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Avinger Inc (AVGR.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Cullen

73 2017 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Jeffrey Soinski

54 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Matthew Ferguson

49 2013 Chief Business Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Sougata Banerjee

50 2015 Senior Vice President - Operations and Quality

Himanshu Patel

57 2013 Chief Technology Officer

Philip Preuss

39 2015 Vice President - Marketing and Business Operations

Thomas Fogarty

83 2014 Independent Director

Donald Lucas

53 2013 Independent Director

James McElwee

63 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Cullen

Mr. James G. Cullen is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Cullen has been on Avinger's Board of Directors since December 2014 and has been its Lead Independent Director since January 2015. He served as a director of Johnson & Johnson from 1995 until 2015, and was Presiding Director of the Johnson & Johnson board from 2003 to 2012. Mr. Cullen currently serves as a director of Agilent Technologies and Keysight Technologies, an electronic measurement spin-off from Agilent. He served as Agilent's non-executive Chairman of the Board from 2005 until March 2017. Mr. Cullen was non-executive Chairman of the Board of Neustar, Inc. from 2010 until its acquisition earlier in 2017. He is also a past director and member of the investment and finance committees of Prudential Financial, Inc. In 2000, Mr. Cullen retired as President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of Bell Atlantic Corporation (now Verizon), positions he held since 1993.

Jeffrey Soinski

Mr. Jeffrey M. Soinski is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Avinger, Inc. He served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since December 2014. From its formation in September 2009 until the acquisition of its Unisyn business by GE Healthcare in May 2013, Mr. Soinski served as Chief Executive Officer of Medical Imaging Holdings and its primary operating company Unisyn Medical Technologies, a national provider of technology-enabled products and services to the medical imaging industry. Mr. Soinski remains a Director of Medical Imaging Holdings and its remaining operating company Consensys Imaging Service. From July 2008 to June 2013, Mr. Soinski served periodically as a Special Venture Partner for Galen Partners, a leading healthcare-focused private equity firm, which has Medical Imaging Holdings as one of its portfolio companies. From 2001 until its acquisition by C.R. Bard in 2008, Mr. Soinski was President and CEO of Specialized Health Products International, a publicly-traded manufacturer and marketer of proprietary safety medical products. Mr. Soinski served as a consultant to BLOXR Corporation, a venture-backed medical device company, from October 2013 until September 2014. He served on the board of directors of Merriman Holdings, parent of Merriman Capital, a San Francisco-based investment banking and brokerage firm, from 2008 until March 2016. Mr. Soinski holds a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College.

Matthew Ferguson

Mr. Matthew B. Ferguson serves as Chief Business Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Avinger, Inc. He is also as our Co-President from August 2012 to October 2013. From December 2009 to December 2010, Mr. Ferguson served as the Chief Financial Officer at Tethys Bioscience, a provider of molecular diagnostic tests for cardiometabolic conditions. From January 2008 to April 2009 he served as the Chief Financial Officer at Proteolix, a developer of novel drugs for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. Mr. Ferguson also served as the Chief Financial Officer and as Vice President of Finance and Business Development at FoxHollow Technologies. Mr. Ferguson holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Sougata Banerjee

Mr. Sougata Banerjee serves as Senior Vice President - Operations and Quality of Avinger, Inc. He joined out company in January 2012 and has served as our Senior Vice President of Operations and Quality since February 2015 and served as our Senior Vice President of Operations from January 2012 to January 2015. From November 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Banerjee was Vice President of Operations and Quality at Evalve where he oversaw the acquisition of Evalve by Abbott Laboratories in 2009 and led the post-acquisition integration and business expansion as Head of Operations at Abbott Vascular, Structural Heart. Prior to Evalve, Mr. Banerjee served as Plant Manager at Epicor, holding general management responsibilities including operations, quality, product development, finance, human resources, and providing leadership in product commercialization and new product introductions. Prior to Epicor, Mr. Banerjee held several operations leadership positions at several business units of Boston Scientific. Earlier in his career, Mr. Banerjee held various engineering positions at Crompton-Greaves, Caterpillar, and Larsen-Toubro. Mr. Banerjee received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India and an M.S. in Industrial Management from Clemson University.

Himanshu Patel

Mr. Himanshu N. Patel serves as Chief Technology Officer of Avinger, Inc. He served as our Chief Technology Officer from January 2011 to November 2011 and since October 2013. From September 1999 to February 2007, Mr. Patel led research and development activities as the Director of Advanced Technologies at FoxHollow Technologies. Mr. Patel holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.S. University of Baroda, India, and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Philip Preuss

Mr. Philip R. Preuss serves as Vice President - Marketing and Business Operations of Avinger, Inc., since April 2015. Mr. Preuss handles general business management, strategic operations and partnerships. Mr. Preuss spent almost five years in New York City working in equity research, eventually becoming an Associate Director at UBS. During this time, he also supplemented his finance, accounting, and analytical skills by becoming a CFA charterholder. Following his MBA and prior to Avinger, he joined Foxhollow Technologies as a Senior Associate in Corporate Development, where he worked on internal strategic priorities and the exploration of external business opportunities. Mr. Preuss holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Thomas Fogarty

Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty, M.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Fogarty served as a member of our board of directors since December 2014. Dr. Fogarty is a managing director of Emergent Medical Partners, an investment firm focused on private medical device companies, which he founded in 2007. Prior to Emergent Medical Partners, Dr. Fogarty held various positions at Stanford University where he performed both cardiac and peripheral vascular surgery. His positions at Stanford University included Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery and President of the Medical Staff. Dr. Fogarty holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Xavier University and an M.D. from Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Donald Lucas

Mr. Donald A. Lucas is an Independent Director of Avinger, Inc. Mr. Lucas served as a member of our board of directors since 2013 and has been an investor in our company since 2011. Mr. Lucas has been a venture capitalist since 1985, having invested in companies such as Oracle, Macromedia and Cadence Design alongside his father Donald L. Lucas. Mr. Lucas has sourced or led investments in companies such as Intuitive Surgical, Coulter Pharmaceutical, Dexcom, Infinera, Signifyd, Obalon Therapeutics, MD Insider, Palantir and Theranos. Mr. Lucas has served on the boards of Dexcom and the Silicon Valley Chapter of the JDRF and is a member of the UCSF Diabetes Center Leadership Council. Mr. Lucas holds a B.A. from Santa Clara University.

James McElwee

Mr. James B. McElwee is an Independent Director of Avinger, Inc. Mr. McElwee served as a member of our board of directors since March 2011. Mr. McElwee serves as an independent venture capital investor since 2010. Mr. McElwee served as general partner of Weston Presidio, a private equity and venture capital firm, from 1992 to 2010. During his tenure as a general partner and member of the investment committee, Weston Presidio led the start up financing of JetBlue Airways and made investments in Fender Musical Instruments, The Coffee Connection, Guitar Center, Mapquest, Party City, Petzazz, RE/MAX, and others. Prior to Weston Presidio, Mr. McElwee was Senior Vice President of the Security Pacific Venture Capital Group and the founding Managing Director of its Menlo Park office where he was responsible for early private investments in Costco,Universal Health Services, Cypress Semiconductor, Aspect Telecommunications, Xilinx, MIPS Computer Systems, Harmonic, Microchip, Vitesse and others. Prior to entering the venture capital industry in 1979, Mr. McElwee was a Senior Consultant with Accenture working on a variety of clients in the retailing, healthcare and technology industries. Mr. McElwee holds a B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College and an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of Business.

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