The team that brings regeneration technology into practice

Meet the team

G. Fertram Sigurjonsson

Founder, Chairman, President & CEO

  • Former Head of Wound Management at Össur, the world’s leading noninvasive orthopedics firm
  • Former VP of Business Development at biotech company Keratec (now Keraplast)
  • Former executive positions and board memberships in Western Europe, Southeast
    Asia, New Zealand and the U.S.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year 2015.
    Three awards from the President of
    Iceland, including awards for innovation and
    entrepreneurship in 2015 and 2018

Baldur Tumi Baldursson, MD, PhD

Co-founder & Medical Director

  • Chairman of the Dermatology Department of the National University Hospital of Iceland
  • Former President of the Nordic Dermatology Association
  • Former Head of Clinical Trials at Össur
  • Practicing M.D. for 30 years, dermatologist for 20

Christopher Harte

Chief Operating Officer Global Markets and Products

  • Global business development, operations and finance
  • 30 years of business experience
  • Seven years as a business expatriate in Eastern Europe, Western Europe and India
  • MBA from the University of South Carolina
  • Guest professor at Penn State, Georgetown
    University, George Washington University, and
    George Mason University.

Dora Hlin Gisladottir

VP, Product Development & Regulatory Affairs

  • Former laboratory manager at Agar
  • Former research associate at Nordic Research
  • Board member of the Ministry of Industries and Innovation’s research-granting committee
  • Chemical engineer degree from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology and UCSB
    California

Eduardo Theiler

General Manager Europe

  • Founder and CEO of Phytoceuticals Limited (acquired by Kerecis in 2019)
  • Serial entrepreneur, incubating several companies
  • Degree as Alternative Practitioner of Traditional Medicine
  • MBA from the University of Zurich, Switzerland

G. Magnus Hermannsson

VP, Global Partnerships

  • Former VP of Finance at Kerecis
  • Former executive roles at business-process-engineering company GoPro

  • Former site-lead manager at aluminum manufacturer Alcan (now Rio Tinto)
  • 20 years of cross-border business experience
  • Experience from various industries including IT, manufacturing and biotechnology
  • Engineering degree from the University of Iceland

Gunnar Johannsson, MD

VP, Payor & Provider Relations

  • Co-founder of sleep-correction company Somnify
  • Background in clinical product development
  • Founding partner of inntaka.is, an interactive
    e-learning platform for medical students
  • Managed multiple clinical research projects in the U.S., including large-scale, multi-center trials
  • M.D. from the University of Iceland School of Medicine

Hilmar Kjartansson, MD

Co-founder & VP, Clinical Development

  • Former clinical trial advisor at biotech company Keratec (now Keraplast), responsible for
    designing and running clinical programs and
    tests
  • Chairman of the Emergency Department of the National University Hospital of Iceland (on leave)
  • Emergency medicine and internal medicine specialist
  • M.D. from the University of Iceland

Joseph Smith

EVP, Marketing & Strategic Accounts

  • Former executive at the world’s largest wound-service company Healogics
  • Instrumental in changing documentation and workflow practices in the U.S. wound service
    sector
  • Joined GE Healthcare through the company’s Executive Commercial Leadership Program
  • More than 15 years of experience in healthcare product marketing
  • MBA in International Management from Thunderbird’s Global School of Management

Klara Sveinsdottir

General Manager, Manufacturing & Quality

  • Former Kerecis account director for the Asia-Pacific regionests
  • More than 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in compliance and
    business development
  • M.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Iceland
  • MBA from the University of Reykjavik

Mark Maghie

In-house Counsel

  • Former partner at the Seattle legal firm Riddell Williams
  • More than 30 years of experience as a private practice attorney focusing on business,
    corporate, and transactional law
  • Former counsel to the Washington Wine Commission and the Washington Wine
    Association
  • A.B. from Duke University
  • J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law

Stephen DiBiasio

EVP, Commercial Operations

  • Proven track record of bringing disruptive technologies into the wound-care markets
  • Former VP of Sales at SteadMed Medical, now Urgo Medical North America
  • Former sales-management roles at industry giant Smith & Nephew for more than 15 years
  • On the launch team for the first biologic skin substitute (Dermagraft) in the U.S. market
  • BA degree from New Hampshire College

Sveinn Andri Sveinsson

Chief Financial Officer

  • Former CFO at Icelandic Glacial for 10 years
  • General Manager of Icelandic Glacier’s business in Iceland
  • More than 25 years of business experience, both as CFO and General Manager
  • Experience in many different industries including IT, finance/banking, entertainment
    and multimedia
  • Cand Oecon degree (similar to a Masters in economics) from the University of Iceland

