More about our TEAM

Who we are. Where we've been.

Gerald mitchell


Founded PLS in 2008 and has worked in the medical laser field for over 35 years. Played an important role in the development of the medical laser field, including Coherent Medical (acquired by ESC Medical Systems for US$203m in 2001), Lightwave (acquired by JDS Uniphase for US$65m in 2005) and Laserscope (acquired by AMS for US$715m in 2006)



Ken has over 20 years of experience developing and commercializing surgical systems for Urologic, ENT and Dermatologic applications. Ken previously served as VP of R&D at Laserscope and led the conception and development of a market dominating solution for treating enlarged prostates. Ken received an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Rich Nash

President & CEO

Richard has 15 years of experience in the medical device industry and has held corporate positions within clinical, sales, marketing, BD, strategy and leadership; chiefly with Medtronic. These roles have spanned multiple geographies, but Richard has a specific expertise within the European, Asia-Pacific and USA markets.

Jonathan whitehouse


Over 20 years experience in investment and finance having held the role of CFO at Talu Ventures, Southern Cross Venture Partners and CM Capital, after working in a M&A role with Suncorp-Metway in Brisbane


Laser Development

Derek is a seasoned professional in the laser industry, who has a 30-year proven track record of taking novel concepts through to commercial laser products. Derek has preciously held senior roles with Lumentum, Mobius Photonics Inc and JDS Uniphase.


Laser Physics

Adi is a result-oriented, highly technical leader with over 20 years of experience leading the development of seemingly impossible projects, which push both technological and scientific limits. She has led cutting edge laser projects at both Elbit Systems and Spectra-Physics. Adi has a Ph.D. in Physics from The Weizmann Institute of Science

Annette Schaps

Global Regulatory

Annette is a Silicon Valley medical device consultant with over 25 years experience.  She has navigated several successful start ups (ArthroCare, Thermage/Solta)  through the regulatory and quality landscape.  She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California and is a certified Regulatory Affairs Professional and Lead Auditor.

Paul Cornelius

Software Development

Paul has worked in the medical technology software sector for 37 years, in leading corporations including Coherent and VueMetrix. He has a strong academic profile with both Bachelor of Science and PhD qualifications in Physical Chemistry, along with a Postdoctoral Fellowship. Paul is also an avid Chess and Bridge player, holding numerous US titles.

Nghi Phan

Product Development

Envisioning and creating elegant solutions is what excites Nghi, founder of Lux Precision. Nghi developed his first commercial product while earning a BS in mechanical engineering and undertook an MSME with Smart Product Design emphasis at Stanford University. Nghi holds multiple patent awards and has a proven track record of successful product development.

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