Team


Gaylene Anderson

Innovation Manager, Notre Dame

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Gaylene Anderson  |  Innovation Manager, Notre Dame

Gaylene is a member of the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Innovation Alliance for the University of Notre Dame. Gaylene helps to accelerate select Notre Dame healthcare-related technologies through the commercialization process, and coordinates complementary research opportunities between Notre Dame faculty and Cleveland Clinic clinicians. Prior to joining CCI, Gaylene served over four years as a Senior Licensing Associate for the University of Idaho (UI), where she managed all life science related intellectual property for the UI system - which included many extension centers around the state, and collaborative research programs with surrounding state universities. Prior to UI, she worked seven years as a Licenisng Associate for the University of Hawaii (UH), and helped manage technologies and economic development activities from the UH School of Medicine and the Cancer Research Center. Throughout her career, she has had a strong focus on entrepreneurship activities. As a result, she has created over a dozen start-up companies, helped raise private equity in university deals, and negotiated sponsored research opportunities for academic programs. Gaylene has an under-graduate degree in Biology/Health Science from the University of Nevada, Reno, and holds an MBA from the University of Idaho.

Contact Information:

Email: andersg4@ccf.org

Michael Austriaco

Manager, Market Intelligence

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Michael Austriaco  |  Manager, Market Intelligence

Michael serves as a primary research and analytical resource for Innovations and its partners with a focus on market assessment of new medical technologies. Prior to joining the Clinic, he spent more than 11 years at Health Research International, an independent medical market research and consulting firm, most recently as Vice President. This experience entailed working closely with a broad range of medical technology firms from local start-ups to multinationals. Michael earned a BA in business administration (cum laude, Marketing major) from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University.

Contact Information:

Email: austrim@ccf.org
Phone: 216.445.2475

Susan Bernat

General Manager, Technology and Communications

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Susan Bernat  |  General Manager, Technology and Communications

Susan Bernat is responsible for the strategic planning, development and implementation of Communications, Marketing and Technology Systems Infrastructure & Integration for Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Susan is also responsible for the development and implementation of the annual Medical Innovation Summit. Prior to assuming this role in January 2014, Susan was the Director, Operations & Finance for CCI since November 2004. She was responsible for all fiduciary management including fiscal planning and other related financial activities. Susan also assists with establishing and implementing strategic goals and oversees long-range facilities planning. She served as the Director of Finance for the GCIC with responsibilities including development and implementation of strategy for ensuring financing of the GCIC consortium operations and management of financial performance and budgets. Prior to joining CCI, she was responsible for budget and contract negotiations within cardiology research at Cleveland Clinic. She received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from Kent State University, and an MBA from Cleveland State University.
 

Contact Information:

Email: bernats@ccf.org
Phone: 216-444-5538

Kimberley Davenport

Coordinator, Technology and Communications

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Kimberley Davenport  |  Coordinator, Technology and Communications

Kimberley is responsible for the overall management of the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center, a 50,000 square foot facility that houses the GCIC's incubator/accelerator program. The facility opened in May 2010. Responsibilities include operational and financial activities; marketing and communications; and facilities management and services.

Contact Information:

Email: davenpk@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-5610

Veronika Dwyer

Administrative Program Coordinator

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Veronika Dwyer  |  Administrative Program Coordinator

Veronika’s function serves as liaison and administrative, technical, and operational resource for the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center team. She has an extensive background providing support to senior-level Executives and world class service to all valued customers.

Contact Information:

Email: dwyerv@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-3026

Mangone Fall

Product Development Manager, HIT Incubator

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Mangone Fall  |  Product Development Manager, HIT Incubator

Mangoné Fall has over 19 years of experience in Information Technology. Prior to joining CCI, Mangoné was Director of Engineering Services at Wolters Kluwer. His work was centered on developing and supporting a commercial Governance, Risk and Compliance software for fortune 1000 companies, especially in life sciences space. Prior to Wolters Kluwer acquiring Axentis, Mangoné served as the Director of I.T Operations and Infrastructure.  He built and managed a series of large hosted HIPAA and SAS 70 type II compliant environments at NaviSite, IBM, and Rackspace to support one million global users. Mangoné also served as information security officer at Axentis. Mangoné received his undergraduate in CIS in 1995 and an MBA in 1999 from Cleveland State University. He holds certifications in data privacy and security: CIPP from IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals), CISM, CISA, CIRSC, CGEIT from ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association).

