Leadership

Michael Abramoff, MD, PHD

CEO & Founder

Michael Abramoff, MD, PHD

Dr. Michael D Abramoff, MD, PhD is a fellowship‐trained medical retina specialist with a PhD in image analysis, and the Robert C. Watzke Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, with joint appointments at Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the author of over 300 peer reviewed publications that have been cited over 18,000 times in total, on machine learning, neural networks, retinal image analysis, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal disease, as well as many book chapters including the chapter on “Retinal Image Analysis” in Ryan’s Retina textbook. Dr. Abramoff is the inventor of 10 patents and 6 patent applications, editor of the scientific journals Investigations in Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS), and Nature Scientific Reports, past editor of IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging (TMI), and past Program Chair for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting. His accomplishments are widely recognized, shown by the many awards he received, including the Young Investigator Award from the Macula Society (2013) and the President’s Award of the American Telemedicine Association (2011), many keynote addresses (such as the one for SPIE Medical Imaging 2012 “Automated detection of retinal disease: when Moore's law meets Baumol's cost disease”) and visiting professorships, and a widely read and highly favorable editorial by Peter McDonnell, MD, chair of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins, ‘Retinator: revenge of the machines’. Dr. Abramoff has been funded continuously since 2004 by the National Eye Institute, the Veterans Administration, the Beckman Foundation and other federal, state and philanthropic funding agencies in the US and Europe.

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Benjamin Clark

President & COO

Benjamin Clark

A native of Seekonk, Massachusetts, Mr. Clark was named Chief Operating Officer of IDx in 2012. He comes to the company after a half decade of work in Rhode Island's non-profit sector, most recently with The Providence Plan – a “think-and-do” tank that facilitates data-driven policymaking and models innovation in social service delivery. Mr. Clark’s thought leadership on marketing emerging technologies has previously been deployed in projects for Best Buy, the University of Iowa Research Foundation, and Local to Local. Mr. Clark graduated with honors from Brown University and has completed his MBA at the University of Iowa. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Johnson County and it's Strategic Planning Committee.

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Meindert Niemeijer, PhD

CTO & SVP of Research and Development

Meindert Niemeijer, PhD

Dr. Niemeijer has been with IDx since 2011. He is an internationally recognized medical image analysis expert with more than 15 years of experience researching and developing machine learning software and algorithms for the analysis of medical images. He received his PhD in medical image analysis at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2006. Niemeijer has published more than 50 papers, a book chapter and holds several medical imaging patents. As IDx’s CTO, he is responsible for managing the engineering, IT and R&D departments. Previously Dr. Niemeijer worked as a senior scientist at Philips Research and as a researcher at Utrecht University Medical Center and the University of Iowa.

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Eric Talmage

SVP, Marketing and Customer Success

Eric Talmage

With educational and work experiences ranging from physics to marketing, Eric Talmage brings a combination of technical fluency and strategic vision to IDx. Prior to joining the IDx team in 2013, Mr. Talmage held an executive positon at another Iowa start-up. He has led strategic marketing projects across a diverse range of opportunities, from HVAC components to health care concepts. Before transitioning to marketing and strategy, he was a senior engineer in the semiconductor industry, managing customer interactions and product portfolios. Mr. Talmage has a bachelor’s in Applied Physics from Iowa State University, a master’s in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

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David Vidal

General Counsel & SVP for Quality and Regulatory Affairs

David Vidal

Mr. Vidal is a native of Kalispell, Montana. He graduated from Stanford University in 2006 with a degree in Human Biology and a concentration in Ethics & U.S. Healthcare Policy. After graduating, Mr. Vidal coached Track & Field at Stanford University for five years, helping lead the team to multiple National Championships. He then attended law school at McGeorge School of Law and the University of Iowa, focusing on business law and receiving several honors in legal writing. As a staff writer and editor on the law review, Mr. Vidal has published three articles relating to legislation and early-stage companies. In 2013, he was a Law Clerk at Kronick Law Firm in Sacramento, California.

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John Casko

SVP, US Sales and Business Development

John Casko

Mr. Casko brings over 20 years of experience in technical enterprise sales to IDx. Since 2001 he has specialized in early stage and seed level technology sales and business development, leading a variety of emerging technology companies – focused on everything from semantic search to electronic patient diaries to circuit board assembly optimization – in finding and establishing loyal, high margin, and repeat early adopting customers in the form of Fortune 500 companies and other market segment leaders. John holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. He lives in his hometown of Iowa City with his wife Kim where he stays active training for triathlon events and serving as President of the local Notre Dame Club.

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Arlette Goddijn

President of IDx Europe

Arlette Goddijn

Arlette Goddijn became IDx’s first staff member outside the US in the first half of 2014. Based out of the Netherlands, also the location of IDx‘s European subsidiary, she is responsible for the development and implementation of IDx’s strategy for the EU-territory. Arlette holds a bachelor degree in marketing from the Rotterdam College of Higher Education and more than twenty-five years of experience in international healthcare marketing, encompassing a wide range of medical products and services, including pharmaceuticals, laser systems and e-health solutions. To Arlette, the ambition to launch IDx-DR successfully in Europe, from bare ground, represents a well-known and prestigious challenge.

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JD McCullough

VP of OCT Solutions

JD McCullough

As VP of OCT Solutions, Mr. McCullough is responsible for driving OCT product development strategy, establishing product requirements and exploring go-to-market partnerships. With a wide range of technical skills and proven success in business development, Mr. McCullough has held multiple roles at IDx, including Engineering Project Manager, where he acted as a liaison between the leadership team and development staff. He was also the company's first Leadership Development Associate. Prior to joining the company, Mr. McCullough worked in research & development for an aerospace company, a surgical simulation lab, and a hydrodynamics lab. He also founded a sports technology company. Mr. McCullough holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa College of Engineering where he graduated with highest distinction and serves on the Young Alumni Advisory Board.

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Consultants

Young H. Kwon, MD, PhD

Medical Consultant

Harry Quigley, MD

Medical Consultant