Team Members

David Barthel


Mr. David L. Barthel is an experienced executive leader in the healthcare and medical device space with the proven ability to straddle the worlds of large corporations and early stage businesses. Has relevant P&L and senior leadership experience as a Managing Director for Henry Schein’s Orthopedic Surgical Instrumentation business, as an Area Vice President for the Southeast Division for Medtronic GIH in Atlanta, GA and as Vice President, SmartPill for Given Imaging in Duluth, GA. Previously as President and CEO, led The SmartPill Corp., a GI medical device start-up in Buffalo, NY from a patent for an ingestible motility capsule through product development, fund raising, clinical trials, FDA approvals, manufacturing, reimbursement, commercialization and eventual sale of the business.

David has coordinated and executed multiple capital fundraising efforts, driving significant revenue growth and has the ability to establish commercial viability across multiple disciplines, strategic partners and sales channels. David’s focus has been on building businesses through strategic partnerships, global market and channel development, talent and cross functional team development and the creation of economic and clinical value propositions that drive sustainable growth.

Has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Norbert College in Depere, Wi and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Lake Forest, Il.


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Harrison Ross, CFA

Chief Financial Officer

Harrison brings experience in both public and private capitals markets, enhanced by a strong background in financial reporting. Mr. Ross specializes in equity research and valuation, and has experience in areas of portfolio strategy and asset allocation. He was CFO at DC Acquisition, a Capital Pool Company listed on the TSX.V that raised over $2.5 million and successfully completed its qualifying transaction.

He had helped manage over $500 million at Duncan Ross and Associates and was an analyst at Belkorp Industries.

Harrison received his Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies degree from University of Western Ontario, with specialization in Accounting. Harrison is a CFA Charterholder.

Claudio Rigatto M.D.

Co-founder of Technology, Clinical Team

Dr. Claudio Rigatto is a Kidney Disease specialist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, as well as the Academic Director of the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre. As a clinician, Dr. Rigatto deeply engaged in the care of patients with CKD or on dialysis, with a focus on home treatments of kidney disease. As a researcher, Dr. Rigatto has deep expertise in biomarkers, risk prediction, and virtual care methods. His research program is focused on developing and implementing technologies to help patients self-manage complex health conditions at home.

He has developed POC tests (with Dr Lin) for early detection and risk prediction in CKD, as well as tablet based tools to monitor patient health status at home (telemonitoring). He has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles, and has presented at numerous national and international meetings.

In addition to his clinical and academic work, he currently serves as President-Elect of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, and as investigator and subcommittee co-chair of the Can-SOLVE-CKD network of patient oriented research programs. He received his medical training at the University of Manitoba, including a BSc. in Medicine and at Memorial University in Newfoundland where he received his MSc. in Medicine.

George Kovalyov

CPA, CEO Capital Markets

George was most recently Vice President Finance at Phivida Holdings Inc (VIDA: CSE), a publicly traded company that has raised over $19 million since its IPO in December 2017.

He has spent 11 years as an experienced financial controller, working on public companies audits and financial statements to GAAP and IFRS.

George received his Chartered Accountant designation through the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and Bachelor of Business Administration, Diploma in Accounting – Kwantlen University.

Mr. Kovalyov is also Founder and President of GVK Group Chartered Accountant.

  • Over 15 years experience as CPA, financial controller for both private and public companies
  • Vice President Finance at Phivida Holdings Inc (VIDA: CSE) merged with larger (CHOOM:CSE)
  • Ove $20 million in capital raising and capital management experience
  • Founder od GVK Group, sold to MCA Chartered Accountants
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