Sotera Wireless, maker of the ViSi Mobile® Surveillance Monitoring
System and a pioneer in continuous vital signs monitoring, announced
today the appointment of veteran engineering and operations executive
Younes Achkire, PhD, as its new Chief Operating Officer. With a
doctorate from the Free University of Brussels and post-doctorate from
Caltech and backgrounds in engineering and applied sciences, Achkire
brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the semiconductor,
solar, and medical industries. At Sotera he will assume responsibility
for the R&D, operations, quality and regulatory organizations.
“With over 400,000 preventable hospital deaths per year, it is clear
that early detection of patient deterioration matters. Younes’
experience in mechanical design, system integration, and new product
development makes him uniquely qualified to lead and shape Sotera’s
technology and portfolio strategies as the company continues its mission
of reinforcing surveillance monitoring as the new standard of care for
patient monitoring in general care floor units where many patients are
unmonitored continuously and face their biggest risk of complications,1”
says Francis Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Sotera Wireless.
Achkire was recently Vice President of Engineering and Operations at
Foxconn Health Technology Business Group focused on creating an
innovative business model of “Precision Medicine, Smart Health” to be
deployed globally. Prior to Foxconn, he was the Co-founder, Chief
Technology Officer and Vice President of Zap Surgical Systems, where he
led technology and manufacturing from development and conceptual design
to production of an FDA-approved revolutionary high precision medical
radiosurgery device to treat pathology of the head and neck.
About Sotera Wireless
Sotera Wireless, Inc. is a San Diego-based company committed to the
development, marketing and sale of a new generation early detection
surveillance monitoring system. Its flagship product, the ViSi Mobile,
is designed to improve patient safety by detecting early signs of
deterioration in virtually any care setting, enabling early intervention
and rapid response without limiting the patient’s freedom of movement.
More information on the Company or ViSi Mobile can be obtained at www.soterawireless.com.
Sotera® and ViSi Mobile® are registered trademarks of Sotera Wireless,
1 Journal of Patient Safety, September 2013, Vol. 9, Issue 3