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About the GCIC. Team

Mark Low

Mark Low

Managing Director, GCIC

Biography | lowm@ccf.org | 216-445-6920

Mark Low, Managing Director of the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center as well as the Atrial Fibrillation Innovation Center, comes to these roles with a track record of building successful programs to introduce new biomedical products and modalities to new markets. He has managed all facets of product and market development spanning diagnostic and interventional cardiology, diagnostic and interventional pulmonology, interventional radiology, stroke treatment, image-guided surgery, drug delivery and oncology. He has served on the senior management teams of TomTec Imaging Systems, Image Guided Technologies, EKOS Corporation, and Sonus Pharmaceuticals, as well as business strategy consultant to numerous companies developing a wide array of cardiovascular devices. Prior to concentrating his focus on start-up ventures and early stage market development, Mark held trailblazing positions in marketing and business development for Hewlett-Packard’s Medical Products Group. Specializing in cardiovascular ultrasound, Mark managed high performance cardiovascular diagnostic systems, introducing numerous products to new market segments including office-based cardiology practice and interventional cardiology. He was responsible for developing new clinical applications including stress echocardiography, 3D echocardiography, and intravascular ultrasound. In conjunction with these programs Mark managed strategic relationships with various corporate partners, investors, universities, inventors, clinical investigators and manufacturers. Mark 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.

Michael Austriaco

Michael Austriaco

Commercialization Officer

Biography | austrim@ccf.org | 216-445-2475

Michael serves as a primary research and analytical resource for the GCIC. Prior to joining the GCIC, he spent more than 11 years at Health Research International, an independent medical market research and consulting firm, most recently as Vice President. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University.

Veronika Dwyer

Veronika Dwyer

Administrative Program Coordinator

Biography | dwyerv@ccf.org | 216-445-3026

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.

Laura Konczos

Laura Konczos

Department Supervisor / AFIC

Biography | konczol@ccf.org | 216-445-7006

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.

Thomas Sudow

Thomas Sudow

Director, Business Development

Biography | sudowt@ccf.org | 216-445-0810

Tom helps bioscience and medical device companies achieve growth in Northeast Ohio. Tom is a Vice President of Team NEO and the Director of Business Development for the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC), a research and product development consortium, led by the Cleveland Clinic, created to attract, expand and retain companies that develop new cardiovascular technologies. Tom has worked with many international companies –most in the bioscience space – on establishing operations in the United States and in the acceleration of their growth. He has organized seminars on doing business in the United States in Europe and the Middle East. 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.