Clif Alferness is the co-founder of six medical device companies that have collectively raised more than $300 million. Alferness is a director of Spiration and Calibra Medical. He is the inventor of the Acorn Cardiac Support device and founded Acorn Cardiovascular, Inc. Mr. Alferness also was a co-founder of InControl, Inc., which developed and patented technology for atrial defibrillation. Mr. Alferness has 35 years of research and development experience in the medical device industry, including management positions at InControl, Inc., Physio-Control Corporation, and Medtronic. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and holds more than 70 issued U.S. patents for medical devices. He is also a co-founder of Cardiac Dimensions Inc., Archus Orthopedics Inc., and EndoGastric Solutions, Inc.
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