Meet the Team
100+ years of innovation experience
Jim Zalar, Partner
As a Partner with Novamedics, Jim Zalar works with clients to support healthcare organizations looking to evaluate, establish or enhance commercialization programs.
With over 25 years experience at Cleveland Clinic and Big Four consulting firms, Jim has significant experience in hospital operations, partnering and commercialization activities. He grew revenue at the Orthopedic & Rheumatology Institute from $180m to $400m in four years, doubling the physician staff.
As General Manager of the Business Solutions Team (BST) at Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Jim’s team partnered with healthcare, industry and commercial organizations to identify opportunities that had commercial potential. The BST also provided innovation and commercialization consulting services to healthcare organizations and also worked with numerous international companies to review products and solutions to determine US market potential. Jim has served as an advisor and board member for start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Ryan Nowicki, Partner
With over 15 years of years of technology commercialization and new product development experience, Ryan works with his Novamedics partners to support healthcare organizations looking to develop new commercialization programs or support existing programs in need. At Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Ryan gained wide knowledge in developing successful commercialization efforts. His has particular expertise in medical devices ranging from minimally invasive surgical tools to drug device combination products.
Ryan also has experience as Director of Product Development for startup Advanced NanoTherapies, Inc. where he oversaw the US IDE submission including testing, documentation, first in human clinical trials and DHF preparation. He was also involved in fundraising, managing expenses, and budgeting, including participation in capital budgeting.
Chip Steiner, Advisor
As a healthcare product development engineer and leader with 30+ hears of experience in healthcare in artificial intelligence, neurological, orthopedic, minimally invasive surgical and behavioral health, Chip's deep domain knowledge helps create processes and design solutions which improve and enhance patient care as well as identify investment opportunities with a signficant return on investment.
Chip developed a Minimally Invasive Surgery Center of Excellence at a large academic medical center, a strategic partnership between surgeons, biomedical engineers, and technology providers, which pioneered tele-surgery, tele-mentoring, and tele-robotics to improve clinical outcomes and drive operational efficiencies. Later Chip led a multidisciplinary group of clinical leaders, software engineers, and business executives to develop an AI system to better deliver the right treatment for the right patient at the right time resulting in better clinical outcomes at lower cost.
Chip was also responsible for managing a micro-investment validation fund that enjoyed a greater than 10X return on investment and yielded the spin-out of several innovative companies.
Tom Sudow, Advisor
Tom brings over 30 years in the high-tech and biosciences industries, including 14 years at Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Tom was a founder of the Beachwood Business Development Center which had transactions totaling over $1B. As the Director of Business Development for the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center, a product development consortium led by Cleveland Clinic, he helped identify, invest, and nurture 60 companies and those companies raised an additional $1.5B. Thirty of the 60 companies’ products are in market today.
Tom served as an Advisor to eHealth Venture a fund dedicated to digital health and the operators of a Technology Incubator in Israel; as a member of the Akron BioInnovation Fund due diligence committee; and, as an advisor and provided due diligence to funds and companies across the globe. Tom is the Director of the Burton J. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ashland University, where he has helped launch a number of new businesses. He serves as the Medical Director for Merchavia, a public traded company, as a Venture Partner for Maor Ventures, and is a Board Member of Veinway a startup company in the cardiovascular space.
Kaleigh Gallagher, Advisor
Kev Khayat, Advisor
Kev has 30 years experience in supporting innovation as a strategic lever for business development and growth. While leading process and service innovations in both acute and community healthcare settings, as well as social care and K-12 education, he has divided his time between the US and UK and between leading large scale organizational transformations and supporting start-ups and other entrepreneurial activity.
He tripled the revenue for a psychotherapy service in the UK that was innovative in its wide reach and accessibility to patients, and designed a robust evaluation process for school leaders to assess ed-tech opportunities in the classroom. He has extensive business planning and advisory experience for health care start-ups and has supported clinicians from a wide variety of medical disciplines to develop their innovations. He has served as mentor at local and national level for the NSF's I-Corps innovations program.