Our Company

VitaHEAT Medical® is a medical device company committed to providing superior solutions for warming patients in a variety of clinical settings. The advent of new technologies, including conductive inks, lithium batteries and cost effective miniaturized electronic componentry has allowed VitaHEAT Medical’s® research team to design and produce the next generation in patient warming solutions. We will continue to dedicate ourselves daily to provide innovative patient warming products that reduce health care costs and improve patient outcomes.

VitaHEAT Medical® is dedicated to providing:

PATIENTS with improved outcomes and comfort
PROVIDERS with outstanding quality, superior value and continual innovation
EMPLOYEES with a rewarding culture and opportunities for professional growth

TEAM


Peter Farmakis, President & CEO

“We have invested more than four years in developing the new VitaHEAT UB3 system. We are excited to offer this innovative solution that helps prevent patient hypothermia. Our focus is to continually bring new innovations for patient warming to market, with a goal of improving patient outcomes and reducing health care costs. We see the VitaHEAT UB3 as the first of many patient warming solutions that we will introduce over the next few years.” Peter

Peter Farmakis joined VitaHEAT Medical®, LLC in May of 2015 as President and CEO. Peter has a successful track record of building and leading organizations to deliver results.

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Leadership experience includes start-up, high-growth, established and turnaround business life cycles. Prior to VitaHEAT Medical, he held Senior Leadership positions in the Medical Device Businesses of Abbott Laboratories. Peter completed the Management Development Program at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and held several Commercial Marketing & Sales Leadership Positions in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Businesses of J&J. Prior to J&J and between J&J and Abbott, Peter worked in three start-up companies including OraPharma (acquired by J&J), Solvay (acquired by Abbott), and DynaSplint Systems.

Peter earned a B.A. in Pre-Physical Therapy & Psychology, and an MBA in Marketing & Strategic Management from the University of Illinois. He completed the Post-MBA General Management Executive Development Program, from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.




David Mezera, VP of Sales & Marketing

David Mezera is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VitaHEAT Medical®. He is responsible for developing and implementing the overall sales and marketing strategic plan as well as building executive client relationships with hospital systems and purchasing groups. His sales team works closely with clients supporting their efforts to maintain normothermia in their surgical patients.

David’s background includes sales management for big corporations as well as medical device startups. He worked in the electronics industry before moving to the medical device world. For the past 15 years, David has been working with large hospitals, healthcare systems, and GPOs. As Director of Sales at RF Surgical, he increased sales to more than $50 million, which helped set up the sale of the company for $235 Million.

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David earned his degree in electrical engineering from State University of New York, New Paltz. He is an avid cyclist and has been racing on the national level for years. David lives in Houston, Texas.




Tony Yeh, Head of Engineering, Quality and Regulatory

Tony Yeh heads up engineering, quality, and regulatory for VitaHEAT Medical®. He has extensive R&D management experience on front-end innovation and product development. He has worked with both small and Fortune 500 medical device companies in the commercialization of Class I/Class II products from concept creation to market launch. Tony was formerly Vice President of Product Development and Engineering at Ambu, leading the product development function for the anesthesia and airway management products.  Prior to joining Ambu, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Cardinal Health responsible for the development of infection prevention product lines. Tony also held senior R&D positions at Baxter Healthcare and C. R. Bard.




Robin Wedell, Customer Excellence Manager

Robin Wedell is the Customer Excellence Manager at VitaHEAT Medical® in charge of customer service and inside sales with a primary goal of ensuring customer satisfaction and growing the business. She joined VitaHEAT® as an account director in 2013, shortly after the company was founded in 2012.

Robin has over 25 years of sales, business development and marketing experience working for Apple Computer, GE Health, and Allied Van Lines. She earned her B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration from Illinois State University. Robin has raised over $10,000 for charities close to her heart. She is a three-time participant in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day 60 mile walk for breast cancer and has participated in numerous events to support American Cancer Society and the Lupus Foundation of America. Robin lives in the Chicagoland area and enjoys staying active by working out at the gym, bike riding and taking long walks.




Bill Renwick, Commercial Operations Manager

Bill Renwick is the Commercial Operations Manager for VitaHEAT Medical®.  He was involved in the early stages of product design and development for the VitaHEAT ® UB3.  After moving from a product testing role and then into a product support role, Bill is now focused on the operational side working between the VitaHEAT ® team and outside business partners to create process efficiencies for the organization.  This includes support on Finance and Accounting, Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Investor Relations, and IT.

Bill earned a B.S. in Geology from the School of Earth, Society & Environment at the University of Illinois.  In college he contributed to paleoclimate research at the Illinois State Geological Survey.  Directly after college, before working at VitaHEAT ® he assisted volcanic researchers from Rice University on Mount St. Helens gathering seismic data.  Bill stays active riding his bike, participating in intramural sports in Chicago, and traveling.




