Innovations Team

Our robust team of market analysts, subject matter experts and former medical industry leaders is deployed via our INVENT® process to ensure the most promising inventions are positioned to succeed in the ever-changing healthcare marketplace. Expertise from across Cleveland Clinic and our external network is solicited to offer strategic advice for select inventions. If a technology is deemed to merit a new venture, an independent team of investment and operational professionals will facilitate spin-off company formation, fundraising and governance.
Brian Kolonick
Brian Kolonick

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:

216-444-0898

Jack Miner
Jack Miner

Jack Miner

Managing Director, Cleveland Clinic Ventures

Jack started as Managing Director, Cleveland Clinic Ventures in September, 2016.
 
Until August, 2016, Jack was responsible for launching startups and creating business formation infrastructure around University intellectual property for the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) at the University of Michigan.  He joined the University of Michigan in 2011 and helped launch more than 50 startup companies while managing a portfolio of more than 300 companies. He had direct reports that managed the Venture Accelerator (14,000 square foot wet lab and office space), Mentors in Residence Program and Business Formation Team. The team helped life sciences, physical sciences and digital technology companies launch successfully with over 78% of companies still in existence since 1987. Companies from the Michigan OTT portfolio raised billions of dollars over the years, $700 Million in Venture Capital between 2011 and 2016. Prior to joining the UM Tech Transfer team, Jack was part of 7 venture capital-backed software companies (most of which exited through acquisition) and a member at Fortune100 information technology organizations; Computer Associates, and Amdahl. He also helped establish the Center for Entrepreneurship in Calhoun County and was the founder of an online business acceleration platform.
 
Jack has a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Management from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
 

Contact Information:

216-445-4304

Jim Zalar
Jim Zalar

Jim Zalar

General Manager, Business Solutions


Jim is General Manager, Business Solutions at Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Jim works with outside organizations to help with commercialization, operation, and business development needs. He partners with Innovations staff members to provide customized solutions for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established companies. 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. Additionally, he works with investors and funds looking for due diligence or pre-investment services, as well as companies looking to understand market entry barriers and solutions. Jim has over 20 years of experience in healthcare operations and consulting services. Prior to joining CCI, he 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:

216-445-5179

Mark Low
Mark Low

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:

216-445-6920

Mary Kander
Mary Kander

Mary Kander

General Manager, Technology Commercialization

Mary Kander is the General Manager of Technology and Commercialization 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:

216-445-3288

Peter O'Neill
Peter O'Neill

Peter O'Neill

Executive Director


Pete O'Neill is the 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:

216-445-0814

Sarah Stamp
Sarah Stamp

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:

216-445-8532

Susan Bernat
Susan Bernat

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:

216-444-5538

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