Skip to content

Our Team

Decades of experience in engineering, technology and healthcare

Management Team

Jeff Berkley, PhD

CEO, Chairman and Founder

Dr. Jeff Berkley is the CEO, Chairman and Founder of Mimic Technologies. Jeff brings decades of experience in the mathematics, engineering and healthcare disciplines focused on technology and virtual reality applications.

Jeff has applied his knowledge of haptic feedback and continuum mechanic-based tissue modeling to surgery simulation. He is a leader in the fields of haptics, surgery simulation and real-time finite element modeling. He is well known as a thought leader through his speaking engagements at academic settings and in print. He has served as a reviewer and authored articles for journals including IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Modeling, Virtual Reality and Electronic Journal of Haptics Research and Medical Imaging.

Jeff has also served as an affiliate assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Washington, where he taught software development for virtual reality applications. He advanced his real-time algorithms while receiving his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington’s Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HIT Lab), one of the world’s premier virtual reality labs. He obtained his MS in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Byron G. Smith, MBA

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

Byron is a finance executive specializing in increasing corporate profitability and performance by building strong finance teams that are trusted business partners to the operations they support. His background includes experience in computing (Intel, Cray), medical devices (Spacelabs), and biotechnology. In addition, Byron has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

John Lenihan Jr., MD, FACOG

Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer 

Dr. Lenihan is a nationally recognized minimally invasive gynecologist from Tacoma WA.  After graduating from the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, he trained at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston TX, completed an OB-GYN residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington State, worked as an OB-GYN in the Air Force for the next ten years, and then transferred to the AF Reserves where he worked as a flight surgeon and medical commander until 2008. He moved to Tacoma after leaving the active duty Air Force and has spent the last 35 years there specializing in minimally invasive surgery. He pioneered many procedures in the Northwest including the first operative hysteroscopy, CO2 lasers, laparoscopic hysterectomies and minimally invasive pelvic prolapse repairs.  He was the first GYN surgeon in the North West to do robotic surgery soon after it was approved by the FDA in Mar 2005 and is now recognized as an Epicenter Surgeon by Intuitive Surgical for his innovation, teaching and dedication to advancing minimally invasive surgery for women. He has authored many scientific papers and book chapters on robotic and laparoscopic surgery. Combining his aviation background with medicine, he was one of the first to recommend utilizing simulation for robotic surgical training and was responsible for developing simulation based standards for credentialing and privileging that have now become the national standard. He belongs to many prestigious societies including the AAGL and is a founding member of the Society of Robotic Surgeons. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the OB-GYN Department at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  When not involved in his professional activities, he enjoys skiing, scuba diving, wine touring and hanging out with his grandchildren.

Eric M. Ringer, PhD, JD

General Counsel

Eric is Mimic’s general counsel and oversees all legal matters including intellectual property, licensing, and contracts. Eric joined Mimic in 2017 after leaving private practice and has an extensive background in intellectual property. Prior to joining Mimic, Eric was a founder of Ringer Intellectual Property Law PLLC, a founder and partner of Han, Santos, and Ringer PLLC and worked in law firms specializing in intellectual property in Atlanta, GA, and Seattle, WA.

Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of California, Irvine, doctorate in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Georgia State University, College of Law.

Chris Simmonds

Vice President of Business Development & Marketing

Chris started working with Mimic in 2014. He has 30 years experience in Sales & Marketing in the IT & healthcare business. Most recently he has held Senior Marketing roles with Intuitive Surgical and Boston Scientific in the US & Europe where among his responsibilities was the development of their online interactions. Chris’s key areas of expertise include: Training | Communications| Marketing | Strategy Development | Digital Infrastructure | e-Business | e-Commerce | General Management.

Chris holds Bachelor of Science from University College London and PGCE from St Edmund’s Hall Oxford University.

Bryan Nolin

Vice President Direct Sales

Bryan is a driven sales leader with 20 years of experience of growing disruptive technologies within challenging markets. He is a business planner with expertise in creating processes for scalable, sustainable, and reproducible results. Bryan has an expertise in alignment of internal and external team members to find and develop new markets and increase market share. He developed strategic markets in the Cardiothoracic, General, GYN, MIS, Urology, Robotic, Endoscopic/Laparoscopic, and Critical Care markets at Intuitive Surgical and other start up medical device companies spanning capital and disposable product lines.  Bryan’s key areas of expertise include: Sales Management | Communications | Sales Process Development | Leadership.

Bryan holds a Bachelors Degree from The University of Central Florida.