The CDx Executive Team

Mark Rutenberg

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mark Rutenberg has devoted the last 20 years to the development, management and marketing of medical diagnostics, with particular concentration in application of advanced digital image processing techniques to anatomic pathology.

He pioneered the application to medicine of advanced image processing techniques originally developed for missile defense, and is the author of over a dozen patents in the areas of neural networks, image analysis and medical imaging. Mark has founded two companies in this area. He led his first company, Neuromedical Systems, in what was described by Fortune magazine as "the most successful medical technology IPO of the 1990's".

When he left Neuromedical in June of 1997 it was projected to break even within the year with cash reserves in excess of $80M, and its technology for enhancing the accuracy of cervical Pap smears had been adopted by over 250 major US laboratories with another 50 laboratories on a waiting list for training. Mark is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year award in the Life Sciences.

 

 

James Hutchinson

President and Chief Operating Officer

James H. Hutchinson has over 27 years of senior-level experience within the clinical and anatomic reference laboratory industry. He is an experienced, hands on senior laboratory executive with proven operational and project management skills. Mr. Hutchinson has extensive laboratory information technology development and management experience.

Most recently Mr. Hutchinson served as the Northeast Regional Manager for Sonic Healthcare USA., an international healthcare company where he was responsible for the highly profitable New Jersey operations.

As co-founder of Lifepoint Informatics in Midland Park, NJ, 1999, Mr. Hutchinson successfully designed, implemented and managed a feature-rich set of Internet-based solutions to deliver, present and archive laboratory test results and to place online laboratory test orders for clinical laboratories to physicians and to healthcare providers. Lifepoint Informatics is now one of the leading middleware providers in the laboratory industry.

In 2003 Mr. Hutchinson founded American Clinical Services where he led the design and implementation of the laboratory and led all financial and operational duties. ACS was successfully acquired in 2008 by Sonic Healthcare USA.

Mr. Hutchinson has held positions such as Senior IT Consultant at Quest Diagnostics and CIO at Clinical Diagnostics Services in Englewood, New Jersey. As a Consultant to Quest Diagnostics he spearheaded corporate integration of all information technology and other corporate functions.

Mr. Hutchinson obtained his Bachelors in Science in Computer Science Engineering from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1998.

 

 

Tom Bartel

Vice President of Sales

Tom Bartel joined CDx Diagnostics in June 2015 with more than two decades of results-driven commercial diagnostics expertise and a demonstrated track record of building winning sales organizations, commercializing novel assays, and accelerating product adoption in key markets.

Tom served most recently as Sr. Sales Director, Eastern US, at Agendia, where he oversaw the profitable growth of genomic sequencing of breast cancer tumors. Prior to Agendia, Tom was the Chief Sales Officer for Genomind, a genetic testing start-up in the neuropsychiatric market. He has also served as North American Vice President of Sales for Ipsogen, a world-wide leader in blood cancer diagnostics, and Vice President at American Clinical Services (ACS), a start-up diagnostic testing company that he helped found. During his ACS tenure, he delivered multiple successive years of annual sales growth, exceeding sales quotas and supporting the successful acquisition of ACS by Sonic Healthcare USA. Tom spent the first 11 years of his diagnostics career at Quest Diagnostics, where he served in various sales and marketing leadership roles including National Sales Director, Genomic Testing.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Rutgers University, College of Engineering.

 

Joseph Himy, CPA

EVP Finance and Administration

Mr. Joseph Himy, CPA, is an experienced Chief Financial Officer with 20 years of diversified practice in a broad range of industries and with businesses of a variety of sizes. He began his financial career with the big four accounting firm Deloitte & Touche where he was promoted to audit manager within the banking and broker dealer business unit.

As Vyteris Inc.'s Chief Financial Officer and member of its management team, Mr. Himy supervised the preparation of financial statements, developed corporate-wide business strategies, was a member of Vyteris' business development team, and managed the company's relationships with its bankers, board of directors and investors. As a member of Vyteris business development team, Mr. Himy acquired the licenses for complementary drug delivery technologies, introduced Vyteris to an international pharmaceutical to evaluate its infertility technology and was involved in the due diligence and analysis of acquiring other drug delivery technologies.

Mr. Himy previously held the position of manager of financial reporting at LeCroy Corporation, where he was responsible for implementation of Sarbanes Oxley 404, corporate governance and regulatory compliance in addition to treasury operations and investor relations. Before that, Mr. Himy directed the rapid expansion of Delta Three, Inc.'s foreign subsidiary from 5 to 75 employees in his capacity there as Financial Manager.

