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Our Leadership

We Believe in a Bigger Vision for Healing

Acera's seasoned leadership team is comprised of industry leaders and innovators passionate about leading Acera forward and revolutionizing soft-tissue repair. Together, they are directing us as we redefine patient care and set new standards for excellence in the industry. 

Chief Executive Officer
Mike Finegan

Mike joined Acera Surgical as CEO in 2022. Prior to joining Acera, Mike spent 14 years at Orthofix, where he served in roles of increasing responsibility including seven years as Chief Strategy Officer. Among his accomplishments at Orthofix, Mike created and led a biologics business that quickly reached $100 million in annual retail revenue. Before his tenure at Orthofix, Mike spent more than 16 years in a variety of commercial roles at Boston Scientific, including Vice President of Corporate Sales and Vice President of National Accounts. He holds a degree in Economics from Wake Forest University.  

Co-founder, Chief Science Officer, and Board Member
Dr. Matthew MacEwan, PhD

Matthew is the co-inventor of Acera Surgical’s technology platform and co-founder of the company. He is responsible for managing Acera’s IP and patent portfolio, new product research, and the design and implementation of clinical studies. Matthew graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University with a specialization in polymer biomaterials / biomaterial biocompatibility.  He then went on attend the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO where he received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

Since 2011, Matthew has received numerous awards including Innovator of the Year by the St. Louis Bar Association in 2015. He currently serves on the board at the St. Louis Zoo and as the Chair of the Conservation Council for the St. Louis Zoo Association. 

Chief Operating Officer
Julie Cochran

Julie joined Acera Surgical in 2013. With over 25 years of leadership experience, Julie serves as Acera’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for finance, accounting and budgeting, compliance, legal and contract administration, and human resources.  Prior to joining Acera, Julie held multiple roles at Express Scripts including Vice President of Strategic Planning and Vice President of Product Management. Before Express Scripts, Julie was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office, serving clients in various healthcare verticals. Julie holds an MBA from Stanford University and graduated summa cum laude with a BSE in both Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke University.

Vice President, Sales
Cory Brenner

Cory joined Acera Surgical in 2022. With 20 years of sales leadership experience, Cory brings with him a record of success in building and scaling sales organizations to enable fast and consistent growth. Prior to joining Acera, he was instrumental in building and leading the Orthofix commercial team that grew a new class of medical technology, a novel bone biologic, from product introduction to over $100 million in annual sales in a short period of time. Cory’s knowledge, his commitment to building and leading a sales team, and his vast array of distributor relationships plays an instrumental role in accelerating the adoption of Restrata® in the operating room. Cory graduated from McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Vice President, Operations
Tamás Kovács

An Acera Surgical team member since 2012, Tamás is responsible for managing key functions and integrating their workflows to help realize Acera’s product development, manufacturing, sales operations, quality management and regulatory strategies.  He served a leading role in the design, development, and manufacturing transfer of Acera’s device portfolio while spearheading the FDA submissions associated with Cerafix® and Restrata®. Prior to joining Acera, Tamás was part of the International Operations team at Express Scripts. He holds a BS in Operations Research and Information Systems Engineering and an MEng degree from Cornell University, as well as an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Vice President, Market Access and Strategic Accounts
Jack Burke

Jack has been leading Acera’s contracting, national account, and pricing responsibilities since joining the team in 2019. Jack is a graduate of the University of Delaware and has over 25 years’ experience in pricing, contracting and account management with some of the largest and most successful organizations in corporate America. Prior to joining the Acera team, Jack held numerous leadership positions at MiMedx, Shire, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Jack has held several government positions and honorably served for five years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. 

Vice President, Marketing
Jon Simon

Jon joined the Acera Surgical team in August 2023. He comes to Acera with 20 years of experience and an accomplished track record in medical devices, having worked in a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles with Tornier, Ascension Orthopedics, Solana Surgical, Wright Medical, In2Bones and most recently, Conmed. Jon has excelled in establishing and scaling the commercial and marketing competencies of small, fast growing, technology-focused medical device companies.  Jon holds an MBA from Webster University and a BA in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Board Member
Agnès Rey-Giraud

Agnès is the co-founder, CEO Emeritus, and current board member of Acera Surgical. Agnès is a former officer at Express Scripts, where she held various leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Research & Product Development, Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and President of International Operations. Agnès earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, a Master of Operations Management from EM Lyon, France, and a Master of Science degree in engineering from ENISE, France.

Board Member
Jake Wilson

Jake is the CEO Emeritus and current board member of Acera Surgical.  A registered pharmacist and long-time pharmaceutical professional, Jake spent 12 years at Express Scripts and was a division sales manager at Cardinal Health. Prior to that, Jake acquired, expanded, and sold a Midwest pharmacy company. Jake holds a master’s degree in business administration.

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