About Us

Our company’s name was inspired by Miach, a mythical Irish healer. Miach Orthopaedics, like this healer, is dedicated to designing technologies intended to facilitate new tissue growth. The company is developing bio-engineered surgical implants for connective tissue repair. Our initial focus is on the Bridge-Enhanced® ACL Repair (BEAR®) technology as a viable alternative to conventional ACL reconstruction for patients who have sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

The BEAR technology was pioneered by Martha Murray, M.D., at Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery before establishing Miach Orthopaedics as a privately held company located in the Boston area.

Senior Executive Team

Martha Shadan, President & Chief Executive Officer

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Martha Shadan joined Miach Orthopaedics as president and chief executive officer in January 2019. During 2018, Shadan served as global vice president of marketing at Smith & Nephew plc, a role she assumed after the company acquired Rotation Medical, where she was president and CEO. Shadan led Rotation Medical through FDA approval and commercialization of the Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant for rotator cuff tears (now known as REGENETEN), as well as the company's acquisition by Smith & Nephew in December 2017.

Shadan has more than three decades of experience in the life science industry as a business leader in a variety of both large and start-up organizations. Prior to joining Rotation Medical, she was the president of the Trauma Division at Zimmer where she managed the P&L for the global business. Shadan served at Covidien as vice president/general manager of Vascular Therapies and vice president/general manager BioSurgery and Sports Surgery. Other companies that have benefited from Shadan's experience and leadership include Bristol Myers Squibb Co. and Merck Millipore.

Shadan is the chairwoman of the Board of Directors for a medical device start-up, IlluminOss. She is actively involved with the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), serving on the Board of Directors since 2017; being a member of the Accel Board of Directors since 2015 and currently serving as its chairwoman. Accel is the division within AdvaMed dedicated to addressing the unique needs and challenges of smaller medical technology manufacturers. Shadan chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for AdvaMed and is a founding member of the Leadership Circle for the Women's Executive Network (WEN). She is also a board advisor for several other companies.

Shadan holds a master of business administration from Northeastern University, master of science in biology from Michigan State University, and bachelor of science in biology from the University of New Hampshire.

Michael McNulty, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

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Michael McNulty joined Miach Orthopaedics as vice president of sales and marketing in October 2019. He is a commercial leader who is skilled at hiring, developing and motivating his team to consistently deliver exceptional sales performance, and he is experienced at bringing a totally new orthopaedic treatment to market.

McNulty brings more than 20 years of global medical device commercial experience at both large and small companies. Most recently, McNulty served as senior director of sales in the Biologics Division at Smith & Nephew following the company's acquisition of Rotation Medical, where he served as vice president of sales and marketing. Under his commercial leadership, sales of the Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant for rotator cuff tears (now known as REGENETEN) outperformed expectations at both Rotation Medical and Smith & Nephew. Previously, McNulty served as vice president of sales for Arstasis, where he was responsible for market development, commercial launch, sales training and sales management. He has also held multiple roles at Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson Company, where he helped launch several disruptive technologies to the market and led sales training and sales management for both the Cardiology and Endovascular divisions.

McNulty served as an officer in the Armor Cavalry Branch of the United States Army from 1995-1998. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated with honors from Clemson University.

James Ness, Chief Financial Officer

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James Ness has consulted for several leading venture-funded medical device companies, including Tendyne, superDimension, EV3, Metavention, Urotronic and Rotation Medical. He earned his master of business administration degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Michael O’Hara, Vice President of Quality Assurance

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Michael O’Hara joined Miach Orthopaedics as vice president of quality assurance in February 2019. For nearly seven years, he served as senior director of quality assurance for TransMedics, Inc., where he led premarket approval (PMA) submissions for two products and oversaw U.S. Food and Drug Administration manufacturing inspections.

O’Hara has more than 23 years of experience in compliance, product quality, quality systems and customer satisfaction. Prior to joining TransMedics, he served as director of global quality assurance for ABIOMED, where he was responsible for the strategic planning and organizational development of the global quality team and led successful, unannounced FDA and PMDA inspections. He has also served in quality leadership roles at Medtronic and Baxter.

O’Hara is a certified quality engineer, a certified lead auditor, and a certified Lean (Six) Sigma Green Belt. He holds a master of science in bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Rita Paparazzo, MBA, Senior Director of Clinical Operations

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Rita Paparazzo, MBA, joined Miach Orthopaedics as senior director of clinical operations in March 2019. She has a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry and a strong background in orthopedics, serving in various clinical and research roles at Boston Biomedical Associates since 2009. There, she successfully led all aspects of clinical operations and executed clinical trials, including an investigational device exemption trial from its inception through to the product’s PMA.

