Innovation through research, technology, and ingenuity

Our Legacy.

MC3 was founded in 1991 by Dr. Robert Bartlett, and Scott Merz, PhD as a spin-off from the University of Michigan. Over the past three decades, MC3 has passionately advanced the innovation of intellectual property related to artificial heart and lung technologies and has conducted important translational research to serve the extracorporeal life support community by solving complex clinical technology challenges.

Our Future.

Headquartered just outside of Ann Arbor in Dexter, Michigan, the company has entered an exciting new chapter as a healthcare device provider under the new ownership of Robert Foster, a visionary medical device manufacturing pioneer with a keen focus on cardiopulmonary devices solutions. The company is re-imagined as MC3 Cardiopulmonary, with the vision and goal to serve the global community by creating life restoring medical devices that address acute and chronic unmet cardiopulmonary clinical needs. ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) is the most advanced form of life support, allowing gas exchange through blood carried outside of the body, instead of the airway. MC3 Cardiopulmonary is committed to developing innovative, safe, and effective ECMO products. Together with the ECMO community and our strategic global distribution partner Medtronic, we will transform healthcare by delivering ECMO broadly to patients suffering from acute respiratory and cardiac failure across a wide therapy spectrum.

Management Team

Scott Merz

President & CEO, Co-founder

Scott Merz, PhD., Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, has 25+ years of experience in medical device research, development, and business formation. Scott holds 10+ patents and has led numerous licensing deals enabling the launch of several spinout device companies. He is a charter member of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) and long-standing leader of the cardiopulmonary community.

Martha Rumford

Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality

Martha Rumford, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality, has 25+ years experience in the areas of cardiopulmonary bypass disposables, heparin coatings, heart-lung machines, and active implantable heart assist devices. Martha’s experience includes regulatory submissions, risk management, quality planning, and technology transfer. She has held leadership positions at Becton Dickenson, Terumo, and 3M.

Rio Foster

Vice President Sales & Marketing

Rio Foster, VP Sales and Marketing, has medical device expertise focused on launching innovative products and therapy strategies through a deep understanding of customer-focused insights, business strategy, and process. Prior to MC3, he worked at Maquet Cardiovascular and Avalon Laboratories.

Catherine Schmidt

Chief Financial Officer

Catherine Schmidt, Chief Financial Officer, is an accomplished financial executive with 25+ years in public and private accounting. Catherine began her executive career at Arthur Anderson and has worked as the Chief Financial Officer for several companies within the healthcare, software, and automotive industries.

Ted Chittenden

Vice President Operations & Manufacturing

Ted Chittenden, VP Operations, has vast experience with sterile disposables manufacturing and executive management, including previous leadership positions at Surge Cardiovascular, Cascade Engineering, and Medtronic.

Bill Sidor

Vice President Engineering

Bill Sidor, VP Engineering, has 30+ years of experience in medical device development, having introduced numerous surgical products during his tenure of management at DLP, Medtronic, and Avalon Laboratories.

Board of Directors

Robert Foster

Chairman of the Board

Robert Foster, Board Chairman, has 30+ years in the medical device industry. Robert founded Avalon Laboratories in 1990 and grew it into the world’s largest surgical cannula OEM manufacturer before selling it in 2008. He acquired a majority share of MC3 in 2013 and provides visionary leadership to the executive team.

Rio Foster

Vice President Sales & Marketing

Rio Foster, VP Sales and Marketing, has medical device expertise focused on launching innovative products and therapy strategies through a deep understanding of customer-focused insights, business strategy, and process. Prior to MC3, he worked at Maquet Cardiovascular and Avalon Laboratories.

Scott Merz

President & CEO, Co-Founder

Scott Merz, PhD., Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, has 25+ years of experience in medical device research, development, and business formation. Scott holds 10+ patents and has led numerous licensing deals enabling the launch of several spinout device companies. He is a charter member of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) and long-standing leader of the cardiopulmonary community.

John Mack

Vice President & General Manager of Medtronic Cardiac Surgery

John is the Vice President and General Manager of the Cardiac Surgery business. Medtronic's Cardiac Surgery business includes Cardiopulmonary, Blood Management, Cannula, MICS, OpCab, Ablation, Surgical Heart Valves and Repair. John has been with Medtronic for over 23 years and in the Structural Heat/Cardiac Surgery business since 2000. John has held a series of roles in Finance, Marketing, Business and Corporate Development. He is a past recipient of both the Wallin Leadership Award and the Medtronic Star of Excellence Award.

