Development Team

Dan Wallace PhotoDaniel Wallace, Vice President, Development
Dan Wallace joined Cephea in 2013 as the Vice President of Product Development. Prior to Cephea in 2011, Mr. Wallace founded Translucent Medical, a company that brings innovative 3D imaging and navigation to clinicians. In 2002, Mr. Wallace co-founded Hansen Medical (Nasdaq HNSN), where he created the robotic catheter system architecture and served in a number of different roles from 2002 through 2011: Chief Technology Officer, VP of Advanced Applications, VP of Clinical Applications, and Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. From 1996 through 2002, Mr. Wallace directed the creation and development of the robotic instruments at Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) where he invented the EndoWrist and led the team who designed and built a suite of robotically controlled surgical instruments for the daVinci system. Before designing medical devices, Mr. Wallace served as a flight controller in Houston Mission Control for the Space Shuttle program. Mr. Wallace received a BSME from Rice University and a MSME from Stanford University and is an inventor on over 140 published US patents and applications.


John Hill, Vice President, Manufacturing

John Hill joined Cephea in 2015 as the Vice President of Manufacturing. Prior to Cephea, Mr. Hill spent 18 years helping start and grow Intuitive Surgical, Inc., manufacturer of the da Vinci® Surgical System and market leader in robotic assisted Surgery. During his tenure at Intuitive, Mr. Hill held several titles and developed key departments within the organization including; Manager, Manufacturing Engineering; Manager, Supplier Development; Director and Sr. Director, Materials; Sr. Director, Global Supply Chain & Logistics; and Vice President, Global Supply Chain. He was directly responsible for $500MM+ in annual direct material spend and the development of more than 200 suppliers. He was actively engaged in da Vinci ® instrument and accessory design, sourcing and development, paving the way for Intuitive’s unprecedented growth and profitability. From 1992 through 1997, Mr. Hill managed Supplier Quality and Manufacturing Engineering for Guidant, Corp. (formerly, Origin Medsystems, Inc.). Before his involvement in medical devices, Mr. Hill created and developed the process engineering organization for Trend Plastics, Inc. and worked as a Process Engineer for 3M, Electronics Products Division. Mr. Hill received a BSIE in Plastics from CSU, Chico.