Founded in 2012, Invictus Medical is a privately owned Delaware C Corporation with headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. Our first product to market was the GELShield™ extracranial pressure-relief device for hospitalized infants. Currently, we are exploring active noise reduction technology for use in neonatal intensive care units.
Our Vision: To improve the lives of newborns and the individuals who care for them.
Our Mission: To secure early healthy development in newborns by providing innovative products, services, and solutions to the healthcare professional and consumer markets.
Our Commitment to Quality: Invictus Medical is committed to providing safe and effective medical products and high levels of service to the healthcare and consumer markets.
With a team of experienced professionals, the launch of the GELShield™, and more innovations on the horizon, we believe Invictus Medical is poised to make a significant impact within the medical device industry.
Board of Directors
Mr. Dufilho currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Ascension Health, a direct subsidiary of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system and the third largest system in the US based on total revenues. Additionally, he served as chairman of the board for Texas-based CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care and as a past board member of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.
Until 2012, Mr. Dufilho served as chairman and chief executive officer of The Trust Company, a multi-billion-dollar trust and investment services firm. While leading The Trust Company, Mr. Dufilho delivered to shareholders the company’s first-ever dividend. Prior to his post at The Trust Company, Mr. Dufilho served as chairman and chief executive officer of BBVA Compass – San Antonio. He grew the enterprise, which began as The Bank of San Antonio, from $100 million in assets to more than $1 billion.
A certified public accountant, Mr. Dufilho received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Saint Thomas, and his M.A. in Economics from Saint Mary’s University.
Mr. Dufilho and his wife, Adele, reside in San Antonio, Texas.
Ms. Nauss most recently served on the executive management team at Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI), a multi-billion-dollar Texas-based global medical technology company. Until 2011, Ms. Nauss served as Executive Vice President/Office of the CEO of KCI Japan. In this Tokyo-based role, she led the highly complex buildup of corporate and commercial operations as KCI entered the Japan market for the first time. In its first 18 months of operation, the Japan business grew to nearly $40 million and employed a team of more than 200. Ms. Nauss joined KCI in 2001 as Vice President of Marketing and during her time in this role the company grew from $400 million in revenue to more than $1 billion and completed a highly successful IPO. While at KCI, she also served on the Executive Committee and was president of the company’s Therapeutic Support Systems division.
Prior to KCI, Ms. Nauss was an executive at Roche Diagnostics, where she held a series of leadership positions over a span of 19 years. Her tenure at Roche included oversight for the strategic market development and growth of the ACCU-CHEK® diabetes care product line, which grew into a $600 million business and became the number-one brand in its category at the time. While at Roche, Ms. Nauss also expanded the company’s diabetes blood glucose monitoring into a hospital point-of-care product and major retail and consumer-driven therapy.
Ms. Nauss currently serves on the board of directors for Klox Technologies, a Canada-based specialty pharmaceutical company developing proprietary technologies focused on skin and soft tissue disorders. She serves as a corporate advisory board member for HCB Health, an Austin, Texas-based healthcare marketing and advertising agency with a specialization in medical devices. She also was a founding member of the board of directors for the San Antonio chapter of Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and mentoring of at-risk girls
Ms. Nauss and her husband, Bill, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Prior to joining the Invictus Medical, Inc. Board of Directors, Mr. Kane was Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, for Phadia AB, a company selling reagents and systems for serologic testing in the fields of allergy and autoimmune diseases. Originally known as Pharmacia Diagnostics, Phadia was purchased by Thermo Fisher in 2011.
Before undertaking this global position, Mr. Kane served as Vice President, US Sales and Marketing at Phadia, and was responsible for the successful creation, development, and execution of the US primary care expansion strategy of bringing allergy testing into the primary care setting. During the 8 years he led this initiative, sales increased 8-fold and the sales team grew from 15 to more than 230 field-based representatives. While in this position, he was also instrumental in the formation and launch of PiRL®, the Phadia Immunology Reference Laboratory, where new emerging technology was developed and commercialized with FDA clearance.
Currently, Mr. Kane is serving on the Board of Directors of Aerocrine AB, a Swedish public company that markets instruments worldwide for the measurement of nitric oxide. He is also on the Board of Directors of Armune Bioscience, Inc., a privately held US company developing novel new biomarkers for oncology.
He and his wife, Patty, reside in Naples, Florida.
While at Vidacare, Mr. Eisbrenner played pivotal leadership roles in many aspects of starting and building Vidacare to more than 150 employees around the world. Revenues at the time of exit reached $70+ million.