Contact Information:

Email: fallm@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 636-9952

Gary M. Fingerhut

Executive Director

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Gary M. Fingerhut  |  Executive Director

Gary M. Fingerhut is the Executive Director at Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Established in May 2000, Innovations operates as the commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic and was recognized by Global Corporate Venturing as number 4 in the world for healthcare corporate venturing. Gary leads a talented team of professionals guided by some of the nation’s top venture capitalists. The Cleveland Clinic Innovations team has successfully executed over 500 licenses, and created 67 spin-off companies that have raised more than $910 million in equity investment and commercialization grants. These efforts have resulted in the creation of over 1,100 jobs.

Gary has more than 30 years of technical and executive experience in the software industry, leading companies from start-up through acquisition. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2011 Gary held a number of senior level positions at Axentis, of which he is a co-founder. Axentis, a Wolters Kluwer business, is a software provider of on-demand solutions used by life science customers and other highly regulated industries to minimize their exposure to risk and optimize business performance; a $5 billion (2010) company with 19,000 employees worldwide. Between 1999 and 2011, Gary held several leadership roles at Axentis including General Manager, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President.

Prior to Axentis, Gary was a senior executive at Complient and Chief Executive Officer of Business Technologies Inc., a software development and consulting firm that provides application design and build services.

Gary currently serves on the board of directors of BioEnterprise, Enforcer eCoaching, Inc., Enspire DBS, HealthXL, i360Medical Ltd., iComet Technologies, Inc., ImageIQ, Inc., Infuseon Therapeutics, Inc. iVHR, Inc., and Talis Clinical, LLC.

Contact Information:

Email: fingerg@ccf.org
Phone: 216.445.2319

Patrick J. Fortune, PhD

Sr. General Manager, Portfolio & Commercial Transactions

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Patrick J. Fortune, PhD  |  Sr. General Manager, Portfolio & Commercial Transactions

Dr. Fortune serves as Senior General Manager, Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, he was a Partner at Boston Millennia Partners, where he invested in early stage companies in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Dr. Fortune has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare, life sciences and information technology sectors. He was previously President and Chief Operating Officer of New Era of Networks; Vice President at Monsanto; Vice President, at Bristol Myers Squibb;, Group President at Baxter International; and Vice President R&D at Baxter International. Dr. Fortune currently serves on the board of directors of Parexel International Corp, a global Contract

Research Organization as well as several private life sciences companies. He has been responsible for nurturing start-up activities from idea to prototype to standalone business. He has also been involved in some 30 M&A transactions from sourcing the company to closing the deal and successfully integrating the result. Pat has served on the engineering and scientific advisory boards of The University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois, Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Chicago. Pat holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, an MBA from Northwestern University, and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

Contact Information:

Email: fortunp@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-1014

Kaleigh Gallagher

Director, Innovations Operations

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Kaleigh Gallagher  |  Director, Innovations Operations

As a member of the Commercialization team, Kaleigh is the initial point of contact for Cleveland Clinic inventors who are considering the commercial potential of their inventions. In her current role, she advises inventors on the commercialization process and connects them with available resources. She works collaboratively with the Innovations team in the identification, marketing and commercialization of healthcare technologies. Kaleigh joins CCI with management experience in medical device sales. She received her BBA in Marketing, with a minor in Entrepreneurship, from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University.

Contact Information:

Email: gallagk5@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-0619

Jackie Gerberry

Director, Finance

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Jackie Gerberry  |  Director, Finance

Jackie specializes in the governance of Innovations Portfolio Companies to ensure that they are operating in a fashion that optimizes the potential clinical and financial return to Cleveland Clinic and minimizes risk to the Clinic. Previously, she was Vice President in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group of National City/PNC where she provided financial advisory services, focusing on health care organizations. Jackie's experience includes mergers & acquisitions and strategic planning. She has a BBA in Accounting and Finance from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a CPA.

Contact Information:

Email: 216-445-7066
Phone: gerberj@ccf.org

Justin Hammerling

Innovation Manager, ProMedica

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Justin Hammerling  |  Innovation Manager, ProMedica

Justin is a member of our Alliance team and is the initial point of contact for Alliance inventors who are interested in pursuing potential commercialization of their inventions. He provides the inventors insights into the commercialization process, and connects them with available resources within in the Clinic and other Alliance partners. He works with the internal alliance team, as well as the Clinic innovations team to identify potential marketing and commercialization options for inventions. Justin brings with him years of experience in project and innovation management from a Fortune 500 company and has a B.A in Architecture and Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Colorado.

Contact Information:

Email: hammerj2@ccf.org

Jonathan Heavey, MD

Director, Business Engineering

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Jonathan Heavey, MD  |  Director, Business Engineering

Jon Heavy, MD, is the Director of Business Development for CCI and a practicing emergency medicine physician. He has helped advance cardiovascular neuromodulation technologies and facilitated the recapitalization financing for Cardionomic Inc., a CCI spin off. Prior to joining CCI, Dr. Heavey served as the infantry battalion surgeon for the 1-502D/101st Airborne in Iraq. He is a graduate of Dartmouth and Yale, and enjoys hosting tea parties with his two young daughters.

