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President & CEO
Mike Tomas. Mr. Mike Tomas was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors on June 19, 2010. Mike Tomas was appointed as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a director on June 19, 2010. Mr. Tomas has been President for the past nine years of The ASTRI Group, an early stage private equity investment company in Florida with an investment in Bioheart since 2001. In 2003, he joined Bioheart’s Board of Directors as the independent representative of The ASTRI Group. ASTRI provides capital, business development and strategic marketing support to emerging private companies. Mr. Tomas will continue to serve as President of The ASTRI Group. Previously from 1983 to 2001, Mr. Tomas held ascending executive positions including Chief Marketing Officer at Avantel, a $1 billion dollar joint venture with MCI. Upon retiring from MCI and WorldCom, Tomas joined other ex-MCI executives and helped raise $40M in venture capital to form Ineto, an integrated customer communications software solution that was successfully sold in 2001.
Mr. Tomas sits on the boards of Avisena (revenue cycle management company for medical practices), SilverSky (fka Perimeter Internetworking) (SaaS/managed security services provider for medical practices and financial institutions), Rokk3r Labs (a digital and mobile products developer and portfolio), Bioheart (adult stem cell development for heart muscle tissue repair) and is the current chairman of Florida International University’s Global Entrepreneurship Center. He is an inductee into the Miami-Dade College and WACE Halls of Fame for business, an FIU Torch Award winner — and winner of top communications, medical innovations, education and entrepreneurial awards. Mr. Tomas holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University.
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Chief Scientific Officer
Kristin Comella. Ms. Comella was appointed Chief Scientific Officer in September 2010. Ms. Comella has served as our Vice President of R&D and Corporate Development since December 2008 and has played a major role in managing our product development, manufacturing and quality systems since joining Bioheart in 2004. Ms. Comella has 15 years of industry experience with expertise in regenerative medicine, training and education, research and product development, and currently serves on multiple advisory boards in the stem cell arena. Ms. Comella has many years of cell culturing experience including building and managing the stem cell laboratory at Tulane University's Center for Gene Therapy and developing stem cell therapies for osteoarthritis at Osiris Therapeutics. Ms. Comella holds an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida. On March 12, 2013, Kristin Comella was appointed to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
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Dr. William P. Murphy, Jr.
William P. Murphy, Jr., M.D. Dr. Murphy has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2003. Dr. Murphy founded Small Parts, Inc., a supplier of high quality mechanical components for design engineers, in 1964 and served as its Chairman until his retirement in April 2005. Small Parts, Inc. was acquired by Amazon.com, Inc. in March 2005. From October 1999 until October 2004, Dr. Murphy served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hyperion, Inc., a medical diagnosis company which had an involuntary bankruptcy filed against it in December 2003. Dr. Murphy is the founder of Cordis Corporation (now Cordis Johnson & Johnson) which he led as President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at various times during his 28 years at Cordis until his retirement in October 1985. Cordis Johnson & Johnson is a leading firm in cardiovascular instrumentation. Dr. Murphy received an M.D. in 1947 from the University of Illinois and a B.S in pre-medicine from Harvard College in 1946. He also studied physiologic instrumentation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT. After a two year rotating internship at St. Francis Hospital in Honolulu, he became a Research Fellow in Medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston where he was the dialysis engineer on the first clinical dialysis team in the United States. He continued as an Instructor in Medicine and then a research associate in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Murphy is the author of numerous papers and owns 17 patents. He is the recipient of a number of honors, including the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award, the MIT Corporate Leadership Award, the Distinguished Service Award from North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology, and the Jay Malina Award from the Beacon Council of Miami, Florida. He is also a member of the Inventors Hall of Fame