Veryan Board

Christian Bell
Chairman of the Board

Christian Bell is a Senior Director and Head of Business Development of Otsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd. where he is responsible for the group’s strategic transactions and overseas subsidiaries. Since 2018, Christian has been a director of Veryan and Board Secretary of ReCor Medical Inc. Prior to assuming his role at Otsuka Medical Devices, Christian was a senior member of Otsuka Holdings’ Business Development and Planning Department responsible for capital markets and strategic transactions, especially in the medical device sector.

Rob Eyers
Chief Technology Officer & Managing Director, Galway

  • Over 30 years’ experience in the minimally invasive medical device industry.
  • Previously worked for CR Bard, Merit Medical and Proxy Biomedical in Operations and New Product Development.
  • Prior to joining Veryan, he was the R&D Director for Interventional Cardiology in Boston Scientific where he led the product development and project management of their first generation paclitaxel and everolimus eluting stent product offerings across global markets.
  • As Veryan CTO Rob is responsible for NPD, IP, Supply Chain and Manufacturing.


Kazumichi Kobayashi
OMD Executive Deputy President

Kazumichi Kobayashi, R.Ph., is an Executive Deputy President of Otsuka Medical Devices. Co., Ltd., and Advisor of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. He was a Senior Vice President and Co-head of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Business Division, as well as head of Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, and Quality Assurance at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Co, Ltd. Concurrently he served as CEO of Otsuka Maryland Research Institute and from 2007, as the first CEO of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization Inc.

Ronan O’Connor
Chief Financial Officer

  • Experience across a range of industries including Energy, Pharma and Medical Devices.
  • Has held senior finance roles in both start up and blue chip listed multinational companies.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the company's finance function including accounting, financial strategy, planning, analysis, tax and treasury.

Chas Taylor
Veryan Director

Chas has over 30 years’ experience in the medical device industry and has founded, led and sold successful medical device start-up companies since 1996.

Prior to this, Chas worked for CR Bard for twelve years in various sales, marketing and general management roles. During this time he was based in the USA for eight years in senior positions including Vice-President for Bard Cardiovascular. After leaving Bard, Chas co-founded embolic filter and carotid stent specialists MedNova which was acquired by Abbott in 2005. He then co-founded Novate Medical which designed and developed the Sentry IVC filter which was sold to BTG in 2019 and at the same time became CEO of Veryan Medical. He steered the company through design, development, commercialisation and finally to acquisition by Otsuka Medical Devices in 2018. Chas stepped down as CEO in December 2019 to pursue new business interests but remains on the Veryan Board and consults on strategy and new business development.



Nick Yeo
Chief Executive Officer

  • Over 40 years’ international experience in the healthcare industry
  • Started career in pharmaceuticals, becoming CEO of Sterling Winthrop Prescription Medicines, before moving on to senior marketing and business leadership roles at Gensia Europe and Scotia QuantaNova
  • Previously, held senior management positions in product and clinical development at oncology drug-device specialist Light Sciences Oncology in Seattle and led the formation of a cardiovascular technology start-up
  • Joined Veryan Medical in 2011