Management Team

The VisionGate® management team has considerable prior-company experience in the creation of cutting-edge technologies in both pharmaceuticals and diagnostics including late stage development, commercial new product planning and new product launch:

Alan C. Nelson, PhD – Founder, Chairman & CEO

Dr. Nelson, is founder, chairman and CEO of VisionGate. He is a physicist, bioengineer and entrepreneur who developed the world’s first and only automated screening test to detect cervical cancer, marketed today as FocalPoint by Becton Dickinson. He is former Executive Director of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Biodesign Institute and has held faculty positions at ASU, University of Washington, MIT and Harvard. Dr. Nelson holds more than 100 US patents and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field of biomedical imaging.

Scarlett Spring, MBA – President and Chief Commercial Officer

As president and chief commercial officer of VisionGate, Ms. Spring leads the day-to-day operations and commercialization planning. Ms. Spring’s experience ranges from executive leadership in a top 10 pharmaceutical company to chief operating officer at a nationally ranked public-private partnership to an innovative start-up. She is heavily involved in Phoenix area leadership as a board member of RepublicBankAZ, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, AZ Tech Council and is a member of Charter 100. She was recently named one of Arizona’s Top Business Leaders and one of Arizona’s 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business Magazine.

Javier Zulueta, MD – Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Javier Zulueta is a world-renowned pulmonologist, professor and 16-year Director of Pulmonary Service at the University Clinic of Navarra, the teaching hospital of Spain’s University of Navarra School of Medicine. Dr. Zulueta led the longest ongoing lung cancer screening trial in Europe. The study is part of the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) consortium, of which he has been the Principal Investigator since its inception in 2000. He has authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited lecturer at more than 100 international conferences.

Michael G. Meyer, MS – Chief Technology Officer

As CTO, Mr. Meyer manages efforts among the various technical groups and provides final technical arbitration. He also supervises development of the Cell-CT™ platform and training of algorithms to compute VisionGate test results as well as the development of technical strategies to validate them. He was previously a research scientist for TriPath Imaging, Inc. (formerly NeoPath), where he supervised a variety of efforts to develop algorithms to detect rarely occurring cervical neoplasms and their precursors on Pap smear slides. Prior to TriPath, he was employed at IBM in Rochester, MN.

Randal L. Buness, CPA, MBA – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Buness is a senior financial executive with over 25 years of results-oriented leadership. Prior to joining VisionGate, he served as Chief Financial Officer of multiple high-growth, public and private medical and high technology companies. Most recently he served as CFO of Cayenne Medical, Inc., a medical device company that was acquired by Zimmer Biomet. His financial background includes expertise in venture capital, public stock offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Early in his career, Mr. Buness spent ten years in public accounting at Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

William R. Fender, BS – Senior Vice President, Operations and Product Integration

Mr. Fender has over 30-years of business experience in numerous fields including Energy, Aerospace, Capital Equipment and Medical Devices. Over the past 20 plus years he has been immersed in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of numerous innovative and successful Medical Device products. Prior to joining VisionGate, Mr. Fender spent 6 years at Medical Device start-up, Ulthera, Inc. that was acquired by Merz Pharmaceutical, GmbH. He was retained by Merz to lead the Ulthera team through full integration and subsequent milestone achievements. Prior to joining Ulthera, Mr. Fender spent 19-years with Johnson & Johnson where he served in several leadership roles in both Operations and Research & Development.

Jon W. Hayenga, MS – Vice President, Advanced Product Development

Mr. Hayenga has 30 years of product development experience, 22 of it in FDA-regulated industry. He has held senior engineering and management roles in previous start-up biomedical technology companies, including NeoPath, where he delivered emerging complex technology products. Before joining VisionGate, Mr. Hayenga was director of engineering at Micronics where he developed patented technologies utilizing instrumentation and micro-fluidics solutions for the biotech industry. He holds more than 30 patents and contributes at the theoretical level as well as the applied level.

Stephen Phillips, BA/BS – Vice President, Quality Systems

Stephen Phillips is head of quality and oversees VisionGate’s quality systems. Mr. Phillips has 30 years of broad product development experience ushering new products through the quality, regulatory pathway, including diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices. He has held senior engineering and management roles in established as well as start-up biomedical technology companies. Before joining VisionGate, Mr. Phillips worked at Varian’s Calypso Medical division where he developed patented technologies for treating cancer.

Randall Mastrangelo, MBA – Vice President, Global Commercial Strategy, Marketing and Sales

Randall Mastrangelo provides leadership over our global commercial strategy, global marketing and sales. He has over 25 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience effectively leading both global and US commercial teams in multiple disease areas with extensive experience in the oncology therapeutic area including lung cancer, chemoprevention, and companion diagnostics. Before joining VisionGate Mr. Mastrangelo was Global Commercial Head for IRESSA® (gefitinib) a lung cancer pharmaceutical therapy marketed in over 90 countries.


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