A New Way to Envision Endovascular Navigation

Centerline Biomedical is a Cleveland Clinic spinoff company commercializing the Intra-Operative Positioning System (IOPS™) technology — an innovative, non-x-ray based 3D GPS-like surgical navigation technology that improves endovascular procedure outcomes and reduces radiation exposure.

The idea to create the first and only 3D visualization and real-time navigation system that allows physicians to perform optimal, radiation-free image-guided endovascular surgery developed when Vikash Goel, current Chief Technology Officer at Centerline Biomedical, and Karl West, Director of Medical Devices Solutions at Cleveland Clinic Learner Research Institute, set out to fulfill their mentor Dr. Roy K. Greenberg’s vision of advancing endovascular surgery. After years of hard work and dedication by vascular physicians and researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, IOPS was born, with a working prototype and first-in-man data.

Today, Centerline Biomedical continues to lead the commercialization process of IOPS to help improve endovascular procedure outcomes, decrease healthcare costs, and reduce radiation exposure for patients and healthcare professionals.

The Vision Behind IOPS.

Our Team

As the science behind vascular surgery continues to grow, our team has been able to grow along with it. More importantly, our group has helped shape and define what innovations in endovascular procedures will look like in the future. We credit our strength and endurance to a consistent approach to managing our business and to the character of our leadership.

Board of Directors

Jai N. Gupta, MS, MSA, PhDChairman
Vinod K. Goel, MSC, MBA, PhDPresident and CFO
Jim Zalar, MBAMember, Board of Directors
Philip D. Rackliffe, MBAChief Executive Officer (CEO)
Joseph Rich, JD, MBACorporate Secretary
Jai N. Gupta, MS, MSA, PhDChairman

As Chairman of the Board, Dr. Gupta brings more than 40 years of technical, managerial, and leadership experience to Centerline Biomedical. He founded EER Systems, which specializes in scientific systems development for various federal agencies and the military, and pioneering commercial space launches with NASA, attaining revenues of $150 million with some 1,500 employees in 2000. Recently, he has retired as Group President of L-3 Communications Government Services Group. Currently he is an active investor in several entities globally, including startups. Dr. Gupta received his Bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Master's from Queens University, Canada, Ph.D. from Purdue University, and MSA from George Washington University.

Vinod K. Goel, MSC, MBA, PhDPresident and CFO

Dr. Goel is a former World Bank official and global expert on innovation and competitiveness who brings 40 years of international experience in R&D, technology commercialization, and private sector development to his roles of President, CFO and member of the Board of Directors for Centerline Biomedical. He is one of the pioneers of Inclusive Innovation, a concept gaining currency as a means of expanding the benefits of technology to a wider global audience. He has led the design and implementation of numerous complex development projects with budgets of up to $500 million. Dr. Goel is also a senior consultant at World Bank (previously Chief of Financial Management), and founder of Lagom Group, an international advisory firm. He holds MBA with distinction and Ph.D. from Cornell University, and a Masters from NDRI, India.

Jim Zalar, MBAMember, Board of Directors

Jim Zalar is General Manager, Business Solutions at Cleveland Clinic Innovations and brings 20+ years of experience in healthcare operations and consulting as well as monetizing workflows, trade secrets and non-IP protectable solutions. Previously, he was Institute Administrator at Cleveland Clinic. Currently he focuses on working with outside entities on Business Engineering services including identifying early-stage organizations and helping address their needs from incubation to early commercial operations period. Jim received BS and BA in Finance from John Carroll University and MBA from Cleveland State University and has his Series 6 and 63 securities license.

Philip D. Rackliffe, MBAChief Executive Officer (CEO)

As CEO of Centerline Biomedical, Mr. Rackliffe brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience and executive management, spanning both medical device and pharmaceuticals industries, across both public and private sectors.  He has successfully led start-ups, as well as company divisions with over $2 billion in annual revenue.

