Max E. Link, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board
Max Link, Ph.D. has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since October 2003. Dr. Link served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Centerpulse AG, the largest orthopedics company in Europe, from March 2002 until October 2003, when Centerpulse was acquired by Zimmer Holdings, Inc.
Prior to joining Centerpulse, Dr. Link served as the Chief Executive Officer at Corange Limited/Boehringer Mannheim and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals (now part of Novartis).
Since 1994, Dr. Link has been actively involved as a director in development stage companies in the healthcare and biopharmaceutical field both in the United States and in Europe, including Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Celsion Corporation and Discovery Laboratories, Inc.
Dr. Link received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1970.
Eric K. Olson
Chief Executive Officer, President & Director
Eric Olson is the Chief Executive Officer & President of AMEDICA. Mr. Olson has over 20 years experience in the orthopedic and spinal device markets. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Axial Biotech, Inc. Previously, he was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Facet Solutions, Inc. He has also held senior sales and marketing positions with Medtronic Neurological and Smith & Nephew.
Mr. Olson holds an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science and Health Administration from the University of Utah, and has also completed a master's-level internship program from the same institution.
David W. Truetzel, MBA, CPA
David W. Truetzel has approximately 20 years of experience in the financial services and technology industries in both a consultative and operating capacity. He is a General Partner of Augury Capital Partners, which he co-founded in 2006. He was a General Partner of Hela Capital Partners, a partnership focused on leveraged buyouts in the financial services industry, from 2001 through 2005. In addition, Mr. Truetzel was a Managing Director of Gryphon Investments II, a technology focused venture capital firm, from 2000 through June of 2004.
Prior to the sale of Kinexus Corporation, a Gryphon portfolio company, to Advent Software, Mr. Truetzel served as the Acting Chief Financial Officer of Kinexus Corporation. From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Truetzel worked in the Corporate Finance Division of A.G. Edwards & Sons, with the last five years of his tenure serving as Managing Director with responsibilities for new business development. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Paymentech, a New York Stock Exchange listed subsidiary of First USA.
Mr. Truetzel managed the financial function and successfully assisted Paymentech in its initial public offering and secondary offering and orchestrated approximately 22 acquisitions over a two-year period. In 1998, Mr. Truetzel joined Llama Holdings, a merchant-banking firm, where he executed numerous merger and advisory assignments and participated as principal on several buyouts. In 1999, he joined Paylinx Corporation as Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for all financial functions, including a successful $30 million private equity financing and sale to CyberSource Corp. Mr. Truetzel sits on the Board of Directors of Enterprise Bank, Inc, Verifi Inc., Clearent, LLC and Paranet, LLC. Mr. Truetzel holds a B.S. in Accounting from Saint Louis University, an MBA from The Wharton School and is a certified public accountant. He and his wife Stephanie have been married for 27 years and have three adult children.
B. Sonny Bal, MD, JD, MBA
Dr. Bal is Professor & Chief of Adult Reconstruction at the University of Missouri, Columbia, specializing in hip and knee replacement surgery. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Material Sciences at the University of Missouri at Rolla. Dr. Bal is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, with over 100 scientific publications. In addition to guiding AMEDICA on the commercialization of its unique Silicon Nitride ceramic technologies, Bal will also recruit and lead AMEDICA's Adult Reconstructive and Spine Medical Advisory Boards. Dr. Bal received his M.D. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and is a licensed attorney who co-founded the Bal Brenner law firm in North Carolina.
Mr. White has operated in the surgical device and biomaterials industry for 35 years as a senior sales, marketing, business development and chief executive in Fortune 500, mid-size and start-up firms. He is currently Principal, Medtech Advisory Group LLC, a firm that advises early and mid-stage medtech firms. Most recently he was Global Director of Business Development for Synthes, a $4 billion global orthopedic firm that was acquired by Johnson and Johnson in 2012. He is a member of the AOSpine and ISASS spine societies and is a Director of Residency Select LLC.
Previously he was founder or CEO and board member of three start-up device firms, most recently Applied Spine now doing business as Rachiotek. Prior to his start-up experiences Mr. White was Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing at US Surgical Corporation where he was instrumental in rapidly growing the firm from $300 million to $1 billion as the highly acquisitive leader in the minimally invasive surgery segment. Mr. White also served as VP and General Manager, Surgery at Richard Allan Medical in Kalamazoo MI.
Mr. White’s main interest is in bringing novel technology solutions to the clinic by leveraging the skills of innovators, surgeons and multiple corporate/financial partners. As a business development and chief executive he has executed over 60 deals valued in excess of $ 1 billion.
Mr. White holds a BS cum laude in Biology from Union College in Schenectady NY and resides outside of Philadelphia, PA.