Meet the Team
Tivic Health management is grounded in deep expertise. Tivic’s team of motivated professionals have a talent for innovation and a deep conviction for developing heath-tech medical devices that are non-invasive, drug-free and address US chronic healthcare conditions.
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Jennifer is a co-founder and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a Director. Jennifer served as the CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of the U.S. subsidiary of Thin Film Electronics ASA. She worked for Xerox PARC for over 20 years, where she held multiple go-to-market roles, including as the Director of Business Development. Ms. Ernst previously served as a director of FlexTech Alliance, the U.S. national consortium for flexible and printed electronics, for three years, including one year as the Chair. Ms. Ernst earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University.
Chief Financial Officer
Briana has over 30 years of broad based financial, investment banking and growth company experience. Previously Ms. Benz was CEO of Campus Televideo, Inc., the nation’s largest private cable operator dedicated exclusively to the college and university market, where she also served as both CFO and COO. Prior to that, Ms. Benz held CFO positions with several venture capital backed ventures and was an Investment Banker with Merrill Lynch Interfunding. Ms. Benz was previously a Certified Public Accountant and earned her Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.
Blake Gurfein, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Blake leads Tivic Health’s clinical and scientific research. In addition to his full-time role at Tivic Health, he is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Blake is an expert in neuromodulation device development and has served as a research executive and consultant for medical device and pharma companies including Rio Grande Neurosciences and EMD Serono/Pfizer. Blake’s prior research in neuroscience and immunology has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and philanthropic donors, yielding high-impact journal publications.
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Sc.B., Neuroscience, Brown University.
VP Operations and Sales
Ryan serves as Vice President of Sales and Operations with 18 years of experience in global supply chain, systems infrastructure, and sales operations in industries that range from automotive, medical supply, and consumer electronics. Ryan served as Global Director of Strategic Operations for Mars, Inc., General Manager of Operations for Medelita, LLC, a medical apparel and manufacturing company. Prior to that, he worked as Senior Director of Operations for Pinpoint Resources Group, a software technology consulting company and as Hedge Fund Financial Reporting Analyst for J.P. Morgan. He is is seasoned in environments that range from Fortune 500 companies (J.P. Morgan, BestBuy, and Toyota) to bootstrap startups, while specializing in scaling for global omnichannel logistics and e-commerce marketplaces.
Chandrasekhar Durisety, PhD
VP Engineering and Manufacturing
Chandrasekhar is incharge of product development, supply chain, procurement, manufacturing as well as identifying, building and optimizing partnerships with vendors related to product design and production. Since joining Tivic Health as the 1st full-time employee, Chandrasekhar has played an important role in the product development and manufacturing. Prior to Tivic Health, Chandrasekhar worked as Director of Field Applications Engineering at Thinfilm Electronics Inc. and built field teams across APAC, EMEA and North America. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS, Pilani) , Master’s and Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
VP Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Michael has more than 22 years of experience in the medical device with a cross-functional background in multiple industry segments. Prior to joining Tivic Health, Michael served as VP in the areas of Quality and Regulatory for other medical technology companies such as Siris Medical, ClearPath Surgical Inc., and Previvo Genetics, Inc. He also served as Senior Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at PROCEPT BioRobotics. Michael’s extensive background includes companies like Boston Scientific, Thoratec Corp. Evalve, Crux Biomedical, Biomimedica, and Altura Medical. MBA St Mary’s College of CA; ME, San Jose State Univ.; BS, Chemistry with Biology minor, Midwestern State Univ.