About Us


Who we are

The people behind XableCath are seasoned veterans in the medical device industry. Our team consists of clinicians, engineers, and professionals who have dedicated their careers to enhancing medical techniques and procedures that integrally advanced patient care.

Board of Directors

Lisa Dunlea, MBA, MS Engineering

Ms. Dunlea is a co-founder and serves as President and CEO for XableCath. She has over 20 years of operating and investment experience in the life science industry. She is an experienced life sciences venture capitalist and has experience launching and marketing new products, leading R&D, and conducting clinical trials.

Prior to XableCath she was a Venture Partner at Signal Peak Ventures and vSpring Capital. Ms. Dunlea also was a Principal at Oxford Bioscience Partners and was a Kauffman fellow.  At Signal Peak Ventures she served on the boards of Aspen Avionics, Athena Feminine Technologies, Coherex Medical, LineaGen, nanoMR, Numira Biosciences, and VeraLight. At Oxford Bioscience Partners, she served on the Board of Directors for Applied Spine Technologies and as an observer on Mitralign, Pathway Medical, and Concentric Medical.  

She has held management positions at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and World Medical, acquired by Medtronic, and positions of increasing responsibility at Cordis Endovascular Systems, acquired by Johnson & Johnson, and General Electric Medical Systems.  Prior to the medical device industry she was an aerospace engineer at Pratt & Whitney.

Ms. Dunlea has BS and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University and an M.B.A from The Wharton School of Business.

Oded Ben-Joseph, PhD

Dr. Ben-Joseph is Managing Director with Outcome Capital, and co-lead of its life sciences and healthcare practice. 

His academic appointments include Assistant Professor at the Departments of Radiology and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan, a Visiting Associate Professor at Tokushima University in Japan and a Visiting Scientist at Parke-Davis (Pfizer). Dr. Ben-Joseph has published numerous peer-review scientific papers as well as industry publications and has received numerous awards and scholarships.

Dr. Ben-Joseph graduated with Honors from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine and received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan and received an MBA magna cum laude from the University of Bradford. He is a FINRA Registered Securities Representative holding  Series 7, 63 and 79 and a Registered Securities Principal holding a Series 24.

Steve Borst, MBA

Mr. Borst is Managing Director with UpStart Life Sciences Capital. He has an extensive background in both operation of venture capital funded life science companies and management of venture capital firms. Mr. Borst has worked for the venture funds Pelion Ventures, Frontenac Company and Capital Health Venture Partners, located in Salt Lake City and Chicago.

Mr. Borst received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jeff Elkins

Jeff has over 30 years of medical device experience across a range of leadership and operational roles in major and start-up firms, primarily in emerging endovascular and interventional technologies. He was recently President and CEO of Veniti which was acquired by Boston Scientific, and earlier, was VP Ops COO/Director, and CEO (ahead of US commercial launch) of Aptus EndoSystems, which was acquired by Medtronic. He was the founding VP Ops/COO and CEO of FlowMedica, which was acquired by AngioDynamics, and the VP Ops and CTO for World Medical Corp (developer of the TALENT aortic endograft EVAR and TEVAR systems) acquired by Medtronic. Jeff also held the role of Vice President and Business Unit Manager for the Endovascular Division of Medtronic. He also had various Operations and R&D/Product Development and management responsibilities at Cordis and Cordis Endovascular Systems Interventional Neuro (acquired by Johnson &Johnson), as well as Haemonetics Corp. through their IPO.

He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

H. Richard Davis, MS Engineering

Richard Davis is an innovator and business professional who has invented and launched several novel medical device products while creating the supporting business infrastructure. Leveraging over 25 years of medical device experience during which he strategically innovated and managed intellectual property. As a business leader he has established clinical and marketing pathways, quality systems, supplier networks, and operations to foster rapid development of new products.

Richard has held positions at Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson company, and was one of the co-founders of OrbusNeich and Tryton Medical,Inc. While at Cordis he let a team of specialists from clinical research, regulatory affairs, product development and manufacturing for the development of novel coronary and peripheral stents.

