Caren Mason

Caren Mason

President & Chief Executive Officer, Staar Surgical

Caren Mason has more than 30 years of healthcare operating experience in leading public companies, start-up technology ventures and large corporate business units in life sciences, health care information and medical/surgical devices.  She is currently President and CEO of STAAR Surgical, an ophthalmic surgery company which designs, develops, manufactures and markets implantable lenses for the eye.  Caren assumed her position as President and CEO of STAAR on March 1, 2015 having served on the Board of Directors since June of 2014. Caren was previously CEO of and then advisor to Verinata Health from November 2010 to October 2012. Illumina acquired Verinata in February of 2013. From 2004 to 2009, Caren was President and CEO of Quidel Corporation, a publicly traded rapid immunoassay and molecular diagnostics test company.  She was recognized by Ernst and Young for her work at Quidel as a 2007 finalist for San Diego Life Sciences Entrepreneur of the Year and earned Quidel the distinction of being named one of the 200 Best Small Companies by Forbes in 2007 & 2008. Prior to joining Quidel, Ms. Mason served as President and Chief Executive Officer for MiraMedica, Inc., an early phase start‑up developing computer‑aided detection software for breast cancer. Prior to her tenure with MiraMedica, Ms. Mason served as Chief Executive Officer of eMed Technologies of Lexington, Massachusetts, a teleradiology and picture archiving and communications systems business. Ms. Mason served as General Manager of the Women’s Healthcare business and as a General Manager in various capacities for the Services business of General Electric Healthcare from 1996 to 2000. Ms. Mason’s additional healthcare experience includes her tenure with Bayer AG/AGFA from 1989 to 1996 where she last held the positions of Senior Vice President for Bayer Corporate Health Care and Senior Vice President for the AGFA Technical Imaging Business Group. Ms. Mason began her career in healthcare with American Hospital Supply/Baxter Healthcare in sales, marketing and managerial roles and is a graduate of Indiana University. She is currently on the Boards of STAAR Surgical, the Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association and on the Advisory Board of InDevR, a biotechnology company developing diagnostic and vaccine technologies.   She has previously served on the Executive Committee and Board of Visitors for UCSD Moores Cancer Center where she chaired the Advisory and Innovation Council, the Board of AdvaMed and on the foundation and philanthropic Boards of the Partners for Philanthropic Change, Alliance for Global Good and the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Hospitals and Foundation.