Cleveland Clinic Innovations: IT commercialization manager will be interim director after Coburn’s exit

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fingerhutCleveland Clinic’s corporate venture arm is turning to its general manager of IT commercialization to fill the role of departing Executive Director Chris Coburn–at least temporarily.

The Clinic said today that Gary Fingerhut will head Cleveland Clinic Innovations as interim executive director when Coburn leaves at the end of May to begin a similar position at Partners HealthCare in Boston.

Fingerhut has been general manager of information technology commercialization for the past two years, and has grown CCI’s health IT portfolio with iVHR (interactive visual health records), iComet Technologies (concussion assessment tools) and Talis Clinical (anesthesia management). Prior to that, he was co-founder and a senior vice president at Axentis, an IT company that offers compliance management systems for highly regulated industries such as life sciences.

“In addition to the growth of healthcare information technology, we see tremendous opportunity in the areas of process improvement, device and therapeutic development, as well as advances in value-based care delivery models,” Fingerhut said in a statement.


A Cleveland Clinic representative declined to offer any details on the search for a permanent executive director for its commercialization efforts.

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By Deanna Pogorelc MedCity News

Deanna Pogorelc is a Cleveland-based reporter who writes obsessively about life science startups across the country, looking to technology transfer offices, startup incubators and investment funds to see what’s next in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and previously covered business and education for a northeast Indiana newspaper.
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