Daniel C. Sigg – CEO and Founder FocusStart LLC

Daniel has over 30 years of expertise in medical field and over 16 years in medical industry. He previously worked for Medtronic CRDM where he helped develop and commercialize novel drug device combination products. He worked as Medical Director for Novo Nordisk, and held several executive leadership positions in smaller public and non-public companies (CSO, CEO).  Daniel was on the board of LecTec (now Axogen, NASDAQ: AXGN). Daniel has been advising large multinational companies in medical safety and risk management for on market class II and class III medical devices.

As a board-certified Anesthesiologist, Daniel was a practicing physician for over 7 years prior to obtaining a PhD in Physiology and then a career in the medical device industry and R&D. Daniel publishes and teaches regularly, and is author/co-author of 27 peer-reviewed publications. He published a book as co-editor on Cardiac Electrophysiology Methods and Models with Springer, and authored several book chapters. He is inventor of 24 issued and over 20 pending US patent applications. He is also principal investigator of multiple NIH funded small business innovation research (SBIR) grants.

Daniel holds a MD from the University of Basel, Switzerland, a PhD degree in Cellular & Integrative Physiology from the University of Minnesota, and completed executive business management programs at the U of MN’s Carlson School of Management as well as at Harvard Business School.


Peter DeLange – Founder of FocusStart LLC 

Pete is co-founder of FocusStart, as well as other startup ventures (Devicix LLC, and Alea Surgical, Inc). Most recently, Pete served as CEO of Devicix, a medical device product development firm located in Minneapolis. At Devicix he oversaw the company's growth from inception to its recent sale to a public company.  Pete also founded, and continues to be President of, Alea Surgical, Inc.; an orthopedic company focused on developing orthopedic products for emerging markets.

Before starting Devicix in 2004, Pete spent seven years (1997 to 2004) at Acist Medical Systems as Director of Product Development. Prior to 1997, Pete held a number of software engineering and project management positions in various industries.

Today, Peter serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Engineering in Medicine, and is Chairman of Excelen Center for Bone and Joint Research and Education in Minneapolis. Peter received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering and holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.


James P. Kent – COO, FocusStart LLC

James is responsible for the day-to-day activities of FocusStart LLC. James brings more than five years of experience as a successful medical device entrepreneur and project manager. His previous company, Kent Medical Devices, Inc., developed a line of soft tissue markers for the women’s health market. James oversaw all aspects of the process, from ideation and patent filings, fundraising, engineering, manufacturing, and exit. Following a development plan and exit strategy similar to the FocusStart model, James successfully orchestrated a sale to a larger acquirer in the radiological health space, achieving an 11x return for his investors. James received his BS in Economics, with a minor in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin.


Serafin Samson – Co-founder and Strategic Advisor, FocusStart Respiratory

Fin is a consultant in the healthcare start-up industry. He has served in consulting and part-time operating roles with start-ups in the areas of orthopedics, spine, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiovascular disease, women’s health, diabetes, obesity, medical supplies, point-of-care diagnostics, ear nose & throat, and health IT/service. He formerly served as a Venture Partner for Affinity Capital Management and has over 12 years of healthcare venture capital experience through three VC fund cycles. Prior to Affinity, Fin spent 12 years in the medical device start-up industry with VC-backed orthopedic and spine device start-up companies where he led new product development projects from concept to commercialization for Orthomet and Spine-Tech. Fin has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Catholic University of America, a dual Masters in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.


David Igel – Preclinical & Clinical Development

David has been performing research on novel device technologies for over 20 years.  His industry experience started with 12 years at Medtronic leading pre-clinical and clinical research that transitioned novel scientific concepts into successful clinical programs.  These programs focused primarily on unmet medical needs within the fields of cardiology and heart failure.  David spent 4 years at medical device start-up companies leading programs that evaluated implantable devices for sleep apnea, chronic pain, and paralysis.  During this time, he developed a unique skill for building the scientific evidence needed to soundly and ethically evaluate device safety and efficacy, from preclinical phase to pivotal evaluation.  David has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. 


Jon Urban - Systems Engineering & Quality

Jon Urban is a biomedical engineer who brings technical and operational skill sets to his role as a project leader.  Throughout his career he has worked to answer scientific questions to establish the safety and efficacy of new medical devices for cardiac ablation, pacing, defibrillation, gene therapy, surgery, neural stimulation, and drug delivery, previously at Medtronic and Angeion.  Scientifically, he has 10 journal publications, 6 conference presentations, 1 book chapter, 1 submitted and 3 pending patents, and 60 technical presentations at Medtronic’s Science and Technology Conference.  He is a certified Green Belt in Lean-Sigma, with an extensive record of operational improvements. He has a BA in Physics from Hamline University and an MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Mechanics, from the University of Minnesota.  


Jon Urban, Daniel Sigg, James Kent, David Igel (from left to right)

Jon Urban, Daniel Sigg, James Kent, David Igel (from left to right)