Investors

Heru’s investors are a stellar group of physicans and professionals in medical technology, real estate development, publishing and other key industries.

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Fred Drasner

Chairman of Three Seasons Capital, LLC

Fred Drasner is presently Chairman of Three Seasons Capital, LLC, a venture capital firm. Mr. Drasner joined Shaw, Pittman, Potts and Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) in 1972 as a tax lawyer and served as its principal Tax Partner until 1985. In 1985, Mr. Drasner, with a partner, acquired U. S. News &World Report and served as its CEO and Co-Chairman from 1985 to 2004.
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In 1993, he handled the acquisition of the New York Daily News and remained co-owner, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Publisher until 2004.

Mr. Drasner founded Fast Company Magazine in 1995 and served as CEO until its sale 1999. In 1985, Mr. Drasner reorganized PPI (a subsidiary of U.S. News) into Applied Graphics Technologies, took it public in 1996 (NASDAQ), and served as its Chairman and CEO from 1985 until its sale in 2003. During that period, it grew into the world’s largest Digital Image Management company. Mr. Drasner also served as Chairman of Applied Printing Technologies, a sister company to Applied Graphics, from 1985 to 2003. Mr. Drasner was one of the initial investors in Snyder Communications (NYSE) and a board member until its sale to Havas for $2.3 billion in 1999. He was co-owner and Vice Chairman of The Washington Redskins football team from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Drasner served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ventiv Health, Inc. (now inVentiv Health Inc. NASDAQ); Applied Graphics Technologies (NASDAQ); Snyder Communications (NYSE) and the Washington Redskins. Mr. Drasner was one of the founders of the Vehicle Production Group in 2007 and served as its Chairman until its sale in 2013.

Mr. Drasner has a B.S. degree from New York University, a J.D. degree from American University, Washington College of Law, and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

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Maurice R. Ferré, MD

Chief Executive Office and Chairman, INSIGHTEC

Maurice Ferré, MD is a seasoned serial entrepreneur in the medical technology industry. Dr. Ferré is currently Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at INSIGHTEC, the innovator of incisionless surgery. Prior to this, Dr. Ferré, served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of MAKO Surgical Corporation, a robotic surgical company that he co-founded.
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In 2013, the company was acquired by Stryker Corp. for $1.65 billion. He also served as Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Visualization Technology Inc. (VTI) which became the world leader in image guided surgery for ENT, cranial and orthopedics procedures before the company was acquired by GE Healthcare. Dr. Ferré was the recipient of the prestigious Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007 and 2020. He was also awarded Bio-Florida’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Dr. Ferré received his medical degree and a master’s degree in public health from Boston University.

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Christopher C. Dewey

Partner, Ceros Financial Services

Christopher C. Dewey currently serves as a Managing Director of Ceros Financial Services, Inc. He was a Founder and President of The Cannon Group Inc, a/k/a Cannon Films, the first independent film company to finance, produce and distribute motion pictures worldwide. Cannon became a public company in 1972 and was thereafter sold.
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He was a Partner and Institutional Sales Manager of high yield corporate bonds at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., from 1980 to 1990. In 1990 he joined Scully Brothers & Foss/The Marion Group, L.P. as Managing Partner where he remained until 1994. Mr. Dewey was Executive Vice President and Head of high yield sales at Jefferies & Company, Inc. from 1994 until 2007. While at Jefferies, he developed a business with partners, Bonds Direct, which Jefferies purchased, and a venture fund called Robotics Ventures. He held the position of Vice Chairman of the Board at National Securities Corporation from 2007 until 2011. Mr. Dewey was a founding board member of Mako Surgical, and he served on both the audit and compensation committees when the company went public until its sale to Stryker Corp. in 2013.

Mr. Dewey has been a founding investor and board member of many successful startups, including Auris Surgical Corp, which was sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2019, Procept BioRobotics, ShockWave Medical, which went public in 2019, OrthoSensor, DermaSensor, Amerinac Holdings, Cephea Valve Technologies, which was sold to Abbot Labs in 2019, GI Windows, HistoSonics, Inc., Insightec Ltd., Magic Leap, Me-mic Innovative Surgery, Inc., MIVI Neuroscience Inc., Triflow Cardiovascular, Inc., Potrero Medical Inc., and Pristine Surgical, LLC.