As a growth catalyst, he has successfully launched more than 25 global life science products focusing on the needs of the patient and those that surround the patient/care environment.  In addition, he has led and closed multiple global business development deals to drive synergies and growth.  He believes that nothing is achieved without a strong team culture and takes pride in building teams that are both highly diverse and value inclusion.

Mr. Rackliffe received his MBA with high distinction from Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh and a duel major BS from Marquette University.

Joseph Rich, JD, MBACorporate Secretary

Joseph T. Rich brings 10+ years of technology commercialization experience. He is on the Centerline Biomedical Board of Directors, and is the Director of Portfolio Company, Grant and Governance at Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI); responsible for new venture development and growth, and managing relationships between the boards and executive teams of CCI and the $60 million Ohio BioValidation Funds early stage investment program. He has extensive business development expertise in organization and start-up of numerous successful companies and has been on the board or a Corporate Officer for over 15 early-stage companies. Mr. Rich received BS from John Carroll University, and MBA, along with JD from University of Akron.

Leadership Team

Philip D. Rackliffe, MBAChief Executive Officer (CEO)
Vikash Goel, MSFounder and CTO
Vinod K. Goel, MS, MBA, PhDPresident and CFO
Sonya Snyder, MBAHead of Operations
Sreenivasan Narayanan, MSHead of R&D
Philip D. Rackliffe, MBAChief Executive Officer (CEO)

As CEO of Centerline Biomedical, Mr. Rackliffe brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience and executive management, spanning both medical device and pharmaceuticals industries, across both public and private sectors.  He has successfully led start-ups, as well as company divisions with over $2 billion in annual revenue.

As a growth catalyst, he has successfully launched more than 25 global life science products focusing on the needs of the patient and those that surround the patient/care environment.  In addition, he has led and closed multiple global business development deals to drive synergies and growth.  He believes that nothing is achieved without a strong team culture and takes pride in building teams that are both highly diverse and value inclusion.

Mr. Rackliffe received his MBA with high distinction from Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh and a duel major BS from Marquette University.

Vikash Goel, MSFounder and CTO

Vikash Goel brings more than ten years of experience innovating and developing imaging, visualization, and analysis systems for use in vascular surgery, as well as experience in medical device software and hardware design and development and holds several patents. He has worked closely with surgeons and developed a keen understanding of the clinical challenges and unmet needs present both in the operating room and in the clinic. He is experienced in application development and pioneering software and technologies. As CTO of Centerline Biomedical and inventor of its technology, he utilized image processing and modeling techniques to develop and design software across several platforms and develop the systems and instrumentation hardware making up the computing platform for Centerline’s technology. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, magna cum laude, from Cornell University's College of Engineering and a Master’s degree from Cornell’s Program of Computer Graphics.

Vinod K. Goel, MS, MBA, PhDPresident and CFO

Dr. Goel is a former World Bank official and global expert on innovation and competitiveness who brings 40 years of international experience in R&D, technology commercialization, and private sector development to his role of President, CFO and member of the Board of Directors for Centerline Biomedical. He is one of the pioneers of Inclusive Innovation, a concept gaining currency as a means of expanding the benefits of technology to a wider global audience. He has led the design and implementation of numerous complex development projects with budgets of up to $500 million. Dr. Goel is also a senior consultant at World Bank (previously Chief of Financial Management), and founder of Lagom Group, an international advisory firm. He holds MBA with distinction and Ph.D. from Cornell University, and a Masters from NDRI, India.

Sonya Snyder, MBAHead of Operations

Sonya Snyder has more than 20 years of manufacturing and operations experience with the past 15 being in the medical device industry.  She has successfully launched over 40 new products into full market production along with integrating 4 business acquisitions.  Mrs. Snyder brings a depth of experience with ISO 13485 and FDA regulations related to medical device manufacturing and quality systems.  Sonya is an expert in Lean manufacturing methodologies being trained by the Shingijutsu group in Japan and a participant in a training tour of Japan’s top Toyota Production System factories. Sonya has a passion for leading and motivating teams through evolving business changes.  As Head of Operations for Centerline Biomedical, Mrs. Snyder will utilize her experience of leading complex operations to build a highly efficient and effective supply chain to deliver the best value and highest quality to our customers.  Mrs. Snyder received her MBA from Lake Erie College and her BS in Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude, from Southern Illinois University.

