About

Laminate Medical Technologies

Laminate Medical Technologies was founded in 2012 to develop solutions for the most significant challenges preventing fistula use in dialysis patients.

Laminate’s flagship product, VasQTM External Support, was designed to address the high rate of primary fistula failure and repeat procedures experienced by hemodialysis patients. Primary fistula failure rates have been estimated as high as 60% with most patients requiring frequent additional procedures to make the fistula functional.¹
However, clinical results have demonstrated fistulas treated with VasQ have a significantly greater probability for success in becoming functional without the need for additional procedures.²
You can learn more about how VasQ is improving fistulas for hemodialysis patients here .

The Laminate team is an assembly of experts from around the world spanning Israel, Europe and the United States. We are excited to build on the early success of VasQ to deliver it and other innovated solutions for fistulas to the global marketplace. Learn more about our executive team below.

  1. Dember LM, et al Dialysis Access Consortium Study Group: Effect of clopidogrel on early failure of arteriovenous fistulas for hemodialysis: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA 299: 2164–2171, 2008
  2. Karydis N, Bevis P, Beckitt T, Silverberg D, Halak M, Calder F. An Implanted Blood Vessel Support Device for Arteriovenous Fistulas: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Kidney Dis. 2020 Jan;75(1):45-53

Tammy Gilon, B.Sc

CEO & Co-founder

Tammy began her career in medical devices as an engineer for Valtech (now a part of Edwards Life Science), which developed solutions for mitral valve repair. Soon after leaving Valtech she pursued her own device ideas and eventually founded Laminate Medical with Dr. Eyal Orion in 2012 to help surgeons make better functioning fistulas. She led the engineering and design efforts in the early days of the company to create VasQ, Laminate’s flagship product. Since then she has raised 10’s of millions of dollars from a diverse array of investors to build a global team that is bringing VasQ to markets around the world. She has also continued the company’s investment in new product development to improve fistula function in parallel with efforts to gain VasQ regulatory clearance in North America and Asia-Pacific.

Oliver Baumgärtner

VP Sales & Marketing

Oliver brings 25 years of expertise in bringing new medical devices to market at both early-stage and large, established companies. Previously a sales leader for J&J Cordis Endovascular and Lombard Medical, Oliver brings tremendous experience in the field of sales and marketing in vascular surgery. In the five years prior to joining Laminate, Oliver built Lombard’s medical sales infrastructure in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, ramping up their sales to €4M a year. Now with Laminate, Oliver has built the sales and distribution organization and infrastructure from the ground up. He has introduced and grown VasQ across Europe, begun expansion globally to North America, Asia Pacific and African markets, and established reimbursement in multiple countries.

Noam Zilberman, M.Sc

VP Clinical Development

Noam is an experienced clinical development leader with over 15 years spent developing new medical technologies including medical devices and drugs. Since joining Laminate in 2015, he has been leading the company’s global clinical development plan including the design/ execution of multiple clinical studies as well as collaborations with leading surgeons in the field of vascular access. Before joining Laminate, Noam served as a Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Manager in Brainsgate, a medical device company developing innovative therapy for acute stroke. Under his leadership, Laminate has initiated and expanded clinical activities in the U.S, Europe, and Africa to obtain market clearance and support the establishment of VasQ as standard practice for fistula creation surgery in hemodialysis patients.

Orit Yarden, PhD

VP Clinical & Regulatory Affairs

Orit is a veteran of the Israeli medical device industry with 25 years of experience holding senior management positions in Clinical & Regulatory and Research & Development. She has a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, all from Tel Aviv University, Israel. Orit has vast experience in designing and executing large multicenter international clinical studies as well as smaller First in Human clinical studies, both in the pre-market and post-market settings. She has extensive background of successful regulatory submissions for 510k, IDE, PMA, and CE marked medical devices in various disciplines. Being part of Laminate since the early days, Orit designed the clinical strategy and clinical protocols from the First-In-Human Study through the FDA Pivotal Study as well as achieved CE mark approval for VasQ and FDA IDE approval for the Pivotal Study.

Einav Shlomovitz, M.Sc

VP QA

Einav has acquired over 20 years’ experience in the medical device industry developing her expertise in Quality Assurance. She has worked with large companies, such as GE Functional Imaging, as well as several mall start-ups, namely NanoViabronix, ORSAN, Navotek, EasyLap , Vascular Graft Solutions and Perflow Medical. Einav has been working at Laminate since 2013 and is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Quality Management System according to ISO 13485, QSR(US) and MDD/MDR(EU) requirements. During her tenure, she has ensured the proper implementation of efficient quality processes throughout Laminate’s departments to meet regulatory requirements, support VasQ's rapid growth and prepare for new products coming down the pipeline.

Ran Agam, B.Sc

VP Operations

Ran started his career in the medical device industry in 2010 as a Manufacturing Engineer at GE Healthcare, after 4 years in a large Telecommunications Company. In GE Healthcare, Ran led manufacturing engineering and product controllership activities for VersaMed Medical Systems (portable life-support ventilators), including distributed production facilities, NPI, design transfer, design changes, processes and tool qualifications, and information system implementation. Ran joined Laminate Medical Technologies in 2015. As VP Operations, he oversees the VasQ Engineering, In-house and Subcontractor Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Management (MRP, Procurement, and Sales Operations). Under Ran’s production management, the company’s operational capabilities have matured from prototype to serial manufacturing in support of growing utilization of VasQ globally. Ran holds Bacherlor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA.
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