Mr. Ryden is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Vgo Communications, Inc. Vgo is a venture capital funded startup, whose mission is to establish and lead the new market category of robotic telepresence. The company’s products are used by hospitals, eldercare facilities, schools and other organizations to help people stay better connected, allowing users to essentially be in two places at once. The VGo robotic telepresence system has gained national media exposure including Business Week, New York Times, NBC Today Show and CBS News. Prior to starting Vgo, Mr. Ryden was Director of Sales & Marketing at iRobot Corporation. Under his leadership iRobot secured over $300M in contracts and revenue from its government and industrial products increased from $2M to over $80M annually. In addition Mr. Ryden held roles in program management, overseeing the development of some of iRobot’s most successful products. Previously Mr. Ryden was Co-Founder and President of Exeter Analytical, Inc, a manufacturer of analytical instrumentation. During his tenure Exeter expanded rapidly, securing large contracts with the US Government and major pharmaceutical companies. Before starting Exeter, Mr. Ryden held management positions at Teledyne Leeman Labs and IBM/Lotus Development Corporation. Mr. Ryden is on the Board of Overseers of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and serves as co-chairman of their Robotics Cluster. Mr. Ryden has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Bentley University, Waltham, MA.
Damaged Care: The Musical Comedy About Health Care in America, written and performed by Greg LaGana, M.D., and Barry Levy, M.D., has been presented for the past 18 years to a wide variety of health-care and other organizations. In addition, they have performed Damaged Care frequently in New York, Off-Off-Broadway. It highlights issues of concern to healthcare workers, patients, and others, ranging from erosion of the doctor-patient relationship to the corporationization of health care. Damaged Care has been featured in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, on CNN Headline News and ABC Nightline, and elsewhere.