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Meet the URO-1 Team

Meet the 



Our goal is to improve the current standard of care in prostate biopsy and other soft tissue biopsies.

Ted Belleza – President & CEO

Ted is a San Francisco Bay Area based serial entrepreneur with over 35 years’ experience creating and commercializing endoscopic instruments used in urology, gynecology and general surgery. Most of the instruments he launched are still in use today. Several have become standard of care. His own experience with prostate biopsy several years ago drove his decision to come out of retirement and develop a better device/method for the procedure. In addition to his passion for entrepreneurship, Ted relishes family time (4 children, 6 grandchildren), wildlife photography and wandering with his wife (of many decades) in their RV.


Kevin Rackers –  CTO

Kevin is owner and president, Automation Techniques, Inc., a 23 yr old contract R&D and manufacturing company.  The company has designed and built medical devices and laboratory equipment for Fortune 500 companies and numerous start-up companies.  He is an inventor in over 25 patents. Kevin started his career designing nuclear reactor plant systems for US Navy submarines. At the University of Texas where he received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he led a team in a consortium that developed a dual arm robot control software for the International Space Station.

Chloe Chan – Consulting CFO

Chloe Chan is known as the archetypal CFO for high tech start-ups; this was quoted on CNBC’s Power Lunch during her third company’s IPO.  Chloe’s successful IPOs include Adaptec, Inc., Auspex Systems, and Alteon WebSystems which eventually lead to the M&A with Nortel Networks. She was V.P. Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Ruckus Wireless, Inc., Outspark, Inc., LiveLeaf Bioscience, Inc. and Grazix Animal Health, Incr. She most recently guided the acquisition of Otosense by Analog Devices Inc.

John J. Smith MD, FACS – CMO

Dr. Jack Smith has been involved with research and teaching for his entire 26-year career. From his days as a master’s candidate in Physiology at Georgetown to Urology training at the Lahey Clinic in Boston, he has been involved in clinical research and scientific trials as well as mentoring scores of residents and medical students. He has a keen interest in bladder dysfunction and sphincter function.  He has held academic posts while affiliated with Harvard, Tufts and Wake Forest (WF), including the WF Institute of Regenerative Medicine.


Jack Snoke – VP Applications Development

Jack is an entrepreneur/industrial designer. He started and grew INNO, an Atlanta-based full-service design and development consultancy that developed medical devices for Johnson & Johnson, CR Bard and Abbott Labs and consumer products for Coca-Cola and Sears Craftsman Power Tools. After selling the company, he continued developing and licensing medical products to such companies as BIOMET and consumer products to Weber Grills. In his most recent venture Jack developed an endoscope sheath with a deflectable tip licensed to a third party.


Philip Allred – VP R&D

Philip has spent over 20 years developing medical devices. After starting as a co-op in high school working for a multinational medical instrument company, he has built a successful contract product development company. His portfolio of successful products includes endoscopes, catheters for brain aneurysm and for deep vein thrombosis, and instruments for spinal fusion, urodynamics and biometrics. He is a named inventor in 16 patents.

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