Kickstart Walking System

Management Team

Barry Hix

Chief Executive Officer

Barry brings an established history (20+ years) of delivering revenue growth, market penetration, and profitability for publicly and privately held organizations in the pharmaceutical (Merck), medical device (DJO Global), healthcare delivery (HealthSouth), and healthcare technology verticals. Hix’s experience includes leadership positions in general management, commercial strategy, reimbursement, and policy. As a marketer, Hix has also developed, launched and executed the marketing strategy for more than 30 medical technologies and services targeting an array of healthcare professionals and patient communities. Hix holds a bachelor’s in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s in marketing from Georgia State University, and a master’s in public health from Emory University.

Brian Glaister

Chief Operating Officer

Brian co-founded Cadence Biomedical (then Empowering Engineering Technologies) in August, 2007. Prior to Cadence, he was a Mary Switzer Fellow with the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research where he developed new prosthetic technology for lower limb amputees. He was also a Technology Commercialization Fellow with the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization where he identified business opportunities for university-owned intellectual property. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University and a master’s degree in bioengineering from Arizona State University.

Chie Kawahara

VP Product Management

Prior to joining Cadence, Chie worked with BD Diagnostics/Tripath Imaging where she helped develop cervical cytology screening devices. She also worked at Boston Scientific (then Guidant) where she worked on the research and development of patient management diagnostics for cardiac resynchronization devices. She has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

Jason Schoen

VP Product Development

Jason is a co-founder of Cadence Biomedical (then Empowering Engineering Technologies). Prior to Cadence, he worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System developing and evaluating new technologies for lower limb amputees. He has also worked at Froetdert Memorial Hospital studying biomechanical performance of adults and children and at the Milwaukee Veterans Hospital where he helped develop robotic rehabilitation equipment for people recovering from stroke. He has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University.