Sreenivasan Narayanan, MSHead of R&D

Sreeni is a seasoned healthcare technology leader with 25+ years of experience and repeated success identifying white-space opportunities in the healthcare and medical device space. With leadership roles with both a global market leader and early-stage startup, led the development of transformative solutions for the healthcare space based on machine learning and other related technologies. Lead inventor on multiple U.S. patents. With experience in US, Germany, India, and China, able to bridge cultural barriers and build cohesive, high-performing teams that span multiple geographies.  He Co-founded startup to develop RxCOMPLi, an affordable personalized caregiver, empowering patients adhere to their medications on time, every time! He is the former Sr Director of R&D Strategy for Siemens Healthineers, led the full life cycle development of medical imaging system software and clinical applications for 4 product portfolios, simultaneously delivering to 8 product lines for the  AT division. Develop the R&D group strategy in alignment with overall technology and business goals and transfer R&D results into strategically suitable Siemens Healthineers units. He holds an MS from Indian Institute of Science and completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS alumnus)

Advisory Team

Scientific Advisory Board

Matthew Eagleton, MD (Chair)Chief of Vascular Surgery, Mass General Hospital
Mark Farber, MDDirector of Aortic Center, UNC Hospitals
Peter Rasmussen, MD, FAHA, FAANS, FSNISProfessor of Neurosurgery
Federico Ezequiel Parodi, MDVascular Surgeon, UNC Hospitals
Rishi Puri, MD, Ph.D, FRACPCardiologist, Cleveland Clinic
Karl West, MSDirector, Cleveland Clinic Medical Device Solutions
Matthew Eagleton, MD (Chair)Chief of Vascular Surgery, Mass General Hospital

Matthew Eagleton Dr. Eagleton is the Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Vascular and Endovascular surgery. An international expert and thought leader on minimally invasive vascular aortic surgery, he also serves as co-director of both the Fireman Vascular Center and the Thoracic Aorta Center at Massachusetts General. Additionally, he is the Program Committee Chair for the prestigious Society for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Eagleton's specialty and passion is endograft therapy for complex aortic disease. He has an extensive experience in basic, translational, and clinical research programs and has been the principal investigator on a several research trials evaluating innovative endovascular therapies for aortic disease. Dr. Eagleton was formerly the Vascular Surgery Director of the Cleveland Clinic Aorta Center. He received his bachelor's degree and medical degree from the University of Rochester, his general surgical training from the University of Rochester Medical Center, and his training in vascular surgery from the University of Michigan.

Mark Farber, MDDirector of Aortic Center, UNC Hospitals

Dr. Mark Farber is the Director of the University of North Carolina's (UNC) Aortic Disease Management and Endovascular Clinic. He is also the Program Director of Vascular Surgery Fellowship at UNC School of Medicine. He is an international expert on minimally invasive vascular aortic surgery and has been the Principal Investigator on multiple clinical research trials. Dr. Farber holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MD from Tulane University School of Medicine.

Peter Rasmussen, MD, FAHA, FAANS, FSNISProfessor of Neurosurgery

Peter A. Rasmussen, MD, currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for CCAW JV, and is a Professor of Neurosurgery in the Cerebrovascular Center/Department of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is the former Medical Director of Digital Health at the Cleveland Clinic where he oversaw the Clinic’s overall digital health strategy and implementation of their digital medical platforms.  This included the Clinic’s flagship virtual care service “Express Care Online”, as well as site-to-site services and virtual chronic disease management services.    He maintains a busy clinical practice offering patients either open microsurgery or endovascular, minimally invasive treatment options.  As the former Director of the Cerebrovascular Center at the Cleveland Clinic, he founded the Clinic’s telestroke program which has grown to ~1900 teleconsults/year, and he envisioned and implemented the Clinic’s Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit, one of the first two units in the US.  He is a Past-President of the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, and enjoys international recognition as a cerebrovascular surgery expert.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, Wisconsin, completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, completed fellowship training in interventional neuroradiology/endovascular neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, as well as a fellowship in microsurgical treatment of cerebrovascular disease also at the Cleveland Clinic.  A recognized innovator and KOL of both digital medicine and endovascular neurosurgery, he is past Vice Chair of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Cerebrovascular Section, and has been appointed as a fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA), the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS), and a founding fellow of the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (FSNIS). 