Prior to joining Boston Biomedical, she served in senior research and operations roles at Inverness Medical/Biosite Inc., where she managed clinical studies from start to finish. Earlier in her career, she supported research and operations at Pfizer and Avecia Biotechnology.

Paparazzo holds a master of business administration from Regis University and bachelor of science in biotechnology from Worcester State College.

Stephen Wohlert, PhD, Vice President of Manufacturing

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Stephen Wohlert, PhD, joined Miach Orthopaedics as vice president of manufacturing in January 2020. He is an experienced leader with a successful track record of transferring concepts to product development and commercialization, and he possesses unique expertise in collagen processes.

Dr. Wohlert brings more than 15 years of experience in medical device and over-the-counter drug concept and product development. Most recently he served as director of research and development at Professional Disposable International (PDI) in Montvale, New Jersey. Additional experience includes director of research and development positions at Medtronic/Covidien in Trévoux, France, and North Haven, Connecticut, and project leader at Ethicon Norderstedt in Germany.

He holds a doctorate degree in chemistry from the Technical University of Aachen in Germany and a master's degree in chemistry from Christian Albrecht University of Kiel in Germany.

Board of Directors

Martha Shadan, President & Chief Executive Officer

Martha Shadan joined Miach Orthopaedics as president and chief executive officer in January 2019. During 2018, Shadan served as global vice president of marketing at Smith & Nephew plc, a role she assumed after the company acquired Rotation Medical, where she was president and CEO. Shadan led Rotation Medical through FDA approval and commercialization of the Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant for rotator cuff tears (now known as REGENETEN), as well as the company's acquisition by Smith & Nephew in December 2017.

Martha Murray, M.D., Founder

Martha Murray, M.D., is founder of Miach Orthopaedics. She is also a professor of orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and a practicing orthopaedic surgeon in the Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Murray has specialized in the care of patients with knee injuries, and she is internationally recognized as an expert in the care of sports injuries of the knee, including ACL, meniscus and osteochondritis dissecans lesions, for the past 15 years. Dr. Murray pioneered the BEAR implant with initial research funding provided by the NFL Players Association, Boston Children’s Hospital and the National Institutes of Health.

Pieter Wolters, Managing Director, DSM Venturing

Pieter Wolters has served as managing director at DSM Venturing since 2012 and also serves on the boards of directors of Interface Biologics, Bio2 Technologies, Frontier Nutrition, Leading Edge Chrystal Technologies, and until the recent acquisition by Teleflex, Essential Medical. Before DSM, he was a repeat life science startup entrepreneur, including co-founder and CEO of OrthAlign and IsoTis OrthoBiologics. He earned his master’s degree in law from Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Joyce Erony, Managing Partner, Amzak Health

Joyce Erony has more than 30 years of experience as a principal in investing activities, business development and investment banking. Prior to founding Majalin in 2015, she was a managing director at Signet Healthcare Partners, a growth capital healthcare fund in New York. Erony has led or co-led investments Inspire Medical Systems (IPO), Essential Medical (sale), Icon Biosystems (sale), Peak Surgical (sale), Dow Parma Sciences (sale), Anteis (sale) and Atlantis (sale). She is currently a director of Inspire Medical Systems and Miach. Based in New York City, Erony leads the firm’s activities in med tech and specialty pharma. Previously, Erony was a strategic advisor to Alcon Labs and a managing director at Citigroup, responsible for the Bank’s activities in specialty pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Sean Sansiveri, Vice President, National Football League Players Association

Sean Sansiveri directs the NFLPA’s health, safety and medical research initiatives, including implementation of standardized protocols governing the evaluation and management of concussions and a long-term research partnership with Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. He is also is an adjunct professor for Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies.

Richard Parker, M.D., President, Hillcrest Hospital, Eastern Region Hospitals; Staff Physician, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Richard Parker has dedicated his practice to the field of sports medicine, sports-related injuries and arthroscopic knee surgery. He served as head team physician for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers from 2000-2017, is a national and international presenter and has written more than 200 publications. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University.

Kristine Ilaria, Vice President of Corporate Development, Smith & Nephew

Kristine Ilaria is a seasoned healthcare executive with experience leading strategy, finance and acquisitions. She currently works at Smith & Nephew as vice president of corporate development. Previously, she worked at Stryker in a variety of roles across its orthopaedics businesses.

Scientific Advisory Board

Ned Amendola (Chair), Duke University

Edward Wojtys, University of Michigan

Jo Hannafin, Hospital for Special Surgery

David Wasserstein, University of Toronto

Michael Axe, Christiana Health Care Center