Meet The Team

David Vigil

Chief Executive Officer

Tamas Ban

Chief Operating 

Officer

John Hetling

Chief Technology

Officer

Safa Rahmani

Chief Medical

Officer

John Major

Board member

John Hetling, PhD
Chief Executive Officer

John is a leader and expert in electrophysiology of vision, with many publications in the field. As a Co-Founder and CEO, John leads tech/product development; leads fundraising / team-building efforts and conveys RetMap’s vision. He is also an Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the Director of the Neural Engineering Vision Laboratory, where the RetMap technologies were invented. 

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John Major, JD, MBA
Board Member

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Safa Rahmani, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Safa was trained as a biomedical engineer at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her Masters at UIC, she made the initial discoveries that led to the invention of the CLEAr Lens. Her interest in helping patients with visual impairments led her to pursue a career in medicine. She earned her MD and completed an ophthalmology residency program at Northwestern University and went on to complete her surgical vitreoretinal fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear at Harvard University. Safa's clinical work was recently highlighted by Chicago's WGN News and by the UIC College of Engineering.  

Tamas Ban, PhD, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

As a Founder, President and COO, Tamas builds enterprise value and accelerates revenue by finding new revenue streams, new channels, new markets and new products. He excels in technical and business innovation, emerging trends and markets. Tamas received his MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business and his PhD in bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tamas has 25 years of innovation/entrepreneurship experience spanning 8 years at Fortune 500 and 17 years in a small business environment.

Shresta Patangay

Director of Operations

Jailene Silveri

Operations Intern

Jailene Silveri
Operations Intern

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Shresta Patangay, PhD
Director of Operations

As a bioengineer and PhD, Shresta has been involved with all of the RetMap technologies. Her central contribution in the Neural Engineering Vision Lab was in the design, fabrication, characterization and validation of the Peri-Stim(TM) system. At RetMap, Shresta will support the design, validation, and production of our products. 

Advisory Board

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Micah Litow

Advisor,  Commercialization Strategy

Greg Vassmer

Manufacturing

Eric Citron

Product Development

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Allan Baw

 Business Development

Micah Litow, MBA
Advisor, Commercialization strategy

Micah brings with him more than 10 years of experience in the medical device and diagnostic market. He is extremely dynamic and has a passion for commercialization. During his career Micah has launched over a dozen products ranging from Class I to Class III.

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Micah Litow, MEM, MBA
Advisor, Commercialization Strategy

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Micah brings with him more than 10 years of experience in the medical device and diagnostic market. He is extremely dynamic and has a passion for commercialization. During his career, Micah has launched over a dozen products ranging from Class I to Class III.

Key Consultants

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Mark Kramer

Regulatory

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John Schriner

Corporate law

Mark Amos

Immigration law

Nick Sickler

Corporate Taxes