Federico Ezequiel Parodi, MDVascular Surgeon, UNC Hospitals

Dr. Parodi is an accomplished vascular surgeon at the UNC hospitals, previously at the Cleveland Clinic Miller Heart and Vascular Institute, with specialization in aortic aneurysms, endovascular surgery, peripheral artery disease, and carotid artery disease. A member of the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, Dr. Parodi has published many papers and textbook chapters about vascular surgery in several medical journals, covering topics ranging from medical management of aneurysmal disease to complex and novel endovascular techniques. Dr. Parodi earned his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He underwent post-doctoral training as an aortic surgical fellow at Cleveland Clinic. After the conclusion of his fellowship in 2013, he was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic medical staff in the Department of Vascular Surgery, where he continues to pursue innovative research to provide the best possible care in the era of modern endovascular therapies.

Rishi Puri, MD, Ph.D, FRACPCardiologist, Cleveland Clinic

Rishi Puri, MD, PhD, FRACP, is a coronary and structural interventional cardiologist practicing at Cleveland Clinic, specializing in these minimally-invasive treatments for diseased heart valves, coronary artery disease, and congenital heart disease. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic to expand the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program, he trained and practiced at other global centers of excellence for innovative transcatheter structural heart therapies, including Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, Rennes University Hospital in France, and the Zurich University Hospital. An expert clinician and an accomplished researcher, he has treated thousands of patients and published hundreds of peer-reviewed manuscripts spanning topics such as vascular structure and function, atherosclerosis progression-regression, novel anti-atherosclerotic compounds, valvular heart disease, and medical device innovation. In addition to his primary appointment at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Puri serves as Medical Director for the Atherosclerosis Imaging Core Laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic Coordinating Center for Clinical Research, as Associate Professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. 

Karl West, MSDirector, Cleveland Clinic Medical Device Solutions
Karl West is Cleveland Clinic's Director of Medical Device Solutions. Mr. West has been innovating at Cleveland Clinic since 2002. He is an expert in device design with a concentration in aortic replacement devices such as multi-branched endovascular prosthesis, and holds several patents on novel graft technologies. He is experienced in managing R&D for vascular replacement devices and directing medical device prototyping. Before starting his career at Cleveland Clinic, Mr. West was employed by Philips Medical Systems acting as the lead engineer on computed tomography R&D projects. Mr. West has extensive experience developing a variety of medical devices including several novel image guidance systems. As inventor of the IOPS technology, he led its development and continues to drive the commercialization process. Mr. West has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University and a Master's degree in Physics from John Carroll University. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cleveland State University.

Business Advisory Council

Philip D. Rackliffe, MBACEO
Vinod K. Goel, MSC, MBA, PhDPresident and CFO, Centerline Biomedical
Ramesh Mashelkar, PhD, FRSPresident, Global Research Alliance
Philip D. Rackliffe, MBACEO

As CEO of Centerline Biomedical, Mr. Rackliffe brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience and executive management, spanning both medical device and pharmaceuticals industries, across both public and private sectors.  He has successfully led start-ups, as well as company divisions with over $2 billion in annual revenue.

As a growth catalyst, he has successfully launched more than 25 global life science products focusing on the needs of the patient and those that surround the patient/care environment.  In addition, he has led and closed multiple global business development deals to drive synergies and growth.  He believes that nothing is achieved without a strong team culture and takes pride in building teams that are both highly diverse and value inclusion.

