We are a dedicated and passionate team focused on our company vision of eliminating patient harm associated with infiltrations.
Message from our President & CEO, Gary Warren
Over the past few years, our company has grown from really a small group of people doing nothing but research and development – essentially an incubator startup type of company – to a company with over 40 people including marketing, sales, manufacturing and clinical teams.
After we received our first FDA clearance, we had to “grow up” and we put in place all the manufacturing and associated systems to be compliant with the laws associated with building medical devices. You can’t do that in a garage. We could have contracted much of the manufacturing out but that didn’t align with our goal of building a real company and solving a real problem.
We have assembled an incredible group of people here at ivWatch and we are always looking to add to this talented group. It is very rewarding to see everyone and everything click to help shipments go out the door. I do get asked all the time what our “exit strategy” is and I can tell you everyone here feels it is the same: Solve this problem. I want to type in “IV Infiltration” into a search engine in 10 years and the horrible images are gone.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Gary Warren currently serves as president and CEO of ivWatch and has championed the development of non-invasive biosensors that fulfill a huge patient safety need in health care. Starting ivWatch in 2010, Gary assembled a team of leading scientists, clinicians, hospitals and investors to solve a common drug delivery problem of IV infiltration and extravasation. Gary has guided ivWatch through multiple FDA and ISO clearances for this breakthrough technology with ivWatch products now being sold on the international market.
Gary has a multidisciplinary background with a 14-year career as a research scientist at NASA in aerospace and computational fluid dynamics. He departed NASA to start a successful Internet infrastructure company in the mid-1990s and served as CEO until it’s sale to Symantec in 1999. At Symantec, Gary served as a senior vice president and oversaw advanced technologies, mergers and acquisitions and gateway software products. He also served as a member of the senior executive staff. After Symantec, Gary served as CEO for a venture-backed mobile platform company as smartphones were beginning to emerge as a market. After the sale of this company to Oracle, Gary worked for various venture capital companies doing financial analysis and due diligence which brought him to the work being done on IV infiltrations under a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. Since bringing over the core engineering talent and founding the company, Gary has grown ivWatch to an award-winning brand in health care that is setting a new standard in IV therapy care.
Erin Wendell, the Chief Marketing Officer at ivWatch, leads the strategic vision and direction for ivWatch’s global branding and messaging, digital presence, internal and external communications and experiential marketing. Erin oversees all aspects of the company’s global brand marketing strategy. Erin has successfully built global marketing communications initiatives, directives and experiences for nearly 15 years.
Prior to beginning work at ivWatch, she served as the Senior Director of Global Communications at Under Armour. At Under Armour, she played a critical role in growing the communications function from its inception, driving brand awareness, executing entries into global markets, launching major campaigns and products and establishing best in class media and employee communications practices.
Terry Blevins is the Chief Financial Officer at ivWatch where she is responsible for the accounting, finance and supply chain functions. Terry’s background is in financial and operations for large and small businesses from both an internal leadership and external consulting perspective.
Prior to her work at ivWatch, Terry has successfully led corporations and their strategic financial planning for over 30 years and she most recently served as the Interim CFO at Psionic Lidar. She also served as CFO of Landmark Media Enterprises, a diverse global holding company of media and technology assets that included The Weather Channel and Norfolk’s metro newspaper, The Virginian Pilot. She has held additional leadership roles in manufacturing with several Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric and Borg Warner.
Jaclyn Lautz is responsible for oversight of all product development and innovation efforts for ivWatch including directing the engineering teams on the design and development of new products and working across departments to bring new products to the market. Jaclyn joined ivWatch in 2018 from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) where she was an advisory manager in the pharmaceutical and life sciences operations practice. Prior to that, Jaclyn was ivWatch’s Director of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance and also held several biomedical engineer positions. Jaclyn has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering & materials science from Duke University where she worked with industry partners on new medical devices and treatment strategies for urological diseases. Her work is published in several physics and medical journals.
Holly Novak is responsible for ensuring compliance to all applicable standards and leads the ivWatch Quality Management System (QMS). Prior to joining ivWatch, Holly has spent the past 15 years in various roles within R&D, Production and Quality Assurance for products that required both USDA and FDA clearance.
In her most recent positions, Holly implemented and maintained an ISO compliant Quality Management System for a medical device company, and more recently for a global supplier of raw materials that served the pharmaceutical, device, government agencies and university markets. She also played an instrumental role in attaining CE marking for the entire product line for Maine Standards Company, a market leader for linearity and calibration verification products.
Paul had a distinguished career of 20 years at Philips Healthcare where he most recently served as the National Sales Manager for the General Imaging division. Previously, Paul was the National Sales Director, VP of Sales for the Emergency Care & Resuscitation division of Philips Healthcare. Paul has a wealth of knowledge on managing and developing successful teams around evaluations, customer service, contract negotiations and account management. Paul oversees the ivWatch direct sales team and clinical specialist team. Paul resides in Williamsburg and works out of ivWatch headquarters in Newport News.
Chuck Egress is the Vice President of Business Development and Emerging Markets for ivWatch where he oversees strategic partnerships and new markets for ivWatch technologies. In this role, Chuck oversees the OEM and licensing business for embedding and interoperability with other medical products. Chuck also oversees our push into non-U.S. markets and works with international distributers and research institutions. Previously at ivWatch, Chuck held the role of Director of Product Management for all ivWatch products.
Prior to joining ivWatch, Chuck a spent 12 years at Symantec Corporation, followed by 7 years at McAfee/Intel Corporation where he had a proven track record of bringing new technologies to market and driving growth from zero to multi-million dollar businesses in dynamic, global markets. These various roles provided extensive experience in developing new business, owning P&L for product lines, managing engineering, product management and guiding channel and distribution activities. Prior to his years in at Symantec and Intel, Chuck helped to grow two successful software companies, including URLabs, which sold to Symantec in 1999.
John Gahan is responsible for development and maintenance of the ivWatch manufacturing processes. John joined ivWatch in 2016 from Luxottica Optical Manufacturing where he held progressively senior roles in engineering and facility leadership, ending his tenure at Luxottica as Engineering Director.
Previous roles within his 30 years of experience include positions at Baxter Medical and Becton Dickinson where he led automation efforts in manufacturing an assembly process in clean-room environments, and the redesign of manufacturing lines.
Pete Spadaro, the Director of Operations at ivWatch, oversees the strategic vision for IT and the implementation and execution of various business initiatives across the organization.
As a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Spadaro brings his extensive Lean-Agile background to operations, driving all processes within the organization toward continuous improvement. Prior to joining ivWatch, Spadaro led project teams at Capital One, Symantec and Anthem and spent time at McAfee and VCU Health working on IT technologies, software development and business analysis functions.
Spadaro also served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve building extensive leadership experience. Initially trained as an Infantryman, Spadaro finished his military experience as a Drill Sergeant, responsible for training new enlistees in the U.S. Army.