Meet the DermaSensor Team

Operational Team

Cody is a bioengineer and entrepreneur that has focused all of his career on bringing new health technologies to physicians and patients. Most recently Cody led commercial efforts for a Silicon Valley medical device screening startup and held BD and commercial strategy roles at Genentech.

Cody Simmons

Chief Executive Officer

Ryan has over 14 years experience founding and scaling companies in consumer goods, healthcare, and enterprise technologies. Recently, Ryan led the growth for a healthcare supply chain technology and previously ran the international manufacturing and distribution of consumer hardware electronics.

Ryan Freiden

VP of Operations and Product

Jeanett has extensive experience in the healthcare industry. After residency training at UCSF, she completed preceptorships in dermatology and allergy medicine, executive training in BioEntrepreneurship at Haas and investigator training with the FDA. She has extensive experience in medical communications and product commercialization.

Jeanett Segal

Global Senior Medical Director

Director of Global Clinical Operations

Justin Frazier

Director of Global Clinical Operations

John Conner is a Medical Device professional with over 33 years of industry and consulting experience within the areas of QA/RA, Product Development, and Product Realization. His experience includes partnering with start-up companies in the development of new technology, and providing FDA and global regulatory strategic planning in support of innovative medical device product marketing.

John Connor

Director of Quality and Regulatory

20+ years of healthcare industry experience in Business Development, Sales & Marketing Management, General Management and Director for companies such as HP, Agilent Technologies, Philips Healthcare, Mindray Medical, and Stanley Healthcare, Kevin has extensive experience working with healthcare providers across the Asia Pacific region.

Kevin Scrimshaw

Commercial Director ANZ

15+ years of experience in PM, R&D and manufacturing Class II and III devices. Expert in working within an FDA, QSR and ISO environment (ISO9001-ISO13485). Responsible for taking products from conception to launch through all design controls, ensuring safety and efficacy and meeting customer and regulatory requirements.

Marcel Giraldo

Product Development Manager

20+ years of clinical research experience in various fields including pharmaceutical research, post-market device trials, dermatology and dentistry. Most recently, Pearl was a regulatory coordinator at Compass Point Research and a Clinical Research Associate and Clinical Project Manager for Exactech, Inc.

Pearl Harris

Clinical Operations Manager

17+ years of experience across multiple industries including pharmaceutical, healthcare, disability and aged care. She has a strong background in account management, BD, operations and entrepreneurship. She is passionate about social change, preventative health, and thinking outside the box to deliver solutions with long-term sustainable value.

Martina Clark

Territory Business Manager – VIC

20 years experience in the health care sector, working with companies such as MSD, National Home Doctor, and Mundipharma. She has been involved with many projects working to identify and reduce treatment gaps and achieve improved patient outcomes. She believes that optimal patient management should be the first priority.

Shannon Whiteley

Territory Business Manager – NSW/ACT

With a background in tech, healthcare, and biology stemming from her studies at Boston College, and clinical experience within a pediatric gastroenterology office, Annie brings experience as the analytics lead from companies like Uber Technologies.

Ana-Maria Tablada

Data Architecture & Analytics Associate Manager

Senior Director of Medical Affairs, Michael is an Australian-trained General Practitioner and an extensive background of advising government, non-profits and lobby bodies. Michael takes a public health approach to skin cancer management and understands first-hand the value of better diagnostics and triage tools in primary care.

Michael Bonning, MD

Medical Advisor

Board of Directors

Cody Simmons

Chief Executive Officer

Maurice Ferre, MD


Ivan Delevic


Christopher Dewey


David Matlin


Cassel Shapiro


Scientific Advisory Board

Cristiane Benvenuto, MD

Irving Bigio, PhD

Holly Christman, MD

John Geisse, MD

David Leffell, MD

Giovanni Pellacani, MD

Paul Salmon, FRACP

Todd Thames, MD

Learn About Our Device

Our History

As two leading entrepreneurs and investors in health technology companies, Dr. Maurice Ferre (co-founder and chairman) and Christopher Dewey (co-founder) identified a fundamental issue with skin cancer screening and lack of access to care for individuals with skin lesions of concern. This was particularly apparent in primary care where early detection of skin cancer is often hampered by limited consultation time and limited dermatology training, leading to a lack of confidence in diagnosing skin cancer.

They founded DermaSensor in 2009 and started collaborating with Dr. Irving Bigio, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University and one of the top spectroscopy researching in the world. Dr. Bigio is the original inventory and patent holder for Elastic Scattering Spectroscopy (ESS), a key component of the DermaSensor Device.

Since the invention of ESS in 1994, there have been over 1,000 ESS publications and over 50 publications on ESS clinics studies. DermaSensor began ints own skin-specific studies using this technology in 2011 and began its first study on the commercial prototype of the device in 2017.

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