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About Sonex Health

Committed to Producing Technology that Advances and Improves Healthcare

“Refined simplicity” is the guiding principle behind Sonex Health, LLC, to drive efforts and innovations that result in elegant, effective solutions to some of the healthcare system’s most pressing needs.

Mayo Clinic physicians Darryl Barnes, MD and Jay Smith, MD and business operations expert Aaron Keenan founded Sonex Health in 2014. The three were brought together by a shared desire to create safe, effective means of treating common orthopedic conditions that would improve patient safety while decreasing procedural costs. Sonex Health, LLC has developed the SX-One MicroKnife™ with Meerkat Technology™ to treat carpal tunnel syndrome in a novel fashion, termed Micro-invasive Carpal Tunnel Release. This innovation allows carpal tunnel release, a procedure that once took place in an operating room, to be safely and effectively performed in a surgery center or office setting, resulting in rapid patient recovery, improved cosmesis, and reduced costs.

The novel technology, the SX-One MicroKnife™, is at the center of Sonex Health.

Sonex Health Executive Team

Sonex Health brings together a well-respected and experienced team of individuals who have played key roles in creating, developing, and marketing medical technologies that have positively impacted the lives of millions of patients. This team is committed to bringing their proven talent to Sonex Health, LLC, to successfully and expeditiously produce and market the new SX-One MicroKnife™.

Dr. Darryl Barnes, CEO, Founder
Dr. Barnes is one of the co-founders of Sonex Health and a co-inventor of the SX-One MicroKnife.

Dr. Barnes has a long and fruitful history of innovation in the medical device industry, having been awarded numerous patents for technology currently being used all over the country. Some of those include inventions licensed to Tenex Health, another company dedicated to providing minimally invasive treatment options.

Dr. Barnes served as Medical Director and is the immediate past President of the Medical Staff at Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea-Austin and currently practices non-operative orthopedics and sports medicine. In addition, he served as a member of the Medical Advisory Board and held the position of Associate Medical Director of Education at Tenex Health.

Dr. Barnes received his residency training at the Mayo Clinic and completed his fellowship training as a Clinical Mayo Scholar at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Jay Smith, CMO, Founder
Dr. Smith is one of the co-founders of Sonex Health and a co-inventor of the SX-One MicroKnife. He currently serves as the Chair of the Medical Advisory Board at Sonex Health.

Dr. Smith is a world renowned expert in ultrasound guided procedures and has authored over 60 peer reviewed articles related to musculoskeletal ultrasound. Drs. Smith and Barnes previously teamed up to develop the TX1 device (Tenex Health) which is used for minimally invasive treatment of tendon and other soft tissue disorders.

Dr. Smith is currently Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he has joint appointments in the Departments of Radiology and Anatomy. He is board certified in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and has a busy sports and musculoskeletal medicine practice with an emphasis on diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Mr. Aaron Keenan, MBA, CFO, Founder
Mr. Keenan is a co-founder of Sonex Health. He brings a wide range of skills and experiences to benefit Sonex: his diverse and impressive resume includes eight years in nuclear engineering operations in the U.S. Navy, six years in lean manufacturing, and over a decade in healthcare working as a medical practice administrator at Mayo Clinic. In these past roles, he’s worked with numerous physician specialties and understands financial and business operations in both a healthcare and manufacturing setting.

Mr. Keenan serves as Sonex Health’s current Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer, managing the day-to-day operations of the company.

Mr. Keenan received his undergraduate degree from Excelsior College and his executive MBA from New York Institute of Technology.

Mr. Clay Wilemon, Independent Board of Governors
Mr. Wilemon is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of DevicePharm, Inc., an award-winning integrated marketing solutions agency that has helped launch more than 400 brands, including medical device and pharmaceutical companies, biotech and life science firms, as well as hospitals, medical groups, and managed care organizations. With his expertise, he has taken companies through all phases of development–from advising companies during their start-up, pre-IPO phases to full-scale, global launches.

Mr. Wilemon is also co-founder of Tenex Health, an orthopedic device company and HealthyMe.md, an Internet health information firm.

Mr. Wilemon is currently an investor in numerous early-stage medical technology companies. He also serves on the board of directors for Tenex Health, OCTANe, American Heart Association, WiseHeart Foundation, and Third Millennium Ministries.