Contact Information:

Email: heaveyj@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-2476

Barbara Honecy

Manager, Licensing & Compliance

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Barbara Honecy  |  Manager, Licensing & Compliance

Barb is responsible for tracking the licensing activities within CCI, including revenue and expenses generated from all active licenses. Prior to joining CCI, Barb was Legal Administrator for the Cleveland Clinic Law Department and served in a similar role at TRW Inc. before joining Cleveland Clinic. Barb earned a B.S. in Paralegal Studies from Dyke College.

Contact Information:

Email: honecyb@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-2262

Ryan Kelly

Innovation Manager, Innovations Institute

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Ryan Kelly  |  Innovation Manager, Innovations Institute

Ryan has over four years of experience in technology commercialization. Prior to joining CCI, Ryan was a Senior Manager in the Office of Technology Licensing at the City of Hope National Medical Center.  His role centered on evaluating invention disclosures, directing patent prosecution and negotiating license, collaboration and sponsored research agreements. He was also responsible for marketing and business development efforts toward commercialization of City of Hope’s portfolio of technologies with particular interest in healthcare IT, medical devices and start-up ventures. Before joining the OTL, Ryan worked in The Scripps Research Institute’s Office of Technology Development while training as a postdoctoral fellow in immunology. He earned a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in biochemistry from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

Contact Information:

Email: kellyr2@ccf.org
Phone: 216-313-6279

Sam Kiderman, PhD

Senior Director, Business Ventures

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Sam Kiderman, PhD  |  Senior Director, Business Ventures

Sam's main focus is development, finance and growth of new spin-offs. Prior to joining CCI, he was responsible for Clinic Care, an arm of the Cleveland Clinic, which provides multifunctional support for the Clinic and subsidiaries. Sam has extensive experience in business development and has been involved in the organization and start-up of a number of companies. He has served on the Board of Directors for over 20 companies, acting as initial treasurer of each company and providing active leadership in guiding them toward maximizing the patient benefit of the technology, along with bringing the maximum financial return from the technology. Currently, Sam serves on the board of directors for FlexLife (Co-Chairman); ImageIQ; Renovo Neural, Inc.; Navis Medical, Inc.; Perfusion Solutions, Inc.; OptoQuest Corp.; and the Foundation for Humanitarian Aid. Prior to the Cleveland Clinic, Sam started and led a highly successful business enterprise and held executive financial positions with several organizations. He holds several issued US and international patents. Sam received his BS in Accounting, MBA and PhD in Economics from Moscow State University.

Contact Information:

Email: kiderms@ccf.org
Phone: 216-444-6898

Stephen Kinsey

Innovation Manager, MedStar

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Stephen Kinsey  |  Innovation Manager, MedStar

Stephen joined the Cleveland Clinic Innovations staff as a Senior Commercialization Officer in April 2012 working in the MedStar Innovations Alliance. In this role, Stephen negotiates licensing agreements, arranges confidential disclosure agreements and actively identifies and markets MedStar Health technologies to potential licensees. Prior to his current role, Stephen spent four years as Technology Licensing Officer with the University of Maryland, Baltimore Office of Technology Transfer where he negotiated over 30 license agreements and assisted in obtaining more than $300K in proof of concept awards. Prior to joining the Office of Technology Transfer, Stephen enjoyed a successful career researching the mechanisms of salt regulation and hypertension, skeletal muscle gene expression and regulation, and the effects of various narcotics on their endogenous receptors at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the National Institute Health (NICHD and NIDA) respectively. Mr. Kinsey holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Applied Molecular Biology, both from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an MBA in Executive Management from the Joseph Sellinger School of Business, Loyola University.

Contact Information:

Email: kinseys@ccf.org

Michele Koballa

Executive Secretary, Office of Chief Innovation Officer

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Michele Koballa  |  Executive Secretary, Office of Chief Innovation Officer

Michele is the Executive Secretary to Thomas J. Graham, M.D., Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Innovations and Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Michele provides executive level support for Dr. Graham in his administrative as well and clinical responsibilities. In addition to the day-to-day tasks of managing the office and scheduling meetings, Michele is a liaison between Dr. Graham and Cleveland Clinic executives and as well as his clinical team. Michele has been at the Cleveland Clinic for over 31 years in various roles.

