Dr. Kien Nguyen – President of SomnoMed, Inc.


Kien Nguyen is President of SomnoMed, Inc.,a division of SomnoMed, Inc. In this role, Dr. Nguyen is responsible for SomnoMed’s North American business.

Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager of OtisMed, a personalized medical technology company and a division of Stryker Orthopaedics. He was responsible for all operating functions of OtisMed, focusing on the development and global commercialization of personalized surgical solutions for orthopaedic surgery. Before Stryker, Dr. Nguyen was Vice President- Global Marketing, Vice President – Research & Ideation, and Vice President – Global Portfolio Management for Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI). In these positions, he established the product portfolio function and helped build a robust product pipeline of innovative tissue healing (NPWT) products. He was also responsible for managing all basic & translational research activities and global commercialization activities. Prior to KCI, Dr. Nguyen held positions in clinical sales, product marketing, international market development and new product development for Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. He has healthcare experiences in sleep apnea, wound healing, tissue regeneration, surgical wound care, orthopaedic surgery and biologics in surgery.

Dr. Nguyen completed a BS in Genetics & Cell Biology from University of Minnesota and a MS in Microbiology from Minnesota State University – Mankato. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of Colorado – Boulder and also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Texas San Antonio, College of Sciences.

Dr. Jagdeep Bijwadia – Chief Medical Officer 


As Chief Medical Officer of SomnoMed North America, Dr. Bijwadia is charged with helping to define strategy for the medical initiative, build clinical research educational programs and create collaborative bridges between physicians and dentists.

In addition to his leadership of SomnoMed, Dr. Bijwadia continues to serve as Attending Physician at HealthPartners Medical Group (HPMG), where he was the Department Head and Director of the Sleep Medicine Center before stepping down to take the CMO role at SomnoMed. He holds a faculty position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Minnesota where he served as Director of the Sleep Program till 2012.

Dr. Bijwadia earned his medical degree and did his internship and residency at Mumbai University. He then moved to the United States, where he completed his internship and residency at Nassau University Medical Centre at the State University of New York, where he was named Chief Resident of Internal Medicine in 1991. Dr. Bijwadia completed a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, and Sleep Medicine. He completed the Executive Course at the Physician Leadership College at St. Thomas University, Opus College of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2011 and Health Insurance Executive Certification at the American Health Insurance Plans and Kellogg School of Business. He is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA Program at St. Thomas University Opus College of Business.

 Mr. Stephen DePirro – Director of Operations


Stephen is recognized for his knowledge and experience in the dental industry. As a licensed practitioner and strong operational leader he has led large commercial laboratories across the nation. Throughout his career he has implemented improved levels of service, quality and efficiency which has led to stronger organizations and increased customer satisfaction.

His leadership skills and management style has helped firms elevate company morale and productivity. He served as the President of Stern Reed Associates, the north Texas subsidiary of National Dentex, the largest dental prosthetic manufacturer within the continental United States.

Stephen’s complete educational background in dental and business has made him an asset in the field.

Mr. Derek Smith – Chief Executive Officer, SomnoMed, Ltd.

Derek smith
Derek has spent his life working for healthcare Technology and Service Companies with the goal of improving and saving lives. He has over 20 years of General Management Leadership experience, lately working for Philips Healthcare where he was CEO of their Hospital to Home Business as well as SVP of The Therapeutic Care Business Unit. Prior to that Derek was President of the Hospital Division of Respironics, the General Manager of the Access Health Business of McKesson and General Manager of the Configured Monitoring Division of Datex.Ohmeda. Prior to his General Management leadership roles Derek had extensive Product Development, Marketing and Sales Experience.

Derek was educated in Australia and the UK and holds a BSc in Biochemistry (Newcastle University,UK)

Dr. Peter Neustadt – Non-Executive Chairman, SomnoMed, Ltd.

Peter Neustadt
Dr. Neustadt is a management consultant and entrepreneur with more than thirty years’ experience in building and improving public companies within the hospitality, media, property and finance sectors. He has previously worked for the global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company and was an executive board member of Kerry Packer’s Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH).

Dr. Neustadt served on a number of public and private company boards including Cypress Lakes Group Limited, The Golden Door, CEL Limited, Network TEN, Advance Bank Limited, Trafalgar and Manboom Limited.

Mr. Neil Verdal-Austin – Chief Financial Officer


Mr. Verdal-Austin has more than twenty years’ experience as CFO for various medical distribution and manufacturing companies where medical devices and making a difference in people’s lives, have become his passion. His experience includes systems development and implementation, business acquisitions, strategic planning, reporting and operations management. Prior to his current role at SomnoMed , Neil worked at Lifehealthcare, the largest Australian healthcare distributor of medical products and devices.

Before Lifehealthcare, he was CFO and a key stakeholder at the Orthomedics Group, a large medical distributor in South Africa. During that appointment, he was a key figure in the leadership team and instrumental in all commercial aspects of that business, its processes, acquisitions, financial performance and operational excellence. Neil completed his studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and is a Chartered Accountant (Australia).