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M.d., Founder and executive chairman
Josh Makower is a General Partner on NEA's healthcare team leading their medtech/healthtech practice. Josh is also the Founder and Executive Chairman of ExploraMed.
Notable transactions from the ExploraMed portfolio include NeoTract, acquired by Teleflex in 2017, Nuelle, acquired by Aytu in 2017, Acclarent, acquired by J&J in 2010, EndoMatrix, acquired by C.R. Bard in 1997 and TransVascular, acquired by Medtronic in 2003. On-going ExploraMed ventures include Moximed, Willow and ExploraMed V.
In addition to his role at NEA, Josh serves on the faculty of the Stanford University Medical School as a Consulting Professor of Medicine and is Co-Founder of Stanford’s Biodesign Innovation Program. Josh currently serves on the board of directors for DOTS Devices, Eargo, ExploraMed, Intrinsic Therapeutics, Moximed, Willow, SetPoint Medical and Coravin.
Josh holds over 300 patents and patent applications for various medical devices in the fields of cardiology, ENT, general surgery, drug delivery, obesity, orthopedics, women’s health, and urology. He received an MBA from Columbia University, an MD from the NYU School of Medicine, and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Earl "Eb" Bright
J.D/MBA, President & General Counsel
At the ExploraMed incubator, Eb Bright has many years of technology development, company formation and financing experience. He is a founder of several companies, a patent attorney and has served on the executive management teams of many start-up companies in multiple capacities (Acclarent, Neotract, Vibrynt, Moximed, Nuelle, Willow).
He is a co-founder of and serves on the Alliance for U.S. Startups & Inventors for Jobs (USIJ) Advisory Committee. Previously, Eb was Director of Intellectual Property West Coast Operations at Guidant Corporation where he directed a 9 member team involved in litigation and the strategic development of over 1,300 patent and trademark applications related to the Vascular Intervention, Cardiac Surgery and Endovascular Solutions divisions as well as handling legal issues for Guidant Japan and the Compass Group, the unit responsible for Guidant’s venture capital and merger and acquisition activities.
Eb is an inventor on fourteen U.S. issued patents with others currently pending. He holds M.B.A.s from Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley, and Juris Doctorate and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degrees from the University of Oklahoma.
Board of Directors
Vice President, Design for all Hardware Products, Google
Ivy Ross is currently the Vice President of Design for all of the Hardware Product at Google. She and her team created the design language for Google’s hardware products that launched in 2017. Previously, she held executive positions ranging from head of product design and development to CMO and presidencies with several companies, including Calvin Klein, Swatch, Coach, Mattel, Bausch & Lomb and Gap. In the 80’s, she created, according to Vogue, “one of the most influential” design stores in New York City.
Ivy has been a contributing author to numerous books, including The Change Champion’s Field Guide and Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organizational Change. She has also been referenced in Ten Faces of Innovation, Rules of Thumb, and Unstuck, among other books. Ivy has been cited by Fast Company and Businessweek as “one of the new faces of Leadership.”
A renowned artist, her innovative metal work in jewelry is in the permanent collections of 12 international museums. A winner of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, Ivy has also received the Women in Design Award and Diamond International Award for her creative designs.
In addition to design, Ivy’s other passions are human potential and relationships. She has studied sound and vibration for 30 years and recently completed a master program in energy medicine. She believes in the combination of art and science to make magic happen and bring great ideas and brands to life.
Board Director, Zayo, Silicon Labs, CallidusCloud
As a senior executive, engineer and operating officer, Nina Richardson has over thirty years of experience ranging from start-up environments to multi-billion dollar corporations in a variety of disciplines including manufacturing, design engineering management, operations, and account management.
Most recently, Nina served as the Chief Operating Officer at GoPro, a publicly traded maker of the world’s most versatile camera system, one of the world’s fastest growing technology companies and a globally recognized lifestyle brand. During her tenure as COO, Nina was responsible for engineering, operations, sales, sales operations, customer support, quality, human resources, IT and workplace services. Nina was instrumental in scaling leadership and processes at GoPro. In addition to delivering outstanding operating results, Nina was a key member of the executive team that drafted the S1 and took GoPro public in June of 2014.
Nina is a member of the board of directors of public companies, Zayo, Silicon Labs and CallidusCloud; private company, Willow; and the non-profit organization, We Care Solar.
She was previously a director at SGI, until its successful sale to Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She is currently an advisor with Eargo, a hearing instrument company, and Zoox, an autonomous mobility company. Nina is also a managing director of Three Rivers Energy, an energy services company she co-founded in 2004.
Nina holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine.
Venture advisor, New Enterprise Associates
Bob Croce joined NEA in February 2005 as a venture partner evaluating new healthcare deals and working with existing NEA healthcare portfolio companies.
Before NEA, Bob spent 36-years at Johnson & Johnson where he held a series of senior positions, culminating with 12 years as Company Group Chairman.
Previously, he was Worldwide Franchise Chairman of Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson company. Prior to that, he was Worldwide Franchise Chairman for Ethicon Endo-Surgery.
Bob began his career with Johnson & Johnson in 1968 as a Sales Representative for Ortho Pharmaceuticals, where he was named Vice President of Marketing. In 1985, Bob moved to McNeil Pharmaceutical as Vice President of Business Development and later transferred to Ethicon, Inc. as Group Vice President, where he remained until he was named President in 1990. In 1992 he was promoted to Worldwide President, Ethicon Endo-Surgery.
Bob is a graduate of Central Missouri State University, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Bob Anderson co-founded ValleyLab Inc. in 1969 and served as its Chairman until May 1996 and Chief Executive Officer until January 1986.
He has served and serves as a Director for eight medically-related companies, including: SurgRx, Inc., BaroFold, Inc., Vibrynt, Inc., Iris Medical Instruments, Inc., NeoTract, Inc., Moximed, Inc., Acclarent, Inc., and IRIDEX Corporation.
Additionally, Bob has served as a Board Member of more than 30 companies.
Mr. Anderson was named the first Boulder Entrepreneur of the Year in 1985. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in June 1992. In 1999, he received the “Pioneer in Endoscopy“ award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons, for his early work in “keyhole“ surgery. Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering (B.E.E.) from the University of Minnesota.