Contact Information:

Email: koballm@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-2312

Brian Kolonick

General Manager, Healthcare Innovation Alliances

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Brian Kolonick  |  General Manager, Healthcare Innovation Alliances

Brian Kolonick handles project management and new business development for Cleveland Clinic's Healthcare Innovation Alliance program. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Brian was an Assistant Director in Cleveland Clinic's Corporate Communications Department, overseeing not only the public and media relations for Innovations, but also the Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Global Patient Services and Bioethics. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Brian was the Director of Marketing and Communications for National Stroke Association, a national non-profit dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of stroke. Brian received his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and is currently completing the final year of an MBA.

Contact Information:

Email: kolonib@ccf.org
Phone: 216 444-0898

Bill Kolosi

Product Development Manager, Device Incubator

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Bill Kolosi  |  Product Development Manager, Device Incubator

Bill's role is a liaison between the Clinic and corporate partners, managing the development of new medical devices. A mechanical engineer, he spent eleven years as a consultant developing medical device prototypes for early-stage startups in both the San Francisco Bay Area and northeast Ohio. He's listed on five patents. Bill sits on the Partnership for Innovation (PFI) oversight board at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to working in the medical device industry, Bill worked five years at Honda R&D in Marysville, Ohio. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

Contact Information:

Email: kolosiw@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-1943

Laura Konczos

GCIC Incubator & Preclinical Programs Manager

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Laura Konczos  |  GCIC Incubator & Preclinical Programs Manager

Laura is responsible for managing the day to day operations for the Atrial Fibrillation Innovation Center and facilitating communication flow between the Cleveland Clinic and partnering AFIC institutions and collaborators. Prior to joining the AFIC team Laura worked in several other research areas at the Cleveland Clinic including Cleveland Clinic Coordinating Center, Cardiovascular and Vascular Medicine.

Contact Information:

Email: konczol@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-7006

Mark Low

Managing Director, GCIC

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Mark Low  |  Managing Director, GCIC

Mark Low comes to GCIC with a career of building successful programs to introduce new concepts and new modalities to new markets. He has managed all facets of product and market development spanning diagnostic and interventional cardiology, interventional radiology and neuroradiology, stroke treatment, image-guided surgery, drug delivery and oncology. He has served on the senior management team of TomTec Imaging Systems, Image Guided Technologies, EKOS Corporation, and Sonus Pharmaceuticals.

Prior to concentrating his focus on start-up ventures and early stage market development, Mr. Low held progressively more responsible and trailblazing positions in marketing and business development for Hewlett-Packard's Medical Products Group. Specializing in cardiovascular ultrasound, Mr. Low managed high performance cardiac diagnostic systems, introduced products to new market segments including private office and interventional cardiology, and developed new applications including 3D and stress echocardiography, and catheter-based intravascular ultrasound. In conjunction with these programs Mr. Low managed strategic relationships with various corporate partners, investors, universities, inventors, clinical investigators and manufacturers. Mr. Low received a B.A. degree in Natural Science from Johns Hopkins University, an M.S. degree in Physiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and an M.S. degree in Technical Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Contact Information:

Email: 216-445-6920
Phone: lowm@ccf.org

Jeffrey Marshall, PhD

Director, Commercial Transactions

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Jeffrey Marshall, PhD  |  Director, Commercial Transactions

Jeff specializes in technology selection in the context of creation, development and growth of new ventures. Leveraging extensive transactional experience in the capital markets, Jeff also focuses on capitalization and financing strategies for CCI spin-offs. Prior to joining CCI he spent time with a number of boutique investment banks helping pre-commercial stage public and private life science and healthcare companies secure investment capital. He holds a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Marquette University and a PhD in Biochemical Pharmacology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Contact Information:

Email: marshaj2@ccf.org
Phone: 216-444-3803

Neema Mayhugh, PhD

Senior Director

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Neema Mayhugh, PhD  |  Senior Director

Neema Mayhugh, PhD, has almost 20 years of experience in biotechnology business development. Prior to joining CCI, Neema was at Pfizer, Inc. where she managed market analytics for the worldwide Ophthalmology team.  Before that she was in strategic consulting at the boutique healthcare consulting firm Easton Associates, which was later acquired by Navigant Consulting.  Her doctoral research focused on understanding cell survival and death signaling pathways during apoptosis, or programmed cell death.  While a research associate at Massachusetts General Hospital, Neema studied neurodegenerative signaling pathways. 

Neema received her PhD in pharmacology & toxicology from Dartmouth College. She also has a BS in human physiology from Boston University.
 

