Robert A. Kline
Robert A. Kline is a serial entrepreneur and executive with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare and life science industries. Mr. Kline has served as Chief Executive Officer of numerous life science companies, most notably Medivance Corporation, where he served as Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer and built the company into the worldwide leader in therapeutic hypothermia treatment for critically ill patients before ultimately being acquired by C.R. Bard Corporation (NYSE: BCR) in 2011 for $260M. Soon thereafter, Mr. Kline was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the Mountain/Desert Region by Ernst and Young.
Currently, Mr. Kline serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of JustRight Surgical®, LLC. JustRight Surgical develops and markets mini-laparoscopic surgical devices that improve and enable laparoscopic procedures in patients where access is limited and visibility reduced. The Company’s RF vessel sealing instruments and mini-staplers are currently in use in more than 100 children's hospitals in the U.S. and Europe.
Prior to JustRight, Mr. Kline served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of EndoShape®, Inc., a company developing unique vascular embolization products based on its proprietary shape memory polymer material.
Mr. Kline has also served as the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of ViroCyt®, Inc., a biotech tools company. ViroCyt was founded to develop and commercialize rapid virus quantification methods which can be used to accelerate development of new vaccines and gene therapy applications. The company’s products were quickly adopted by leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies and ViroCyt was acquired by Sartorius AG (EPA: DIM) in July 2016.
Mr. Kline earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, a Master’s in Science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Colorado College.