Leadership Team

An experienced team in the field of medical devices, business and regulatory affairs, specifically in cardiology and cardiac support.

Louis de Lillers,
CEO

Louis brings extensive experience in finance and developing or commercializing new technologies. Prior to joining CorWave, he was co-founder and CEO of PlugMed, a medtech company developing innovative devices for LVADs and hemodialysis. Being a self-trained computer programmer, Louis founded several ventures in the early 2000s and consequently joined Ernst&Young, where he embarked on missions with SMEs and high-growth companies. He subsequently became analyst at Clipperton Finance, a corporate finance boutique, focusing on mergers & acquisitions and venture capital transactions. He was then part of the information technology investment team at Sofinnova Partners. Louis graduated from EDHEC Business School with a Master in Management and holds a university degree in artificial heart and circulatory support from Pitié-Salpêtrière.

 

 

Carl Botterbusch,
CTO

Carl brings 25 years of experience in the field of medical devices and expertise in mechanical circulatory support. He has served as Vice President of Global R&D for Teleflex Medical, a $1.5Bn healthcare firm, leading all R&D activities at 6 locations worldwide. He has also served as Vice President, R&D and General Manager, Cardiac Assist Division for Arrow International, a $500M medical device firm. His areas of expertise include mechanical cardiac support, cardiac catheters and access devices, critical care and anesthesia catheters and antimicrobial coatings. He is a degreed Mechanical Engineer and holds a Masters of Business Administration. Mr. Botterbusch provides overall technical and strategic direction to the project. He brings many years of direct experience in this field, having previously led the development of two left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), including the LionHeart, the only totally implantable LVAD to receive regulatory approval (CE Mark) to date. Carl hails from the United States, is an mechanical engineer by training, and holds a MBA.

 

 

Zina Hamoumi,
CFO

Zina brings more than 13 years of experience in corporate finance and accounting, including seven years in the life sciences sector. She started her career at PwC in the audit practice, before moving to operational roles at Mexx (retail) and then Lundbeck France (pharmaceuticals), where she was Head of Finance and Logistics, overseeing financial operations that included sales, production, and R&D activities. She subsequently joined Victoria Beckham Ltd (fashion/retail) in London in 2014 as Finance Director. She supported the fast-growing business, put in place solid financial processes, and played an instrumental role in setting up a private equity round of funding. Zina holds a Msc in Management from EM Lyon business school.

 

 

Michel Vernizeau PhD,
Senior Product Engineering Director

Michel brings more than 20 years of experience in implantable medical devices. Prior to joining CorWave, he was Global R & D Director for Zimmer Biomet (world leader in orthopaedic implants) and oversaw the R&D activities of 2 sites in Europe. He previously contributed to Becton Dickinson’s design of innovative drug injection devices and in the field of orthopaedic implants from Aesculap (BBraun group) and Biomet. Michel holds an executive MBA from EM Lyon, and a PhD in Biomechanics from ENSAM Paris, which he obtained after an initial training in Mechanical Engineering from INP Grenoble completed with a Master’s degree in Biological and Medical Engineering from the University of Lyon. He has contributed to the marketing of thirty medical devices (class I to III)

 

 

David Atlani,
R&D Program Manager – Nemo

David pilots the Nemo R&D program. He spent ten years designing endovascular devices with minimally invasive systems. He was previously R&D Project Manager at Symetis (acquired from Boston Scientific in April 2017), a company that designs and markets “accurate” trans-catheter valve implant or replacement devices (TAVI or TAVR). From 2007 to 2015, David held various positions within Stentys, and in 2014 became the lead R & D engineer for stent development. He began his career as an engineer at the Strasbourg Surface Laboratory (INSA) and at the biomedical orthopedic laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Strasbourg and has a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Paris Descartes.

 

 

Dominique Bonnet PhD,
Quality Manager

Dominique brings 25 years of experience in the field of quality and regulatory affairs. She was a quality manager for industrial medical devices and diagnostics (Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and Biosphere Medical, a subsidiary of Merit Medical) and manager of a notified body (GMED). During her career, she has had a key role in the implementation and maintenance of quality systems compliant with European (ISO 13485), North American (FDA 21 CFR Part 820), and Asian standards. As a chemical engineer with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, Dominique is accustomed to mastering complex medical problems and products.

 

 

Alexandra Schmidt,
Strategy & Marketing Manager

 Alexandra began her career at Mauna Kea Technologies, a company developing innovative optical biopsy technology. Initially a Clinical project manager, implementing clinical trials pre and post CE mark, she became Product development manager, interacting with clinical experts for the development of new products and indications. She then became Product Manager in cardiology at AstraZeneca, before joining CorWave. A graduate from Ecole Polytechnique, Alexandra holds a Master of Science in Bioengineering from Imperial College London and a university degree in artificial heart and circulatory support from Pitié-Salpêtrière.

 

 

Sandrine Cléré,
Human Resources Manager

Sandrine holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Social Communication from CELSA Sorbonne University. She first held communication and human resources positions in the fields of industry at Alstom Technology, jewelry at Van Cleefs and Arpels, and medical device at Ela Medical. In 2005, she founded a start-up specializing in events for children, that she lead for four years. She then progressed independently for seven years as a consultant on HR management and HR development management missions, before joining CorWave.