Mr. Rackliffe received his MBA with high distinction from Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh and a duel major BS from Marquette University.

Vinod K. Goel, MSC, MBA, PhDPresident and CFO, Centerline Biomedical

Dr. Goel is a former World Bank official and global expert on innovation and competitiveness who brings 40 years of international experience in R&D, technology commercialization, and private sector development to his role of President, CFO and member of the Board of Directors for Centerline Biomedical. He is one of the pioneers of Inclusive Innovation, a concept gaining currency as a means of expanding the benefits of technology to a wider global audience. He has led the design and implementation of numerous complex development projects with budgets of up to $500 million. Dr. Goel is also a senior consultant at World Bank (previously Chief of Financial Management), and founder of Lagom Group, an international advisory firm. He holds MBA with distinction and Ph.D. from Cornell University, and a Masters from NDRI, India.

Ramesh Mashelkar, PhD, FRSPresident, Global Research Alliance

Dr. Ramesh Mashelkar is the National Research Professor, and President of the Global Research Alliance, a network of publicly funded R&D institutes in Asia, Europe, and the United States with over 60,000 scientists. He is the former Director General of Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, overseeing 38 national R&D labs and 5,000 scientists. He was the Chancellor of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research. Dr. Mashelkar is also one of the pioneers of the Inclusive Innovation, a concept getting highly popular in emerging economies. He is on the Boards of several leading Indian corporations and top higher education institutions, and the chairman of multiple life science, biotech, and VC companies. He has received 38 honorary doctorates, including those from the University of Wisconsin and University of London. Dr. Mashelkar received his Master's and PhD from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India.

Our Team

Matthew HolladayPrincipal Software Engineer
Jim FosterSenior Design Engineer
David Vickers, MBASenior Systems Engineer
Craig Hudson, MBASenior Systems Engineer
Jay JohnsonDirector of Product Development and Regulatory Affairs
Stephen OpalankoSenior Software Engineer
Saadedine El-Homsi, MSProject Engineer
Rafael BonillaQuality and Regulatory Officer
Ana Kuoman, MS, MBABusiness Analyst
Katelyn RowePublic Relations and Administrative Officer
Sean HowardArea Sales Manager - Western U.S.
Gregg BullionArea Sales Manager - Southeast Region
Michael CrociArea Sales Manager - Midwest / Northeast Region
Miloš Matković, MSC, MDBusiness Advisor
Gaurav Agarwal, MFCBusiness Advisor
Ryan SobelAdministrative Assistant
Matthew HolladayPrincipal Software Engineer

Matthew Holladay has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing image analysis software and DICOM services for SPECT, PET, CT, and Ultrasound systems, primarily focused on cardiac image analysis. Before joining Centerline, he served as Lead Architect and Senior Software Engineer at INVIA Medical Imaging Solutions for more than 10 years, where he was responsible for high-level design, design reviews, and technology recommendations. He designed, implemented, and maintained features for INVIA's 4DM product for analysis of the Left Ventricle. Throughout his career, Matthew has turned ideas into real products through all phases of the software development life cycle. He is known for implementing and optimizing complex algorithms and user interface components (especially in medical imaging devices), augmenting existing products using new technologies, problem solving, and working to advance the skills of the entire team. Matthew holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jim FosterSenior Design Engineer

Jim Foster brings more than 25 years of innovative engineering experience in the aerospace and medical device fields, with special expertise in vascular surgery, medical imaging, image guidance and 3D printing. In the aerospace field his notable accomplishments included the development of distillation components for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, as well as instruments which orbited the planet Mercury on the MESSENGER spacecraft. Prior to joining Centerline, he focused for 15 years on vascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic, working directly with surgeons in stent design. Stents designed by Mr. Foster have been implanted in countless patients. Mr. Foster drove the acquisition of Cleveland Clinic's first 3D printer and developed intricate CAD techniques to model anatomical structures. As an IOPS inventor he designed and oversaw all mechanical aspects of the system and test fixtures. As Senior Design Engineer Mr. Foster continues to utilize his experience in engineering design to develop novel tooling, products and systems for working within magnetic fields with respect to patient care. He holds several patents and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Cleveland State University's Fenn College of Engineering.

