Karen Spilizewski

Karen Spilizewski, Vice President

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Karen Spilizewski joined RiverVest® in January 2008 as a vice president. She is also a vice president of BioEnterprise Corporation in Cleveland, where she directs business development for medical device and equipment companies. Karen divides her time between BioEnterprise and RiverVest and is located in RiverVest’s Cleveland office.  Karen serves on the board of Securus Medical Group, Inc. and is an observer at Neuros Medical, Inc.

“As a biomedical engineer by training, I am fascinated by cutting-edge medical technologies. It is incredibly rewarding, both professionally and personally, to help accelerate life science technologies through development and into the marketplace, where they can truly help people.”

Since 2005, Karen has worked through BioEnterprise to identify, assess, and accelerate the growth of emerging medical device companies that originate from universities, clinical research, local entrepreneurs, or companies relocating to Ohio. Prior to joining BioEnterprise, Karen gained significant medical device industry experience at Avery Dennison Corporation, where she spent 19 years in research and business development.

Karen brings a broad knowledge of the seed and early-stage life science opportunity landscape in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania and the ability to source and evaluate the most promising deals. Through her product and business development expertise, Karen is able to help entrepreneurs accelerate their companies toward next development milestones.

Karen earned her M.B.A., M.S. in Macromolecular Science and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.