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177: Interview with serial entrepreneur and President of SheepMedical USA, Lea Ellermeier

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Lea A. Ellermeier is the President of SheepMedical USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of SheepMedical Ltd, the #1 Japanese orthodontic aligner manufacturer. She is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded and served as CEO of three dental technology companies 2C MedTech, REPLICATE Dental Technologies and Lingualcare, Inc. Lingualcare was purchased by 3M Company in November, 2007.  Post-acquisition, she was president of 3M’s Lingualcare subsidiary and a member of the management operating committee of 3M Unitek.

Lea has spent her career building disruptive technologies with executive roles at OraMetrix, acquired by Dentsply (NYSE:XRAY) AutoTester, partially acquired by Compuware, now BMC Compuware and marketing and international sales roles at  XTRA On-Line, Micrografx and GeoWorks. 

Lea earned a B.A. in Political Science (Cum Laude) from the University of Texas El Paso and an M.B.A. from Thunderbird, School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ.

Lea is a mentor at Tech Wildcatters and Health Wildcatters and has served on the board of TeXchange. She frequently speaks at start-up technology and healthcare forums and is a guest lecturer at SMU’s Cox School of Business, University of Texas Dallas and Dallas public schools. Lea is also a painter and a writer. Her first book, Finding the Exit; It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish, was published in 2018. Lea’s art can be viewed on Instagram @leaellermeier.

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