Management Team

Niv Caviar, M.B.A
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Caviar is a successful life science CEO, general manager with senior functional management experience in marketing, business development, strategic planning, engineering/manufacturing and finance (Nasdaq CFO). He successfully led, raised, and negotiated 35+ partner and financial transactions for $2.5 billion in total deal capital. Mr. Caviar was responsible for commercialization/marketing and product launch for five branded products (Rx small molecule, medical device, and biologic/injectables). He is an accomplished senior leader in pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industry segments, with management/leadership experience in both public and private (venture and private equity) companies. Niv Caviar is the former CEO of Suneva Medical, CFO/CBO of La Jolla Pharma (LJPC: Nasdaq), VP of Bus Development and VP, Head of Dermatolgoy Marketing at Allergan. Mr. Caviar holds an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

Neville Alleyne, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Founder

Dr. Alleyne is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and is the Director of the Orthopaedic Spine Center at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, CA. Dr. Alleyne’s practice is focused on treating a broad spectrum of spinal disorders, and he has established a multi-disciplinary approach, using the latest minimally invasive techniques, to relieve pain and restore spinal stability and mobility. He founded and served as chief medical director for several start-up companies developing spinal barriers and instrumentation using pedicle screws, cervical plates and artificial discs, including ProSpine, NAS Medical, and Smartdisc Inc. Dr. Alleyne is the inventor on numerous published patent applications related to spinal methods and devices. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, the California Orthopaedic Association and the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Alleyne performed his fellowship training in total joint arthroplasty and spine surgery at Harvard University-Massachusetts General Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Alleyne completed his residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital in orthopaedics and general surgery in 1988. Dr. Alleyne received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1983 and was an undergraduate at Columbia University in New York, NY.

Nick J. Manesis, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Manesis has over 27 years of experience focused on R & D in the Life Sciences space. He has successfully driven both new product and existing product activities for high profile companies as Allergan, CooperVision, and Hewlett-Packard Company. He has provided leadership and management to large cross-functional teams across multiple projects both domestically and internationally. He is a strong advocate of customer-supplier principles, both internally and externally. Dr. Manesis holds a Ph.D. In Chemistry and has expertise in biomaterials within the medical device industry.

Jessie Elchico, B.S, M.T., ASCP
Vice President, Quality and Compliance

Ms. Elchico has over 30 years of Quality Operations experience in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries supporting recombinant proteins, vaccines, small molecules, oligonucleotides and drug/device combination products. She has been consulting for biopharmaceutical companies in QA and compliance and most recently was VP of Quality Operations at The Medicines Company supporting IONSYS®, a drug/device combination product. Prior to this, she joined AstraZeneca in Santa Clara, CA as Quality Site Head. She joined Polypeptide Laboratories as VP of Quality, US Operations in 2009. She joined La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company in 2004 as VP of Quality Operations and Analytical Development. Ms. Elchico spent 11 years at Chiron Corporation, the last 7 years as VP of Quality Assurance, BioPharma Division. Ms. Elchico received her BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of San Agustin, Philippines and completed her medical technology training at St. Peter’s General Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ.

Ali Azami, MSME, MBA, LSSBB
Director, Engineering and Project Management

Mr. Azami has over 20 years of experience in medical device and biotechnology industries technical operations with background in product & process development, engineering, manufacturing and operation excellence. He has worked for companies such as Allergan, Sicor Pharmaceutical (Teva), Bio-Rad and Quidel. At Allergan, Mr. Azami led all aspects of technology transfer, process scale-up & validation and commercial manufacturing readiness for a variety of product franchises, including Lumigan, Ganfort, Restasis, Latisse, Rhofade, and multiple drug-delivery devices. Prior to Allergan, Mr. Azami led engineering and manufacturing capability expansion projects and process validations at Sicor (Teva) for manufacturing of biologics and drug manufacturing. Mr. Azami holds an M.B.A from Chapman University.

Jeannette van Loon, Ph.D.
Pre-Clinical Advisor & EU Liaison