Leadership

Changing the game in health care

With a team that has the experience and the know-how to make the enormous complexities of a wireless connection simple, Qualcomm Life is defining and connecting the wireless health network.
Rick Valencia
Rick Valencia//President

As the founder and President of Qualcomm’s health care subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Rick directs all of Qualcomm’s commercial healthcare activities. He also has a hand in driving innovation outside the company through his involvement in the World Economic Forum as the co-chair of the Value in Health Initiative, his oversight of both the $100 million Qualcomm Life Fund and the $100 million dRx Capital which make venture investments in digital health startups. Rick is also a board member of Tandem Diabetes Care, (TNDM) a fast-growing insulin infusion pump manufacturer based in San Diego, CA.

Previously, Rick was the founder and CEO of ProfitLine, building the company from a one-man consulting firm into a 200 person, multi-million dollar enterprise. He uses his business building know-how to help students and fellow entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies as a mentor at the Founder Institute, a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum and a member of the Board of Advisors at the University of San Diego School of Business. Rick is also a board member of Pedal the Cause, a cancer research fundraising organization.

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JC Kyrillos
Jean-Claude "JC" Kyrillos//Senior Vice President and General Manager

Jean-Claude "JC" Kyrillos is the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Qualcomm Life. In this role, he has responsibility for the company's worldwide operating units and driving operational excellence across the company.

JC has 30 years of diversified business experience, including 15 years of executive leadership in the medical device industry in acute care, homecare, and diagnostics. Prior to joining Qualcomm Life, JC was the worldwide vice president and general manager of BD’s (Becton, Dickinson and Company) global Infusion Solutions business (previously CareFusion). In this role, he led BD’s Alaris® infusion pump systems, including embedded and enterprise software with over $1 billion in annual revenues and ~5,000 global employees. Infusion pump systems are medical devices used to infuse drugs, fluids, and nutrition – predominantly for intravenous (IV) indications. Before BD/CareFusion, JC was president, ResMed Ventures and Initiatives and previously Co-Leader for ResMed, Americas. ResMed is a medical device company focused on sleep-disordered breathing, including obstructive sleep apnea. JC was the 16th employee and later Chief Operating Officer of GeneOhm Sciences a venture capital backed molecular diagnostics company focusing on rapid response diagnostic tests for infectious disease. GeneOhm was purchased by BD in 2006. Earlier in his career JC held several positions at Honeywell International, including finance leader for a ~$500 mil in annual revenues electronic materials business where he was based for three years in Hong Kong. JC serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Blood Bank and the Sharp Healthcare Foundation. He earned a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA with Honors in History from Colgate University.

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Frederic Darguesse
Frederic Darguesse//Vice President, Engineering

Frederic Darguesse brings more than 14 years of experience in software engineering and managing teams in innovative product development. Since joining Capsule in 2002, he has led the design and development of DataCaptor 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, grown the R&D team, and developed the engineering practices. Frederic also created the hardware department in R&D for the design and development of the Capsule Neuron platform. Before joining Capsule, Frederic held various engineering and management positions working with high performance streaming servers and decoders in the video industry and the insurance industry.

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Andy D’Ascenzo
Andy D’Ascenzo//Vice President, Global Sales

Andy D’Ascenzo is the Vice President of Global Sales for Qualcomm Life. He has overall responsibility for the company's global sales strategy, sales process, training and organizational design.

Andy has an extensive 30-year background in the healthcare business. Over the course of his career, Andy has specialized in helping sales leadership teams effectively sell and succeed in the C-Suite. Most recently, he was the VP of Sales for the Medication Management Solutions business for the East Area at Becton Dickinson & Co (formerly CareFusion), where he was responsible for $200 million in incremental annual medical device and software solution sales. He drove better together enterprise wide medication management solution synergies for the Alaris® IV medication infusion pump and Pyxis™ medication dispensing cabinet portfolios for acute care hospitals. Prior, Andy held several executive sales leadership roles at CareFusion leading the Alaris® Infusion Systems business (which was acquired by Cardinal Health and then spun out to become CareFusion) including National VP of Sales, responsible for $450 million in annual sales and the VP of Sales for the Central Area and the VP of Sales for the East Area. Before joining Alaris in 1996, Andy held sales and operations positions at West Pharmaceutical Services and Baxter Healthcare. Andy holds a BS in Business Administration/Operations Management and an MBA from Villanova University.

