RISE marks Mr. Markel’s second medical startup offering a revolutionary treatment for a large patient population with limited treatment options. Working with a team of nationally recognized addiction psychiatrists, Mr. Markel founded MyLife Recovery offering a long-lasting naltrexone implant currently in trials with the FDA.
With RISE, he founded a platform to address the immense market potential and life-changing benefits of sexual wellness treatments.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Markel specializes in private equity for startups and growth companies. By first investing his own capital, he has raised more than $100M in over 35 offerings.
Mr. Markel graduated from Loyola Marymount University with honors, returning later to teach entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor. He holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Dana Hughes is highly professional and successful entrepreneur who brings a breadth of experience to Rise Medical. With over 25 years of leadership roles in leadership and various corporate development areas, she has a diverse and strong background in corporate operations and oversight. Dana emerged into the business space through the insurance industry which led her to become a distinguished expert and consultant in new startup operations.
Over the last 15 years her combined corporate experience and expansion into technology and product development blend nicely providing a high level expertise in acquisitions, quality assurance, compliance, sourcing and logistics.
Her combined 35 years of experience is a highly unique blend and well-rounded expertise that is amplified in all aspects of business.
Dana is also a real estate agent where she currently resides with her family on the sunny gulf coast of Florida. She enjoys traveling the world and exploring her very creative side.
Mr. Saul oversees product technologies and brand development aspects of the company. He is a seasoned lifestyle (Gucci) and medical device (Compex, Revelar, Cefaly) executive with a strong background in brand management, product development, strategic marketing, and sales excellence in high-growth companies.
Several of his products have achieved well over $100 million in sales and he is the proud recipient of a European Consumer Choice award for a cross-over, medical-to-consumer device.
With a Business/Economics degree from UC Santa Barbara and a deep personal interest in medical technologies, Mr. Saul has an unwavering commitment to health and wellness.