ABOUT US

NICO Corporation, formed in October 2007, is dedicated to developing technology for the field of corridor surgery, including Cranial, ENT, Spinal and Otolaryngology where access to the surgical site is limited. Our technology and products are designed to progress corridor surgery by creating instruments that allow for access through smaller openings and resection of soft tissue abnormalities.

OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

JIM PEARSON

Founder, President & CEO of NICO Corporation and has more than 20 years experience in health care and medical device. Named Ernst and Young’s Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007.

JOSEPH MARK

Founder and Chief Technology Officer of NICO Corporation. Develops innovative products that improve patient care and provide medical community with clinically advanced methods of tissue removal, which earned him the title of “Health Care Hero.”

JEFFREY HANTHORN

Founder, Vice President and COO of NICO Corporation and has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, professional services, start-ups, HR and business development, including 20 years with Eli Lilly & Company.

CRAIG BLANCHARD

Vice President of Marketing & Product Utilization and has 20 years of experience in healthcare with16 years working for the combination of Guidant/Boston Scientific Corporation. Received his undergraduate Industrial Engineering Degree from Purdue University and law degree from Indiana University.

PAUL SANDEFER

Vice President of Clinical with over 25 years experience in healthcare, including Clinical Director at Suros Surgical Systems. Named NICO MVP in 2013.

PENNY SEKERAK

Vice President of Professional Education & Clinical Affairs with over 25 years experience in the hospital and healthcare industry including clinical market development and demand generation positions in medical device and diagnostic companies. Named NICO MVP in 2014.


OUR DIRECTORS

Trisha Baumgardt
Product Marketing Director, Tumor
trisha.baumgardt@niconeuro.com

Jay Dittman
Quality & Regulatory Director
jay.dittman@niconeuro.com

Craig Gaffin
Western Sales Director
craig.gaffin@niconeuro.com

Troy Gardner
Product Marketing Director, Vascular
troy.gardner@niconeuro.com 

Jo Ellen Hansen 
Director, Supply Chain
joellen.hansen@niconeuro.com

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Inder Jarial
Operations Manager
inder.jarial@niconeuro.com

Lauren Murphy
Clinical Director
lauren.murphy@niconeuro.com

Chuck Poulsen 
Eastern Sales Director
chuck.poulsen@niconeuro.com

Kari Ventura
Finance Director
kari.ventura@niconeuro.com

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

James Baumgardt
Chairman of the Board
Former Board Chairman, Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.
Former President, Guidant NA Sales
Chairman, Guidant Foundation

Keith Brauer
Board Director
Former Board Member, Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.
Former CFO, Guidant Corporation
Former Executive, Eli Lilly and Company

Jeffrey Hanthorn
COO and Board Member
Former Vice President of HR, Sales and Operations,
Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.
Founding Partner, Revelant Technologies, LLC
20-year Executive, Eli Lilly and Company

Joseph Mark
Chief Technology Officer and Board Member
Co-Founder & Former Board Member, Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.
Board Member, SCP Limited
Co-Founder & Board Member, Promex, Inc.

J. Carter McNabb
Board Member

Managing Director, River Cities Capital Funds
Board Member, OrthoScan, Inc.
Board Member, Health Integrated
Board Member, AcceleCare Wound Centers, Inc.
Board Member, PerfectServe, Inc.

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Niles L. Noblitt
Board Member
Trustee, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Former Co-Founder, Biomet, Inc.
Former Chairman of the Board, Biomet, Inc.
Former Managing Director, BioMer CV, Zwijndrecht, The Netherlands

Jim Pearson
President & CEO and Board Member
Former President & CEO, Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.
Former Board Member, Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.
Former Divisional President, Hologic, Inc.
Former President & CEO, Summit Medical

Harry Gonso
General Counsel
Senior Partner, Ice Miller, LLP

Ryan C. Kitchell
Board Observer
Executive Vice President & CFO
IU Health

 

Kyle Salyers
Board Observer
Vice President, Clarian Health Ventures,Inc.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of NICO Corporation is to revolutionize minimally invasive neurosurgical care through the creation of innovative breakthrough technologies, proper education and teamwork resulting in better clinical and economic outcomes.

NICO TECHNOLOGY & COMPANY HISTORY

NICO’s roadmap to success has been a journey of exciting challenges and achievements. Click the link below to see our milestones from 2007 to today!

CORE GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The following core guiding principles steer NICO’s research and technology:

  • Develop technology that addresses the unmet needs of the patient.
  • Develop technology that “levels the playing field” for the clinician so that as higher levels of procedural difficulty are encountered, the ability to address clinical outcomes remain reproducible and predictable.
  • Develop technology that addresses economic outcomes for the health care provider.