Our Team

Clyde Taylor
Chief Executive Officer
Clyde served as Chief Operating Officer of the Knight Cardiovascular Institute at Oregon Health & Science University before OregonHeart’s founding in January 2014. Previously, Clyde was Chief Operating Officer at the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center (the country’s only independent non-profit organization bringing together basic and clinical research, clinical trials, and comprehensive care for people living with Parkinson’s disease, under one roof), and Consulting Chief Financial Officer for The Brenner Group, a consulting firm specializing in financial services for the tech industry. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Richard Wampler, MD
Resident Innovator
Associate Professor of Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Wampler is the inventor of the Hemopump, which revolutionized the field of mechanical circulatory assistance. Following the successful demonstration of the Hemopump, he then co-invented the second generation non-pulsatile Left Ventricular Assist HeartMate II, and invented and was involved in the development of the HVAD. He continues to work on further iterations of heart pumps to make them even smaller and less invasive to implant, so that their benefits might be extended to patients who could not otherwise survive the procedure, and to provide treatment for earlier stage heart failure patients to aid in recovery of heart function. Dr. Wampler is the inventor of the shuttling pump design concept which is the basis for the OregonHeart device. He is a graduate of the University of Indiana School of Medicine and trained as a surgical resident at University of Oregon Health Sciences Center (now Oregon Health & Science University).

Stan Withers
Vice President, Engineering
Stan holds several patents and was most recently with Thoratec (now St. Jude Medical). He brings 30 years of medical device experience to OregonHeart. Stan is skilled in product development from conceptualization through manufacturing—including ideation, prototyping, mechanical engineering, design for manufacturability, tooling/capital cost analysis, quality systems, and regulatory issues. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University in California.

Bob Benkowski
Chief Executive Officer, B-Squared Medical Device Solutions
Managing Director and Co-Founder, DesignPlex Biomedical
Bob has commanded impressive biomedical companies before co-founding DesignPlex Biomedical, including B-Squared Medical Device Solutions. He has focused on development and manufacturing of Class II and III medical devices and consumer medical products, and has been responsible for both Class III implantable medical device manufacturing and biologic manufacturing domestically and internationally. He has built-out both medical device and biologic manufacturing facilities and has supply chain, process validation, and regulatory experience.

James Heslin, JD
Partner, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
For more than 20 years, Jim has focused on helping medical device companies protect and enforce their domestic and international intellectual property rights, and has advised venture capitalists who invest in medical technology companies. Jim’s medical and surgical device clients span a broad array of technologies. Prior to joining Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, Jim was the founder and leader of the medical device technology patent group at Townsend and Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick Townsend). He also served as general counsel for Align Technology.

Gino Morello
President, Veritium Research
Managing Director and Co-Founder, DesignPlex Biomedical
After working with high-tech startups, Fortune 500 corporations, and other prestigious agencies, Gino formed his own successful medical devices company. Coming from an electrical engineering background, he possesses an exceptional knowledge of the medical device and software industries from both a business and technical perspective. Gino brings a perfectionist attitude and a plethora of experience to OregonHeart.

Tom Richards, PhD, JD
Principal, IM3 Inc.
Thomas Richards holds a PhD degree in Chemistry from Princeton as well as a law degree from Columbia University. He has worked in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry for most of his career, and is currently a partner at IM3 Inc., a medical consultancy firm located in Vancouver, Washington. He specializes in food and drug law, and assists applicants with US Food and Drug Administration submissions, clinical trial design, and enforcement actions. He also works closely with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in obtaining reimbursement for new products.

Marcus Achermann
Marcus Achermann
Associate Engineer
Marcus is an experienced designer with over 20 years in the medical device industry, focusing on electrophysiological catheters. He brings to OregonHeart extensive experience with research and development, manufacturing processes, machining, fixturing, testing procedures, and materials. Marcus also has strong prototype development skills, with expertise in the transition of products to manufacturing.

Candace Anderson
Office Manager
Candace brings to OregonHeart 15 years of experience in the life sciences industry as an administrator and marketing specialist supporting business development. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

Eri Beauchamp
Executive Assistant and Buyer
Eri brings extensive experience and contacts as a buyer in mechanical manufacturing (JIT material management and procurement), and is a veteran of NEC, Oracle, and Applimotion, Inc. She excels in supporting the development team with rapid and efficient sourcing of off-the-shelf and custom components and tools. Eri holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of California, Davis.

Jeremy Glynn, PhD
Jeremy received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and graduated with honors. He conducted post-graduate research in cardiovascular biomaterials at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and was awarded multi-year research fellowships from the National Science Foundation and American Heart Association. Jeremy completed his PhD at OHSU in Biomedical Engineering in December 2015. His expertise is in cardiovascular physiology, hemostasis and thrombosis, biomaterial hemocompatibility analyses, and biomedical technology entrepreneurship.

Amy Hammack
Amy Lee Hammack
R&D Engineer
Amy is a Research and Development Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience designing, developing, testing, and improving state-of-the-art medical devices and medical diagnostic systems. Amy has project management skills for Class I, II, and III medical devices from product concept to commercial readiness. She brings to OregonHeart a deep knowledge of design verification/validation activities.

Bryan Hull
Bryan Hull
Mechanical Engineer
Bryan received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Sciences Engineering from the University of California, Davis. He worked with Abbott Labs on the MitraClip and brings to OregonHeart experience in mechanical design and manufacturing with Class III implantable medical devices.