- Board Member
CEO, Katalyst Surgical
Beginning with his first business startup in 1986, Gregg has now founded a total of 7 companies. This first company manufactured a unique product for eye surgery and became a global success overnight. Following a successful sale of this first company, Gregg founded his second Ophthalmology products company in his garage in 1992. The company grew 41% annually as a private company, when the decision was made in 2005 to take the company public. He was recognized as the 2007 Ernst & Young Midwest Life Sciences Entrepreneur of the Year. The company continued to grow to a point where, in 2008, he resigned with the company achieving $55 Million in annual revenues as a NASDAQ-listed company. At this point he was a listed inventor on approximately 50 US Patents. He then joined the University of Missouri as the Director of Entrepreneurship and Industry Partnerships and Co-Director of the MU Biodesign and Innovation Program. In these positions, he led strategic technical business development with faculty and students.
In 2008-10, his entrepreneurial efforts included founding and serving as Executive Director of Nanotechnology Enterprises, Inc., a non-profit corporation. He was also tasked with and accomplished the formation of The University of Missouri College of Engineering Foundation, his second non-profit. He also started another for-profit corporation, Discovery Enterprises, LLC. He has subsequently resigned his positions at the University of Missouri and has founded and is the current CEO of Katalyst Surgical, LLC, serving the Ophthalmology marketplace once again.
In addition to the Lifelong Vision Foundation board, Gregg is currently serving on the Boards of Adroit Motion, LLC, Progressive Medical, Inc., College of Engineering’s Dean’s Advisory Council and Discovery Enterprises, LLC.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Gregg earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri. Gregg has been married for 24 years to his wife, Donna. They have two grown children. They enjoy traveling together and working together.