Guðmundur Fertram Sigurjonsson

CEO, President & Chairman
of the Board of Directors

  • Former Head of Wound Management at Össur, the world’s leading noninvasive orthopedics firm
  • Former VP of Business Development at biotech company Keratec (now Keraplast)
  • Former executive positions and board memberships in Western Europe, Southeast
    Asia, New Zealand and the U.S.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015.
    Three awards from the President of
    Iceland, including awards for innovation and
    entrepreneurship in 2015 and 2018

J. Ernest Kenney

Board Member & Patent Counsel

  • Washington DC-based patent attorney (retired)
  • 40 years of patent experience
  • Engineering background
  • Experience in handling startup companies for more than 40 years, including Ossur hf.

Andri Sveinsson

Board Member

  • Partner and CFO of Novator Partners
  • Extensive experience in banking and corporate finance
  • Served as a member of the board of generic pharmaceutical company Actavis
  • Past and present board member in several listed and unlisted companies

Kristjan G. Johannsson

Reserve Board Member

  • Business degree from University of Iceland
  • Chairman of the board in Hradfrystihusid-Gunnvor Ltd – one of the largest fish processors in Iceland
  • Investor and board member in both startup and established businesses in Iceland
Olafur Ragnar Grimsson

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson

Board Member

  • Former President of Iceland for 20 years
  • Chairman of the Arctic Circle
  • Former Chairman of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s Global Commission on the
    Geopolitics of Energy Transformation

  • Former Iceland’s Minister of Finance from 1988 to 1991

  • First professor of political science at the University of Iceland
  • Bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in economics and political science from the University of
    Manchester

Eric Maillard

Board Member

  • Managing Director of Tonipharm and Vice President of the French Medical Manufacturing Association
  • 30 years of experience in marketing and general management in healthcare, Master in Law
  • Served as CEO of Mac Neil France (Johnson & Johnson) and CEO of Laboratories Martin (joint venture between Johnson & Johnsons and MSD)

Baldvin Bjorn Haraldsson

Corporate Legal Counsel & Reserve Board Member

  • Partner at BBA Legal in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Candidatus Juris University of Iceland, 1993, MS International Business Law, University of Nice 1996, MS International Business Management, ILERI, Paris 1997
  • Commercial law background

Robert S. Kirsner, MD Dermatology, PhD

Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Professor, Vice Chairman, & Endowed Stiefel Laboratories Chair, Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery
  • Chief of Dermatology, University of Miami Hospital, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Codirector of the Symposium for Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) conference
  • Author of more than 350 articles on wound research published in peer-reviewed
    publications

Magnus S. Ågren, Dr. Medical Sciences

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Professor of Human Pathology, University of Copenhagen
  • Prior positions at Mölnlycke Health Care and Coloplast
  • Author of more than 100 wound-healing articles in internationally renowned medical journals
  • Editorial board member of several scientific journals including the Journal of Wound Care
  • Board member of the European Tissue Repair Society

David Margolis, MD, PhD

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Author of more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed publications
  • History of receiving peer-reviewed, investigator-initiated funding
  • Experienced with epidemiologic, statistical, and translation study designs used to investigate chronic wounds
  • Frequently invited speaker
Madeleine Flanagan

Madeleine Flanagan, RN, MSc

Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Principal Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire
  • Programme director, MSc Skin Integrity Skills / MSc Dermatology Skills & Treatment with expertise in developing interprofessional
    curricula to support specialist clinical practice
  • Author of the book Wound Healing and Skin Integrity: Principles and Practice, published 2013
  • The author of more than 100 articles on wounds in peer-reviewed publications
  • Editorial advisor in several wound related journals including: Journal of Community
    Nursing and Wounds UK

Lee C. Rogers, DPM

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Fellow Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Director, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
  • Author of more than 150 publications on diabetic limb salvage and wound care
  • International expert in implementing systems of care for the diabetic foote

John C. Lantis II, MD FACS

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University and Professor of Surgery at the Icahn
    School of Medicine
  • Vice Chairman for Operations; for the Department of Surgery; Chief of Division,
    Vascular/Endovascular Surgery and Director
    of Clinical Research at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s
    and Roosevelt Hospitals
  • Principal investigator in more than 55 clinical trials
  • Widely published in Journal of Vascular Surgery, WOUNDS, Diabetes Care and Annals of Vascular Surgery
  • Frequently invited speaker