Contact Information:

Email: mayhugn@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-7176

Cheri Mazzone

Executive Secretary, Office of Executive Director Innovations

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Cheri Mazzone  |  Executive Secretary, Office of Executive Director Innovations

Cheri has over 30 years of executive level experience in both the private sector as well as the healthcare industry. Prior to joining CCI, Cheri had been working in the healthcare field since 1990. Cheri has many years of clinical experience as both medical secretary and department coordinator in the departments of: Cardiopulmonary, Pediatrics, Orthopaedic Surgery and Dermatology. She also worked in the Graduate Medical Education Department servicing Cleveland Clinic Residents, Fellows and Research Fellows.

Contact Information:

Email: mazzonc@ccf.org
Phone: 216-444-6752

Judy McAnally

Coordinator, Healthcare Innovation Alliances & Finance

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Judy McAnally  |  Coordinator, Healthcare Innovation Alliances & Finance

Judy McAnally has over 20 years of experience in project coordination and administrative support. Prior to joining CCI, Judy was the Office Manager at Boston Scientific.

Contact Information:

Email: mcanalj@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-8922

Matthew McBride

Innovation Manager, Cleveland Clinic

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Matthew McBride  |  Innovation Manager, Cleveland Clinic

Matt McBride has been with the Innovations group since 2012, focusing on the assessment, commercialization, and business development behind medical break-throughs at the Cleveland Clinic. Prior to joining CCI, Matt served as a Naval Officer at several commands throughout the world. As a Naval Officer he served as Executive Officer of the Military Sealift Command in Diego Garcia, Program Manager for the V-22 Osprey in Philadelphia, and as the Contract Administrator for Forward Operating Base, Camp Leatherneck, in Afghanistan. 

Matt received a BS in political science with a focus on engineering, math and science in 2006, from the United States Naval Academy. Matt is currently pursuing his Executive MBA at Case Western Reserve University (2015).
 

Contact Information:

Email: mcbridm@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-2437

Cynthia Nugent

Coordinator, Patents

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Cynthia Nugent  |  Coordinator, Patents

Cynthia Nugent has over 20 years of experience in Intellectual Property. Prior to joining CCI, Cynthia Nugent was an IP Paralegal at The J.M. Smucker Company. Her work centered on the management and support of the IP portfolio.

Cynthia Nugent received her Associate of Applied Business Degree in Paralegal Studies from Lakeland Community College.

Contact Information:

Email: nugentc2@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-1717

Sonja O'Malley

Sr. Director, HIT Incubator

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Sonja O'Malley  |  Sr. Director, HIT Incubator

Sonja O'Malley has over 20 years of experience in healthcare information technology. Prior to joining CCI, Sonja was responsible for managing the global life sciences client portfolio at Axentis. Axentis, a Wolters Kluwer business, is a software provider of on-demand solutions used by life science customers and other highly regulated industries to minimize their exposure to risk and optimize business performance; a $5 billion (2010) company with 19,000 employees worldwide. Sonja's work has spanned clinical laboratory medicine as a MT (ASCP), consulting in the health care practice of Andersen Consulting, directing the process improvement practice within a health insurance organization, and building multiple startups as an early employee.

Sonja is a certified PMP from the Project Management Institute and has a BS in medical technology from Miami University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
 

Contact Information:

Email: omalles@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-2861

Peter O'Neill

Sr. Director, Device Incubator

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Peter O'Neill  |  Sr. Director, Device Incubator

Pete O’Neill has over 8 years of experience in CCI. Prior to joining CCI, Pete held positions as Deputy Director of the Great Lakes Industrial Technology Commercialization Center, and product engineer at PCC Airfoils.  His main area of work at CCI is commercialization of medical devices, with particular focus on orthopaedic products.

Pete received his BS in aeronautical engineering from MIT. 
 

Contact Information:

Email: oneillp2@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-0814

Jason Ospina, PhD

Product Development Manager, Therapeutics & Diagnostics

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Jason Ospina, PhD  |  Product Development Manager, Therapeutics & Diagnostics

Jason Ospina has over 10 years of experience in Life Sciences and over 2 years of experience in technology commercialization.  Prior to joining CCI, Jason was a post-doctoral fellow at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute. His research centered on the delineation of mechanisms regulating Hedgehog signal transduction and the influence of protein phosphorylation on pathway outcomes.

Jason received his PhD in genetics from Case Western Reserve University, where his thesis work examined nuclear protein dynamics and transport, as well as ribonucleoprotein biogenesis.
 

Contact Information:

Email: ospinaj2@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-2330

Jacob Pierson, JD

Innovation Manager, Marshfield Clinic

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Jacob Pierson, JD  |  Innovation Manager, Marshfield Clinic

Jacob has over 7 years of experience in Life Sciences and has worked at a University Technology Transfer office and the USPTO. Prior to arriving at CCI, Jacob was engaged in research focusing on microbial ecology at the University of Idaho. As part of his Masters program, his research centered on characterizing the normal microbiology of the vagina and how community structure impacted colonization by pathogenic organisms. In addition to his MS, Jacob recieved his JD from the University of Idaho College of Law, where his course work focused on Intellectual Property, Contracts, and Tax Law.