Mr. Dewey has served as a Managing Director of Ceros Financial Services, Inc. since June 2019. Mr. Dewey holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton Graduate School, 1987.

Frederic H. Moll, MD

Chief Development Officer, Johnson and Johnson Medical Devices Companies

Frederic H. Moll, MD is a medical device developer and entrepreneur and has been called the father of robotic surgery. Dr. Moll is currently Chief Development Officer of Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies and serves on the board of directors of 11 other companies. Prior to this, he was CEO of Auris Health, Inc.
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He also founded and served as the first CEO of Hansen Medical, and founded Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Dr. Moll was a board member of Mako Surgical until its sale in 2013.

Dr. Moll received his M.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, an M.S. degree in Management from Stanford University’s Sloan Program and a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Robert Wennett

President, UIA Management

Robert Wennett is President of UIA Management, LLC (UIA) and has over 25 years of experience in acquisitions and structuring and negotiating real estate transactions aggregating three billion dollars in value. In his role as President, Mr. Wennett is responsible for UIA’s ambitious national development plan, as well as the creation and implementation of its investment and acquisition strategies.
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Most recently, Wennett was responsible for the acquisition and planned development of the Miami Produce Center in the heart of Allapattah. Miami Produce creates a new destination for the City while retaining the district’s industrial character. His project 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach has received international status and acclaim and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair.

Prior to forming UIA, Mr. Wennett founded and served as President of Starwood Urban Investments, L.L.C., where he was responsible for all aspects of the strategic direction and operation of the company. Prior to forming Starwood Urban, Mr. Wennett was Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Executive Officer at Federal Realty Investment Trust, one of the largest publicly-traded real estate investment trusts.

Mr. Wennett received a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University. He is active in many civic and cultural activities and charitable organizations.

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Alberto Beeck

Managing Partner, VH Properties and Director, Virgin Hotels

Alberto Beeck is an investor who combines his time between different businesses and social impact activities in the education sector. He is Managing Partner of Cranley Investments Holdings, Managing Partner of VH Properties, and Chairman of Lumni (a company that invests in human capital).
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He also serves on the boards of Industria Works, DB Andean Towers, WE Family Offices Holdings, and Endeavor Miami.

Mr. Beeck was until recently a member of the board of trustees of Georgetown University. He is founder and chairman of Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, and founder, current board member, and former Chairman of Georgetown’s Latin American Board. He is a member of the Group of 50 and YPO.

Until 2008, he was president of Cementos Pacasmayo, a Peruvian cement production and distribution company, and executive director of Hochschild Mining Plc., a UK-listed precious metals company, with activities in several countries in Latin America and Canada. He started his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and subsequently worked at Dillon Read, Barings, and ING Barings in New York and London, where he headed the Latin American Investment Banking Group. Mr. Beeck received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. He was born in Lima, Perú.

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Andrés Moreno

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Open Education

Andrés Moreno is the Chairman and CEO of Open Education, the leader in internet-based instruction in Latin America. In this capacity he oversees the company’s holdings, including Open English, the #1 online language platform in Latin America and Next U, the fastest growing online technology skills learning platform in the same region.
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Open Education has enrolled +1M students since founding and raised over USD $140 million in venture capital to drive the company’s expansion.

Growing up in eight countries spanning three continents, Mr. Moreno developed a passion and appreciation for learning languages. He previously co-founded Optimal English, a company that provided English-language training to Latin American executives at Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Moreno is a multifaceted entrepreneur involved in a myriad of projects of regional impact. He is a founding partner at Escala Ventures, a company builder and scale-up accelerator focused on SaaS businesses with regional projection. He’s also a founding board member and Co-Chair of Endeavor Miami, a leading promoter of entrepreneurship globally.

Mr. Moreno travels frequently to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries to hold conferences on success and entrepreneurship. He’s also the recipient of a number of notable awards, including Babson College recognizing him as the “Latin American Entrepreneur of Decade” and the Software Report selecting him as one of the top 25 Education Technology CEOs of 2019.

Additional Heru Investors

Eric Ridder Jr.

Catherine Ridder

Eric Ridder III

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