ROGER J. HOWE, PhD
Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. Howe founded five successful start-up ventures in the medical technology and information systems business sector. In his past role as CEO of his companies, he worked with venture capital and investment banking firms obtaining their participation while moving these companies into commercialization. As the former Chairman and CFO of Reliant Technologies (now Solta Medical, Nasdaq: SLTM), he co-led the efforts to secure funding and successfully re-launch the company. Reliant Technologies is a medical laser company that developed a revolutionary, FDA-approved medical laser for skin surgery known as Fraxel. He is the former CEO and Board Member of Cardiovascular Systems (Nasdaq: CSII), a company with an FDA-approved technology that removes atherosclerotic blockages in peripheral arteries. In this capacity, he was instrumental in moving the company to commercialization (FDA approved).
As CEO and Founder of National Information Systems, Inc. (one of his start-up ventures), a leading customer and marketing research company, his company was responsible for conducting extensive marketing and branding campaigns, marketing assessments, and trend research in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer environments for leading Fortune 500 corporations. Metrix Communications, (another of his ventures), was one of the most successful IBM Premium Partners that focused on the development of custom applications for Internet, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Management. The company developed sophisticated, award winning integrated systems primarily for Fortune 100 corporations. Both of these companies were sold to Fortune 500 public companies.
Dr. Howe is an investor in several ventures and has focused on the emerging field of combining nutraceuticals with proprietary pharmaceutical delivery systems and medical devices.
He has authored and co-authored three books and several articles, which served as the foundation for promoting his businesses. His books, Quality on Trial, and Customer Relationship Management, were best sellers among business books and have been translated and published in several languages. His most recent book, “Miracle of Stem Cells: How Adult Stem Cells are Transforming Medicine” is a popular title among the medical and scientific investment community.
Dr. Howe is actively involved in the not-for-profit organization, Boundary Waters Experience, an organization dedicated to providing young people with adventurous experiences in the wilderness. He resides in San Diego, California with his wife, Irene. He is the father of two sons, Ryan and Derek, and has three granddaughters.