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Ryan Allison

Innovations Analyst

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Ryan Allison  |  Innovations Analyst

Ryan Allison joined Cleveland Clinic Innovations in 2016, with a focus in business analytics for the commercial opportunities of inventions from the Clinic and Alliance partners. Prior to joining Innovations, Ryan served in the United States Air Force as a satellite and wideband communications technician. His military tour saw him serving in Italy, Iraq, and Utah to fulfill tactical and stationary assignments. Additionally, Ryan interned at BioEnterprise, where he supported business development initiatives for spurring entrepreneurial biotechnology in Northeast Ohio. Ryan earned his BS in Biology from Cleveland State University and his MS in Entrepreneurial Biotechnology from Case Western Reserve University. Lastly, you can find Ryan out in nature volunteering with Holden Arboretum or playing bass guitar in a band with his brothers.

Contact Information:

Email: allisor@ccf.org
216-401-9116

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
216.445.2475

Susan Bernat

General Manager, Strategic Marketing

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Susan Bernat  |  General Manager, Strategic Marketing

Susan Bernat is the General Manager of Strategic Marketing for Cleveland Clinic Innovations. In this capacity, Susan oversees the strategic planning, development and implementation of marketing and communications initiatives for CCI. Susan is also responsible for the vision and execution 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
216-444-5538

Marwane Berrada-Sounni

Sr. Director, Product Development

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Marwane Berrada-Sounni  |  Sr. Director, Product Development

Marwane Berrada has over 13 years of experience in medical device product development and commercialization. Prior to joining CCI, Marwane was Managing Director at Bavaria Medical Technology, a product development company. In addition, Marwane has held various engineering, managerial, and executive management positions in companies such Microvena, ev3, CryoCath Technologies, Vascular NanoTransfer and OligoMedic. Product expertise has been in percutaneous therapies such as electrophysiology, structural heart, cardiovascular and endovascular devices, in addition to product commercialization of orthopedic implants. Through his engineering and business backgrounds, Marwane is experienced in leading both traditional and virtual R&D teams throughout the entire development life-cycle including US and European regulatory tracks.  He’s also listed in 8 patents.

Marwane received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Finance from McGill University.

Contact Information:

Email: berradm@ccf.org
216-444-6898

Dae Capobianco

Innovation Manager, MedStar

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Dae Capobianco  |  Innovation Manager, MedStar

Dae Capobianco has over 8 years of experience in medical device sales and marketing. Prior to joining CCI, Dae was a Senior Clinical Specialist at Medtronic Inc. Her work centered on providing healthcare professionals and patients clinical, technical, and educational training and support on life-saving medical technologies within the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management Division as well as managing and developing customer relationships in accounts such as Cleveland Clinic. Additionally, she led continuing education for nurses as a program manager and speaker, cross-trained to perform research in company sponsored clinical trials, and was a proactive committee member in the development and design of corporate customer education and training.

Dae received her BSE in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in polymeric materials and her MBA with a focus in healthcare, project management, and entrepreneurship from Case Western Reserve University.

Contact Information:

Email: capobid@ccf.org
216-570-3456

Jeffrey Cicarella, JD

Counsel

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Jeffrey Cicarella, JD  |  Counsel

Jeff is a business and transactional lawyer in Cleveland Clinic’s Law Department.  Jeff counsels CCI’s spin-off companies on various general corporate, strategic and commercial issues affecting their businesses.  Jeff has extensive experience in structuring and closing early-stage and growth-stage capital formation transactions, including technology transfer and licensing, seed investment, early-stage investment and follow-on investment transactions.  In addition, Jeff represents CCI and its portfolio companies in complex financing transactions including control and non-control investments at every level of a company's capital structure, such as senior secured and subordinated debt investments and common and preferred equity investments. 

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic’s Law Department, Jeff was an associate at two large law firms in Cleveland, Ohio where he focused on the areas of M&A (mergers and stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures), corporate finance and venture capital, and he was named a “Rising Star” by Ohio Super Lawyers (M&A).  Jeff earned a B.S in General Business from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University, an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and a J.D.(cum laude) from the School of Law at Case Western Reserve University. 

Contact Information:

Email: cicarej@ccf.org
216-448-0494

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
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
216-445-3026

Kelly Emerton, PhD

Sr. Director, Product Development, GCIC

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Kelly Emerton, PhD  |  Sr. Director, Product Development, GCIC

Kelly B. Emerton, PhD, joins the GCIC team as Sr. Director of Product Development, lending her medical device industry experience towards the GCIC mission of developing and commercializing cardiovascular technology.  Prior to joining the GCIC team , she spent 6+ years across Medtronic business units (Spine and Endovascular Therapy divisions) leading multiple major development programs with cross-functional execution.   Her background includes US and outside US regulatory approvals for Class III implantable and combination-product devices for orthopedic and endovascular therapy indications.  During her Endovascular Therapy tenure, she was responsible for leading multiple pipeline programs within the thoracic aortic product portfolio.