In addition, during his tenure there he was responsible for transferring technology from plants in New Jersey and Miami to the Netherlands. During his eight years at OrbusNeich, Richard was instrumental to all aspects of the company’s development. He founded and directed the company’s European operations, including the design and formation of manufacturing facilities, sales and marketing, regulatory affairs, and clinical research groups.  As the co-inventor and co-founder of the Tryton Side Branch Stent, Richard lead all aspects of the product and company development including writing the quality system, obtaining ISO approvals, achieving the CE Mark and ultimately a PMA approval for the device. During his tenure at Tryton, Richard held the positions of Managing Director, Chief Technical Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer.

Richard holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Florida International University. Richard is co-author on numerous peer-reviewed publications in the field of coronary intervention and holds several patents in the area of intravascular medical devices.

Chief Regulatory Officer

Rick Gaykowski

Mr. Rick Gaykowski brings 30 years of solid global experience in the medical device and healthcare industry, serving as the Chief Regulatory Officer of XableCath, Inc. During his extensive professional tenure he’s held various executive leadership and management positions in different disciplines in a broad-range of companies (start-up – Fortune 100).  Mr. Gaykowski recently served as the Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs for Acelity/KCI, Inc., located in San Antonio, TX, the world leader in advanced wound care and advanced wound therapy innovation with an unsurpassed regulatory portfolio of products available in over 90 countries. Prior to Acelity/KCI, Mr. Gaykowski served as Corporate Vice President, Global Regulatory, Quality, Clinical Affairs for Perseon Corporation, providing RF-ablation for the treatment of soft-tissue tumors.  Before joining Perseon, Mr. Gaykowski served as Vice President, Global RA/QSystems for Lumenis, Ltd, global-leader in Surgical/Ophthalmology/Aesthetic lasers. Earlier to Lumenis, Mr. Gaykowski served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for Bard Access Systems, Inc., and previously held positions of Vice President, Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance with the Precision Vascular business unit of Boston Scientific; Precision Vascular Systems, Inc.; InnerDyne, Inc., Vice President and Director of Regulatory Affairs/Quality Systems with CardioPulmonics, Inc., and Manager of Regulatory Affairs/QA/Clinical Affairs with Symbion, Inc.  Mr. Gaykowski holds a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Sciences & Health from the University of Utah.

As RA/QSystems professional & Principal of the Regulatory Guidance Group, Mr. Gaykowski’s product experience covers Class I – III products, biologics, human tissue, combination, diagnostic & therapeutic product classifications, IND/IDE, 510(k), de novo, PMA, HDE, and Section 513 filings, CE-Marking in accord with MDD 93/42/EEC, ISO 9001/ISO 13485 QMS certification audits, strategic RA/QSystems due-diligence

Scientific Advisors

James Benenati, MD, FSIR

Dr. Benenati. serves as Chairman of the Physician Advisory Board. He is a practicing Interventional Radiologist, Medical Director, Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory and Fellowship Program Director at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital in Miami, Florida.  He is a Clinical Professor of Radiology at Florida International University College of Medicine and Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.  He has participated in numerous clinical research projects and national trials pertaining to peripheral arterial disease and has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific publications.  He has been a Program Director of ISET for over 20 years and a past president of SIR.  Dr. Benenati attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Indiana University and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

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Johannes B. Dahm, MD, PhD

Dr. Dahm is co-founder and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for XableCath.  He is a professor of Medicine, Cardiology, and Angiology and Director of Interventional Cardiology and Angiology at the Heart & Vascular Center New-Bethlehem, Gottingen, Germany and the Director of Education for German Society of Cardiology Dr. Dahm has extensive experience in endovascular revascularization of lower extremities and is familiar with nearly all available devices to do so.  He lectures frequently throughout Europe and has published extensively.

Medical Director

Stephen Lauterbach, MD

Dr Lauterbach serves as the medical director for XableCath. He received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his M.D. from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  He then trained in general surgery at the University of Rochester - Strong Memorial Hospital and in vascular and endovascular surgery at Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital.  He then entered private practice and has spent nearly two decades doing peripheral vascular surgery with an emphasis on limb salvage employing open surgical and endovascular techniques.  The use of minimally invasive endovascular techniques has revolutionized his approach to limb salvage over the years. He has published extensively on lower extremity interventions and limb salvage and presented research at numerous vascular conferences.