Howard Edelman is a medical device executive accomplished in all phases of medical product development and operations in a variety of organizational structures. Most recently, Mr. Edelman was General Manager of Cothera, a division of United Orthopedic Group, a global orthopedic company which provides medical devices and patient services into the secondary orthopedic market. Cothera was recently purchased by Breg in November of 2014. Mr. Edelman advises a variety of medical device and biotech companies and is an Expert Advisor with the California Life Sciences Association (BayBio), a mentor at the UCSF Lean Launchpad, and a coach at the Alchemist Accelerator. He is also a member of Life Science Angels, the premier angel investment group investing in medical devices, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and digital health.
Previously, Howard Edelman was the Founder and CEO of VitalWear, a leader in thermal and compression therapy. In 2009, VitalWear was named on the INC 500 list of fastest growing private companies and on the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100. In 2010, Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry listed VitalWear as one of the top 50 medical device companies to watch. Mr. Edelman has served in management roles in firms such as Johnson & Johnson, Zeiss, CooperVision, and Bio-Rad Laboratories and various startup companies in the Bay Area. Mr. Edelman sat on the Research Committee for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Mr. Edelman holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University.