Team Members


Karen Nguyen

Director of Human Resources and Finance


Karen Nguyen joined ExploraMed in 1997 and has over 20 years of experience in Finance, Accounting and Human Resources.

Karen is responsible for building HR, finance and accounting infrastructure for ExploraMed’s new companies which included (TransVascular, Acclarent, NeoTract, Vibrynt, Moximed, Nuelle, and Willow).

Karen continues to provide as needed support for ExploraMed’s NewCos while maintaining the incubator funds which included (ExploraMed, ExploraMed II, ExploraMed III, ExploraMed IV, and ExploraMed V).

Karen played a key role in the acquisition of TransVascular,
Inc. by Medtronic in 2004 and was a key member of the transition team following the sale.



Jonathan Podmore

Project Architect


Jonathan Podmore has over 20 years of experience in medical device development.

Prior to Exploramed, he was a Founder and Vice President of Research and Development for ApniCure, maker of the Winx device for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

He has held management and engineering roles at Allux Medical and Epicor Medical, where he was lead engineer for Epicor’s high-intensity ultrasound ablation device for atrial fibrillation.

Jonathan started his medical device career with Guidant Origin Medsystems. He graduated with an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman.


Pablo Acosta

research and design Engineer


Pablo Acosta has over 25 years in the design and development of medical devices.

Prior to Exploramed, he worked in various research and development roles with Guidant, Percusurge, Xtent, and Vibrynt.

He enjoys cycling, aerial videography and photography.




Randi Melo

Executive Assistant and office manager


Randi Melo has been in Administration for over 20 years. 

Prior to ExploraMed, she was with Comcast, Plaxo, Inc. and VeriSign, Inc. 

She is a native of the Bay Area, and studied at De Anza College and San Jose State University.  When she is not working, she is shoe shopping. 


John Hanley

Vice President and associate General counsel


John Hanley, J.D./M.B.A, has been a partner with an AmLaw 100, an intellectual property boutique law firm, where he was director of intellectual property roles and head of IP litigation teams. He has prosecuted, litigated and licensed patents, trademarks and copyrights throughout the world for entities ranging from start-up enterprises to Fortune 500 companies, and has an extensive background in mechanical and electronic devices, chemical arts, data processing, authentication systems and methods, networks, automated ordering systems, computer software, business methods, and control systems. John has represented entities in the medical device, software, electronics, materials science, and mechanical disciplines in all aspects of protecting valuable intellectual property. 


Prior to practicing as an attorney, he was a design and manufacturing engineer and worked in project management for Beckman Instruments, a manufacturer of biomedical laboratory instruments. John has been recommended by Chambers USA as one of “America's Leading Business Lawyers, Intellectual Property: Patent (California),” recognized by the Daily Journal as a "Top 25 Intellectual Property Portfolio Manager and Patent Prosecutor," named among the top 40 "Angelenos to Know in Intellectual Property Law" by the Los Angeles Business Journal, and identified as a Leading IP Practitioner by Intellectual Asset Management.  He has a bachelor of science degree in applied mechanics and engineering sciences, a master’s degree in business administration, and a juris doctor degree.