CEO and President
Erich W. Wolf II, MD, PhD
Dr. Wolf is President and CEO of Wavegate Corporation. He is a practicing board-certified neurosurgeon with over 25 years experience in the neuromodulation field. Outside the operating room, Dr. Wolf's interests include medical device development, digital/analog electronics and instrumentation. Dr. Wolf attended Tulane University where he received his MD and PhD in Biomedical Engineering. An inventor and entrepreneur at heart, he has extensive experience with the biomedical product development cycle and acts in an advisory role for several biomedical device manufacturers . Dr. Wolf holds over 25 U.S. and International patents pertaining to medical devices.
Russell J. Stutes, Jr., JD, LLM
Russell J. Stutes, Jr. ("Rusty") is the managing partner of Stutes & Lavergne law firm. Rusty attended Louisiana State University, where he received both an undergraduate degree in Accounting and his J.D. Upon his graduation from law school, he attended the University of Florida Law School, where he received his LL.M. in taxation.
Since 1995, Rusty has lectured as an Adjunct Professor of Business and Tax Law at McNeese State University and beginning in 2016 as Adjunct Professor of State and Local Taxation at Louisiana State University's Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
Rusty maintains an extensive business, tax, expropriation and commercial office practice and has litigated to successful verdict in excess of 100 bench and jury trials encompassing all of areas of his practice. Rusty is board certified in tax law and has been honored by inclusion in the prestigious "Super Lawyers" and "Best Lawyers in America" in the field of taxation.
Cedric F. Walker, PhD, PE
Dr. Walker is Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University, having served as the Department Chair prior to becoming Maker-In-Chief at Tulane's maker space.
Dr. Walker's areas of specialization include biomedical electronics and manufacturing technology. His research interests include neural stimulation and implantable monitoring devices.
In addition to his academic duties, Dr. Walker has served as a consultant to multiple medical device companies and has served as a reviewer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He has also served as a member of the the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation's Neurosurgery Committee Implantable Neurostimulators Working Group, which was responsible for the U.S. adoption of ANSI/AAMI/ISO 14708-3:2008.
CTO and Vice President
D. Patrick O'Neal, PhD
Dr. Patrick O’Neal is an associate professor in Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. He received a Ph. D. in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University at College Station, and promotes clinical research and medical device development in the fields of opto-electronics, neuromodulation, and pharmacometrics. Throughout his career, he has published over 50 research articles in well-known scientific journals. His teaching over the past decade has focused on capstone courses and applied sciences, such as Medical Device Design, Applied Animal Physiology integrating digital signal processing, Biomedical Optics, and Nanomedicine. Prior to moving to academia, Patrick led several medical device development projects while serving as PI on numerous NSF (SBIR), NIH (STTR), and NIST (ATP) funded industry projects.
Marla Calvert Miller, JD, LLM
Marla received her undergraduate degree from McNeese State University, J.D. from Baylor University Law School and LL.M. in Taxation from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.
Marla began her professional career as a tax legal consultant with ‘Big-Four’ advisory firms in Washington, D.C. and Canada where she focused on federal and internal taxation and continued her career in various in-house corporate tax counsel roles with global publicly traded companies before joining Stutes & Lavergne. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for developing and implementing strategies for companies to maintain compliance while maximizing profitability and tax savings. Marla has experience in the areas of tax legal advice and opinions on business matters, entity formation and structuring, operational agreements, financing agreements, mergers and acquisitions including the sale or purchase of business assets, and civil litigation.
Mark S. Faucett
Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing Management from the University of Southern Mississippi.
He brings over 30 years of experience successfully growing sales teams by pairing proven leadership achievements in the medical device space with the ability to form key partnerships, developing high performing teams, and creating compelling sales strategies in solution-oriented environments.
Mark has served as Regional Vice President of Sales for Medtronic and Smith & Nephew in their spinal implant divisions. He was the National Vice President of Sales for the Orthofix Bone-Growth Stimulator Division and is presently founder and CEO of Capital Surgical Solutions, a medical device distributorship.
CFO and Treasurer
Robert A. Ehlers
CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, CBA
Mr. Ehlers is the principal of Ehlers and Associates CPAs, LLC. Robert attended Louisiana State University and McNeese State University where he received a BS degree in accounting. Mr. Ehlers is a Certified Public Accountant, is Accredited in Business Valuation, Certified in Financial Forensics, a Certified Business Appraiser, a Certified Valuation Analyst, and is an ASA Candidate. Mr. Ehlers' experience includes performing and/or consulting in Federal securities actions, mergers and acquisitions, negotiated sales/due diligence, valuation defense, discount study, and stockholder buy-sell agreements. Mr. Ehlers has opined in valuation assignments totaling over $1 billion in equity and enterprise values.
Kevin T. Foley, MD
Dr. Kevin Foley is professor of neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, and biomedical engineering at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He serves as chairman of the Semmes-Murphey Clinic and is medical director for the Medical Education & Research Institute.
In addition to a full-time neurosurgical practice, Dr. Foley is actively involved in research. He is the inventor of many medical devices and biologic products and has been issued more than 150 US patents.
Dr. Foley was honored with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery in 2019.
He serves on the board of directors for several medical device and biologics companies including Discgenics, LaunchPad Medical, and Triad Life Sciences.