Dr. Fulton has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences space, including 14 years as a successful early stage investor and entrepreneur. Prior to joining Hopen, Mike served in the roles of founder, director, and CEO at startup medical device and services companies, including Lanx, Inc., the second largest private company in the $7B spinal implant market. As CEO of Lanx, he built the organization from a single employee, pre-revenue company into an international corporation with over 200 employees. His accomplishments included raising over $50M in equity and venture debt, building a world-class team of medical device professionals, and launching an innovative fusion product that advanced a new paradigm in spinal treatment. Mike also played a key leadership role, served on the Board, and helped raise over $46M of equity for ProNerve, LLC, an Intraoperative Monitoring company he co-founded in 2007. Mike is an inventor of multiple neurosurgical and spinal devices with over 50 issued and pending U.S. and international patents. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University, his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and completed two years of neurosurgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic.