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Leadership

Meet the Nephros Leadership team, a group of diversely experienced professionals working towards the common vision of providing better water for life.

Andy
Andy Astor

President & CEO

Andy

Andy Astor

President & CEO

An entrepreneurial technology executive with over 35 years of operating and financial experience, Andy Astor was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Nephros in August 2020. Prior to Nephros, Andy was President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of OpenSCG, a software technology firm that was acquired in 2018 by Amazon Web Services. From 2013 to 2015, Andy was Managing Director at Synechron, a global technology consultancy. From 2009 to 2013, Andy was  Vice President, Technology at Asurion, where he led a 1,000-staff software development division. From 2004 to 2008, he was co-founder and CEO of EnterpriseDB, an open-source software firm for which he raised over $25 million in venture capital and spearheaded strategic partnerships with IBM and NTT Data. From 2002 to 2004, Andy was Vice President of Web Services Strategy at webMethods, a publicly-traded company that was subsequently acquired by Software AG for $546 million. While at webMethods, Andy also served on the Board of Directors of the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I). Prior to that, Andy spent several years as Vice President of Transactional Products at Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) and held various roles at Ernst & Young, MCI Systemhouse, and American Management Systems. Andy received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Clark University and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wes
Wes Lobo

Chief Commercial Officer

Wes

Wes Lobo

Chief Commercial Officer

With over 20 years of experience in the B2B industrial and commercial space, Wes Lobo leads the commercial division at Nephros as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Wes joined Nephros after serving as Vice President of Marketing and New Product Development at Watts Water Technologies, a leader in plumbing, heating, and water quality products and services for residential, commercial, and general industrial markets. Prior to joining Watts, Wes spent 20 years with Xylem and ITT Industries in commercial roles of increasing responsibility covering the domestic and international municipal, industrial, and commercial markets in sales, marketing, business development, strategy, and customer service. Wes holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College and a Master of Business Administration from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Wes is also a graduate of the Xylem Executive Development Program.

Michael
Michael Milman

VP, Research & Development

Michael

Michael Milman

VP, Research & Development

With over 15 years of experience bringing new products to market in the electronics and medical devices industries, Michael Milman heads the Research and Development division at Nephros, focusing on the development and commercialization of medical and commercial products. Prior to Nephros, Michael held several positions at Stryker, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, overseeing new products through manufacturing to market, innovating coating applications, and researching and developing custom implant products. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and several advanced engineering certifications.

Kimothy
Kimothy L. Smith, DVM, PhD

VP, Pathogen Detection Products, DVM, PhD

Kimothy

Kimothy L. Smith, DVM, PhD

VP, Pathogen Detection Products, DVM, PhD

Kimothy Smith, DVM, PhD currently serves as the Vice President of  Pathogen Detection Systems at Nephros. Kimothy has a deep background in conducting research programs and building health-related infrastructure. Prior to Nephros, Kimothy was co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of McCarthy & Smith Consulting, specializing in Biosurveillance, Bioforensics, Biodefense, and Biosecurity. From 2014 to 2017, Kimothy was Professor of Advanced Analytics at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada, and from 2012 to 2014 was Professor of Microbiology and Epidemiology at the University of Nevada School of Community Health Sciences. Kimothy earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University to then become a practicing veterinarian for almost ten years. Kimothy earned his Ph.D. in molecular epidemiology from Louisiana State University in 1999, where he was curator of the Worldwide Bacillus anthracis collection.

Shane
Shane Sullivan

VP, Sales 

Shane

Shane Sullivan

VP, Sales 

Shane Sullivan has spent nearly two decades in sales leadership roles in healthcare, life science, and biopharmaceutical industries. Shane brings industry experience, an extensive professional network, and strong customer focus to our team at Nephros. Prior to Nephros, Shane led the sales team at Saxton Bradley with a focus on the healthcare and scientific market. Before that, Shane was the Western Regional Sales Manager at Thermo Scientific (NYSE: TMO) for nearly 11 years, where he led the $175 million laboratory furnishings and airflow products division to ten consecutive quarterly double-digit increases in the western region. Prior to Thermo Scientific, Shane was with Applied Instruments, where he helped to grow the business, strengthened the company’s roots, and developed a strong understanding of the distribution market. Prior to that,  Shane led the launch and direct sales efforts of MDT Castle’s life science and pharmaceutical sterilization business, which ultimately contributed to the merger that formed Getinge-Castle. Shane earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Vashone
Vashone Thomas

VP, Quality, Regulatory, & Human Resources

Vashone

Vashone Thomas

VP, Quality, Regulatory, & Human Resources

With over 10 years of experience in the medical device, laboratory, and scientific product industries, Vashone R. Thomas leads Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, and Human Resources functions at Nephros. Vashone is responsible for leading and strategically directing the organization in matters surrounding Quality and Regulatory, and is accountable for the design, development, execution, and administration of the Quality Management System (QMS) in meeting all compliance requirements nationally and globally. Prior to Nephros, Vashone successfully implemented and maintained ISO13485, QMS, 510(k), and product submissions, for Integrated Dental Systems, as well as, implemented and maintained ISO9001 and ISO17025 compliance at Applied DNA Sciences.  Vashone holds a Master of Science degree from Pace University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University at Buffalo, and is a Lead ISO13485 Certified Auditor.

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