G. Fertram Sigurjonsson

Founder, Chairman, President & CEO

  • Former Head of Wound Management at Össur, the world’s leading noninvasive orthopedics firm
  • Former VP of Business Development at biotech company Keratec (now Keraplast)
  • Former executive positions and board memberships in Western Europe, Southeast
    Asia, New Zealand and the U.S.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015. Three awards from the President of Iceland, including
    awards for innovation and entrepreneurship
    in 2015 and 2018

  • Iceland’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015. Three awards from the President of Iceland, including awards for innovation and entrepreneurship in
    2015 and 2018

Baldur Tumi Baldursson, MD, PhD

Co-founder & Medical Director

  • Chairman of the Dermatology Department of the National University Hospital of Iceland
  • Former President of the Nordic Dermatology Association
  • Former Head of Clinical Trials at Össur

  • Practicing M.D. for 30 years, dermatologist for 20

Christopher Harte

Chief Operating Officer Global Markets and Products

  • Global business development, operations and finance
  • 30 years of business experience

  • Seven years as a business expatriate in Eastern Europe, Western Europe and India

  • MBA from the University of South Carolina
  • Guest professor at Penn State, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and George Mason University.

Dora Hlin Gisladottir

VP, Product Development & Regulatory Affairs

  • Former laboratory manager at Agar
  • Former research associate at Nordic Research
  • Board member of the Ministry of Industries and Innovation’s research-granting committee
  • Chemical engineer degree from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology and UCSB California

Eduardo Theiler

General Manager Europe

  • Founder and CEO of Phytoceuticals Limited (acquired by Kerecis in 2019)
  • Serial entrepreneur, incubating several companies
  • Degree as Alternative Practitioner of Traditional Medicine
  • MBA from the University of Zurich, Switzerland

G. Magnus Hermannsson

VP, Global Partnerships

  • Former VP of Finance at Kerecis
  • Former executive roles at business-process-engineering company GoPro

  • Former site-lead manager at aluminum manufacturer Alcan (now Rio Tinto)
  • 20 years of cross-border business experience
  • Experience from various industries including IT, manufacturing and biotechnology

  • Engineering degree from the University of Iceland

Gunnar Johannsson, MD

VP, Payor & Provider Relations

  • Co-founder of sleep-correction company Somnify
  • Background in clinical product development

  • Founding partner of inntaka.is, an interactive e-learning platform for medical students

  • Managed multiple clinical research projects in the U.S., including large-scale, multi-center trials
  • M.D. from the University of Iceland School of Medicine

Hilmar Kjartansson, MD

Co-founder & VP, Clinical Development

  • Former clinical trial advisor at biotech company Keratec (now Keraplast), responsible for designing and running clinical programs and
    tests
  • Chairman of the Emergency Department of the National University Hospital of Iceland (on leave)
  • Emergency medicine and internal medicine specialist
  • M.D. from the University of Iceland

Joseph Smith

EVP, Marketing & Strategic Accounts

  • Former executive at the world’s largest wound-service company Healogics
  • Instrumental in changing documentation and workflow practices in the U.S. wound service sector

  • Joined GE Healthcare through the company’s Executive Commercial Leadership Program
  • More than 15 years of experience in healthcare product marketing
  • MBA in International Management from Thunderbird’s Global School of Management

Klara Sveinsdottir

General Manager, Manufacturing & Quality

  • Former Kerecis account director for the Asia-Pacific regionests
  • More than 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in compliance and business development

  • M.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Iceland
  • MBA from the University of Reykjavik

Mark Maghie

In-house Counsel

  • Former partner at the Seattle legal firm Riddell Williams
  • More than 30 years of experience as a private practice attorney focusing on business, corporate, and transactional law

  • Former counsel to the Washington Wine Commission and the Washington Wine Association
  • A.B. from Duke University
  • J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law

Stephen DiBiasio

EVP, Commercial Operations

  • Proven track record of bringing disruptive technologies into the wound-care markets and making them successful.
  • Former VP of Sales at SteadMed Medical, now Urgo Medical North America
  • Former sales-management roles at industry giant Smith & Nephew for more than 15 years
  • On the launch team for the first biologic skin substitute (Dermagraft) in the U.S. market
  • BA degree from New Hampshire College

Sveinn Andri Sveinsson

Chief Financial Officer

  • Former CFO at Icelandic Glacial for 10 years
  • General Manager of Icelandic Glacier’s business in Iceland
  • More than 25 years of business experience, both as CFO and General Manager
  • Experience in many different industries including IT, finance/banking, entertainment and
    multimedia
  • Cand Oecon degree (similar to a Masters in economics) from the University of Iceland