Jessica Jaramillo, Business Development Manager

Jessica Jaramillo is a Business Development Manager at VitaHEAT Medical® responsible for developing customer relationships and generating sales in the Southwest Region. Her previous role was a clinical specialist for a medical device company responsible for collaborating with the sales team to provide clinical and technical support.  Jessica is a highly trained surgical technologist with over 10 + years of clinical experience at leading regional hospitals in the Houston/ Galveston area.  She was part of multiple OR Teams, including trauma, ortho, and neuro.

Jessica earned her degree as Surgical Technologist from Texas State Technical College. She is an active runner and has accomplished multiple Half Marathons including Chevron Houston Half Marathon. Jessica was honored with the Humanitarian Award, for excellence honoring the few who gave their time and love to those in Haiti. Jessica lives in Houston, Texas.




Erik Enstad, Business Development Manager

Erik Enstad is a Business Development Manager at VitaHEAT Medical® responsible for developing customer relationships and generating sales in the Midwest and Eastern United States. He has over 24 years of professional sales experience primarily in the media and pharmaceuticals industry. He has sold media for NBC, Katz Media and Petry Television. Erik has also been in the healthcare industry for 15 years working for Forest Pharmaceuticals, helping to launch seven new medications to market.

Erik resides in Chicago and is an avid bowhunter, practices Shidokan Karate and is a Pitbull Rescue Advocate. He also has successfully completed the Ironman Triathlon.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steve Smith, Chairman of the BoardVic Orler, Vice ChairmanJohn Ducharme, SecretaryPeter Farmakis, President and CEO
Jim GaffneySteve AdamsBill HaasGreg O’BrienGene SteffesDean Weiland

 


ADVISORY COUNCIL

Scott Betzelos, VP, CMO • John Bresnahan, MD • Leanne Fergusson, CRNA .
Mary Franco, VP • Larry Iteld, MD • Chander Mishra, MD • Dan Sessler, MD.
Victoria Steelman PHD, RN, CNOR, FAAN • Meltem Yilmaz, MD

Our Values

Create Value for Clinicians, Patients, Employees and Investors
VitaHEAT Medical® offers a work environment that affords opportunities for all employees to reach their full potential. We strive to provide clinicians with superior products so they can in turn provide their patients with excellent care. We attempt to balance the needs of clinicians, patients, employees and investors.

Ensure quality is the foundation of all our activities. We meet and exceed FDA requirements, and our manufacturing facilities have ISO 13485 certification. We maintain the quality of what we do through constant ongoing review with our customers and suppliers. We are committed to the highest quality standards.

Ethics
We always conduct our own business honestly and honorably, and expect our customers and suppliers to do the same. Our actions and products will always conform to relevant law, and we believe that all businesses and organizations, including our company, should avoid causing any adverse effect on the human rights of people in the organizations we deal with, the local and wider environments, and the well-being of society at large.

Confidentiality
We are committed to maintaining the highest degree of integrity in all our dealings with potential, current and past customers, both in terms of normal commercial confidentiality, and the protection of all health and other personal information received in the course of providing the business services concerned. We extend the same standards to all our customers, suppliers, associates and employees.

Trust and Respect Each Others
We attract diverse, capable and committed people and provide an environment that fosters inclusion, respect, individual responsibility and values diversity. Trust is strengthened through personal initiative and by obtaining quality results rapidly.

Contracts
The quality and value of our products provide the only true basis for business continuity. We always try to meet our customers’ contractual requirements, and provide value well in excess of the cost of our product.

Equality and Discrimination
We always strive to be fair and objective in our advice and actions, and we are never influenced in our decisions, actions or recommendations by issues of gender, race, creed, color, age or personal disability. VitaHEAT Medical® seeks to create a diverse culture where our employees can have a safe, positive and meaningful work experience. We seek a motivating work environment that allows satisfaction in accomplishments, fosters personal development, and provides opportunities to build strong relationships.

Corporate Compliance

Corporate compliance is an essential part of who VitaHEAT Medical® is and how we conduct business. We pride ourselves in doing the right thing and doing things right for our patients, customers and employees. VitaHEAT Medical’s® Compliance Committee and Compliance Officers are responsible for helping us live up to our commitment to compliance. VitaHEAT Medical® is committed to conducting its affairs in compliance with all applicable local, state, & federal laws and regulations, and in accordance with the highest ethical standards. All VitaHEAT Medical® employees make the personal commitment to act with unquestionable integrity and honor, and in full compliance with ethical and legal standards.