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Jim Kasic

Chairman and Founder

With more than 25 years of experience in the Class I, II, and III medical device industry, Jim’s range of experience spans a spectrum from large multi-national organizations to start-ups with both national and international scope. He holds 40 U.S. and international patents and has authored several dozen scientific publications.

Prior to Boulder iQ, Jim founded and served as president of Boulder BioMed, and president and CEO of Sophono, Inc. (acquired by Medtronic). At Otologics LLC, he held the positions of director of clinical research and training, and worldwide director of sales and marketing. Early in his career, Jim was an engineering manager and senior design engineer with Boston Scientific, and a reliability/process/design engineer with W. L. Gore and Associates.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, and a Master of Science degree in chemical and biological engineering from the University of Colorado. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.


Steve Seyer, Boulder iQSteve Seyer

Chief Operating Officer

Steve is a strong multidisciplinary manager with broad experience in rapid-pace medical device development environments. Over more than three decades in product development, manufacturing, and quality experience, he has developed expertise in leading cross-functional project teams from product concept to commercialization.

The COO’s experience includes serving as senior director of research and development for robotics at Accelus, Inc. (Louisville, Colorado), vice president of research and development at Zimmer Biomet, Inc. (Westminster, Colorado), and senior director of research and development at Spine Wave, Inc. (Shelton, Connecticut). Earlier in his career, Steve held senior manager and engineering positions with Wright Medical Technology, Inc. (Arlington, Tennessee), and product development and manufacturing engineering roles at Smith & Nephew, Inc. (Memphis, Tennessee).

He holds Master of Engineering Management and Bachelor of Science degrees from Christian Brothers University (Memphis, Tennessee).


Melinda Sogo

Director of Quality

With two decades of progressive data management experience, Melinda has earned a reputation for excellence in in quality assurance, operations and document control.

Adept at working in teams to surpass client expectations, she is skilled in analyzing data to determine quality improvement metrics. Her background as a scientist, and in microbiology, cell biology and molecular biology assay development, complement her data management expertise in leading Boulder iQ’s advanced quality team.

Melinda has held managerial positions in quality assurance and control for several Colorado companies, including VPI Compounding, OraLabs, Inc., WishGarden Herbs, Inc., STAQ Pharma, Inc., ArcherDX, Inc. and Sharklet Technologies, Inc. She has worked in quality documentation management and as a research scientist with Venaxis (formerly AspenBio Pharma Labs, Inc.).

She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from American Intercontinental University (Schaumburg, Illinois) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado.


Larry BlankenshipLarry Blankenship


Larry is a veteran medical device industry professional, with more than 30 years of experience in product development, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, strategic management, and funding. With hands-on experience in business planning, staffing, funding, design, development, regulatory approval, manufacturing, launch, and exits, he has helped start-up companies in the medical device industry get products to market since 2007. Larry has also held management positions in divisions of Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and the Battelle Memorial Institute.

He is a member of the advisory board at Colorado State University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, and of the Constituency Committee at the University of Colorado Denver Department of Bioengineering. He serves as a healthcare industry advisor to Blackstone Entrepreneur Network of Colorado and is a former director of the Colorado BioScience Association.

Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University.