Lava Medtech Acquisition Corp.

About Us

We are a newly incorporated blank check company, formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. We intend to focus our investment efforts on industries that complement our management team’s background within healthcare and healthcare- related industries, primarily in the United States and Canada. Specifically, we intend to prioritize innovative, development- or early commercial-stage companies focused on clinically-impactful and high growth opportunities within medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health (comprehensively referred to as “MedTech”).

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Our Team

Anthony Natale, MD, CEO and Director

Anthony “Tony” Natale, MD, MBA, our Chief Executive Officer and a Director, has over 20 years of experience in healthcare venture capital and MedTech entrepreneurship as a physician, inventor, founder, operator, and investor. As a Managing Partner at Aperture Venture Partners since 2010, Dr. Natale focuses on identifying and investing in high-potential MedTech companies. He works alongside entrepreneurs to build out management teams, establish effective corporate governance, and implement successful product development, commercialization, and exit strategies. Prior to Aperture, Dr. Natale was a partner at Prism VentureWorks from 2006 to 2010, and MDS Capital, Lumira’s predecessor firm, from 2002 to 2006, where he made and managed investments in the MedTech sector. He has held pivotal roles at venture-backed healthcare companies throughout his career, including currently as Executive Chairman at ENT Specialty Partners and Acting Chief Executive Officer at XII Medical, and previously as co-founder and / or founding investor at MAKO Surgical (IPO, subsequently acquired by Stryker), Avedro (IPO, subsequently acquired by Glaukos), ENTrigue Surgical (acquired by Arthrocare/Smith & Nephew), Xlumena (acquired by Boston Scientific), and Spirox (acquired by Entellus Medical), and as an investor in many additional companies that have had successful exits, including Inspire Medical (NYSE: INSP), Axonics (Nasdaq: AXNX), BioHaven (Nasdaq: BHVN), Otonomy (Nasdaq: OTIC), and Entellus Medical (acquired by Stryker). Dr. Natale currently serves on the board of directors of Venus Concept Inc. (Nasdaq: VERO) Dr. Natale trained in general surgery and otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the University of Connecticut and Hartford Hospital. He received his BA from the University of Virginia, MD from the University of Florida, and MBA from Yale University.

Richard Emmitt, Chairman and Director

Richard “Dick” Emmitt, MBA, our Chairman and Director Nominee, is widely regarded as one of the most experienced and successful investors in the medical device industry. Mr. Emmitt is a Senior Partner of InnovaHealth Partners, a New York-based private equity firm focused on the MedTech industry. He also is a General Partner and a co-founder in 1988 of The Vertical Group, a New Jerseybased MedTech focused investment firm. Mr. Emmitt’s background includes all stages of private equity, venture capital, and pubic equity markets. Among his former investments and board of director memberships are companies in virtually all major sectors of the MedTech industry: American Medical Systems (acquired by Endo Pharma and now a part of Boston Scientific); ENTrigue Surgical (acquired by Arthrocare/Smith & Nephew); ev3 (acquired by Covidien/Medtronic); Galil Medical (acquired by BTG/Boston Scientific); Lifecell (acquired by KCI); OsteoBiologics (acquired by Smith & Nephew); SciMed Life Systems (acquired by Boston Scientific); Tornier (acquired byWright Medical); Velocimed (acquired by Saint Jude); Wright Medical (acquired by Stryker); and Xomed Surgical (acquired by Medtronic). Additionally, his investments also include Outset Medical (Nasdaq: OM) and Silk Road Medical (Nasdaq: SILK). Prior to his career as a venture capital and private equity investor, Mr. Emmitt was an investment analyst recognized as one of the leading experts on the health care industry by Institutional Investor Magazine. Mr. Emmitt received a BA in Economics from Bucknell University and an MBA from The Rutgers School of Business.

Gerry Brunk, President and Director

Gerry Brunk, MBA, our President and a Director, is a Managing Director and Co-head of the MedTech practice at Lumira. With over 28 years of investment, consulting and entrepreneurial experience in the healthcare industry, Mr. Brunk has helped build MedTech and biotech companies at all stages of development. He manages Lumira’s Boston office, which he established when he joined MDS Capital in 2002. Mr. Brunk has been responsible for Lumira’s investments in Bardy Diagnostics (acquired by Hillrom), MAKO Surgical (IPO, subsequently acquired by Stryker), Cardiac Dimensions, Corvia Medical, Endotronix, HistoSonics, KAI Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Amgen), Pharmasset (acquired by Gilead Sciences), Satsuma Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: STSA) and Engage Therapeutics (acquired by UCB), among others. Prior to joining Lumira, Mr. Brunk was an entrepreneur in the life sciences sector, founding and serving in a variety of management and board capacities at several venture capital-funded companies. Earlier in his career, he was an engagement manager in The Boston Consulting Group’s healthcare practice, where he advised pharmaceutical and MedTech companies on strategic and operational issues including portfolio management, new product launches, R&D productivity, mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Brunk began his career as a member of the investment banking group of Credit Suisse First Boston where his clients included both public and private healthcare companies. He serves on the Board of Directors of Southeast Life Sciences, the review board of the Ivy Foundation Biomedical Innovation Fund at the University of Virginia, and is a mentor for the Stanford University Biodesign program. He received his BA from the University of Virginia and MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Fritz A. LaPorte, Director