Guðmundur Fertram Sigurjonsson

CEO, President & Chairman
of the Board of Directors

  • Former Head of Wound Management at Össur, the world’s leading noninvasive orthopedics firm
  • Former VP of Business Development at biotech company Keratec (now Keraplast)
  • Former executive positions and board memberships in Western Europe, Southeast
    Asia, New Zealand and the U.S.
  • Iceland’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015. Three awards from the President of Iceland,
    including awards for innovation and
    entrepreneurship in 2015 and 2018

J. Ernest Kenney

Board Member & Patent Counsel

  • Washington DC-based patent attorney (retired)
  • 40 years of patent experience

  • Engineering background
  • Experience in handling startup companies for more than 40 years, including Ossur hf.

Andri Sveinsson

Board Member

  • Partner and CFO of Novator Partners
  • Extensive experience in banking and corporate finance

  • Served as a member of the board of generic pharmaceutical company Actavis

  • Past and present board member in several listed and unlisted companies

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson

Reserve Board Member

  • Business degree from University of Iceland
  • Chairman of the board in Hradfrystihusid-Gunnvor Ltd – one of the largest fish processors in Iceland
  • Investor and board member in both startup and established businesses in Iceland

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson

Dr. Hilmar Janusson

Board Member

  • Former President of Iceland for 20 years
  • Chairman of the Arctic Circle
  • Former Iceland’s Minister of Finance from 1988 to 1991

  • Former Chairman of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s Global Commission on the
    Geopolitics of Energy Transformation>

  • First professor of political science at the University of Iceland
  • Bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in economics and political science from the University of
    Manchester

Eric Maillard

Board Member

  • Managing Director of Tonipharm and Vice President of the French Medical Manufacturing
    Association
  • 30 years of experience in marketing and general management in healthcare, Master in Law
  • Served as CEO of Mac Neil France (Johnson & Johnson) and CEO of Laboratories Martin (joint venture between Johnson & Johnsons and MSD)

Baldvin Bjorn Haraldsson

Corporate Legal Counsel & Reserve Board Member

  • Partner at BBA Legal in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Candidatus Juris University of Iceland, 1993, MS International Business Law, University of Nice 1996, MS International Business Management, ILERI, Paris 1997
  • Commercial law background

Robert S. Kirsner, MD Dermatology, PhD

Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Professor, Vice Chairman, & Endowed Stiefel Laboratories Chair, Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery
  • Chief of Dermatology, University of Miami Hospital, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

  • Codirector of the Symposium for Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) conference

  • Author of more than 350 articles on wound research published in peer-reviewed publications

Magnus S. Ågren, Dr. Medical Sciences

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Professor of Human Pathology, University of Copenhagen
  • Prior positions at Mölnlycke Health Care and Coloplast

  • Author of more than 100 wound-healing articles in internationally renowned medical journals

  • Editorial board member of several scientific journals including the Journal of Wound Care
  • Board member of the European Tissue Repair Society

David Margolis, MD, PhD

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Professor of Dermatology and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Author of more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed publications

  • History of receiving peer-reviewed, investigator-initiated funding

  • Experienced with epidemiologic, statistical, and translation study designs used to investigate chronic wounds

  • Frequently invited speaker

Madeleine Flanagan, RN, MSc

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Principal Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire
  • Programme director, MSc Skin Integrity Skills / MSc Dermatology Skills & Treatment with expertise in developing interprofessional curricula to support specialist clinical practice
  • Author of the book Wound Healing and Skin Integrity: Principles and Practice, published 2013

  • The author of more than 100 articles on wounds in peer-reviewed publications
  • Editorial advisor in several wound related journals including: Journal of Community Nursing and Wounds UK

Lee C. Rogers, DPM

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Fellow Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Director, American Board of Podiatric Medicine

  • Author of more than 150 publications on diabetic limb salvage and wound care

  • International expert in implementing systems of care for the diabetic foote

John C. Lantis II, MD FACS

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University and Professor of Surgery at the Icahn
    School of Medicine
  • Vice Chairman for Operations; for the Department of Surgery; Chief of Division, Vascular/Endovascular Surgery and Director of Clinical Research at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals
  • Principal investigator in more than 55 clinical trials

  • Widely published in Journal of Vascular Surgery, WOUNDS, Diabetes Care and Annals of Vascular Surgery

  • Frequently invited speaker