Alon Mozes, PhD
CEO and Co-founder
Dr. Mozes has been working in computer graphics and image-guided applications in start-up companies for nearly 20 years. As a principal engineer and one of the first 20 employees at MAKO Surgical Corp., he helped develop the software for their ground-breaking Rio system for orthopedic robotic surgery. Prior to MAKO Surgical Corp., he developed Emmy award-winning technology with Sportvision, Inc. in the area of real-time sports broadcast graphics. Dr. Mozes received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami and his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
VP Operations and Co-founder
Mr. Salcedo has over a decade of experience in manufacturing and mechanical design for the medical device industry. He was a principal robotic design engineer for MAKO Surgical Corp. and was a key designer for the first concept as well as one of the main designers for the second generation systems to follow. Prior to that, Mr. Salcedo served as lead researcher for the Cardiovascular Engineering Center at Florida International University. Mr. Salcedo was also a senior manufacturing engineer for Calnetix Inc., the world leader in developing and manufacturing high speed electric motors and generators. Mr. Salcedo holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Florida International University.
VP Finance & HR
Erik joined Neocis in 2018 to lead the Finance and HR functions. Through international positions supporting medical device and pharm/bio companies, Erik accumulated a wealth of financial expertise in sales and marketing, supply chain, research and development and tax. Before joining Neocis, he was the head of Finance, IT & Facilities at Verb Surgical, a Joint Venture between Google and J&J focused on the general surgery robotics space. Erik holds a Master's Degree in commercial engineering (technology management) from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He also holds a master's in finance from Vlerick Business School.
VP Sales & Marketing
Christopher Sells is a medical device executive with a unique background focused on the commercialization of disruptive technology. Mr. Sells has 25 years of management experience, with the past 17 years focused on launching robotic surgery platforms within the U.S. market. Prior to joining Neocis, Mr. Sells was General Manager of Epica International, Vice President of U.S. Sales and Vice President of New Business Development at Mazor Robotics, Senior Vice President of Global Operations at Hansen Medical Inc and VP of Sales at Intuitive Surgical Inc, where he merited consecutive US Vice President Awards for his achievements. Mr. Sells is recognized as a visionary, a motivating mentor and a builder of high-quality teams that deliver results.
Director of Software
David Cole received his B.S. in Engineering & Applied Science with an emphasis on mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1989. Somewhere along the way, he was infected with the “must write code” virus, hooked on the possibility of writing software useful enough to be adopted by millions of people around the world. Always a fan of graphics of any sort and software for the common man, he became a key developer on the team that built Visio, drag and drop drawing software for the rest of us. Visio was later acquired by Microsoft and became part of the “Office family” of applications. Since joining the Kitware team in February, 2005, he contributed code to many projects including VTK and ITK, some of the most commonly used libraries in medical imaging. Controversially, he thinks it’s more important for software to work than it is for software to be open source.
Juan De Castro
Director of Manufacturing
Mr. De Castro has nearly 20 years of experience in manufacturing across several industries including medical devices, power distribution, and telecommunications. His past medical experience has focused on robotics, cardiovascular devices, and orthopedics, with companies such as Siemens and Mako Surgical. He specializes in developing early stage processes for new products with an emphasis on lean manufacturing and Total Quality Management (TQM). Mr. De Castro holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University.
Robin C. Grandl, PhD
Director of Clinical Marketing
Robin Grandl, PhD is a medtech marketing professional who is experienced in leading high-impact, clinically-focused product launches for market-transforming medical devices. Dr. Grandl brings dental implant market experience from her tenure at Zimmer Dental and surgical robotics experience from TransEnterix to our organization. Her experience extends to innovative medtech organizations such as NuVasive, ResMed, and TranS1/Baxano. Dr. Grandl's educational background, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), support the technical needs of the company's marketing endeavors.
Chuck Atkins, DMD
Director of Sales
Chuck Atkins joins Neocis with more than 25 years of sales and sales management experience in the medical and dental fields. Atkins has great depth of experience in startup medical device companies and emerging technologies and played a critical role in initiating the commercial success of several startup companies including Visualization Technology Inc, WaveLight, Mako Surgical and Surgical Theater. Dr. Atkins received his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) from The University of Alabama School of Dentistry and his Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med from Auburn University Montgomery. Dr. Atkins sits on the President’s Council at the non-profit, Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, and enjoys volunteering on medical and dental mission trips to Central America.