JEFFREY BREWER

JEFFREY BREWER

Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey Brewer is founder and CEO of Bigfoot Biomedical. Since his son’s 2002 diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), Jeffrey has been a thought leader and influencer in the diabetes community, first as a philanthropist who funded and launched the Artificial Pancreas Project along with JDRF Intl., then as JDRF’s CEO where he forged partnerships with industry to drive medical device innovation in diabetes. Jeffrey spearheaded US regulatory reform and elevated JDRF’s strategic priorities to include healthcare policy, reimbursement, and technology access. Previous to his work in diabetes, Jeffrey was an active entrepreneur where he founded and led highly successful dot-com start-ups including CitySearch and Overture / GoTo.com.

“People with diabetes don’t want another feature on a pump. They want a different way of living.”

BRYAN MAZLISH

BRYAN MAZLISH

President

Before founding Bigfoot, Bryan previously led a successful career in quantitative finance, first as management in one of the world’s largest securities trading institutions, and subsequently as an entrepreneur, where he founded and led a fully automated trading company. Since his son’s diagnosis with T1D in 2011, Bryan has focused his efforts in the diabetes technology space where he invented algorithms for predicting glucose values and automating insulin delivery. His wife and son, both of whom have T1D, have benefited over the past four years from the use of a proof of concept device that he created to automate their insulin delivery. This is the first real-world demonstration of successful use of adaptive insulin delivery algorithms in pediatric and adult settings over an extended period of time.

“For the four years that my family has used the first system I created, diabetes has been so much easier to manage that it's like a different disease."

BRETT HALE

BRETT HALE

Chief Financial Officer

Brett has over 20 years of experience as a financial professional, more than 15 of which have been in the medical device sector. Brett's strong finance and operations background in life science and medical device provide increased depth and breadth to the management team. He has experience in a range of different environments ranging from startups through established profitable businesses. Brett has served as the CFO at Cardiokinetix, Inc., Vibrynt, Inc., and Concentric Medical, Inc. Prior to his tenure as CFO for these organizations, Brett held the positions of Sr. Director of Finance & Administration at Concentric Medical, Inc. and Corporate Controller at Emphasys Medical. He spent five years at Guidant Corporation (now Boston Scientific) in strategic planning, sales finance, financial planning, and internal audit, as well as serving as Assurance Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. Brett holds a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from Indiana University and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

IAN HANSON

IAN HANSON

Chief Technology Officer

Ian has 20 years of experience in device development with particular expert proficiency in drug delivery systems. He comes most recently from Unilife, where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and led the development of their wearable injector platform and advanced drug delivery systems. Prior to Unilife, Hanson held senior leadership roles with Medtronic Diabetes where he created their Advanced and Systems Engineering Department and was responsible for development and commercialization of insulin delivery devices and diabetes management systems for over a decade. Through his almost 11 years with Medtronic, he gained exceptional product development acumen, especially with respect to the rigor required of regulated technologies.
JYOTI PALANIAPPAN

JYOTI PALANIAPPAN

Chief Commercial Officer

Jyoti comes to Bigfoot with over 20 years of commercial leadership experience and over 11 years serving the diabetes medical device sector. As Chief Commercial Officer, Palaniappan brings a wealth of experience in product management, product launch strategy, marketing, sales, customer care, business development, and reimbursement, in both US and global contexts. Jyoti spent the last eleven years at Abbott in the diabetes care unit serving in executive commercial roles. He first held sales and marketing leadership roles in the U.S. commercial operations where he had responsibility for market access, healthcare professional, consumer, and pharmacy & DME channels. Most recently, Jyoti served in a strategic leadership role in the Global commercial operations where he supported Abbott’s market defining launch for FreeStyle Libre. Prior to Abbott, he led global and US commercial organizations for Thermo Fisher Scientific in the field of genomics. Earlier in his career, Jyoti provided strategic consulting services at McKinsey & Company in the areas of sales & marketing, product launch, and corporate strategy. He holds a B.S. in Biology from University of Michigan and an M.B.A & M.P.H. from Emory University.
LYNN BUTLER

LYNN BUTLER

VP, Human Resources

Lynn brings over 20 years of human resource and high volume recruiting experience building emerging growth technology companies throughout Silicon Valley. Lynn has held executive roles with a keen focus on high-quality rapid growth by aligning recruiting, compensation, benefit, and organizational strategies to achieve these aggressive growth plans with such companies as Netscape, Calico Commerce, and Sybase. Lynn also brings several years as an executive search consultant with DHR International where she led several leadership searches in the technology, nonprofit and educational sectors. Lynn’s daughter was diagnosed with T1D when she was 11 years old.
KATE LEE

KATE LEE

VP, Regulatory & Quality

Kate brings nearly 10 years experience in Regulatory and Quality Affairs and more than 20 years experience in medical device development. Most recently Kate provided her expertise in Regulatory and Quality Affairs as a consultant to a variety of companies in the cardiovascular and diabetes spaces covering a range of topics, including Q-Submissions and FDA meetings, recall reporting, QMS changes and Notified Body audit responses. Prior to consulting, Kate served as Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Hansen Medical, responsible for all regulatory activities, encompassing multiple 510(k)s and devices with 513(i)1(e) labeling restrictions. During her ten year tenure, she established excellent relationships with the FDA Cardiovascular Branch and successfully negotiated a pivotal trial design from an RCT to an OPG with an adaptive statistical design. Kate spent the first part of her career in R&D, developing and later leading teams in the development of innovative devices in the cardiovascular, vascular, and gastrointestinal arenas. Kate earned a Master’s degree in Smart Product Design from Stanford and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard.
RED MAXWELL

RED MAXWELL

Chief Marketing Officer

Red Maxwell is the Chief Marketing Officer for Bigfoot Biomedical. Like many of his Bigfoot colleagues, he has personal family connections to T1D and has served the diabetes community as an International Board Member and Chancellor of JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Prior to Bigfoot, Red served as CMO of AvidXchange, a Charlotte based FinTech “unicorn." Red has also filled the Chief Marketing Officer role for the SilkRoad Equity family of companies in the HRTech and Public Safety sectors. As President and founder of two branding agencies, Red developed major brand introductions and web properties for Hanes, Duke Energy, Sara Lee, Wrangler, Clear Channel, McGraw-Hill Education and Tiffany & Co. Red began his career in NYC where he built the advertising design department at Polo Ralph Lauren. He lectures at the Wake Forest University School of Business and serves on its Executive Board. Red was a contributing author to The Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller, The Big Moo.

LANE DESBOROUGH

LANE DESBOROUGH

Chief Engineer

Lane spent twenty years creating customer and business value at Honeywell, GE,  and Medtronic in the areas of lean product development, data science, modeling & simulation, automation, human factors, and system safety engineering. His experience implementing and remotely monitoring control systems in industrial plants enabled him to jump immediately into the fight against  T1D when his son was diagnosed in 2009. Lane joined Medtronic Diabetes in 2010, led the commercialization of Predictive Low Glucose Management, and was subsequently promoted to Chief Engineer, Insulin Delivery/Closed Loop. In 2013 Lane co-­developed Nightscout, a free/open source CGM remote monitoring system, now used by thousands of families. His worldwide volunteer and outreach work has expanded his perspective on the diabetes challenges faced by families, healthcare professionals, and payers.