The SoPE Miami Chapter brings together entrepreneurial professionals who want to apply their knowledge, experience, and innovation in the healthcare world. We welcome all interested in Healthcare, Medical Devices, Digital Health, and Biosciences. Are you a physician with a brilliant idea? Please join us! Are you a developer interested in launching a new program to improve our healthcare delivery? Come on over. Are you an investor looking for inspiration for your next big break? Please, join us too! Whether you are starting your entrepreneurial experience or interested in launching and scaling your tenth start-up, we gather an expert group that can help you bring your idea to fruition from start to finish.
Join us! We meet at quarterly meetings rich in presentations, provocative interactions and networking of like-minded individuals.
Five Top Reasons You Should Attend Miami SoPE Chapter events
- 1. Learn by Example & perfect your own!
- 2. Understand what seasoned investors expect in real life terms
- 3. Networking with like-minded professionals
- 4. Create your own Due Diligence process
- 5. Be Part of It!
David Bigio,Mechanical Engineer
David Bigio is a Mechanical Engineer from the Universidad de Los Andes, graduated in 1985, his thesis was on the reconstruction of the knee when, long beofre biomedical engineering was introduced, the university started the experiment of bringing together engineers with physicians to work together on their graduation projects.
With this project Bigio and Dr. Adolfo Llinas were awarded the National prize for Research in Orthopaedics, the first time an engineer was awarded such prize.
After 25 years in the industry, from oil services (Schlumberger) in various parts of the world, the development of advanced technologies and ventures on the Internet (HP) in Silicon Valley and leading a division of products dedicated to the defense (GE) Miami, David returns to the field of biomedical engineering to develop and commercialize medical devices and to advise students of biomedical Engineering at the University of Los Andes and other institutions in innovation and entrepreneurship in the biomedical field.
Julio Martinez-Clark, BSEE, MBA
Mr. Martinez-Clark is an accomplished international business executive with experience in different industries. Mr. Martinez-Clark holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering (BSEE) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. He has extensive business experience in the US, Europe and Latin America & the Caribbean. His professional experience includes positions at Nortel and AlcatelLucent. At AlcatelLucent, he was the technical leader of the implementation of Spain's Telefonica’s IP network in Colombia; later, as an offer manager, he established executive level relationships with endcustomers, distributors, and regional and global partners such as IBM and Oracle. He had the unique opportunity to recreate AlcatelLucent Business Partner program in Latin America from a 1page agreement to a worldclass channel program. He gained experience driving business projects and programs, measuring business performance and trends, and communicating crossfunctionally. In 2003, Mr. Martinez-Clark was the cofounder and president of a real estate investment firm in Orlando, FL; here, he gained invaluable business, investment, legal and financial skills. Martinez-Clark has led Interventional Concepts, Inc. as its president & CEO since late 2012.
Osvaldo is a Business Executive and Management Professional with over ten years of successful experience in Business Development, Operations Management, and Purchasing. He is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Interventional Concepts, Inc., a full service Contract Research Organization (CRO) focused on the Medical Device and Biopharma Industry. He is well versed in helping companies achieve their clinical development and research goals by expediting their required clinical trials of new products and devices prior to their FDA approval and/or CE marking approval. Osvaldo has acquired exceptional negotiation skills in dealing with a broad spectrum of businesses in a variety of multicultural and competitive business environments. He has also demonstrated a careerlong commitment to cultivating and sustaining longterm, mutually beneficial relationships with key clients and vendors based on trust and integrity.
Osvaldo has been affiliated with Interventional Concepts, Inc. since 2011, a full service CRO dedicated to enabling its medical and pharmaceutical industry clients achieve their clinical development and research goals in a costeffective manner and in compliance with the highest quality control standards. The company partners its clients with highly qualified investigators in a network of centers of excellence in Colombia. As VP of Business Development, he is responsible for general management, strategic planning, contract negotiations, operations, logistics, regulatory compliance, and channel partner/distributor account management.
Previously, Osvaldo served as Director of Business Development and Procurement at Gregan Construction for four years. He exercised overall responsibility for business development and vendor negotiations, and oversaw purchasing, cost controls and contracts for projects budgeted at up to $5 million. During his tenure, he ensured the successful completion of all projects within time and budgetary constraints, and he established trusted business relationships with architects and other referral sources to identify and secure bidding opportunities.
Osvaldo was born and raised in Colombia and came to the U.S. after completing his high school education, where he earned his B.A. degrees in International Relations (2012) and Political Science (2013) from Florida International University.
Pedro Martinez-Clark, MD is an internationally renown cardiologist in Miami, Florida. He completed his internal medicine residency training in Cleveland, OH, and later a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine and endovascular therapies at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medicine School. During these formative years, Dr. Martinez-Clark trained under some of the world’s top cardiologists. Today, Dr. Martinez-Clark is an active member of the American college of cardiology, society for cardiac angiography and interventions (SCAI), American board of vascular medicine, Latin American Society of Interventional Cardiology, and the American Board of Antiaging Medicine. Dr. Martinez-Clark specializes in management of cardiovascular risk, integrative medicine, complex minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures and technology integration for healthcare delivery. Dr. Martinez-Clark has published in the best peer–reviewed journals in cardiovascular medicine and lectures regularly both nationally and internationally; he is also a coauthor in the most respected textbook in cardiovascular medicine. He is one of the pioneers in percutaneous aortic valve replacement in South Florida and has been involved in the development of several cardiovascular technologies and procedures. Dr. Martinez-Clark is one of the original physicians who described the transcaval procedure wining the “best research award” at the 2014 SCAI meeting. After serving as medical director for Syntheon, LLC —a successful medical device firm in South Florida—— Dr. Martinez-Clark became the cofounder of Miami MedTech, the first Miami based healthcare incubator for medical devices and is also the founder and chief medical office of Interventional Concepts, Inc. a boutique contract research organization which caters to early stage life sciences startups. Dr. Martinez-Clark has developed a successful cardiovascular practice in Miami caring for many high profile personalities, athletes and celebrities. Dr. Martinez-Clark believes in patient empowerment through education and the use of technology platforms that allows the physicianpatient relationship to focus more on physiological potential and disease prevention.
Dr. Aparicio, Ph.D.
Dr. Aparicio, Ph.D. has more than 30 years of experience in technical and scientific leadership in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries where he has worked in R&D process and product development for Ciba-Geigy, Warner-Lambert, and Beckman Coulter. Dr. Aparicio is a world leader in the robotic automation of biological assays and pharmaceutical processes that enhance operating efficiency in both research settings and drug discovery-development, and is inventor on many patents. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in 2012, Carlos was the COO of ImmunoSite, directed the Automation Business Center, and established the Particle Testing Business Center. Carlos earned a Ph.D. in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University, M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, and B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Miami.
- Boards and organizations
- Advisory Board Member, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, South Florida Office
- Member at Council of Economic Advisors, Greater Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
- Board of Directors, HiaTec, Hialeah Technology Center
- Industry Advisory Board, Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami
- BioFlorida, Entrepreneurial Network Committee
- Greater Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
- Guest Speaker, Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University.
- Adjunct Faculty, Electrical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University.
- Industry Advisory Council Member, Palm Beach State College
- BioFlorida, Business Growth Subcommittee