Fred Kornahrens, a Mentor-in-Residence (MIR) with Duke New Ventures, brings 28+ years of experience in medical device technologies that spans large company, startup and turnaround ventures with a proven record of building company value. In addition to working as a Duke MIR, Fred is President of Silver Spire Consulting, a medical device consulting firm. He is also a member of Triangle Angel Partners II Fund (TAP II) serving on the screening committee and is a Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) Mentor for the Council for Entrepreneur Development (CED) in Durham.
Fred offers company formation, device technology, and executive management expertise from experience with Telectronics Pacing Systems, Datascope and Zimmer Spine along with small company/pure start-up experience with IntraTherapeutics (sold to Sulzer Medica), Raymedica, Kspine (sold to K2 Medical Group) and Cardiosolutions. Multiple technologies taken from concept through regulatory approvals and to market that include pacing leads, vascular/endovascular grafts, peripheral stents, spinal orthopedics and structural heart devices. Fred progressed through the technical ranks reorganizing/building companies, leading R&D, Product Development, Clinical, & Regulatory functional areas to include COO, President, CEO and Board Member responsibilities. Fred has directly/indirectly raised $50M+ across several companies, recruited high performing teams and led companies to key value-driving milestones.
A veteran US Air Force pilot serving as a B-52 Crewmember. Fred earned a BS Engineering, US Air Force Academy and MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.