Chief Executive Officer
Tom Watlington, whose experience in the medical device industry spans 28 years, joined Sotera Wireless as Chief Executive Officer in February 2006. During that year he served a dual role as President of Naviscan Pet Systems, a medical imaging company, before transitioning to a full-time position with Sotera Wireless in January 2007.For ten years prior to joining Sotera Wireless, Mr. Watlington served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations and later as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Biosite Incorporated, a leader in the field of medical diagnostics. In addition, he spent fourteen years at Boehringer Mannheim Corporation in various sales, marketing and strategic roles, including Vice President of Marketing for the Diabetes Care division.
Mr. Watlington previously served on the board of Home Diagnostics, Inc., a public company in the field of diabetes monitoring that was acquired in June 2010 by Nipro Diagnostics. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Moon joined Sotera Wireless in December 2008, bringing extensive achievement in the field of patient monitoring. Among his most notable accomplishments, Mr. Moon founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Protocol Systems, Inc., a highly successful patient monitoring company. Following 14 years of successful product introductions and consistent financial performance, the publicly traded company was acquired by Welch-Allyn.Prior to Protocol Systems, Mr. Moon directed the development of the first ethernet-based patient monitoring system, the Alpha PC Monitor, at SpaceLabs, Inc. Subsequent to Protocol Systems, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Serveron Corporation and as Chief Executive Officer of Lifecom Inc. At Lifecom, Mr. Moon played a key role in the development of artificial intelligence systems for medical diagnosis.
Mr. Moon has served on the boards of both public and privately held companies. He also served on the Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Oregon Chapter of the American Electronics Association. In 1991, Inc. Magazine named Mr. Moon Entrepreneur of the Year for the Northwest Region of the United States.
Mr. Moon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Spring joined Sotera Wireless as Chief Financial Officer in July 2013. He has 17 years of experience in life sciences including the diagnostic, medical device, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Veracyte, Inc., Prometheus Laboratories Inc. (acquired by Nestle in 2011) and Hyperion Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Spring also held senior finance roles with MedImmune, Inc. (acquired by AstraZeneca in 2007), Baxter International, Inc., Dade Behring Inc., Caremark International Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Spring received a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Monmouth College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Executive Vice President, Quality Systems, Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Affairs
Jim Welch joined Sotera in 2011. He spent 17 years of his career as a hospital based Clinical Engineer, ten of which were at Massachusetts General Hospital where he created one of the first WiFi based general care floor multi-parameter monitoring systems. He was recruited to Protocol Systems in 1990 to commercialize the system. He held various executive positions in Engineering, Marketing, Quality and General Management at Protocol Systems, later Welch Allyn (after Protocol was acquired by them) and recently at Masimo. In 2011 Jim received the AAMI Foundation/Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Application Award for his collaboration with hospital based clinicians in delivering innovative technology solutions that dramatically improve patient safety.
William H. Hammond
Vice President, Strategic Alliances
William H. Hammond, nick named Hodi, joined Sotera Wireless in 2014; he has nearly 30 years of biotech, Health IT, and disease management experience. Entrepreneurial and innovative Mr. Hammond has both started and run small companies and held key leadership roles with industry leaders including Abbott Laboratories, Roche Diagnostics, and Alere.
Hodi received his BA in Economics from Bucknell University before serving as a Marine Infantry Officer 1979-1983.
Vice President, Global Sales and Market Development
Gary Manning joined Sotera Wireless in September 2008 and currently serves as Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing Development. Mr. Manning has overall responsibility for Sotera Wireless sales strategy and market development activities aimed at establishing successful commercialization across all markets. Mr. Manning has 20 years experience in the medical device arena. Prior to joining Sotera Wireless, he held various sales and marketing management roles with increasing responsibility at Datascope Corp., both in the United States and Europe. During his tenure with Datascope, he progressed from sales to international sales management, global training management, global market management, U.S. sales management, and finally to the position of Director of Sales and Marketing for the NetGuard business unit in 2006.
Mr. Manning completed his electronic engineering qualifications in the United Kingdom and received a bachelor of science degree in business/marketing in the United States.
Dr. Devin McCombie
Vice President, Science and Research
Since joining Sotera Wireless in 2008, Dr. McCombie has held leadership positions in the science and research group.
Devin has more than 10 years of research experience in wearable health monitoring. He has published numerous papers in the field of non-invasive physiologic monitoring and continuous non-invasive blood pressure and holds a number of patents.
Devin earned a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the area of Controls, Instrumentation, and Robotics.
Vice President, Operations and Mechanical Development
David Stroup joined Sotera in September 2011 and currently serves as the Vice President of Operations and Mechanical Development; he brings vast experience in automated manufacturing and processing systems for the medical device, bio-diagnostic and pharmaceutical fields. David is an expert in the conceptualization and design of complex automated process and manufacturing systems and has extensive knowledge and know how in product and process development with an emphasis on automated manufacturability. Previously, David founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer for Prodosyst Automation. David grew and diversified his customer list to include several Fortune 500 companies including Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, Inverness, Guidant Corporation, Cardinal Health, Tyco Health, Welch Allyn, and C R Bard. David applies his expertise at the foundation level of development producing designs with a strong emphasis on manufacturability.
David holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University, in addition to an extensive portfolio of automation and manufacturing processes developments, he is also responsible for the design patents of multiple disposable medical and bio-diagnostic devices.
Gunnar Trommer, Ph.D.
Vice President, Global Marketing and Business Development
Dr. Gunnar Trommer joined Sotera Wireless in October 2008. Previously, he held management positions with Draeger Medical, a Draeger and Siemens company, including Vice President, Marketing/Product Management for Draeger’s global patient monitoring and information technology applications business.Prior to that, Dr. Trommer advised various high tech and medical device companies as a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group.
Dr. Trommer’s educational background is in engineering. He earned a Ph.D. with high honors at the renowned Technical University Aachen, Germany.