Patrick Guire, Ph.D., President & CEO
Dr. Patrick Guire is author and/or coauthor of more than 100 patents, scientific publications, and reports to meetings of national and state scientific societies. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Microbiology, the Society for Biomaterials, the New York Academy of Sciences, and Sigma Xi – the Scientific Research Society of North America. He was awarded Woodrow Wilson Foundation and NIH predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. Under his leadership, several grants and contracts have been awarded and invested in bioanalytical, enzyme, cell culture, biosensor and medical device technologies. This achievement was recognized with the 2006 Tibbetts Award for outstanding participation in the SBIR Program. The company which he cofounded in 1979 (now named SurModics, Inc. for its specialization in surface modification of implantable medical devices and high value diagnostic devices) has gained notice for developing the drug release coating for Johnson&Johnson’s Cypher® drug-eluting stents (cardiovascular DES) and Motorola/Amersham/ General Electric Health Science’s CodeLink® coating for Slide Arrays. He left SurModics and founded ISurTec® at the end of 2004, to continue the development of improved surface modification technology for medical devices, diagnostic devices such as biosensors, and high value industrial devices. Dr. Guire received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Besides his duties and responsibilities as President and CEO, Dr. Guire continues to be deeply involved in all the research programs from inception to commercialization.
Wayne Vander Vort, J.D., Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Vander Vort joined and incorporated ISurTec® in 2004. He serves as the Chief Financial Officer, Administrative and Legal Affairs Officer and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Vander Vort practiced law for thirty years in Minneapolis as a transaction attorney. Following his years of practice he has served as a business and financial consultant to various companies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Vander Vort earned his B.S. from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.
Terry Schwanz, B.S., Quality Manager
Mr. Schwanz joined ISurTec in the fall of 2014, bringing an extensive track record of quality experience in leading medical device, OTC pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, industrial product, technical packaging and barcode labeling companies. Through quality leadership, Mr. Schwanz made considerable improvements in customer service, cost improvement, sales and market growth at these companies. As Quality Manager, he is focused on maintaining ISurTec’s current quality management system and providing enhanced documentation support for the firm’s product development and manufacturing operations. In addition, Mr. Schwanz’ deep experience establishing quality systems for growing US and international companies is invaluable as he leads ISurTec’s effort in achieving and maintaining compliance with ISO 9001, 21 CFR 820, and cGMP standards. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and is currently ASQ-Certified as a Quality Auditor, a Biomedical Auditor, a Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, and is also an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Lead Auditor.