Our management team brings extensive years of experience in the medical device, cardiology, neurology, and emergency medicine specialties. We have experience in medical device product development, launch and management of entrepreneurial businesses. Our team includes:
Robert J. Freedman, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.C. is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Medical and Strategy Officer. Along with Robert Schock, Dr. Freedman founded LRS. Robin has played a supervisory role as well as providing vital real time clinical input. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine, performed post-graduate work at Baylor College of Medicine, was a Flight Surgeon trained at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and was trained in Cardiology at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Freedman is the founder and managing partner of Freedman Memorial Cardiology in Alexandria, LA where he practices interventional cardiology. He holds a clinical Assistant Professorship at Tulane and has authored or co-authored multiple scholarly works, primarily focused on cardiovascular support. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and served on the Board of Governors for the College.
Robert B. Schock, Ph.D., a co-founder of LRS and co-inventor of the ThermoSuit System, is VP R&D. He received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Schock has over 20 years of experience leading R&D groups in cardiac assist, critical care and anesthesia. He was responsible for the introduction of the world’s first true sheathless and 8Fr intra-aortic balloon (IAB) catheters, and was co-inventor of the Fidelity 8Fr and Sensation 7Fr IAB catheter with fiberoptic pressure monitoring. He was the Director of Advanced Research for the Cardiac Assist Division at Datascope Corp and developed products which contributed to the sale of the business to Getinge Corp for $860 million. Previously he managed an R&D Group in Critical Care and Anesthesia for Mallinckrodt. He has authored over twenty U.S. patents and numerous publications.
Coan I. Knight, CPA, MBA, serving as CFO of LRS, has over 45 years of experience in public accounting. After receiving a BS degree from Centenary College in Shreveport, LA and an MBA degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, he served 2 years active duty in the United States Army and 4 years in the Army Reserves. While on active duty he worked in the Comptroller’s Office at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He is a co-founder of KnightMasden CPAs in Alexandria, LA. The firm has extensive experience in providing accounting, management and tax services to small businesses and tax planning and tax return preparation for individuals. He is active in the Louisiana Society of CPAs and is president elect of the Central Louisiana Community Foundation.
Richard Hettenbach, VP Operations, has over 30 years of experience in Pharmaceutical R&D, Medical Device Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs. He started his career at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in the Preclinical Safety Assessment area and previously worked as Regulatory Manager for C.R. Bard, Sr. Director of RA/QA for Consumer Product Testing Company and VP of RA/QA for Ackrad Laboratories. He is a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) and is Regulatory Affairs Certified (RAC). He has a B.S. Rutgers University, Masters Degree in Molecular Biology.