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Kevin Phillips
Kevin Phillips//Vice President, Product Management

Kevin Phillips has over 10 years of experience in various roles within the health care, medical device and diagnostic industries. He oversees the Company's global product management activities. Prior to joining Capsule, Kevin held positions at TransMedics and PathoGenetix (formerly US Genomics). His career has been focused on new product development, product marketing, market analysis, strategic alliances, corporate operations, and sales.

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John McHutcheon
John McHutcheon//Vice President, Operations

John McHutcheon brings over 12 years of experience in the healthcare market and a solid understanding of bio-medical devices. A strong customer advocate with a technical background, John is responsible for managing all customer and partner implementations of Capsule’s medical device connectivity solution as well as overseeing worldwide hardware distribution. Prior to joining Capsule, John held management positions at Wang Healthcare overseeing interface and conversion projects.

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Rena Bradham
Rena Bradham//Vice President, Global Marketing

Rena Bradham is the Vice President of Global Marketing for Qualcomm Life. In this role, she leads developing and driving global strategic marketing including commercialization strategy, communications, brand, sales collateral and launch. She also has a strong link to both sales and product management to define market opportunities and requirements.

Rena has more than 21 years of experience and a proven track record in global and domestic marketing, strategy development and execution, product development and launch excellence, and lifecycle management, as well as customer insights, product innovation, market development, sales and marketing communications, and training development.

Most recently, Rena led a global marketing and strategy team for a $2.1B in revenue (Medication Management Solutions) division of Becton Dickinson. She has also held various executive and marketing leadership positions at companies including CareFusion, Smiths Medical, Intraluminal Therapeutics, Guidant Corp and Boston Scientific. Rena's healthcare experience includes hospital and home care, in large companies and startups.

Rena holds a double Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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Chris Talbot
Chris Talbot//Vice President & General Manager, 2net Business

Chris is vice president responsible for the 2net business at Qualcomm Life. In this role, Chris leads the team responsible for developing, operating and growing the 2net platform that is underpinning the internet of medical things outside of the hospital. Chris founded the 2net Platform at Qualcomm Labs, leading the team that created the core products and services that set the foundation for the Qualcomm Life business. With 20 years of business development and marketing leadership, Chris has spent his career starting new domestic and international businesses within and outside Qualcomm across various sectors spanning Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless communications, commercial space missions, defense surveillance systems and telehealth systems and services. Prior to Qualcomm, Chris spent 10 years at MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates, helping grow the company into Canada's leading space and information services company, by creating new commercial space missions, leading the company into new market segments, and developing international business in Europe, Asia and the US. Chris holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor's degree in commerce from McGill University.

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Chris Saunders
Chris Saunders//Senior Director, Finance

Chris Saunders is the Senior Director of Finance for Qualcomm Life. As a member of the Qualcomm Life management team, he has overall responsibility for all finance and accounting functions within the business. Chris brings 25 years of finance experience including roles in large publicly traded companies, smaller venture backed technology companies as well as public accounting.

For the past 12 years, Chris has held various roles within Qualcomm Finance specializing in new and developing technologies. Most recently, he has served as head of finance for Qualcomm Life since its inception. Prior to that, he managed finance for several other emerging technologies with Qualcomm as well as the Qualcomm Venture Fund. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Chris served as Vice-President of Finance for a venture backed technology company in San Diego. He began his career with Price Waterhouse in Chicago where he spent six years working in their multinational public company audit practice.

Chris holds a BS in Accounting from Boston College and has been a licensed CPA in Illinois and California.

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Dana Mix
Dana Mix//Director, Human Resources

Dana Mix is a Human Resources executive with over 18 years of experience working in global hi-tech/health-technology Fortune 500 companies. Trusted HR leader who has managed HR teams, and implemented global HR initiatives across a diverse set of functions and regions. Dana received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of California, San Diego, and her Masters in Organizational Behavior from C.S.P.P. In addition, she is SPHR certified as well as a certified 360 coach and trainer.

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