Kelly received a BSE degree in Biomedical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and an MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from City College at the City University of New York.

Contact Information:

Email: emertok@ccf.org
216-445-9509

Meg Fagan

Coordinator, OHIA & Communications

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Meg Fagan  |  Coordinator, OHIA & Communications

Meg Fagan is an administrative program coordinator for the Ohio Healthcare Innovation Alliance and Technology & Communications team. She is responsible for administrative support and project management for OHIA, implementing marketing and technology initiatives and helping develop and plan the annual Medical Innovation Summit.  Prior to joining CCI, Meg had internships with Crowl, Montgomery and Clark, a marketing communications firm in North Canton, as well as two internships with CCI. She received her BA in Strategic Communication from Miami University.

Contact Information:

Email: faganm2@ccf.org
216-445-2557

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
(216) 636-9952

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
216-445-0619

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

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
216-445-2262

Torey Hovest

Innovation Manager

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Torey Hovest  |  Innovation Manager

Torey Hovest has over 6 years of experience in the medical device industry working in sales and clinical support. Prior to joining CCI, Torey was a Senior Technical Service Specialist at St. Jude Medical. His work centered around providing technical and clinical support for St. Jude Medical's electrophysiology technology, including its cardiac devices and 3-D electroanatomic mapping system. Torey received a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and is in the process of completing his MBA (2016) from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Contact Information:

Email: hovestt@ccf.org
216-903-1259

Mary Kander

General Manager, Inventor Services

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Mary Kander  |  General Manager, Inventor Services

Mary Kander is the General Manager of Inventor Services for Cleveland Clinic Innovations. In this capacity, Mary oversees all activities relating to the management, assessment, development and commercialization of Cleveland Clinic inventions.  Mary has over 20 years of experience in medical product development and commercialization, including over 11 years commercializing technologies created at Cleveland Clinic.   Previously, Mary held a number of management positions, at Invacare Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices for the home care market and at Procter & Gamble Co.  Mary has a B.A. from John Carroll University and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  

Contact Information:

Email: kanderm@ccf.org
216-445-3288

Ryan Kelly, PhD

Innovation Manager, The Innovation Institute

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Ryan Kelly, PhD  |  Innovation Manager, The Innovation 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
216-313-6279

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

Brian Kolonick

General Manager, External Business Development

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Brian Kolonick  |  General Manager, External Business Development

Brian is the General Manager of External Business Development at Cleveland Clinic Innovations. He is responsible for leading the Global Healthcare Innovation Alliance program, a network of health systems, universities and corporate partners dedicated to advancing patient care through collaborative innovation. Currently, Cleveland Clinic is working with MedStar Health, The Innovation Institute, Marshfield Clinic, The University of Notre Dame and ProMedica. In addition, Brian is also involved in the managing the relationship with corporate and government partners; Parker Hannifin, The Lubrizol Corporation, Cox Enterprises and NASA Glenn Research Center.  
 
Prior to managing the Global Health Care Innovation Alliance, Brian was an Associate 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, Orthopedics, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Global Patient Services, Bioethics and Wellness. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Brian served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for National Stroke Association, a national non-profit dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of stroke.
 

Contact Information:

Email: kolonib@ccf.org
216 444-0898

Bill Kolosi

Product Development Manager, Medical Device Incubator

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Bill Kolosi  |  Product Development Manager, Medical 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
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
216-445-7006

Mark Low

Managing Director, GCIC & NCAI-CC

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Mark Low  |  Managing Director, GCIC & NCAI-CC

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
lowm@ccf.org

Cheri Mazzone

Executive Secretary

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Cheri Mazzone  |  Executive Secretary

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
216-444-6752

Judy McAnally

Coordinator, Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance & Finance

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Judy McAnally  |  Coordinator, Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance & 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
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
216-445-2437

Thad Meese

Sr. Project Manager, Corporate Alliances

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Thad Meese  |  Sr. Project Manager, Corporate Alliances

 Thad has over 15 years of experience in information technology and business operations.  Early in his career Thad was a technology consultant for several global consulting firms including Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Before joining the Cleveland Clinic six years ago, Thad was as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Information Technology at a Cleveland-based SaaS start-up.  Prior to joining the Health IT Incubator with Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Thad was a co-inventor and product director for a patented clinical decision support platform currently implemented at the Cleveland Clinic.  Thad received his Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) from Ohio University where he earned two degrees, one in Management Information Systems and another in Finance.

