Dave Ferrera

General Partner Treadstone Holdings LLC

Dave Ferrera has spent his life defying labels. Growing up in Massachusetts, Dave was a two-sport athlete who would read the newsletter from the US Patent and Trademark Office “just for kicks.” His father, a plastic mold maker, coached Dave’s hockey and baseball teams and thought Dave might make it into professional baseball someday. When an injury in college dashed his hopes for the majors, Dave turned his focus to engineering.

While an undergraduate, Dave’s grandfather suffered an ischemic stroke. The doctors explained to the family that this would likely transform into a hemorrhagic stroke. Visiting the hospital, Dave had a life-altering conversation with his grandfather’s physician. Dave wanted to know if there was anything he could do. The doctor told him that he should continue with his engineering studies and develop something that could be used to treat people like his grandfather—“Because right now, I don’t have the tools I need to intervene,” Dave remembers him saying. These words were a body blow, but they echoed in his ears for years to come.

Dave went on to graduate from University of Massachusetts Lowell with a B.S. in Plastics Engineering and a minor in Chemistry. He went on to co-invent the stent retriever, the first treatment for ischemic stroke. He has been innovating new products and building and selling companies ever since. His strong sense of teamwork and engineering expertise allowed him to liaise between the technical teams and the people who could fund them.

Dave Ferrera is a general partner of Treadstone Holdings LLC, a Venture Studio based in Orange County, CA. Dave is a patent-holder who specializes in designing and developing medical devices for the interventional radiology and neuroradiology markets. At Treadstone Holdings, he works with early-stage product development and clinical research for interventional radiology products.

Dave lives in Orange County, California, with his three children, his life partner Kim, and two wild King Charles Spaniels.

Innovation In Translation: How Big Ideas Really Happen

Publication Date: April 2021
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