Contact Information:

Email: piersoj@ccf.org
Phone: 216-956-2704

Debra Pittman

Administrative Program Coordinator

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Debra Pittman  |  Administrative Program Coordinator

Debra is an Administrative Program Coordinator in Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Debra primarily focuses on project management, event coordination, operational activities and executive support. Prior to joining CCI, Debra was an executive assistant at the British Petroleum Company.

Contact Information:

Email: pittmad2@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-0800

Marcie Reilly

Director, Innovations Quality

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Marcie Reilly  |  Director, Innovations Quality

Marcie has over 10 years of experience in medical device product development and commercialization. Prior to joining CCI, Marcie held several product development positions at Kensey Nash Corporation in the fields of interventional cardiology and soft tissue repair, concluding as a Senior Biomaterials Engineer.

Marcie received her BS and MS in materials engineering from Drexel University.
 

Contact Information:

Email: reillym2@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-9039

Joseph Rich, JD

Director, Governance, Grants & Policies

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Joseph Rich, JD  |  Director, Governance, Grants & Policies

Joe has almost a decade of technology commercialization experience, previously serving as a senior member of Cleveland Clinic’s New Venture group, and vice president and general counsel for The University of Akron Research Foundation, where he was instrumental in numerous corporate ventures and international deals.

Joe received his BS in biology from John Carroll University and his JD and MBA in finance from The University of Akron, where the Ohio governor appointed him to serve on the university's Board of Trustees.
 

Contact Information:

Email: richj2@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-1594

Dhanesh Shah

Business Associate, Therapeutics & Diagnostics Incubator

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Dhanesh Shah  |  Business Associate, Therapeutics & Diagnostics Incubator

Dhanesh Shah has over 6 years of experience in healthcare corporate finance, strategy and business development. Prior to joining CCI, Dhanesh worked in Division of Finance at Cleveland Clinic, overseeing Clinic’s debt capital portfolio. A strong background in economics and accounting, his past experience has been with financial services organizations focused on structured products ratings and financial auditing.

Dhanesh has received a BA in economics/accounting and his MS in accounting/taxation from University of Mumbai. He received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
 

Contact Information:

Email: shahd4@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-2613

Karen Shanahan, MSFS, JD

Sr. General Manager, Finance & Governance

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Karen Shanahan, MSFS, JD  |  Sr. General Manager, Finance & Governance

Karen Shanahan serves as Senior General Manager Innovations,  where she is responsible for financial matters, the governance of the spin off portfolio companies, compliance, grant administration, IP  coordination, and other administrative matters,  as well as HR liaison..  Formerly she acted as Senior Counsel in the Law Department at Cleveland Clinic where she was involved in a wide variety of transactional work, serving as the chief counsel for Innovations. Immediately prior to joining the Clinic, Mrs. Shanahan served as Executive Vice President for a downstream petroleum industry start-up company. Previous to that she was associated for many years with the downstream operations of the British Petroleum Company (now BP Amoco) where she served as Senior Counsel and Corporate Secretary as well as Vice President Logistics; President of BP Pipelines; and Vice President Human Resources. She serves as a trustee of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. Mrs. Shanahan received a B.A. degree in Asian studies from Manhattanville College and a Masters Degree in international relations from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She holds a law degree, where she was an editor of the Law Review from Georgetown University.

Contact Information:

Email: shanahk@ccf.org
Phone: 216-448-0185

Jonathan Steiner

Business Associate, Market Intelligence

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Jonathan Steiner  |  Business Associate, Market Intelligence

Jon has over 7 years of healthcare experience including physician consulting, medtech marketing and market intelligence, and practice management.  Prior to joining CCI, Jon was a Senior Consultant at SS&G Healthcare Services.  His work centered on large-group physician management and organizational strategy, revenue cycle, and financial and productivity analytics.  Prior to that, he worked at Health Research International, a leading medical device and diagnostics market intelligence and consulting firm.

Jon received his BS in mathematics and MA in English literature from John Carroll University.
 

