James (Chip) Draper
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chip joined the Vascular Insights team in January of 2014 as Vice President of Marketing. Chip has over 16 years of medical device industry experience and has held leadership positions in Sales, Training, Strategic Marketing and Global Marketing.
Prior to joining Vascular Insights, Chip worked in multiple roles of progressive responsibility at Covidien where he helped expand the global footprint of the dialysis catheter business. Prior to Covidien, Chip held leadership roles in executive search industry.
Chip holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst University and Master of Business Administration from Baker University.
James P. Ott
Jim Ott is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Toledo with a BBA, majoring in accounting and finance. During his business career, Jim held positions of; controller, V/P of finance, CFO, president and CEO. Jim worked for; Dana Corporation, Paccar, Herrick-Pacific Corporation, The Marmon Group and Berkshire Hathaway. Jim’s most recent assignment was president of MicroAire medical devices, a member of the Colson Group of Companies.
Jim and his wife Michelle reside in Michigan. They have five children and nine amazing grandchildren.
Chief Technology Officer
John Marano is a senior executive with over 30 years of corporate management and business start-up experience. He is currently Chief Technology Officer for Vascular Insights LLC.
In 2005, he co-founded and accepted the position of CEO and President of Vascular Insights based on technology exclusively licensed from Yale University. He was Chairman, CEO and President of VADUS, Inc. a company he founded in 1998. VADUS developed, manufactured, and marketed an innovative short peripheral safety catheter and sold its product line in 2002. He held the position of Vice President New Business Development, Chief Technical Officer and was President of FC Systems a wholly owned medical subsidiary at Aeroquip-Vickers. While at Aeroquip, Dr. Marano engineered the spin-out of its medical operations through private equity and debt financing. Dr. Marano held management positions in marketing, sales and technology for Mobil, Olin, FMC and Union Carbide.
Dr. Marano is an entrepreneur and inventor with a love for science and technology. He holds multiple industrial and medical device patents he developed over his career and most recently is named as an inventor on four United States patents, twenty-four pending applications, and a number of corresponding foreign patents in the medical device space.
He is well published in the scientific literature with a most recent publication he coauthored on, Histologic findings after mechanochemical ablation in a caprine model with use of ClariVein, in 2014, in the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
He has lectured at Yale University, MIT and the Stanford Business School on developing, launching and managing new businesses. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
National Sales Director
Jay Agee has over 25 years of Medical Device Sales and Sales Management experience at companies which include AngioDynamics, Arterial Vascular Engineering (Acquired by Medtronic), and Endologix.
In previous positions, Jay was responsible for building sales teams, at high growth organizations, to support expansion into new commercial markets. He joined Vascular Insights, LLC in February of 2017 as the Western Area Director of Sales, and was promoted to National Sales Director in January of 2018.
Jay attended the University of Kentucky where he obtained a B.S. in Marketing. He currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and two daughters.
Director of International Sales
Claire joined the Vascular Insights team in June 2015 as an International Vascular Specialist.
Prior to joining Vascular Insights, Claire was an ER Registered Nurse in one of the largest trauma centers in Australia. Her clinical background, along with her business acumen in the medical industry, has enabled Claire to bring a diverse skillset to the Vascular Insights team. Claire is dedicated to the growth of the Company’s international business portfolio, and expansion into new markets. She is responsible for establishing the sales and distribution of ClariVein® in new regions, as well as the management of mature channels.
Claire holds a Bachelor degree from Griffith University in Australia, and most recently completed her Masters of Business Administration from The University of Glasgow. Claire currently resides in Glasgow, Scotland.
Vice President of Operations
Carl’s experience in the medical device business spans over 35 years and includes experience in both large organizations as well as start-up companies. He has been involved in a range of medical specialties including orthopedics, urology, general surgery, endoscopy and vascular surgery. His responsibilities have included product development, operations, quality assurance and regulatory affairs.
Carl has worked exclusively in small companies / start-ups for the past 20 years. During this time he helped several of these companies achieve IPOs or successful exits. Carl is currently employed at Vascular Insights, LLC as Vice President - Operations. Prior to Vascular Insights he served as Vice President – Operations at InaVein and iBalance Medical. Earlier small company experience included Axya Medical, Inc., Omnisonics, Inc., and UroMed Corp where Carl held the position of Vice President, R&D at these companies.
Before plunging into the start-up world Carl helped Smith+ Nephew Endoscopy, an international medical products company, grow to become the world leader in arthroscopic & sports medicine surgical products. During his years at S+N he held the positions of Vice President, R&D and Vice President, Operations.
Carl attended New Jersey Institute of Technology where he earned both a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering. He holds a number of patents in the medical device field.
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
Ms. Hanley is a proven professional with an established record of more than 25 years of Regulatory experience. She has held a variety of leadership positions focused on developing and expanding regulatory assets across a broad range of business settings.
Prior to joining Vascular Insights, Lorraine was Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs for AngioDynamics, Inc., Vortex Medical, Inc., and Navilyst Medical, Inc. Lorraine led the successfully transition of regulatory assets from a public company divestiture into a private company owned by Avista Capital Partners, Navilyst Medical, Inc. Here she continued to expand the company’s regulatory assets including designing and executing a global regulatory strategy.
Prior to joining Navilyst Medical in 2008, Ms. Hanley held progressive positions within Boston Scientific Corporation Regulatory Affairs at the Corporate and Divisional levels. She has extensive experience in strategy, development and achieving submission approvals for products in urology, gynecology, interventional radiology and cardiology; for single and multi-use disposable and implantable products, capital equipment, and human tissue products.
Before joining Boston Scientific in 1991, Lorraine was a member of Arthur D. Little, Inc.’s global management consulting team.
She was graduated with a Master’s Business Administration, Suffolk University; and a Baccalaureate of Science from Northeastern University. She has been a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society since 1991 and is a member of the Healthcare Business Woman’s Association.
Chief Financial Officer
Lisa has over 12 years of experience in Finance and Human Resources within the medical device industry. Prior to joining Vascular Insights in 2013, Lisa implemented and executed accounting systems, human resource processes, and procedures for early stage medical device companies in the start-up phase.
Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.
Senior Director of Healthcare Economics and Reimbursement
Lance Thrash is currently the Senior Director of Healthcare Economics and Reimbursement at Vascular Insights, LLC, where he manages a national team of Regional Market Access Managers to expand access to patients covered by Medicare and commercial insurance plans. Since joining Vascular Insights in December of 2014, Lance has secured a Category 1 CPT code for the company’s flagship product, ClariVein® IC. Previously, Lance served as a Manager of Healthcare Economics and Reimbursement at Acclarent and as a Senior Market Access Manager with Conceptus, where he successfully improved access for patients, and payment for physicians, who used novel medical treatments. Lance received his BA in nursing from Jacksonville State University and currently resides in Marietta, GA.