As a board observer and senior advisor to the company, Earl Slee brings extensive medical device innovation and business development expertise.

Nashville, TN February 3, 2022 – Vesalio is pleased to announce the addition of Earl Slee as a board observer and senior advisor to the company, effective immediately.

Earl brings over 35 years of medical device innovation and business development expertise to Vesalio. As an engineering and business innovator in the medical device space, Earl holds 28 U.S. patents, with innovations that have defined the standard of care in endovascular stroke treatment. The 1998 neurovascular start-up where he led R&D climbed from zero to over $1 billion in annual revenue. Most recently, he led the Technology, Strategy and Business Development group for Medtronic Brain Therapies – an organization focused on developing and commercializing endovascular therapies for hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke, as well as other neurological conditions.

Earl joined Micro Therapeutics Inc. in 1998 as VP of R&D, where he led the development of a treatment for arteriovenous malformations. In 2006, after ev3 acquired Micro Therapeutics, he served as VP of R&D and invented the first stent-retriever for acute ischemic stroke (Solitaire FR). In 2010, after Covidien acquired ev3, Earl continued to serve as VP of R&D and Business Development and was integrally involved in launching the Pipeline Flow Diverter. When Medtronic acquired Covidien in 2015, Earl served as interim VP/General Manager of the Enabling Technology business (>$1B in annual revenue), earned the 2017 Patent of Distinction award, and was inducted as a Bakken Fellow in 2016. Earl retired from Medtronic in October 2020.

“I am impressed with the drive of Vesalio to create innovation focused on improving patient care during a life-threatening vascular event,” said Earl Slee. “We need to do more to ensure all patients with a blood clot get the help they need to live life as fully as possible. I look forward to being part of Vesalio’s effort to bring to market solutions that reimagine, improve and progress the treatment of vascular conditions.”

Earl holds a bachelor’s degree in physics with a minor in mechanical engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He also holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College and an MSEE from San Diego State University.

“We are delighted to have Earl Slee join our mission,” remarked Steve Rybka, Vesalio chief executive officer. “With his years of innovation and leadership in the neurovascular and neurosurgery markets, Earl’s guidance will be invaluable as we further develop the NeVaTM neurovascular platform and as we extend our proprietary clot removal technologies into other thrombectomy applications.”

About Vesalio
Founded in 2013, Vesalio is a privately held medical device company focused on advancing patient care in vascular occlusion by providing physicians superior technology designed to improve clinical outcomes. The Company’s proprietary NeVaTM platform was designed to consistently achieve first-pass recanalization in acute ischemic stroke by effectively removing all types of neurovascular clots from patient anatomy. For more information, visit

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