Contact Information:

Email: steinej3@ccf.org
Phone: 216-442-5188

Thomas Sudow

Consultant, Director of Business Development

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Thomas Sudow  |  Consultant, Director of Business Development

Prior to joining the GCIC, Tom served as Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Beachwood where he coordinated economic development efforts for the city. During his tenure, he helped more than 20 international companies establish their North America headquarters in Beachwood. Tom is committed to the Northeast Ohio community, having served as chair of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC). He is also a frequent guest columnist in publications such as Crain’s Cleveland Business, Inside Business and the Cleveland Jewish News. For his outstanding work, he has been recognized with awards from many economic development and community organizations. Tom was the Principal of TNS & Associates and prior to that served as a senior staff for academic institutions and social service organizations.

Tom received his BA from Kent State University and his MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work.
 

Contact Information:

Email: sudowt@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-0810

Sarah Stamp

Sr. Director, Delivery Solutions Incubator

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Sarah Stamp  |  Sr. Director, Delivery Solutions Incubator

Sarah has over 20 years in healthcare and is recognized for her expertise in practice management and strategic and business planning. Prior to rejoining CCF, Sarah worked as a Consultant at The Gateway Group, Vice President of Medical Operations at The MetroHealth System, and as an Administrator at CCF.  Her work centered on directing and managing medical group practices, developing and executing strategic initiatives, front end revenue enhancement and improving the performance of existing product lines.

Sarah received her BS in business administration degree from John Carroll University and her MBA from Cleveland State University.
 

Contact Information:

Email: stamps@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-8532

Charles Steiner

Manager, Innovations Operations

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Charles Steiner  |  Manager, Innovations Operations

Charles Steiner has over 25 years of experience in medical technology development.   Prior to joining CCI, Charles was a product development engineer for the Center for Neurological Restoration and a business and technology developer for the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.  His contributions have been in the field of surgical navigation for cranial and spinal indications, neuromodulation for movement and cognitive indications as well as neuromodulation for headache and autonomic indications.

Charles received his BS in chemistry and computer science from Case Western Reserve University.
 

Contact Information:

Email: steinec@ccf.org
Phone: 216-444-9298

Mark Stovsky, MD

Science and Technology Innovations Officer

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Mark Stovsky, MD  |  Science and Technology Innovations Officer

Mark serves as Science & Technology Innovation Officer at Cleveland Clinic Innovations as well as Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) and Staff Urologist in the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. Prior to joining CCF and CCF Innovations, Mark was an attending urologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center where he served as Director of the Men's Health and Genitourinary Stone Center and Urology Institute Quality Officer as well as Chief of the Division of Urology and Medical Director for Urology Services at UH Richmond Medical Center.

Mark  has an extensive business background in private equity and life science consulting as well as new venture development including transaction analysis and due diligence for health care, life science and biotechnology businesses. Mark’s private equity consulting experience includes transaction analysis for early stage,   acquisition and add-on ventures.

Mark currently serves on the boards of the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU), the American Urological Association (AUA) North Central Section (NCS) and the Ohio Urological Society. Dr. Stovsky is currently President –Elect of the AACU and Treasurer-Elect of the NCS. He is Past President of the Cleveland Urological Society and the Ohio Urological Society as well as a past board member of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland/Northern Ohio Medical Association. Dr. Stovsky recently completed the AUA Leadership Program (2012/2013 class). He has also been honored with selection to Best Doctors in America (2010 - present). Mark also serves on the boards of American Friends of Magen David Adom (Israel Red Cross) and Park Synagogue.

Dr. Stovsky earned undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern. He also holds an MBA (strategic planning) from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. Dr. Stovsky completed his urology residency training at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Contact Information:

Email: stovskm@ccf.org
Phone: 216-444-7901

Christie Thompson

Coordinator, Governance, Grants & Policies

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Christie Thompson  |  Coordinator, Governance, Grants & Policies

Christie has over 15 years of experience in an office setting. Prior to joining CCI, Christie was an Executive Secretary in the Nursing Institute, and an Administrative Assistant in the Law Department at the Clinic. Prior to joining the Clinic, Christie worked in the Sales and Legal departments of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Contact Information:

Email: thompsc7@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-0029

Santhosh Vadivelu, PhD

Sr. Director, Therapeutics & Diagnostics Incubator

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Santhosh Vadivelu, PhD  |  Sr. Director, Therapeutics & Diagnostics Incubator

Santhosh has over 10 years of operational experience and has held several cross-functional senior leadership roles and served on the Scientific Advisory Boards and Board of Directors committee in several healthcare companies. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Santhosh was at Canaan Partners and 2020 BioVentures, where he invested in healthcare companies in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, life science tools and information technology sectors.  Santhosh founded 2020 BioVentures and he lead 3 clinical translational programs and executed strategic pharmaceutical partnering and venture capital fund raising activities in US & Asia. Prior to Canaan, Santhsoh held roles as a scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY and as a patent agent at a US law firm.  Santhosh obtained his MSc with Honors in Life Sciences and completed his Doctorate in Biochemistry at Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria.