David Vickers, MBASenior Systems Engineer

Mr. Vickers brings more than 30 years of experience innovating, developing and bringing medical imaging products to market. His expertise ranges from developing MRI software to designing CT X-ray detectors to systems engineering for SPECT systems. A specialist in full systems integration in compliance with FDA design control requirements and ISO standards for medical device quality and risk management, Mr. Vickers has extensive experience managing system requirements, system design specifications, system integration test plans, and product risk assessment, essential aspects of preparing and managing regulatory submission and clearance for medical devices. Prior to joining Centerline, Mr. Vickers served as a Systems Engineer in Philips Healthcare's Advanced Molecular Imaging division managing system integration. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from John Carroll University.

Craig Hudson, MBASenior Systems Engineer

Craig Hudson brings over 30 years of diverse experience in medical systems. Previously, at Philips Healthcare, he attained the level of Senior Staff Software Architect, served as Senior Engineering Manager of Product Lifecycle Engineering, and was also a founding member of Philips’ global multi-modality Product Security Leadership Council. Most recently, Mr. Hudson served as a Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Philips’ CT/NM Clinical Science unit, focusing on advanced visualization clinical definition and risk management. Mr. Hudson’s responsibilities at Centerline include driving clinical development, end-to-end. This includes all aspects of the product realization process including determination of business return, clinical strategy and management, product requirements definition, and risk management. He holds patents for his innovations in medical imaging and software. Mr. Hudson holds a BS degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University.

Jay JohnsonDirector of Product Development and Regulatory Affairs

Mr. Johnson is a nearly 30-year veteran of medical device R&D and product development. Having begun his career designing infusion pumps with start-up Deltec Systems, he eventually led the entire diabetes division, bringing in revenues exceeding $40 million in the first year, and navigated mergers and acquisitions by Smiths Industries and Pharmacia. Mr. Johnson moved on to serve as Vice President of R&D for Data Sciences International, establishing a strategy that resulted in rapid and predictable delivery of new products to the market, notably an implantable ECG monitoring platform. Most recently, Mr. Johnson built and managed R&D teams as Vice President of R&D for SuperDimension (acquired by Covidien in 2012 for $350 million and now owned by Medtronic), commercializing a novel electromagnetic navigation platform to diagnose and treat early-stage lung cancer. Mr. Johnson has extensive leadership and engineering experience in the launch of over 30 medical devices with worldwide distribution and holds numerous patents. Having achieved tremendous success in these launches, he continues to pursue his passion for improving the world through medical innovation. He is involved in multiple medical device startups and strongly connected in the medical device industry. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Stephen OpalankoSenior Software Engineer

Stephen Opalanko has over 20 years of experience in software engineering, with special expertise working in highly-regulated fields with little tolerance for failure. He has designed and developed applications in a diverse range of industries, including aerospace, defense, precision measurement, and industrial controls. Mr. Opalanko has successfully leveraged advanced technologies such as image processing, artificial intelligence, and neural networks to implement innovative software solutions for complex tasks such as flight data analysis, hospital radiation measurement, and sonar tracking. Before joining Centerline he led verification and validation efforts for government customers in the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Southern Connecticut State University.

