© 2019 ElectroSonix, LLC

ABOUT

ElectroSonix™, LLC is a Tucson, AZ based company dedicated to developing non-invasive acoustoelectric cardiac imaging (ACI) technologies for localizing arrhythmias in real-time and with millimeter spatial accuracy for both screening and guiding ablation procedures. ElectroSonix's imaging technologies will benefit millions of cardiac arrhythmia patients.

Team

Russell Witte
Founder & CSO

Dr. Russell Witte, Founder and Chief Science Officer (CSO), received a BS in Physics from the University of Arizona and a PhD in bioengineering from Arizona State University. Dr. Witte is currently Associate Professor of Medical Imaging, Optical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona. 

Sonia Vohnout
Co-Founder & COO

Ms. Sonia Vohnout serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is also responsible for business development, fundraising, and the company’s operations. Ms. Vohnout received her MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona and brings over 20 years’ experience in entrepreneurship, business development, systems engineering, and project management. 

Medical & Scientific Advisors

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Dr. Aiden Abidov, MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine (SOM). Prior to joining the WSU SOM faculty, Dr. Abidov was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Medical Director of Cardiovascular Imaging/Echo Lab, and Associate Chief of the Section of Cardiology at the University of Arizona, Tucson. In 2009, Dr. Abidov received the C. Leonard Pfeiffer Endowed Chair in Cardiology from the Sarver Heart Center, Tucson, AZ. Dr. Abidov is a well-known, advanced cardiovascular imaging specialist, certified in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular CTA and MRI, and peripheral vascular ultrasound. Dr. Abidov is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), the American Heart Association (FAHA), and the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE). He is a founding member of the Society of Cardiovascular Computer Tomography and an active member of the AHA Clinical Cardiology Council. Dr. Abidov has authored multiple papers in the field of cardiovascular imaging, which have been published in leading medical Journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Circulation, and The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, as well as many others. He is an editorial board member of The Journal of Nuclear Cardiology and The Echocardiography Journal, and a reviewer for multiple general cardiology and cardiac imaging journals, including JACC and the AHA journals (Circulation and Circulation Imaging). Dr. Abidov leads multiple funded research and investigator-initiated clinical projects targeting the early diagnosis, screening and outcomes of cardiovascular disorders and the effective utilization of advanced cardiovascular imaging.

Cardiology

Aiden Abidov, MD, PhD

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Dr. Talal Moukabary is the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Carondelet Heart and Vascular Institute and Chief of the Division of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Moukabary received his medical degree from Tichreen University in Lattakia, Syria and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Moukabary completed his Cardiology fellowship at the University of Arizona and Clinical Cardiology Electrophysiology fellowship at Pennsylvania State University. During his fellowship at the University of Arizona, he served as Chief Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine and was recognized as the outstanding cardiology fellow. Dr. Moukabary’s research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology. 

Cardiology and Electrophysiology

Talal Moukabary, MD

Following undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral training at Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. O’Donnell joined General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady, NY in 1980, where he worked on medical electronics, including MRI and ultrasound imaging systems. In 1990, he moved to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where he held appointments in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and in Biomedical Engineering.  In 1998, he was named the Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering. From 1999-2006 he also served as Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department. In 2006 he moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, WA where he was the Frank and Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering from 2006-2012. He is now Frank and Julie Jungers Dean Emeritus and a Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. His most recent research has explored new imaging modalities, including elasticity imaging, in vivo microscopy, optoacoustic devices, photoacoustic contrast agents for molecular imaging and therapy, laser ultrasound systems, and catheter-based devices. He has won numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Notre Dame, the Achievement and Rayleigh Awards from the IEEE-UFFC Society, the William J. Morlock Award for Excellence in Biomedical Technology from the IEEE-EMBS Society, and the IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award. He is a fellow of the IEEE and AIMBE and is an elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Biomedical Engineering

Matt O'Donnell, PhD

Commercialization Advisors

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Pete has over 20 years of professional experience launching new ventures in multiple industries.  Skilled in strategy and business development, he has built a strong track record leading and transitioning early stage companies through product launch and commercialization. An expert on turnarounds, start-ups and other early stage companies that demand innovative thinking and the ability to execute under demanding circumstances, often managing through difficult transitions with limited funding. As a founder and first member of the Insurgical leadership team, Pete has led fund raising, recruited key management, and transitioned the company from start-up through product launch. Prior to Insurgical, he led the transformation of Tanisys Technology from its initial founding into a world leader in memory test equipment. Earlier in his career Mr. Aman managed all aspects of finance and business planning for Flip-Chip Technologies, a technology venture focused on developing and deploying advanced semiconductor packaging technologies. Mr. Aman received his BS in Finance from the University of Arizona and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

President and CEO, Insurgical Inc.

Pete Aman

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Jim Cantrell is a well-known entrepreneur and expert in space systems and has 30 years of experience in the aerospace and high technology industries. Jim was part of the SpaceX founding team and served as the company’s first Vice President of Business Development. Jim founded two other successful aerospace and automotive engineering companies and has held CEO positions in aerospace and biometric software companies. Jim also played key roles in the development of Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella) and has had developmental roles in numerous venture funded space efforts including Rocket Lab, Planet, Black Sky and Spaceflight.

Entrepreneur

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As a Mentor-in-Residence, Marie Wesselhoft is part of TLA's Venture Development team, working with life sciences teams to develop and position UA startups for success. She is also president and co-founder of MSDx, Inc. an early-stage company focused on commercializing blood tests for brain diseases. She has upwards of 35 years of healthcare business experience in the diagnostic, device, and provider industry. She has held positions such as vice president and general manager, vice president of marketing, area vice president of sales and operations, and product manager during her twenty-year career at Cardinal/Baxter/American Hospital. In her role as general manager of the company's scientific products, Marie was responsible for the diagnostics business. Prior to MSDx, she served as the director for the Arizona Center for Innovation, the high-tech business incubator located at the UA Tech Park at Rita Road, and participated in the McGuire Program at the Eller College of Management. Early in Marie’s career she was a hospital laboratory director for Humana in the Chicago healthcare market. She currently serves on several advisory boards including the Academy Village Assisted Living Corporation, BIO Southern Arizona, TLA, the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute, and the Allendale Home for Children. 

Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), Mentor-in-Residence

Marie Wesselhoft,