Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board
John Erb has served as chief executive officer and president of the Company since November 2015, as a director of the Company since September 2012 and as Chairman of the Board since October 2012. Mr. Erb has over 40 years of experience in the medical device industry, executive leadership, and financial management.
Previously, Mr. Erb served as chief executive officer (from 2007 to 2018) of NuAx, Inc. (formerly Cardia Access, Inc.), a medical device company involved in developing new devices for the treatment of heart disease; he was executive chairman of the board (during 2007) and chief executive officer (from 2001 to 2006) of the previous owner of the Aquadex FlexFlow System, which was also known as CHF Solutions, Inc., a medical device company involved in the development, manufacturing and distribution of devices to treat congestive heart failure; as president and chief executive officer of IntraTherapeutics, Inc., a medical device company involved in the development, manufacturing and distribution of peripheral vascular stents, from 1997 to 2001; and in various positions, including as vice president of worldwide operations at Schneider, a division of Pfizer, Inc., from 1991 to 1997.
Mr. Erb serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Osprey Medical, a public Australian company listed on the ASX. Mr. Erb previously served on the Board of Directors of Vascular Solutions (acquired by Teleflex in 2017), SenoRx, Inc. (acquired by CR Bard in 2010), and CryoCath Technologies (acquired by Medtronic in 2008).
Mr. Erb has a B.A. degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Claudia Napal Drayton
Chief Financial Officer
Claudia Drayton joined CHF Solutions in January of 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Drayton spent the prior 15 years at Medtronic, Inc., a global leader in the medical device industry. During her tenure, she held multiple senior managerial finance positions in Medtronic’s Corporate Finance organization and its Cardiac Rhythm Management division, culminating with a two year assignment in Europe serving as Chief Financial Officer of the Peripheral Vascular Business and most recently, as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Finance Director of the Integrated Health Solutions business. In these capacities her responsibilities and experiences included profitability management, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, planning and forecasting, business integrations and implementation of financial best practices.
Before Medtronic, Ms. Drayton was an Audit and Business Advisory Manager at Arthur Andersen for seven years. She is a certified public accountant, graduated with a BS in Accounting from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Nestor Jaramillo, Jr.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Nestor Jaramillo, Jr. has been a key player in medical device commercialization for more than 20 years and has led commercial organizations in both startup and multinational companies.
Prior to joining CHF Solutions, Mr. Jaramillo was president and CEO of Innerspace Neuro Solutions, Inc., a Tustin, Calif.-based commercial-stage medical technology company that developed, manufactured and distributed an intracranial pressure monitoring system. He also worked in a variety of capacities at startup Transoma Medical, St. Jude Medical, and at Medtronic.
In addition, Mr. Jaramillo also spent seven years as a managing director of healthcare investment banking at both Cherry Tree & Associates and Craig-Hallum Capital, both in Minneapolis.
Mr. Jaramillo holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.
Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Tom Lynch joined CHF Solutions in August 2018 as VP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary. He brings over twenty years of experience in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries. Prior to joining CHF Solutions, Mr. Lynch was EVP, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel & Secretary for Orexigen Therapeutics, a public, biopharma company in San Diego and was responsible for the Legal, Compliance, Human Resources, Communications, and Corporate Development functions. Prior to joining Orexigen, Mr. Lynch spent four years with the Novartis Companies, a global healthcare company, including three years as Head of Legal and Compliance for the Neuroscience business at Novartis Pharma AG in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to Novartis, Mr. Lynch spent ten years with Boston Scientific Corporation, a global leader in the medical device industry, where he held various legal and compliance roles of increasing responsibility. Mr. Lynch began his legal career representing public and private companies for six years at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis. Mr. Lynch holds a B.A. in History from Stanford University, a M.A. in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Sr. Vice President of Human Resources
Sandra Eayrs joined CHF Solutions in 2014 as Director of Human Resources and was appointed to VP of Human Resources in 2015. She is responsible for all aspects of human resources management for the organization and is an advisor to the leadership team in advancing organization capabilities and effectiveness.