Saadedine El-Homsi, MSProject Engineer

Saadedine (Dean) El-Homsi brings Quality and Design Engineering experience spanning the fields of food processing and medical devices, coupled with a deep passion for technical work and problem-solving. At Bettcher Industries, he designed and developed numerous fixtures to aid in food processing product manufacturing and assembly. Previously, Dean worked at Invacare Corporation, performing expanded technical evaluations of portable oxygen concentrators and other devices, identifying and investigating issues and their root causes, and preparing documents required for Quality processes. As a graduate student at the University of Rochester’s Center for Medical Technology and Innovation (CMTI) he worked with surgeons to design and develop an innovative ball tip probe to reduce complication rates during posterior spinal fusion procedures while meeting clinical, cost, and user needs. As Project Engineer for Centerline Biomedical, Dean uses his experience to assist with the design and development of new products and fixtures, as well as with the manufacturing of IOPS. He holds a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Rafael BonillaQuality and Regulatory Officer

Rafael Bonilla brings 20 years of progressive experience in Quality and Regulatory affairs. Originally launching his career in assembly at the Ford Motor Company, he quickly developed a passion for quality management and safety. After developing experience supporting and implementing quality management systems in the automotive industry, he transitioned to work in healthcare and has since become experienced in working in both small and large corporations, bringing expertise spanning Design Controls, Corrective Actions, Management Review, Complaints, Audits, Production and Process Controls and Supplier Controls. He has worked with regulatory authorities in the United States as well as Europe, within regulations such as FDA Quality System Regulations (21 CFR Part 820), MDD CE, and CMDCAS to ensure product compliance. He has also successfully registered new products with MDD CE and CMDCAS. Mr. Bonilla holds an MBA and Applied Management degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.  

Ana Kuoman, MS, MBABusiness Analyst

Ana Kuoman brings expertise bridging the fields of biochemistry, physiology, economics, and business administration. Prior to focusing on healthcare, she worked in the biotech industry as a biochemist and analytical chemist spanning the areas of nutraceuticals and biofuels. In 2018 she completed an internship as Project Portfolio Manager at Sage Therapeutics, gaining exposure to clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as vital areas of regulatory affairs, health economics, and medical affairs. Beginning in the fall of 2018, Ms. Kuoman accepted a role as an associate with BioEnterprise in Cleveland, Ohio, working with investors and several start-up companies in identifying business, regulatory, and research strategies to bring medical innovations to life. During her time at BioEnterprise, she focused on the business developmental plans of market trends, value propositions, and competitive analysis of start-up companies, working closely with management to implement rapid development and growth strategies. Ms. Kuoman holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Spanish from Allegheny College, an MS in Medical Physiology and Biophysics from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, as well as an MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Katelyn RowePublic Relations and Administrative Officer

Katelyn’s previous experiences with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Alliance Community Hospital have focused on customer relations, marketing and administration where she has been involved in creating marketing materials, website content development, and departmental administrative duties.  At Centerline, she focuses on overseeing multiple functions, including HR, Marketing, Finance and general office management. This Includes management of the website and social media channels, engaging and growing Centerline Biomedical's followers and delivering the latest information and news, including blog posts and press releases. She also creates marketing collateral, including brochures and flyers, and creation and directing of videos to communicate the company's brand message, mission, capabilities and expertise to key stakeholders. She handles all HR aspects including scheduling of candidate interviews, on boarding new employees, PTO, time sheets and all insurance policies. Katelyn is a graduate from the University of Mount Union with a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management and Marketing.

Sean HowardArea Sales Manager - Western U.S.

Sean brings over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry, having served numerous roles in sales, marketing, executive management, and R&D. During this time, he worked with leading physicians around the globe to advance the treatment of both neurovascular and structural heart conditions in the fields of cardiology, radiology, and vascular surgery. Sean began his career with Cook Medical, where he served as both a District, and later National, Manager of Sales within the company’s Cardiology Division. He continued on to serve as an Executive of Corporate Development where he worked to develop and launch novel cardiovascular technologies, with a primary focus on drug eluting stents and drug coated balloons for peripheral vascular use. These technologies include: the Gianturco-Reuben coronary stent, the Gunther Tulip IVC filter, and the Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Stent. Sean also served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Colibri Heart Valve, a medical device company that created the first preloaded, low-profile, trans-aortic heart valve for endovascular delivery of a mechanical synthetic valve. He holds a Medical Technicians Certificate from Baylor College of Medicine, specializing in organ and tissue
transplant.

