Meet the team
President and CEO
Young founded RODO Medical in Sunnyvale, California in 2009. He assembled a team of many seasoned professionals in the medical device industry and raised a seed round from a group of dentists who became very excited about the concept. (Ultimately, they would also become the device users.) Shortly after delivering the proof of concept, Young led the company to: raise the series A round from high-net-worth individuals in 2010, complete the first generation product in 2011, and obtain a CE Mark in 2012.
Prior to RODO Medical, Young co-founded Enview Technologies in 2001, which was incubated from his Ph.D. thesis into a patented technology in the automotive industry. Young holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Executive Vice President Corporate Development, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Michael has over 20 years of business and legal experience. Prior to joining Rodo Medical, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Onpharma Inc., a pharmaceutical and medical device company that developed an innovative buffering solution to vastly improve the efficacy and speed of local anesthesia. Onpharma was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: VRX) in March 2014.
Prior to Onpharma, Michael served as Vice President and General Counsel at Telocity Inc. and DirecTV Broadband (a subsidiary of Hughes Electronics). He has experience in financing transactions, investor relations, and served as a trial and corporate law attorney in San Jose, CA. Michael has a BA in Pre-Law from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a JD from the University of Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.
Vice President of R&D
James received BSE in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science at University of Michigan, and MSE in Aerospace Engineering and Certificate Management of Technology at Georgia Institute of Technology. James has been working at RODO Medical since August 2009.
Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Education
Gino brings over 20 years of progressive experience in sales, marketing, education and business development. His med-tech areas of focus within the dental industry have included orthodontics, cosmetic/restorative dentistry, implant dentistry, biologics and the digital workflow. He has held various senior leadership roles with industry leaders including; 3M ESPE, Discus Dental (Phillips Oral Healthcare) and Straumann. Most recently, he created a unique implant patient financing portfolio of products designed to increase patient case acceptance with Lending Club.
Gino is often called upon to lecture and moderate on a number of related topics enabling dental practices to experience above-average growth and overall success. Lastly, Gino serves in advisory and consulting capacities currently with ASDOH and Launchpad Medical.
Ben Wu, DDS, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Ben Wu is is an internationally renowned innovator and leader in dentistry and bioengineering and brings unique expertise with the RODO core technology to our Scientific Advisory Board.
He is Professor and Chair of the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, and the Director of the Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He also chaired the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA School of Engineering, and holds formal faculty appointments in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Department of Materials Science. All four departments are highly ranked within their respective disciplines.
Ben obtained his residency training in Advanced Prosthodontics at Harvard, and his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, he investigated the powder-binder interaction physics for 3D Printing of biomedical relevant materials, and published the first papers on 3D Printed drug delivery devices and tissue engineering scaffolds. His research applies bioengineering approaches to regenerate lost tissues and control wound healing by developing biomimetic strategies. He has also developed advanced material processing technologies to enable the production of novel structures and functions; and created novel medical devices that will impact the way we diagnose and treat diseases.
As a clinician, Dr. Wu provides multidisciplinary patient care in the UCLA Faculty Group Dental Practice, where he focuses on the treatment of advanced, complex oral rehabilitation using implant, fixed, and removable prosthodontics. He is a fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics, and serves on numerous advisory committees in academia and industry.