Sandra brings more than 20 years of human resources experience in the medical device and other high-tech manufacturing industries. She has held various HR roles with increasing levels of responsibility within Rosemount, Graco, Boston Scientific, and most recently, St. Jude Medical. Additionally, Sandra launched a successful consulting practice utilizing her extensive HR experience and business acumen to consult with multiple clients from small to large Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries.
Sandra received a Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Sr. Vice President of Operations & Engineering
Vitaliy Epshteyn joined CHF Solutions in January of 2018 as Vice President of Operations and Engineering. Prior to joining CHF Solutions, Mr. Epshteyn was Chief Technology Officer and Senior Director of Engineering for TE Connectivity’s Medical Business Unit. TE Connectivity is a company focused on providing interconnect and interventional solutions to key medical OEMs. Mr. Epshteyn was instrumental in leading organic and inorganic business strategies for TE Connectivity, resulting in rapid revenue growth. TE Connectivity successfully acquired and integrated AdvancedCath Inc and Creganna Medical during Mr. Epshteyn’s tenure. Prior to TE Connectivity, Mr. Epshteyn held several leadership roles at St. Jude Medical (now Abbott), a company focused on treating heart failure, structural heart, vascular, and neurological diseases. In his role as Site Leader and Senior Research and Development Director for CRM Division in Minnesota, Mr. Epshteyn was responsible for rapid development and commercialization of several key product lines including CRM lead delivery tools, electromagnetic navigation system, and renal denervation ablation catheter and generator.
Mr. Epshteyn holds two US patents for manufacturing methods and medical device development. He earned his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from University of Minnesota and holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Lerner has held executive product and organizational development leadership roles at medical diagnostic device firms. Most recently, he was at Senseonics, Inc. as the Vice President of Engineering. Prior to that, he was Chief Technology Officer at Biomedix where he led the company’s development of hardware, software and web-based service solutions for the management of patients with vascular disease. Mr. Lerner was a co-founder and board member of Biomedix and served as the VP of Engineering from 1997 to 2002. During this time, he was instrumental in helping to develop the company’s original product line, including the Portable Vascular Lab, which has evolved into one of the company’s flagship products, PADnet™.
Mr. Lerner has also served as VP of Engineering and Technology for Image Sensing Systems, Inc. and Telex Communications, Inc. where he directed technical activity at multiple domestic and international locations with a strong focus on innovation and on-time delivery. He is the recipient of several device design patents and holds a BS in Electronics Engineering from the State University of New York, as well as an MS in Management and MS in Medical Physics from the University of Minnesota.
Sr. Vice President Quality, Regulatory, Clinical Research & Reimbursement
Jacqueline Torfin joined CHF Solutions, Inc. in October 2019 as Vice President of Regulatory, Quality and Clinical. She was most recently the Vice President of Global Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance, and Data Protection Officer for NAMSA, a global medical device research organization (MRO) providing services including consulting, clinical research and laboratory services, with worldwide responsibility including the United States, Europe and Asia.
Ms. Torfin has over 30 years and deep expertise in regulatory affairs, quality control, quality assurance and program management having worked for companies such as Beckman Coulter, CIMA Labs Inc, PDL BioPharma, 3M/Arizant Healthcare, Logic PD and Heraeus Medical Components where she also served as Compliance Officer, head of contract management and the project management office for the global organization.
Her dedication to compliance extends to her role as an adjunct faculty member in St. Cloud State University’s Master of Medical Technology Quality and Regulatory Affairs and Services programs where in addition to teaching responsibilities, she was instrumental in the development of course curriculums.
Ms. Torfin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Augsburg College. She is certified as a Quality Auditor through ASQ and as a notified body auditor for both Europe and Canada.
Vice President of International Business Development
Mr. Duhoux spent 7 years with Edwards Lifesciences in several senior marketing and sales positions, launching new products and building the European market for those products. Prior to his Edwards experience, Mr. Duhoux spent 18 years with Gambro Renal Products, with the last four years as Vice President of the Intensive Care Business. Mr. Duhoux is fluent in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. He holds a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Lyon, France and an executive MBA from EM Lyon Business School.