Management Team


Matt Vaska, CEO, Chairman, Founder
Matt invented ApniCure’s core technology, assembled the founding team and started the company in 2007. He has more than 20 years of medical device industry experience in the areas of sleep apnea, cardiac surgery, electrophysiology, laparoscopy and arthroscopy. Prior to ApniCure, he was co-founder, vice president, and board member of Epicor Medical, which developed a novel ultrasonic cardiac ablation system and was acquired by St. Jude Medical. Before Epicor, he held various positions at Heartport, Stryker Endoscopy, and Raychem. Matt holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Chris Daniel, Executive Vice President of Operations, Founder
Chris has more than 20 years of experience developing medical devices, primarily in venture-backed startups. Prior to ApniCure, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Rubicor Medical, where his team obtained six 510(k) clearances and released four products to market. Chris’s experience also includes R&D positions at Heartport and Stryker Endoscopy. He graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

David White, M.D., Chief Medical Advisor
David brings decades of research and clinical experience in sleep medicine and OSA, as well as industry experience in developing devices to treat sleep disorders. He is currently a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, part-time, and senior physician, Division of Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to ApniCure, Dr. White served as chief medical officer for Philips Respironics. He has served as editor-in-chief of the journal SLEEP, and is the author of more than 180 papers in peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters on sleep and respiratory disorders. He has also held many leadership roles in organizations such as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Thoracic Society.

Jonathan Podmore, Vice President of Research and Development, Founder
Jonathan has 20 years of experience in medical device development. Prior to ApniCure, he was a Senior R&D Manager at both Allux Medical and Epicor Medical, where he was lead engineer for Epicor’s high-intensity ultrasound ablation device for atrial fibrillation. Jonathan started his medical device career with Guidant Origin Medsystems. He graduated with an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman.

Jed Crowe, Director of Research and Development, Founder
Jed has held engineering roles in various medical device companies over the past 16 years, in the areas of cardiac surgery and ENT. Prior to joining ApniCure as part of the founding team, Jed managed research projects at Allux Medical, focusing on the development of phototherapeutic technology. At Epicor Medical he held a variety of engineering positions where he developed handheld ultrasound devices. Jed holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford.

Byron Braun, National Sales Director
Byron has over 20 years of sales leadership and business development experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Over this time he has worked with both large multinational and small venture-backed startups in various stages of product promotion. Prior to ApniCure he was part of the commercial team at Sanofi holding various team leadership roles in multiple disease states including launching Sanofi’s first medical device business unit. He was also part of the initial sales leadership team at TheraSense tasked with helping successfully build the commercial business unit for a new medical device technology that was ultimately acquired by Abbott. Byron graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Management from the University of Louisiana, and an MBA from Loyola University of New Orleans.