Our Management Team
Robert A. Roda (Bob) joined HemoSonics in February 2020 as the company’s President and CEO, bringing more than 25 years of global experience developing and commercializing innovative diagnostic and medical device products and services.
Most recently Bob Roda served as President and CEO of Menarini Silicon Biosystems, Inc, a diagnostic and biotech company focused on the use of liquid biopsy and predictive diagnostic tests for the treatment of cancer patients. Prior to that position he was Vice President and General Manager at Becton Dickinson where he led the medical and procedural solutions business in the US. From 1998-2012, Bob held positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson in both the medical device and diagnostic sectors, with his last role being world wide VP Marketing in Immunohematology, Donor Screening and Clinical Laboratories at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a J&J company. Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Rhode Island and completed post graduate course work at Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Francesco Viola, PhD, has more than 10 years of experience in the area of medical ultrasound imaging, advanced signal processing and development of medical instrumentation.
Viola has published his research in numerous engineering and biomedical peer-reviewed journals and he is the co-inventor in a number of patents in the field of ultrasound imaging and sensing. He is also the first recipient of The Emerging Technologies and Healthcare Innovations Congress (TETHIC) Award for achievements in scholarship and contributions to healthcare technology translation. Viola holds a Laurea in Biomedical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Manuel Mayer Joined HemoSonics International in 2022 as the company’s General Manager. He brings more than 30 years of expertise commercializing diagnostics products in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis.
In 1990, Manuel started his career in a medical laboratory in Normandy, France as Technical Manager. He joined the Stago group a few years later to serve in commercial functions being successively Regional and National Sales Manager, Director of Sales and Director of Operations. In 2012, he led the creation of 8 new European affiliates and 3 corporate offices worldwide. Manuel is currently Executive Director for International Business and Customer Support Operations, as well as General Manager for HemoSonics International.
Dr. Spiess is an emeritus Professor of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Physiology (adjunct) from the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL. He received his medical degree from Rush University in Chicago and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Spiess is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and the National Board of Medical Examiners, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association.
Dr. Spiess is a world-renowned educator and lecturer as well as an accomplished clinician and researcher, having conducted anesthetics in over 20,000 operations. He has also published over 200 peer reviewed articles, >50 book chapters and 7 textbooks. Shortly after his retirement from clinical practice, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) bestowed their highest award: The Presidential Lifetime Outstanding Service Award to Dr Bruce D. Spiess for his pioneering efforts on VET, quality patient care (The FOCUS Initiative), PBM and service to the Society.
Raymond L Szafranski Jr (Ray) has more than 30 years of finance and accounting experience as well as manufacturing, human resources, and operations.
Prior to HemoSonics, he was VP of Finance for Panacea Biomatx, manufacturer of personalized nutrition from 2014-2020. Before that, he held various positions in Finance in industries such as pharmaceutical manufacturing, personalized nutrition, and laboratory robotics. Szafranski earned an Accounting degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Duke University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (NC License) and Certified Management Accountant.
David Bryant has 25 years of experience in the development and manufacture of in vitro diagnostics and laboratory automation.
He has successfully led product development efforts from concept through worldwide release. In addition to product development and program management, he has experience in validation, calibration, process engineering and high-speed automation. Bryant earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Deborah Winegar has more than 20 years of experience managing clinical and discovery research efforts at a variety of healthcare, medical device and pharmaceutical organizations.
She has led multi-disciplinary project teams focused on the discovery and development of therapeutic agents, biomarkers and diagnostic products in the cardiovascular and metabolic disease areas. Prior to joining HemoSonics, Winegar served in multiple roles at GlaxoSmithKline, as Director of Research at Surgical Review Corporation and as Senior Director of Clinical Trials at LipoScience. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Notre Dame College and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Virginia.
Thomas Givens has 30 years of experience leading interdisciplinary engineering teams and developing medical devices.
He has developed in vitro diagnostic devices based on a variety of detection technologies for multiple clinical laboratory areas. Givens earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Tennessee and a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.
Catherine Pedrosa joined HemoSonics International in 2020 as the company’s Marketing & Clinical Applications Director. She brings more than 25 years of experience in In-Vitro Diagnostics, Corelab and Point-Of-Care markets. Capitalizing on her extensive experience in Sales & Marketing, Catherine is in charge of developing Quantra’s sales and its product awareness in Europe.
Catherine started her career at Randox in 1995 where she was in charge of Sales. She joined Stago in 2000 and developed her expertise of upstream / downstream marketing and a large track-record of product launches. In 2015, she led the diversification of the group into Point-Of-Care testing. Catherine is also Country Manager for Stago BioCare, the official distributor of HemoSonics in France.