 

Scott Korman

Chief Financial Officer

Scott Korman is the founder and President of Nashone, Inc., an investment and financial advisory firm. As a sponsor of private equity transaction, Mr. Korman has led corporate acquisitions as a principal and has operated companies he has acquired. Mr. Korman has served on the Board of Directors of many private companies. Mr. Korman was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Best Manufacturing Group LLC, the leading manufacturer and distributor of napery, service apparel, hospitality and healthcare textiles and image apparel. Previously, Mr. Korman had been an Owner, Director and CEO of Welsh Farms, Inc., a diversified dairy.

 

Mayer Pessin

Vice President of Finance and Operations

Mayer Pessin has sixteen years experience in the management of medical technology companies and laboratory operations. He also has extensive experience in business modeling and analysis. Mr. Pessin managed the administration of a 40-person Laboratory field sales force for Neuromedical Systems in the mid to late 1990s. He has spent the last 11 years at CDx Diagnostics as Director of Operations and then Vice President of Finance and Operations. He holds a BA in business management from LIU and is a certified Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) trainer.

 

 

Rivka Rotberg, MA, CCC-SLP

Vice President of Clinical Affairs

Rivka Rotberg has been responsible for the administration and management of all CDx clinical trials since 1997. She was responsible for planning and execution of the 35 site US OralCDx multi-center clinical trial. The resultant landmark study was published on the cover article of the October 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Rivka has been responsible for the management of all WATS3D esophageal clinical trials including the recent registry studies, the Interobserver Variability Study and the multicenter study comparing WATS3D with the Seattle Protocol random biopsy conducted 15 major academic centers throughout the US. She has an MA in speech pathology from Kean University.

 

Drore Eisen, MD, DDS

Co-Founder, Vice President and Medical Director

Drore Eisen is a dual trained dermatologist and dentist with expertise in diseases of the oral cavity. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, dental and medical degrees from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his dermatology training at the University of Michigan where he served as chief resident. He has authored 2 textbooks which have received accolades in many peer reviewed medical and dental publications, several chapters in textbooks and over 50 articles on oral and medical diseases including publications in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. Drore has been an invited and featured speaker at numerous major medical and dental conferences and a visiting lecturer at many universities, both nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of the prestigious Harold O. Perry Lecture Award, Mayo Clinic. He has also served as a principal investigator or co-investigator in over 50 clinical trials with many large pharmaceutical companies and collaborated on oral cancer research projects with The National Cancer Institute.

 

 

Frank Fromowitz, MD

Laboratory Director

Dr. Frank Fromowitz has over 35 years of experience as an anatomic pathologist in academic, community hospital, and private laboratory settings, including work in the pathology of the gastrointestinal tract. He trained in Anatomic Pathology at Yale University School of Medicine, held full time academic appointments at the state universities of New York and New Jersey, and published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and Cancer. Dr. Fromowitz has worked with such noted pathologists as Drs. Charles Carrington, Leo Koss, and Lauren Ackerman, has taught medical students and residents at several institutions, and was nominated for the Golden Apple Teaching Award at the New Jersey Medical School.

 

Klaus Schreiber, MD

Director of Cytopathology

Dr. Klaus Schreiber received his MD degree from the University of Vienna, Austria. After several years of postgraduate training in pathology in Austria and the U.S. he entered a residency program at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City affiliated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. After two years, one of which he served as Chief Resident at Francis Delafield Hospital, he was accepted as a fellow in cytopathology of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with the world-renowned cytopathologist Dr. Leopold Koss. Since the summer of 1974 when he was appointed Director of the Cytology Laboratory at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Schreiber has been working at this institution in very close association with Dr. Koss. During the following years he became an attending pathologist at Montefiore Medical Center and Professor of Pathology (clinical) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Among the achievements during the past 35 years is the training of approximately 70 pathologists in the field of cytopathology. Many of these former trainees are now occupying positions as Laboratory Directors in most major university affiliated medical centers in New York City. In the early 1990's Dr. Koss and Dr. Schreiber became associated with Mark Rutenberg and Thomas Hall MD, and the results were a number of seminal publications in the use of advanced neural network based image analysis systems for the detection of very small numbers of abnormal cells in cervical pap smears. Subsequently Dr. Schreiber and other associates proved the superior ability of these neural network systems to detect rare events in a variety of other organ systems. This work culminated in the recent systems for early detection of oral and esophageal cancer that are currently being provided by CDx. Dr. Schreiber joined CDx Diagnostics in 2011 in order to lend his 40 years of experience in diagnostic cytopathology to the expansion of our pathology services.

