Management Team

Michael Wax, President & CEO:

Michael Wax holds a graduate degree from the University of Chicago. He has been a founding board member and Chairman of Oregon State University, Cascades Campus and sat on the strategic planning board of St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon for the past three years. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

In 1996 Michael moved from Boston to Bend, Oregon and co-founded DesChutes Medical Products, Inc., where as President and CEO he guided the company from the patent formation stage, through commercial product launch and to complete divestment. During his tenure at DesChutes he successfully initiated an international distribution strategy as well as introducing OTC products to the domestic retail markets. Numerous RX products were developed and harvested. In early 2009 DesChutes was sold to Jarden Corporation (JAH:NYSE).

Simon McCarthy, Science & Technology Fellow:
Dr. McCarthy brings over 25 years of research experience in chemistry and holds multiple worldwide patents in the chemistry and medical device field. He joined HemCon in 2001 as one of the primary founders and inventors of the underlying technology utilized in the life-saving HemCon wound care solutions. Simon was named in 2005 by the US Army as a Top Ten Invention Award recipient in 2005 for invention & development of the HemCon Chitosan Bandage. He further won the Tibbets Award in 2007 for development of the HemCon Bandage and was the finalist in Australia Eureka Awards 2012 for development of the novel co-polyurethane-siloxane Elast-Eon. Dr. McCarthy, a corporate officer, has a broad mandate in all scientific and technological matters across the company reporting directly to the President and CEO.

Brian H. Clare, Vice President of Technology & Product Innovation:
Dr. Brian H. Clare brings 10 years of experience in Senior Scientific and Director-level positions across a diverse range of product applications (Medical Device, Clean Energy, Green Consumer Goods, and Industrial Polymers).  Brian has served as Principal Investigator on federally-funded research grants, and is a co-inventor on 4 issued patents and 8 peer-reviewed journals in the areas of chemistry, materials science and biologically active surfaces.  He holds a BS in Chemistry from Penn State University and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

Simon J. McCarthy, Science & Technology Fellow

Máire Ní Beilliú, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Systems:
Dr. Máire Ní Beilliú, was at HemCon Europe, before relocating to Portland, Oregon headquarters, Dr. Ní Beilliú had held the senior management position, Director of Operations Research and Development. She joined the European company in 2007. She is responsible for the regulatory component of our medical device business, with additional responsibility for directing a highly-trained U.S.-based quality operation.  Her firsthand knowledge of the HemCon subsidiary in the Czech Republic supports the company expand its international footprint. A trained scientist, with a Ph.D. in biochemistry and invaluable experience on the European side of our operations, Maire is uniquely qualified to establish the policies HemCon requires to thrive in an increasingly regulated worldwide industry.  

Simona Buergi, Vice President of Sales & Marketing:
Simona Buergi is responsible for the growth and development of the HemCon product lines, establishing strategies for revenue growth and seeking opportunities for new product introductions. She has been with HemCon for 10 years and previous to this, served as the Director of Marketing where she gained extensive knowledge of the company’s product lines, competing products and the global wound care markets. 

Previous to joining HemCon, Ms. Buergi worked for the School of Business Administration at Portland State University supporting the school’s development endeavors and alumni relations. Prior to relocating to Portland, OR from Switzerland where she is originally from, she worked for Ginsana SA a subsidiary of Boehringer Ingelheim holding various marketing roles.  Ms. Buergi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Advertising from Portland State University and speaks 4 languages.