Contact Information:

Email: meeset@ccf.org
216-219-2106

Ryan Nowicki

Business Associate, Medical Device Incubator

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Ryan Nowicki  |  Business Associate, Medical Device Incubator

Ryan has over 5 years of experience in the healthcare and Medical device industry. Prior to joining CCI, Ryan was a Project Manager in the Health Information management department at the Cleveland Clinic.  As a project manager, Ryan managed several projects related to data management, dashboard creation, and system automation.  Prior to Joining the clinic, he was a Research and Development Engineer at Cook Medical.  Starting from design concept all the way through commercialization, his work centered on developing minimally invasive medical devices related to the field of Interventional Radiology.  Many of which are commercially available today.  He’s listed on five patents.

Ryan received his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Akron and his MBA from Indiana Weslyan University

Contact Information:

Email: nowickr@ccf.org
216-445-4504

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
216-445-1717

Sonja O'Malley

Sr. Director, Health IT Incubator

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Sonja O'Malley  |  Sr. Director, Health IT 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
216-445-2861

Peter O'Neill

Interim Executive Director

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Peter O'Neill  |  Interim Executive Director

Pete O'Neill is the Interim Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Pete has 10+ years of experience at 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. He received his BS in aeronautical engineering from MIT.  

 

Contact Information:

Email: oneillp2@ccf.org
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
216-445-2330

Benjamin Oster

Business Associate

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Benjamin Oster  |  Business Associate

Prior to working with CCI, Benjamin supported research for the NeuroEthics Program in the Bioethics Department here at the Cleveland Clinic, researching Alzheimer’s disease payer and employer discrimination, and Multiple Sclerosis disease modifying therapeutics’ FDA regulatory pathway. Before joining the Clinic, Ben practiced law with a San Francisco boutique firm that focused on start-up and early-stage companies; most of his work centered on entity formation and corporate governance; private equity funding and nonpublic offerings; and securities regulation. Ben also assisted the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Industrial Partnerships Office (technology transfer) as a Summer Scholar; LLNL is a Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration lab located in Livermore, CA. Previous to attending law and graduate schools, Ben had a successful financial services career where he obtained his Series 7, 24, and 66 securities licenses. Ben received his B.S. in financial management from The Ohio State University (earning Dean’s Honors); his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (graduating cum laude), where he obtained Concentrations with Honors in corporate law and health law; his LL.M. from Duke University School of Law, where he targeted his research and education on the legal and regulatory issues relevant to start-up and early-stage biomedical companies; and his M.S. in Biotechnology from Georgetown University, focusing on bioscience.

Contact Information:

Email: osterb@ccf.org
216-445-3426

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
216-445-0800

Frank Proch

Product Development Manager

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Frank Proch  |  Product Development Manager

Frank Proch has over 19 years of medical device product development experience including orthopaedic, laparoscopic, ENT, diagnostic and pharmaceutical drug delivery devices. Prior to joining CCI, Frank served as the Director of Engineering and Quality at BioPoly, LLC, an entrepreneurial company focused on the development and launch of novel devices for the treatment of focal cartilage defects in the US and international markets.  Additionally, Frank worked in various engineering and project management roles with Smith and Nephew Inc. and Battelle Memorial Institute.  Frank earned his engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati and his MBA from Capital University.  In his spare time you can catch Frank enjoying the great outdoors with his family biking, hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding.

Contact Information:

Email: prochf@ccf.org
216-445-1014

Suguna Rachakonda, PhD

Sr. Director, Product Development, GCIC

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Suguna Rachakonda, PhD  |  Sr. Director, Product Development, GCIC

Suguna Rachakonda has over 11 years of experience in small molecule drug discovery in various therapeutic areas. She spent a year at United Therapeutics and 10 years at Pharmasset Inc. (acquired by Gilead Sciences). Suguna was a key contributor to the discovery and development of multiple clinical candidates for antiviral diseases including the recently marketed Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi®. She was responsible for leading multiple outsourcing project development teams.  Suguna is an inventor on 10 patents. Prior to joining CCI, Suguna was Director of Technology Commercialization at Kent State University leading all aspects of innovation management and commercialization.
 
Suguna received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Hyderabad, India. Subsequently she was a post-doctoral fellow at Tulane University. She received an MBA in Finance from Stern School of Business, New York University.            
 

