRT, she has held various positions in the marketing departments at SpineVision and Medicrea.
Patricia holds a Master degree in Biotechnology & Management from the ISTM School Noisy-Le-Grand, France.
Thibault Chandanson brings has more than 10 years of R&D experience in the Spine Industry. Thibault has been through various R&D positions with increasing responsibilities; first as a Bio-engineer and Project Leader for DePuy Spine, he then joined SpineGuard in 2016 as a Senior Project Leader and finally became Head of R&D since 2018. Over the course of his career, he led the development of various products available on the market today such as pedicle screws, facet screws, navigated or powered instrumentation and more recently innovative electro-medical devices. Thibault has a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Design from the University of Belfort-Montbeliard, France.
Arnaud Cardinale has 19 years of experience working in different industries. Arnaud worked for companies with international and complex organization and high added value products in term of quality (Louis Vuitton/luxury), design and innovation (Continental/automotive, Steelcase/furniture), and use of new technologies (Chopin Technologies and Devialet/electronics and technical instruments).
Arnaud held operational and corporate functions at various positions and increasing responsibilities for 14 years from Continuous improvement Engineer implementing Lean Manfucturing to Technical Director with responsibility for product industrialization, production workshop management and supply chain strategy.
His main role is to drive SpineGuard supply chain performance, guarantee manufacturing performance, product quality and industrialize new products.
Arnaud joined SpineGuard in January 2015. He has a Master of science in Mechanical Engineering and Supply Chain from ENIM, France.
Steve McAdoo – General Manager, USA
Steve McAdoo joined SpineGuard in January 2016 as Vice President of Business Development with the global responsibility for driving industry partnerships to further leverage the company’s core technology, Dynamic Surgical Guidance; deploy new applications and initiate new revenue streams. Steve has over 30 years of global marketing, sales management and business development experience in the medical device industry, including spine, general orthopedics, trauma, cardio-vascular and urology. Over the course of his career, he has held roles in large corporations such as Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, and Biomet as well as in start-up companies like Danek Medical, Cerapedics, and SURx.
Laury Croter – Vice President of Finance
Laurence (Laury) Croter has over 31 years of experience in the finance and management sectors of both corporate and private ventures. While attending university, she began her journey in finance as a bookkeeper for both CPA and law firms. She continued on to hold positions of Director of Operations, Controller, and Assistant Director of Finance in the industries of Wine, Accounting, Mortgage, Special Events and Private Education.
Before coming to SpineGuard in 2013, Laury was the owner of a bookkeeping firm specializing in Forensic and Reparative Accounting for 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and has her master’s degree in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.