France Dixon Helfer

President & CEO, Halo Healthcare Inc.

Orange County, California Area
Medical Devices

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France Dixon Helfer's Overview

  • President & Founder at Pegasus Biologics
  • Principal at Coastal Medical Consultants
  • Cofounder & COO at MDDataDirect
  • VP, International Marketing at Eclipse Surgical
  • VP, Worldwide Business Development at Sorin Biomedica
  • Director Product Development, CV Division at Medtronic

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France Dixon Helfer's Summary

France Helfer is a 30 year veteran of the medical device industry, with 20 years in executive management roles. She has worked for industry leaders Medtronic, J&J, Sorin, Pfizer-Shiley, and for a number of smaller companies in management roles including founder, CEO & President, COO, International Sales & Marketing, Business & Corporate Development, M&A, R&D and Engineering. A serial entrepreneur, she's raised over $50M in angel and VC financing, and has served on various boards as a member and an observer. She is Founder & CEO of Epicardial Technologies, a start-up company in cardiac electrophysiology, with patents licensed from two major academic institutions. She is a frequent presenter at management conferences in the life sciences. Her education in biological sciences is from CSU Fullerton, with graduate school in business management from University of Redlands. She has had advanced R&D training at USC and UCI.


Senior medical device executive.

France Dixon Helfer's Experience

President, CEO & Board

Halo Healthcare Inc.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Biotechnology industry

September 2011Present (3 years 1 month) Irvine, CA.

Recruited as chief executive officer to bring on new management team, and turn-around a company with solid technology and global approvals. Neomatrix pioneered an early detection screening tool for breast cancer. The technology is a platform for cancer biomarker assays. We are forming strategic alliances on cancer biomarker research projects, and announced our first project; a series of 3 cancer biomarkers as an assay for detection. New mgmt team has programs to make HALO a standard of care and launch globally. We have a strong dedication to saving women’s lives through breast cancer risk assessment, and a renewed commitment to loyal customers.

Medical Devices industry

June 2009Present (5 years 4 months)

President & Founder

Pegasus Biologics

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Medical Devices industry

August 2004January 2008 (3 years 6 months)


Coastal Medical Consultants

April 1998April 2002 (4 years 1 month)

Strategic high level consulting for medical technology executives in all major medical fields.

Cofounder & COO


19992001 (2 years)

VP, International Marketing

Eclipse Surgical

19961999 (3 years)

VP, Worldwide Business Development

Sorin Biomedica

19941998 (4 years)

Director Product Development, CV Division


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MDT; Medical Devices industry

19871994 (7 years)

France Dixon Helfer's Languages

  • French

France Dixon Helfer's Skills & Expertise

  1. Lifesciences
  2. Product Management
  3. Product Launch
  4. Entrepreneurship
  5. Biotechnology
  6. Medical Devices
  7. Start-ups
  8. Strategic Planning
  9. New Business Development
  10. Cancer
  11. Biomedical Engineering
  12. Orthopedic
  13. Venture Capital
  14. Strategy
  15. R&D
  16. Mergers
  17. Strategic Leadership
  18. Surgery
  19. Capital Equipment

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