Resume: Bioheart, Inc.

Howard J. Leonhardt
Founder, Chairman & CEO Bioheart Inc.

Personal Information

  • Marital status: Married 16 years
  • Children: One son aged 16
  • Nationality: American
  • Age: 38
  • Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota U.S.A.


To create new jobs while improving lives through the application of science.

Summary of Qualifications

Well versed in manufacturing management, product development and innovation, export marketing, quality systems, financial controls and monitoring, business management, writing & applied science. Designed and patented numerous entirely unique cardiovascular medical devices with successful clinical results superior to previous products. Established sales in more than 65 countries. Developed alliances around the world for production and distribution. Managed quality systems through four successful FDA GMP inspections. Directed the production of over 150,000 cardiovascular catheters implanted into patient's hearts without a single serious patient complication. Designed, developed and directed manufacturing of over 2000 endovascular stent grafts. Established profits every year of management for 15 years straight when excluding research & development expenses & owners compensation.

Work Experience

Current Position: Founder, Chairman & CEO Bioheart, Inc.

1987 - 1999
World Medical Manufacturing Corporation
13794 NW 4th Street
Sunrise, Florida 33325 USA
>Manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices.
  • Founder, President & CEO
  • Developed and patented polyurethane balloon and POLY-CATH® line of catheters.
  • Developed and patented TALENT" Endoluminal Stent Graft.
  • Developed and patented numerous other devices.
  • Created over $15 million in sales in over 50 countries from starting base of $0.
  • Established World Class Manufacturing operations.
  • Led quality improvement efforts for catheters, reducing field complaints from 10% down to 0.06%.
  • Established Scientific Advisory Board comprised of top Physicians in field.
  • Recruited experienced top notch management team.
  • Lead movement for use of tissue adhesives in endovascular procedures worldwide.


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1986 - 1990
World Medical Corporation
13794 N.W. 4th Street
Sunrise, Florida 33325 USA
>Export Trading Company specializing in cardiovascular medical devices & pharmaceuticals.

  • Chairman of the Board, President & CEO, Sole Shareholder.
  • Created over $7 million export sales from start of $0 with $3000 starting capital.
  • 1987 $3.1 million in sales, net profit $250,000.
  • Profitable or near to break even every year in operation.
  • Developed full catalog of cardiovascular devices including blood oxygenators, cardiovascular catheters, heart valves, cardio-surgery cannula, pacemakers & wires.


International Marketing Advisors, Inc. (IMA Medical Group)
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
> Export Trading Company specializing in medical supplies.

  • Director East Hemisphere Sales.
  • Developed over $2 million in new business in new territories from starting base of $0.
  • Established solid profits of over $100,000 each year.


American General Medical Corporation
Hardeeville, South Carolina USA
> Export Trading Company specializing in medical supplies. Turn-key supplier of hospital units i.e.; critical care departments.

  • Co-founder, first employee, Export Sales Manager, Operations Manager.
  • Established over $9 million in new export sales in new territories from starting base of $0. Organized operations in 20,000 square foot building with 30 employees. Traveled to over 20 countries in East Hemisphere establishing new business.
  • Secured hospital supply contracts in the Middle East.
  • Established solid profits in excess of $100,000 every year.


H.J. Leonhardt & Company+Exxim International(assoc. Control Data Worldtech)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Export Trading Company specializing in medical supplies.


Anoka-Hennepin Technical College 1981- 82
Anoka, Minnesota

University of Minnesota 1982
Courses in Business Management, Middle East Studies

Anoka-Ramsey Community College 1980-81
Anoka, Minnesota
Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society Member
Courses in Accounting, Management, Science

Extensive self study in Manufacturing Management, Quality Control, Business Management, Research & Development/Innovation, Cardiovascular Medicine, Sciences. Participated in dozens of Endovascular Workshops and conferences.

Professional Memberships

Society of Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology CIREFF Interventional 2000
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
International Society of Endovascular Surgery

Community Activities

Coach Youth Leagues of Soccer, Hockey, Football and Baseball
Player Adult Hockey League
Member Catholic Church

Patents and Publications

U.S. Patent No. 5,370,618 Polyurethane Balloon Catheter - POLY-CATH®
U.S. Patent No. 5,522,961 Method of Construction of a Balloon Catheter
U.S. Patent No. 5,591,195 Method & Apparatus for Engrafting a Blood Vessel
U.S. Patent No. 5,693,029 PRO-CELL® 6:32 PM Intra-Cavity Therapeutic Agent Delivery Device
U.S. Patent No. 5,713,917 Endoluminal Stent Graft - TALENT"
U.S. Patent No. 5,788,668 Vibrational Device for Reducing Blood Clot Formation/Exchange
U.S. Patent Applications pending or in process for endovascular heart valve (letter of allowance received 5/98), aneurysm filling catheter, radiation delivery systems, photo dynamic therapy catheter, arterio-venous graft, coronary vessel stimulator, tissue engineered grafts.

Publications include:
Techniques in Endovascular Surgery, Editor James Yao, M.D. - The TALENT" Endoluminal Stent Graft - Taheri, Leonhardt & Greenan - 1997, Endoluminal Vascular Prosthesis, Editors R. White, M.D., C. Donayre, M.D., T, Chuter, M.D. - 1998, The TALENT" Endoluminal Stent Graft.

Special Publications and Editorial Material

Awards Received

1994 Florida Pacesetter Company of the Year Finalist - Miami Herald
1995 Florida Pacesetter Company of the Year Finalist - Miami Herald

Honary Doctorate of Engineering Degree Received 1998 from the University of Northern California, School of Biomedical Engineering.

Consulting Professorship bestowed by The College of Engineering, Florida International University, 1999 - Title Consulting Professor, Engineering Entrepreneurship.



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