Mr. Wilemon is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

Mr. Bill Murray, Independent Board of Governors
Mr. Murray has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience, spanning the range of privately financed start-ups to billion-dollar-plus global businesses. Most recently, he was CEO of Envoy Medical, a privately financed commercial-stage medical device company.

Prior to Envoy, he was interim President and CEO of MTS Systems, a public, $500 million industrial technology company. He also spent more than 20 years in senior leadership at Medtronic, in roles that included president of the pacemaker business.

Currently, Mr. Murray serves on the board of MTS Systems and has previously been a member on the boards of LifeSync Holdings and ReShape Medical.

Mr. Murray received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.

Dr. Craig Johnson, Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Johnson is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in wrist and hand disorders. He is currently an Emeritus Staff Consultant in Plastic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and practices wrist and hand surgery in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Dr. Johnson practiced at Mayo Clinic for 20 years, during which time he served as Chair of Plastic Surgery and held a joint appointment in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery – Hand Division.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed full training in general surgery and plastic surgery at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Johnson was appointed a Mayo Foundation Scholar and spent one year at the Harvard School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital as a Hand and Microsurgery Fellow.

Dr. Johnson is a past President of the Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons and Program Chair for the American Association of Hand Surgeons. He is a senior examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a scientific reviewer for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Annals of Hand Surgery. He has authored 24 peer-reviewed articles, 6 book chapters, 15 editorials, and served as the guest editor for Clinics in Plastic Surgery. He is a sought after lecturer and advisor in hand surgery and plastic surgery, having delivered over 50 international and 100 national presentations. He has both personal and professional interests in carpal tunnel syndrome, being one of the few Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who has personally had carpal tunnel surgery.

Dr. Sanjeev (Sanj) Kakar, Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Kakar is an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. A graduate of St. Bartholomew’s and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, he received his surgical training at University College London, The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and The Royal Free, before completing his Orthopaedic Residency at Boston University. After receiving his Master’s in Business Administration from Babson College, he completed his Hand Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Kakar specializes in disorders of the hand and wrist, in particular arthroscopy, complex wrist reconstruction, trauma and tumors of the upper extremity. As part of his busy practice, he evaluates and treats patients with carpal tunnel syndrome on a weekly basis. He is a surgeon scientist and is Principal Investigator for a molecular biology and tissue engineering research laboratory. The lab specializes in the creation of “neoligaments” for wrist reconstruction.

Dr. Kakar has authored over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 18 book chapters, and served as editor of two books pertaining to orthopaedic oncology in the hand and wrist. He is Principal Investigator on several translational research grants, received the Marshall Urist Young Investigator Award from the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, the North American Traveling Fellowship, and the American British Canadian Fellowship by the American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Kakar is a member of the Emerging Leaders Program and the American Association of Hand Surgeons.

Dr. Tyson Cobb, Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Tyson Cobb, a pioneer in the use of minimally invasive hand and upper extremity surgery, graduated from Texas Tech School of Medicine. While serving his surgical residency at the Mayo Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, he completed a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences and served as an active member of Mayo Clinic’s Research Team.

Following completion of a Fellowship in Hand and Microvascular surgery at the University of Texas, Dr. Cobb joined Orthopaedic Specialists in 2000 and serves as director of the Hand and Upper Extremity Center. He has dedicated much of his career to becoming one of the world’s experts on minimally invasive surgery of the upper extremity and now holds several patents for minimally invasive surgical equipment.

Dr. Cobb has developed and published several techniques for minimally invasive surgery of the hand and upper extremity. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He instructs surgeons around the world in the use of minimally invasive orthopedic surgery techniques for the upper extremity.

Dr. Mederic Hall, Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Mederic M. Hall is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Radiology, and Family Medicine at the University of Iowa. He is the Director of Musculoskeletal and Sports Ultrasound for the University of Sports Medicine and serves as the Associate Fellowship Director for the University of Iowa Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Hall specializes in diagnosis and treatment of tendon, muscle, and nerve disorders and is an internationally recognized expert in diagnostic ultrasound imaging and advanced ultrasound guided procedures. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has been an invited presenter at over 50 national and international conferences.

Dr. Hall is a team physician for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the US Ski Team. He completed his Internal Medicine internship, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency and Sports Medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.