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Mark Semler

CEO, Zucker Institute of Applied
Neurosciences (ZIAN)

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of the Zucker Institute for Applied Neurosciences (ZIAN) at the Medical University of South Carolina. Beginning in 2012, Mark brought the founding vision of a sustainable technology accelerator to life. The ZIAN team under his leadership has transformed the culture and process for translating ideas into products in a medical university setting with a robust pipeline and several commercialized products.

For eight years prior to ZIAN, Mark worked at Orthofix, a medical device manufacturer located in Lewisville, TX. As the Vice President of Engineering R&D for their Spinal Implants group, Mark led a team of engineers and surgeons to commercialize several devices per year. He has patents on several devices Orthofix distributes.

Prior to Orthofix, Mark worked at Datascope Corp. in Montvale, NJ on endoscopic vascular staplers. Early in his career, he worked for several startups that created IV fluid pumps, blood supply processing equipment, and site-specific drug delivery devices. Prior to his experience with medical technology, Mark designed consumer electronics and developed Macintosh gaming software. He was educated at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering.

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