Fritz A. LaPorte, one of our Director Nominees, is a Partner at Dovere Advisory Group, LLC, which he co-founded in October 2014 to guide earlier stage, growth companies, primarily operating in the medical devices and healthcare sectors, in creating and sustaining value while concurrently reducing risk. Mr. LaPorte co-founded MAKO Surgical, an orthopedic surgical robotics company, in November 2004, and served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer through its IPO and eventual acquisition by Stryker in 2013. Mr. LaPorte subsequently served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Stryker Corporation — Stryker MAKO Business Unit from December 2013 to June 2014 to assist in the integration of MAKO into Stryker. He also sits on the board of directors at Venus Concept Inc. (Nasdaq: VERO), a leading medical aesthetics company, where he also serves as Audit Committee Chair, and Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he also serves as a member of the finance committee. Mr. LaPorte holds a BBA in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

Peter van der Velden, Director

Peter van der Velden, MBA, MSc., one of our Director Nominees, is a venture capital veteran, who for the past 31 years has been involved in building innovative, technology-centric companies from start-up through to expansion. In 2005, he joined MDS Capital as Chief Executive Officer and after restructuring the firm, he led its subsequent buyout from MDS Laboratory Services. Mr. van der Velden has invested in and helped to build MedTech and biotech companies at all stages of development. He joined Lumira in 2007 and is based in Toronto, Canada. Mr. van der Velden is currently Lumira’s Managing General Partner, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business, fund raising, and human resources. Along with Mr. Brunk, Mr. van der Velden has been responsible for Lumira’s investments in Bardy Diagnostics and HistoSonics.He led or managed the firm’s investments in Alveolus (acquired by Merit Medical), Spinal Kinetics (acquired by Orthofix), Aurinia Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: AUPH), Forbius (Acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb) and his is currently on the boards of Exact Imaging, AmacaThera, Edesa Biotech (Nasdaq: EDSA), and Medexus Pharmaceuticals (TSXV: MDP.V) Mr. van der Velden is a frequently solicited lecturer at universities and conferences on themes related to venture capital, innovation and healthcare. He has actively worked with the Canadian Federal and Provincial governments on policy matters related to venture capital and healthcare innovation. In addition to investee company board roles, he has been very active on a wide variety of stakeholder and industry boards and advisory groups, including as, President and Chairman of the Canadian Venture and Private Equity Association. Mr. van der Velden’s past board and advisory roles include: the Ontario Health Innovation Council, the World Health Innovation Network, the SickKids Commercialization Advisory Board, the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist, the Ontario Scale-up Vouchers Program, and Life Sciences Ontario. Prior to joining Lumira, Mr. van der Velden ran a boutique merchant bank (Fusion Capital Partners), was a partner in a buyout partnership (Bedford Partners) and served as Vice President Business Development for a venture capital-backed drug delivery company, Hyal Pharmaceutical Corp. He started his career with Connaught Laboratories, Inc., a Canadian vaccine manufacturer, and from there transitioned to an investing role at Vencap Equities Alberta Ltd., a venture capital firm. Mr. van der Velden received hisMBA fromthe Schulich School of Business and his M.Sc. and B.Sc from Queen’s University.

Daniel Hetu, MD, Executive Vice President

Daniel Hetu, MD, MBA, our Executive Vice President, is a Managing Director and Co-head of the MedTech practice at Lumira, and has been since 2007.With over 20 years of investment banking, corporate development, and licensing and investment experience, Dr. Hétu has been involved with life sciences companies at all stages of development in North America and overseas.He manages Lumira’s Montreal office and has invested in and served on the boards of numerous companies, including OpSens Medical (TSX: OPS), U-Systems (acquired by GE Healthcare), Cardiac Dimensions, IMV (TSX: IMV), Resonant Medical (acquired by Elekta) and XyloCor Therapeutics. As an experienced senior executive with expertise in financing and corporate business development, Dr. Hétu previously spent 10 years at Shire Pharmaceuticals and at Biochem Pharma prior to its acquisition by Shire. As Vice President of Business Development (North America) and Vice President of Corporate Development, he led several financing, licensing and M & A transactions in the therapeutics, vaccine, and diagnostics sectors. Prior to joining Biochem Pharma, Dr. Hétu was an investment banker at Burns Fry (now BMO Nesbitt Burns) where he was involved in M&A and financing transactions across various industrial sectors. He received his MD from Université de Sherbrooke and MBA from HEC Montréal.

Vasco Larcina, CFO

Vasco Larcina, CPA, CA, our Chief Financial Officer, has over 20 years of senior financial management and audit experience. He is Chief Financial Officer at Lumira where he is responsible for the financial management of the firm and the investment funds it manages, and has been since the firm’s inception in 2007. Mr. Larcina oversees financial and legal operations, ensuring that the appropriate controls are in place to manage the activities of Lumira and its managed funds through the strategic evaluation, development and implementation of financial policies, systems and procedures developed in consideration of external reporting, risk, and governance, as well as, regulatory and tax compliance. Prior to joining Lumira, Mr. Larcina worked as an external auditor with KPMG and has gained internal audit and operational audit experience with Enbridge Gas Distribution, a regulated public utility company, where he provided the internal control input for a major customer information system development project. He received his HBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

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