Leadership Team


Edward (Ted) Ruppel - President & CEO

Ted brings more than 25 years of entrepreneurial and medical device company management experience, including the IPO of Micrus Endovascular Corp. Formerly EVP/CFO of Vascular Dynamics and the former Senior VP of R&D and Operations at Micrus Endovascular Corporation (acquired by J&J), and previous management/operations roles at CBYON Inc., Biometric Imaging (acquired by BD), Applied Biosystems, and Spectra-Physics Lasers, Ted has a BSME from the University of Rochester and MBA (TRIUM – Jointly conferred by London School of Economics and Political Science, NYU Stern School of Business, and HEC Paris).

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Bart Balkman - CCO

Bart brings over 30 years’ experience in the medical device industry, most recently as NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics Vice President of Sales, a position he assumed upon the purchase of Ellipse, where he was Vice President Sales & Marketing. Prior to these roles, Bart had similar senior management roles at Arstasis, CardioKinetix, Concentric Medical, and several other emerging companies. Bart’s career also includes positions at Heart Technology, Medtronic, Edwards, and Johnson and Johnson. Bart earned a BS from Oklahoma State University and attended the Sales Management Executive Program at Columbia University.


Chung Yeh - Senior Director, Research & Development

With nearly 20 years of medical device experience, Chung brings a range of knowledge in the development/commercialization of novel new medical devices from shape memory metals to robotics and in therapeutic spaces such as neurovascular/stroke, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and urology.  His experience includes previous roles in management and engineering at PROCEPT BioRobotics, Vascular Dynamics, ROX Medical, Micrus Endovascular (acquired by J&J), ev3/Microtherapeutics (acquired by Medtronic) and Respironics (merged with Philips).  Chung received his BS from the University of California, Berkeley in Nuclear Engineering with a focus in Biophysics.


Brent Seybold - Senior Director, Operations

Brent has over 20 years of experience transforming concepts into commercially viable medical devices in a variety of disciplines.  During that time, he has successfully led teams in design & development, manufacturing, quality, clinical support, and physician training.  Brent has served in executive roles at both Vascular Dynamics and Genesis Medical Interventional, and in senior technical roles at Micrus Endovascular (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), Parallax Medical (acquired by ArthroCare), and LuMend (acquired by Johnson and Johnson).  Brent holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.


Meghan Reu - Senior Manager, Quality & Regulatory

Prior to joining Shape Memory Medical in 2016, Meghan has held Senior Quality and Engineering positions at Vention Medical and Codman Neurovascular (J&J), leading and supporting various product development and manufacturing projects. Meghan started her career as a Manufacturing Engineer for Micrus Endovascular and has nearly 10 years of experience in the medical device field. Meghan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.