Darrin Uecker — President, COO
Darrin is Auxogyn’s President and Chief Operating Officer and brings more than 20 years of medical device development experience. Prior to Auxogyn Darrin was the CEO/President at Gynesonics, a venture backed women’s health care company focused on the minimally invasive treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids, where he led the company from an early development stage to a mature clinical stage while raising more than $40M in venture investment. Previously Darrin was the Executive Vice President of R&D, Clinical Research, Regulatory Affairs and Operations at Conceptus Inc., a publicly held women’s health care company. He also served as the Chief Technology Officer of RITA Medical Systems where he was responsible for R&D, operations, and business development functions. RITA was a publicly traded oncology device company specializing in radiofrequency ablation of solid tumors and was acquired in 2007 by AngioDynamics Inc. Prior to RITA Darrin served in roles of increasing responsibility with Computer Motion Inc., a pioneer in surgical robotic systems. He was Chief Technology Officer when the company was acquired by Intuitive Surgical Inc. in 2003. Darrin has extensive experience in product development, R&D, operations and business development in a variety of medical device markets. He is a named inventor on 57 U.S. patents and has led the development and launch of more than a dozen medical devices during his career.
Darrin received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Kristen Honl — Vice President, Regulatory and Clinical
Kristen is Vice President, Regulatory and Clinical for Auxogyn. Prior to joining Auxogyn, Kristen was VP of Regulatory, Clinical and Quality for Vibrynt, a bariatrics company. Previously, Kristen held a variety of roles at Boston Scientific/Guidant in both the Endovascular Solutions medical device division and in the Corporate Division. While in her corporate role at Boston Scientific, she was the Director of Global Compliance where she was responsible for the implementation of the company’s Corporate Integrity Agreement and for International Compliance and Quality matters. She also held a position as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Endovascular Solutions Division of Guidant, where she had global responsibility for the carotid and peripheral stent product lines. Earlier in her career, she held regulatory positions of increasing responsibility at Medtronic and Cardiometrics as well as both quality and regulatory positions at Pacific Biotech.
Kristen holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Minnesota.
Mika Nishimura — Vice President of Commercial Development
Mika joined Auxogyn in April 2011 and serves as Vice President of Commercial Development. Prior to joining Auxogyn, Mika founded and built The BLG Group, a successful consulting practice advising both investors and device companies on critical strategic initiatives. Prior to The BLG Group, Mika served as Vice President of International Sales, Operations and Marketing at ev3 and Director of Global Marketing at Guidant Vascular, where she started and built franchises contributing significant, consistent revenue and profit growth with operations in over 30 markets. Mika is a seasoned senior executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in the medical device industry.
Mika holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. summa cum laude in Economics with distinction from Yale University.
Shehua Shen, M.D. — Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs
Shehua joined Auxogyn in September 2010 and serves as Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs. Prior to joining Auxogyn, Shehua was an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Director of the Embryology Laboratory at University of California, San Francisco from 2000 to 2010. Shehua has 18 years of experience in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and has worked with IVF Programs at the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island/Brown University Medical School, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the University of Washington.
Shehua received her M.D. at Second Military Medical University in Shanghai and is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), and the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).