Mr. French currently serves as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. French is a founder and Managing Director of Santé Ventures, an investor in early stage life science and healthcare companies. Mr. French is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ascension Health system and creator of the Ascension Health Ventures corporate fund. Immediately prior to founding Santé Ventures, Mr. French served as a healthcare Venture Partner with Austin Ventures. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of healthcare and a vast network of relationships, he is one of the most respected and recognized leaders in the industry. He is known as an innovative and creative leader, a successful risk taker, and superb developer of people and organizations. Mr. French serves on the board of Herman Miller (MLHR) and is a prior board member of Ascension Health, Catholic Healthcare West and the Catholic Healthcare Association. Mr. French holds a B.S. Degree from Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tennessee and a Masters in Hospital and Health Services Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Alex joined Endeavour Vision in 2015, where he serves as senior investment director, investing in medical technology and digital health investments across multiple therapeutic areas.Alex brings more than two decades of business and strategy experience in both medical device and high-technology companies. He currently represents Endeavour Vision on the boards of EndoStim, Relievant, VentureMed, and VertiFlex, and serves as a board observer at Gynesonics. He is a member of the steering committee for PCR Innovators’ Day and serves as both a jury member and expert panelist for the Healthtech Summit.
Prior to joining the Endeavour Vision team, Alex spent nine years with Biosensors International Group, an interventional cardiology company, where he served as vice president of business development. He previously worked with LogiSpring Ventures, MicroStrategy and McKinsey & Co. Alex holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BSFS, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.
Dr. Hoare is the President and Chief Executive Officer of EndoStim. Dr. Hoare has extensive experience in the neuromodulation industry, including spinal cord, deep brain and vagus nerve stimulation. He was previously the President, Neuromodulation at LivaNova (formed by the merger of Cyberonics and Sorin Group). At Cyberonics, Dr. Hoare was the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this he held numerous leadership positions at St Jude Medical including President, Neuromodulation Division. Early in his career Dr. Hoare was a consultant with McKinsey & Co., a premiere management consulting firm. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He completed his undergraduate studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.