 

 

Deborah Carroll, MD

Director of Squamous Pathology

Dr. Deborah Carroll received her undergraduate education and Harvard University and subsequently earned her MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is board certified in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and completed subspecialty training in Cytopathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Over the last fifteen years, Dr. Carroll's pathology practice experience has included work in both hospital and commercial laboratory settings. Dr. Carroll has been with CDx since 2001. During her more than ten years with the company, she has examined nearly 85,000 specimens and has extensive experience in Oral Cytopathology and in the use of the Computer Assisted Brush Biopsy technique. Areas on ongoing investigation include patterns and incidence of edentulous ridge and retromolar trigone atypia in elderly patients, patterns of atypia unique to smokleless tobacco users, and importance of cytoplasmic staining in the evaluation of protected site squamous atypias.

 

Robert Tjon

Vice President of Engineering

Robert received an undergraduate degree in Physics from Fordham University, a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, in a relative short time span of 6 years. In 1988, he worked as a Research Associate with Dr Leopold Koss at Montefiore Hospital to develop classifiers to recognize cancer cells in voided urine using image processing and multivariable statistical analysis. In 1990, he joined Neuromedical Systems, a startup company, to develop a premier application to sort cancer cells in cervical pap smears using neural networks. He was instrumental in submitting a PMA to the FDA as a medical device. It's success lead to a successful IPO of 30 million dollars. For a year, he worked for TriPath Imaging to develop a virtual microscope, a universal plug-in to work with a multitude of microscopes. Subsequently, he worked for Physiome Sciences to develop computerized physiological models of human and animal cells, to understand and accelerate the development of pharmaceutical drugs. Starting in 2003, at OralCDx, Robert developed the next generation high resolution scanner system and developed specific technologies to further increase both the image quality and overall accuracy and sensitivity of the system to analyze thick brush biopsy samples.

Richard Scott

Director of Imaging Analytics

Richard Scott is an engineer/computer scientist who has specialized in the design of image analysis software and systems for over the past 25 years. A native of Britain, Richard received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University and a Masters degree in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University. At CDx, Richard has been responsible for computer-aided diagnosis software in the scanner and pathology workstations, and for laboratory automation and information systems.

 

 

Daniel Flegman

VP of Global Infrastructure/ Information Systems

Daniel Flegmann has over 30 years experience in the design, development and maintenance of adavnced information systems infrastructure. He has technical certifications from Brother, Epson, Okidata, Iomega and many more, where he was responsible for maintaining customers at The Port authority of NY & NJ, Lord and Taylor, Roy Marine and Co. Integrated Communications, Barry Leeds and Associates and 47st. Photo. He designed the IT infrastructure at Datafax Corporation for real time delivery of stock market quotes as a fax on demand service using technologies from Channel Bridge, Special Request and Novell in the early 1990’s. During his tenure at Neuromedical Systems, Daniel designed a Hybrid Intranet connecting Offices in Rechovot Israel, Amsterdam Holland, Hong Kong, Sydney Australia and over 50 Remote Users using frame relay networks and optimizing handshaking and compression protocols. For CDx Diagnostics he designed and implemented IT infrastructure supporting branch offices at the Eastman Dental Institute in London England, Henry Schein Facility in Paris France, Deldent Laboratory in Petach Tikva Israel and Dr. Prof Burkhardt Associates in Reutlingen Germany and created a robust private messaging and high speed intra building network connecting offices in Mumbai india and Har Hotzvim Jerusalem. Daniel holds a degrees in Computer.

 

Yoni Mozeson

Director of Marketing

Mr. Mozeson spend almost 10 years at Ogilvy where he created award-winning campaigns for such clients as American Express, Crest, Huggies, Citibank and Duracell. He then opened his own marketing firm specializing in Hi-Tech, Bio-Tech, and Healthcare. His agency was involved in the successful marketing launch of many Healthcare brands from global giants like BD to an array of innovative start-ups.

 

Paul Seltzer

Director of Pathology Informatics

Paul Seltzer has over 15 years experience in leadership roles of software development in medical technology companies. He has previous experience in producing software diagnostic imaging solutions in the areas of Radiation Therapy, X-ray, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Orthopedic Limb Reconstruction Systems, and Digital Microscopy. He has contributed to generation of multiple patents in the medical field and had many accepted medical abstracts from medical organizations such as the Radiology Society of North America and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Paul focuses in developing next generation solutions in digital microscopy diagnostic imaging at CDx Diagnostics. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University.