This excerpt taken from the BEAT DEF 14A filed Sep 22, 2008.
NOMINEES FOR ELECTION FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM EXPIRING AT THE 2011 ANNUAL MEETING
Ronald A. Ahrens. Mr. Ahrens has been a member of our Board of Directors since August 2008. From 2004 to the present, Mr. Ahrens has served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and as a member of the Compensation Committee of Temptime Corporation, a food and healthcare technology company. Mr. Ahrens has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Uluru, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, June 2008 to present. Previously he served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of VIASYS Healthcare Inc., a global medical technology company, from November 2001 until its acquisition in July 2007 for $1.5 billion by Cardinal Health. Mr. Ahrens' past experience includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Closure Medical Corporation, a medical devices corporation, from 1999 through June 2004, St. Ives Laboratories, Inc., a hair and skin care company from 1995 to 1997 and from 1990 to 1993 as a member of the Board of Directors of Alcide Corporation, an animal healthcare technology company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ahrens held various positions with Merck & Co, Inc. a global pharmaceuticals products company, including President of Merck Consumer Healthcare Group Worldwide and Executive Vice President of Merck Consumer Healthcare Group International. Mr. Ahrens received an undergraduate degree in English from Concordia College and a Masters in Sacred Theology from Concordia Seminary.
Fred Middleton. Mr. Middleton has been a member of our Board of Directors since April 2000. Since 1987, he has been a General Partner/Managing Director of Sanderling Ventures, a firm specializing in biomedical venture capital. From 1984 through 1986, he was the Managing General Partner of Morgan Stanley Ventures, an affiliate of Morgan Stanley & Co. Earlier in his career, Mr. Middleton was part of the original management team at Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology company, serving there from 1978 through 1984 as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development, and Chief Financial Officer. He has played active management roles in many biomedical companies, including as Chairman, CEO or director of a number of Sanderling portfolio companies, currently including Stereotaxis, Inc., a medical device company where he serves as Chairman, and Favrille, Inc., a biotechnology company where he serves as director, as well as serving as member of the Board of Directors of several private held biomedical companies. Mr. Middleton received an
undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.