During his tenure at Vidacare, Mr. Eisbrenner was instrumental in raising $30 million in capital. He assisted in obtaining 13 FDA 510(k) clearances and 4 major grants totaling more than $3 million, and in creating a new product line for the company with a market size of more than $700 million. He helped Vidacare earn the prestigious 2008 Wall Street Journal Innovation Award as well as the 2005 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award.
Eric Eisbrenner, CFO
Eric Eisbrenner, Invictus Medical Chief Financial Officer, is the co-founder and former Chief Financial Officer of Vidacare Corporation, a medical device start-up company located in San Antonio, Texas, with an estimated value in excess of $450 million. While at Vidacare, Mr. Eisbrenner played pivotal roles in all aspects of starting and building Vidacare to over 75 employees around the world, with sales exceeding $35 million. During his tenure, Mr. Eisbrenner assisted in obtaining 13 FDA 510(k) clearances and 4 major grants, creating a new product line for the company with a market value of over $700 million, and helping Vidacare earn the 2008 Wall Street Journal Innovation Award as well as the 2005 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award.
Chris Gilmer, COO
Chris Gilmer, Invictus Medical Chief Operating Officer, comes to Invictus Medical as an expert in business management with over 30 years of professional experience. Previously, Mr. Gilmer has held senior management roles including Vice President and General Manager at Disetronic Medical Systems, where he increased revenue, implemented processes and systems to reduce costs, and developed teams to drive growth. Mr. Gilmer is also armed with experience and training from Fortune 100 companies such as Roche Diagnostics, Unisys Corp, and General Motors.
George Hutchinson, CTO
George Hutchinson, Chief Technology Officer, comes to the Invictus Medical team with a diverse and deep background, having worked 30 years in the medical device industry. Mr. Hutchinson has led advanced research teams and innovation efforts at both GE Healthcare and Kinetic Concepts. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has also served on numerous medical device standards committees. Mr. Hutchinson’s doctorate in engineering was awarded at Marquette University, and he is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, having completed their General Management Program.
Richard S. Wayne, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Richard S. Wayne is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and brings more than 40 years of pediatric care experience to Invictus Medical. Dr. Wayne has actively practiced and taught General Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine for many years. In addition, he served as Administrator for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital (now Children’s Hospital of San Antonio) for 12 years. He has been on the faculty of three medical schools and currently serves as Professor of Pediatrics for the Baylor College of Medicine in San Antonio. Dr. Wayne is a former board member of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. He twice served as president of the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Alabama and completed his pediatric residency at Brooke Army Medical Center.
The Texas Technology Development Center
Lead investor for Invictus Medical, The Texas Technology Development Center (T3DC) is dedicated to offering an entrepreneurial service organization with the ability to coordinate and mobilize risk capital and match it with a programmatic process for helping entrepreneurs become investment quality ventures. Located in San Antonio, Texas, T3DC remains committed to growing the local economy through entrepreneurship.
Product manufacturer Katecho Inc. is an internationally recognized, full-service original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specializing in medical and cosmetic devices. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, Katecho Inc. offers product testing, engineering and design services, regulatory support, manufacturing, inventory management, warehousing, and transportation logistics.
San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind
Since 1933 the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind (SALB) has been serving people who are blind or vision impaired by providing rehabilitation services and employment opportunities at its manufacturing plant. One of the largest manufacturing operations in San Antonio, SALB is responsible for the assembly of a wide range of products, including office supplies, medical devices, and military equipment.
Contract manufacturer partner with Invictus Medical specializing in medical converting, Innovize is recognized for providing innovative solutions. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota with offices in California and Alabama, the company produces subassembly components, consumables, and finished medical devices. Capabilities include slitting; laminating; die and laser cutting; rotary, digital and screen printing; cleanroom/dry room production and packaging; turnkey sterilization and bio burden testing.
FDA registered GMP compliant ISO 13485 and 9001:2008 certified.
EPI Marketing Services
EPI Marketing Services, fulfillment partner with Invictus Medical, is a full-service marketing services organization offering printing, packaging, and fulfillment services, specializing in the medical device sector. EPI Marketing Services provides direct mail services, physician marketing, sampling program management, product launch support, as well as custom packaging design, production, and co-packing to some of the largest medical device companies in the industry.
GA Communication Group
GA Communication Group, marketing communications partner with Invictus Medical, is a Chicago-based advertising and marketing agency that provides insightful strategy, content, and technology solutions. GA Communication Group handles products and brands within healthcare that range from highly scientific, specialized clinical therapies to consumer and OTC products.