Contact Information:

Email: rachaks@ccf.org
216-445-3562

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
216-445-9039

Joseph Rich, JD

Director, Governance, Grants & Policies

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

Joseph T. Rich, JD, MBA is responsible for new venture development and growth, and manages the relationships between the boards and executive teams of CCI and OBVF portfolio companies. He also is the Portfolio Manager of the Ohio Third Frontier sponsored, $30 million+ Ohio BioValidation Funds early stage investment program. He has extensive business development expertise through his involvement in the organization and start-up of numerous financially successful companies. Mr. Rich possesses industry-specific expertise in life sciences, venture capital investments and angel financing, joint ventures and other strategic alliances involving technology commercialization. He has led many OBVF deal teams that resulted in successful OBVF investments. Mr. Rich serves as a Board Member and or Corporate Officer for over 15 early-stage companies, and led the successful exit of portfolio company FlexLife to LifeWatch Services, Inc. He has a decade of technology commercialization experience, previously serving as a senior member of Cleveland Clinic’s New Venture group. Prior to Cleveland Clinic, he served as vice president and general counsel for The University of Akron Research Foundation, where he was instrumental in numerous corporate ventures and international deals. He is actively involved in higher education in the State of Ohio, and has served on the Board of Trustees of The University of Akron after an appointment by the Ohio governor. Mr. Rich received a BS in Biology from John Carroll University, an MBA in Finance from The University of Akron and a JD from The University of Akron.

 

Contact Information:

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

Jon Sakai

Sr. Project Manager, Corporate Alliances

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Jon Sakai  |  Sr. Project Manager, Corporate Alliances

Jon manages joint development project with Lubrizol Life Sciences and the NASA Glenn Research Center. Prior to CCI, Jon worked for NDI Medical designing and developing neurostimulation devices, and the Cleveland VA Medical Center as a biomedical engineer supporting multiple clinical studies. His career has been spent in the medical device industry, starting with a co-op experience at Ethicon Endo-Surgery. Jon has his bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Contact Information:

Email: sakaij@ccf.org
216-314-5026

Shannon Schur

Administrative Assistant

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Shannon Schur  |  Administrative Assistant

Shannon Schur has over 12 years of experience as an administrative assistant. Prior to joining CCI, Shannon worked with the women’s basketball department at Cleveland State University following two years as the media relations assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Shannon received her BA in Public Relations from the University of Dayton as well as her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University.  

Contact Information:

Email: schurs@ccf.org
216-445-4344

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
216-445-2613

Sarah Stamp

General Manager, Operations & Administration

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Sarah Stamp  |  General Manager, Operations & Administration

Sarah is the General Manager of Operations & Administration and is responsibile for all work pertaining to financial, administrative, and human  resources activities of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. 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
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
216-444-9298

Mark Stovsky, MD

Science and Technology Innovations Officer

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Mark Stovsky, MD  |  Science and Technology Innovations Officer

Mark Stovsky MD MBA FACS serves as a Staff Urologist in the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Science & Technology Innovations Officer at Cleveland Clinic Innovations as well as Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) in the CCF Lerner School of Medicine. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic and 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.
 
Dr. Stovsky’s areas of clinical expertise including BPH/male voiding dysfunction, prostate cancer and urinary tract stone disease.  Dr. Stovsky  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) and the American Urological Association (AUA) North Central Section. Dr. Stovsky is currently President of the AACU and Treasurer 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 (Cleveland Chapter - 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
216-444-7901

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
216-445-0810

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
216-445-0029

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
216-621-2234 ext. 110

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
216-445-8247

Jim Zalar

General Manager, Internal Business Development

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Jim Zalar  |  General Manager, Internal Business Development

Jim is General Manager, Internal Business Development at Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Jim identifies business opportunities within Cleveland Clinic while working with outside entities on a variety of advisory services offered by CCI. 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
216-445-5179

Matthew Zenker

Business Associate, Technology & Communications

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Matthew Zenker  |  Business Associate, Technology & Communications

Matt has over 7 years of writing and marketing experience. As a Business Associate of the Technology & Communications group, Matt develops content for all internal and external marketing and communications, supports all branding efforts, and helps to plan, promote and produce the Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit. Prior to joining CCI, Matt 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
216-445-1524

Innovations Spotlight

Spin-Offs

Innovations has facilitated several Cleveland Clinic Spin-Offs over the last decade. Click here to see our current portfolio.

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Alliance Partners

The Alliance network strives to realize new opportunities for innovation by gaining a 360-degree perspective on healthcare and its future.

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