Contact Information:

Email: vadives@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-9039

Nisha Vagadia

Innovation Manager, Cleveland Clinic

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Nisha Vagadia  |  Innovation Manager, Cleveland Clinic

Nisha Vagadia has over 14 years of experience in M&A and Biotechnology. Prior to joining CCI, Nisha was a Assoc. Director, Financial, Planning & Analysis (FP&A) at Acusphere. Previously she worked at Alkermes plc, PhaseForward and Arthur Andersen. 

Nisha received her BS in business administration with a concentration in finance from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
 

Contact Information:

Email: vagadin@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-0812

Neil Veloso

Sr. Director, Innovation Management

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Neil Veloso  |  Sr. Director, Innovation Management

Neil is a Director with Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Neil primarily focuses on innovation management within both the Cleveland Clinic and its Healthcare Innovation Alliance Program. Neil has over 20 years of experience in biotechnology and technology commercialization. Prior to joining CCI, Neil Veloso was Senior Licensing Manager at the Case Western Reserve University Technology Transfer Office. There he sourced, negotiated and executed deals with pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic companies. Additionally, he was involved in medical imaging and pharmaceutical startup companies. At Athersys, his research and development work centered on process development of therapeutic proteins and small molecule drug screening.

Neil received a BA from the John Hopkins University, and MBA & MS from Case Western University.
 

Contact Information:

Email: veloson@ccf.org
Phone: 216-444-0386

Rich Wesorick

IP Counsel, Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP

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Rich Wesorick  |  IP Counsel, Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP

Mr. Wesorick helps to set patent strategy, guides inventors and participates in the screening of all invention disclosures. Mr. Wesorick is a partner with a Cleveland intellectual property firm, Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP. Mr. Wesorick is a registered patent attorney, is admitted to the Ohio Bar, and is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his Juris Doctor from University of Dayton School of Law. Before entering law school, Mr. Wesorick worked for four years as an engineer with G.E. Aircraft Engines, during which time he became an inventor of a U.S. Patent (No. 5,178,003).

Contact Information:

Email: rwesorick@tarolli.com
Phone: 216-621-2234 ext. 110

Renee Wlodarczyk

Business Associate, HIT Incubator

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Renee Wlodarczyk  |  Business Associate, HIT Incubator

Renee Wlodarczyk has over 8 years of experience in the healthcare industry.  Prior to joining CCI, Renee was an Associate Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in Washington DC, where she co-managed committees of healthcare providers and academic leaders in the health and life sciences industry, authored portions of published reports and aided in the development of research findings. Renee Wlodarczyk received a BS in biology from Georgetown University and completed additional coursework at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Contact Information:

Email: wlodarr@ccf.org
Phone: 216-644-6253

Michael Wright

Innovation Manager, Cleveland Clinic

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Michael Wright  |  Innovation Manager, Cleveland Clinic

Michael has over 10 years of experience in medical device marketing. Prior to joining CCI, Michael was a Senior Product Manager at Integra Lifesciences. His work centered on commercializing spine and neurosurgical related technologies. Michael received his BS in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
 

Contact Information:

Email: wrightm6@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-8247

Jim Zalar

General Manager, Business Engineering

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Jim Zalar  |  General Manager, Business Engineering

Jim is a Director in Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Jim primarily focuses on working with outside entities on Business Engineering services. These services include identifying outside people/organizations in their early stages and working with them to address their organization’s needs as they progress through their incubation on their early commercial operations period. Service offerings include business diagnostics, market segmentation, introduction to the healthcare financial ecosystem, key opinion leader and subject matter expertise introduction and other services needed by early stage organizations. Jim has over 20 years of experience in healthcare operations and consulting services. Prior to joining CCI, Jim was the Institute Administrator for the Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Innovation’s Enterprise Solutions team. His work centered on monetizing workflows, trade secrets and non-IP protectable solutions. Jim has also worked at finding solutions and introducing partners centered around healthcare solutions.

Jim received his BSBA in Finance from John Carroll University. He has an MBA from Cleveland State University and has his Series 6 and 63 securities license.

Contact Information:

Email: zalarj@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-5179

Matthew Zenker

Business Associate, Technology & Communications

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Matthew Zenker  |  Business Associate, Technology & Communications

Matt has over 6 years of writing and marketing experience. Prior to joining CCI, he was a Grant Writer for LNE Group, where he consulted on funding opportunities for clients in healthcare, renewable energy, and manufacturing industries.

Matt received his BA in English from the University of Notre Dame.
 

Contact Information:

Email: zenkerm@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-1524



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