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Michael Afremov

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board

Michael R. Afremov is a co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arobella Medical, LLC. An active member of Minnesota’s growing medical device industry, he is dedicated to developing advanced medical technologies.

Before Arobella, Mr. Afremov was a partner of AGA Medical Corporation, which he co-founded in 1995. Mr. Afremov was instrumental in the research and development of a septal occluder that allowed septal defects (commonly called “hole in the heart”) to be repaired with minimally invasive procedures, eliminating the need for major open-heart surgery.

Prior to AGA Medical, Mr. Afremov spent 12 years working in product development, manufacturing and quality control positions with companies such as Biomedicus (Medtronic), Flexmedics Corporation, Novell Biomedical and Microvena Corporation.

Mr. Afremov is also co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of AB Ortho, LLC and Arobella Medical, LLC; and is the President & CEO of Minnesota Medical Development, Inc. He has made major philanthropic contributions to different charities, including largest donation ever to the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Born in Saint Petersburg, Mr. Afremov immigrated to the United States in 1983 and enjoys spending time with family, practicing kung fu, and is an enthusiast of military history.


Mechanical Engineering Diploma (Five-year course and diploma equivalent to M.S.M.E.)

Saint Petersburg Polytechnical University
Saint Petersburg, Russia. 1973 – 1978.