Gregg BullionArea Sales Manager - Southeast Region

Gregg’s expertise includes nearly two decades of sales experience inthe medical device industry, where he utilizes a consultative and solution selling approach to capital sales. Prior to joining Centerline Biomedical, he served as a District Sales Manager for Cook Medical, becoming an awarded 11-year top sales performer and specialized in the areas of Lead Management and Aortic Intervention. In this role, he worked with KOL's to yield physician-to-physician training programs and workshops. He also gained extensive experience in the launching of new cardiovascular technologies, such as the dissection stent and evolution mechanical dilator. These experiences allowed Gregg to establish strong relationships with both vascular surgeons and aortic device industry representatives within the Southeast United States. Gregg holds a bachelor’s degree from the
University of Texas at Austin.

Michael CrociArea Sales Manager - Midwest / Northeast Region

Michael brings over 30 years of experience in medical device sales and leadership to the Centerline Biomedical team, and has specialized in the cardiovascular field for nearly two decades. These past experiences have allowed Michael to become well acquainted in the launch of groundbreaking, or otherwise disruptive, biomedical technologies; including the U.S. launch of the LogiQ Digital Ultrasound platform for GE Medical Systems. He later served numerous executive roles with the Cytyc Corporation (now Hologic), where he was
instrumental in launching and commercializing the ThinPrep Pap Test into the standard of care, increasing sales from $4 million to $350 million over a period of seven years. He went on to serve as District Manager for Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc. (now Becton Dickinson), where he was recognized for his award-winning performance in launching their chronic total occlusion and peripheral vascular stent balloon angioplasty devices. He spent nine years prior to joining Centerline Biomedical serving roles in both sales and sales management with Endologix, where he focused on driving the adoption of aortic therapies. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University, specializing in business, management, marketing, and related support services.

Miloš Matković, MSC, MDBusiness Advisor

Dr Miloš Matković is a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at the Clinical Center of Serbia, University of Belgrade. He finished a part of his residency in cardiac surgery at Faculty of Medicine Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France as well as the fellowship in Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris, focusing on mitral valve reconstruction and aortic surgery. He is also an active member of the European Association of Cardiothoracic surgery and holding specialist equivalence degree in cardiothroacic surgery from the Ministry of Health in Paris, France. Dr. Matković's professional experiences range from telemedicine to aortic surgery. His professional interests include valvular reconstruction surgery, aortic surgery, heart transplantation, minimally invasive surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, mechanical circulatory support, and is active in research and publications. He brings his wealth of experience in cardiovascular and minimally invasive surgery to Centerline. He holds his Masters of Science in Surgical anatomy of congenital heart defects and is also pursuing his PhD studies in reconstructive medicine at the University of Belgrade.

Gaurav Agarwal, MFCBusiness Advisor

Gaurav Agarwal has more than 12 years of experience in Business Development and Sales. He has traveled extensively throughout India and has been involved in direct sales and negotiations with clients. On the business development side, Gaurav has identified and developed new revenue streams for long-term growth and has maintained relationships with customers to achieve repeat/referral business. He has also conducted competitor analysis by keeping abreast of market trends and competitor moves to achieve market share metrics. Gaurav has leveraged publicly-available information and his personal network to develop marketing intelligence for generating leads. As an Advisor to Centerline Biomedical, Gaurav brings his extensive network and Business Development/Sales experience to help expand Centerline and IOPS’s reach. Gaurav holds his Masters of Finance and Control and his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Lucknow University.

Ryan SobelAdministrative Assistant

Ryan's brings expertise from a background in biomedical research and business management to the Centerline Biomedical team. He completed his Bachelor's degree (BS) in Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, focusing on molecular biology and neuroscience. Currently, he is working towards the completion of his Master's of Science (MS) in Entrepreneurial Biotechnology at Case Western Reserve University. This innovative multidisciplinary program has allowed Ryan to gain exposure to various topics relative to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, including business, law, regulatory affairs, and the life sciences.