Eleanor Tandler is the former CEO and a founder of NovaTract Surgical, Inc. a venture-backed start-up company founded to develop new, innovative laparoscopic medical devices for surgeons to take minimally invasive surgery to the next level of ease and simplicity. Ms. Tandler is a business executive with proven ability to conceive, develop, lead, problem solve and execute in the healthcare space. She has a track record of motivating and developing high-performing teams. Over 6 years, Ms. Tandler worked to raise approximately $7MM in investment capital and led the company from concept to a product in the marketplace; having developed a proof of concept, fabricated a working prototype, tested in a lab, completed regulatory milestones and brought to market. NovaTract trialed and revised 4 versions of the device in the marketplace, gained acceptance and usage in over 2 dozen hospitals and sold the technology to a private California-based laparoscopic company for broader commercialization worldwide.
Prior to NovaTract, Ms. Tandler was the Director of Venture Development at UConn R&D Corporation where she worked to create new business start-ups based on innovative technologies developed by the faculty and staff at the University of Connecticut. During her tenure at UConn R&D Corporation, she served as interim CEO of New Ortho Polymers, a UConn start-up focused on the development of new orthodontic appliances based on utilizing high performance polymers. Prior to that, she spent five years as a venture capital investor with Radius Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on health and life sciences, based in New York City with approximately $230 million under management. While at Radius, Ms. Tandler focused on investments in the healthcare services, information technology, and medical device sectors. Prior to Radius, Ms. Tandler worked as a healthcare consultant, providing strategic and operational advisory services, primarily to healthcare and life sciences clients. Her experience includes development and implementation of business models for start-up companies and integration strategies for healthcare provider organizations and pharmaceutical companies.
Ms. Tandler received a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a concentration in finance and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Mathematics with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.