Karen Spilizewski

Vice President
Cleveland, Ohio
Joined in 2008
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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.

Karen joined RiverVest in 2008 as a Vice President managing RiverVest’s Cleveland office. She divides her time between RiverVest and BioEnterprise Corporation in Cleveland, where she also serves as vice president and directs business development for medical device and equipment companies. Karen brings a broad knowledge of the seed and early-stage life science opportunity landscape in the Midwest, especially Ohio, 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 serves on the board of VentureMed Group, Inc. and Standard Bariatrics, Inc. She is a former director of Securus Medical Group, Inc., which was acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation, and a former observer at Neuros Medical, Inc.

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

  • Personal Interests: genealogy research, being outside, and spending time with family and friends

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