- Posted by dextera
- On June 16, 2016
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Nikolchev has more than 25 years of experience in developing and commercializing innovative medical device technologies. His experience in growing start up organizations ranges from invention of game changing devices to commercial development, strategic partnerships and introduction to the global healthcare marketplace. Mr. Nikolchev joined Dextera Surgical as president and CEO in October 2015. Previously he served as founder, CEO and chief technology officer of Pivot Medical (now part of Stryker Sports Medicine), where he directed the transition from development enterprise to a full commercial organization establishing the leading brand in the fastest growing orthopedic market segment. Mr. Nikolchev founded Pivot Medical while serving as a venture partner at Frazier Healthcare Ventures. Before Frazier, he served as founder, president and CEO of CardioMind (sold to Biosensors International) and previously as president and CEO of Pro*Duct Health (sold to Cytyc). Prior to Pro*Duct Health, Mr. Nikolchev served as manager of the new venture group at Target Therapeutics, where he subsequently founded Conceptus (sold to Bayer AG in 2014) and served as founder and chief technology officer for many years. Prior to his tenure leading medical device companies, Mr. Nikolchev served in a variety of escalating management positions within engineering organizations.
Mr. Nikolchev holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in management of technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of numerous papers on technology commercialization and new technology development, and an inventor and co-inventor on more than 35 issued or pending patents.