Christopher Ball

Managing Director, Critical Point Partners

Christopher Ball, Board Member, is Managing Director of Critical Point Partners in Manhattan Beach, CA. Chris spent the first 15 years of his career developing safety-critical products for TRW and International Rectifier.

Bill Sidor

Vice President Engineering

Bill Sidor, VP Engineering, has 30+ years of experience in medical device development, having introduced numerous surgical products during his tenure of management at DLP, Medtronic, and Avalon Laboratories.

Management Team

Scott Merz President & CEO, Co-founder

Scott Merz, PhD., Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, has 25+ years of experience in medical device research, development, and business formation. Scott holds 10+ patents and has led numerous licensing deals enabling the launch of several spinout device companies. He is a charter member of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) and long-standing leader of the cardiopulmonary community.

Bill Sidor | Vice President Engineering

Bill Sidor, VP Engineering, has 30+ years of experience in medical device development, having introduced numerous surgical products during his tenure of management at DLP, Medtronic, and Avalon Laboratories.

Rio Foster | Vice President Sales & Marketing

Rio Foster, VP Sales and Marketing, has medical device expertise focused on launching innovative products and therapy strategies through a deep understanding of customer-focused insights, business strategy, and process. Prior to MC3, he worked at Maquet Cardiovascular and Avalon Laboratories.

Ted Chittenden | Vice President Operations & Manufacturing

Ted Chittenden, VP Operations, has vast experience with sterile disposables manufacturing and executive management, including previous leadership positions at Surge Cardiovascular, Cascade Engineering, and Medtronic.

Martha Rumford | Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality

Martha Rumford,Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality, has 25+ years experience in the areas of cardiopulmonary bypass disposables, heparin coatings, heart-lung machines, and active implantable heart assist devices. Martha’s experience includes regulatory submissions, risk management, quality planning, and technology transfer. She has held leadership positions at Becton Dickenson, Terumo, and 3M.

Catherine Schmidt | Chief Financial Officer

Catherine Schmidt, Chief Financial Officer, is an accomplished financial executive with 25+ years in public and private accounting. Catherine began her executive career at Arthur Anderson and has worked as the Chief Financial Officer for several companies within the healthcare, software, and automotive industries.

Board of Directors

Robert Foster | Chairman of the Board

Robert has 30+ years in the medical device industry. Robert founded Avalon Laboratories in 1990 and grew it into the world’s largest surgical cannula OEM manufacturer before selling it in 2008.  He acquired a majority share of MC3 in 2013 and provides visionary leadership to the executive team.

John Mack | Vice President & General Manager of Medtronic Cardiac Surgery

Medtronic's Cardiac Surgery business includes Cardiopulmonary, Blood Management, Cannula, MICS, OpCab, Ablation, Surgical Heart Valves and Repair. John has been with Medtronic for over 23 years and in the Structural Heat/Cardiac Surgery business since 2000. John has held a series of roles in Finance, Marketing, Business and Corporate Development. He is a past recipient of both the Wallin Leadership Award and the Medtronic Star of Excellence Award.

Scott Merz | President & CEO, Co-Founder

Scott has 25+ years of experience in medical device research, development, and business formation. Scott holds 10+ patents and has led numerous licensing deals enabling the launch of several spinout device companies. He is a charter member of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) and long-standing leader of the cardiopulmonary community.

Bill Sidor | Vice President Engineering

Bill Sidor, VP Engineering, has 30+ years of experience in medical device development, having introduced numerous surgical products during his tenure of management at DLP, Medtronic, and Avalon Laboratories.

Rio Foster | Vice President Sales & Marketing

Rio Foster, VP Sales and Marketing, has medical device expertise focused on launching innovative products and therapy strategies through a deep understanding of customer-focused insights, business strategy, and process. Prior to MC3, he worked at Maquet Cardiovascular and Avalon Laboratories.

Christopher Ball | Managing Director, Critical Point Partners

Christopher is Managing Director of Critical Point Partners in Manhattan Beach, CA. Chris spent the first 15 years of his career developing safety-critical products for TRW and International Rectifier.

Advisers

Dr. Robert Bartlett | Co-founder and ECMO Adviser

Robert Bartlett, M.D., Board Member and Co-Founder, enjoyed a distinguished career at the University of Michigan and he continues his contributions to medicine as Professor Emeritus Surgery and as the Director of the Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Extracorporeal Circulation Research Laboratory. He is the founder of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) and is a world-renowned expert and global lecturer in extracorporeal life support, intensive care, and surgery.

ADDRESS

MC3 Cardiopulmonary
2555 Bishop Circle W.
Dexter, MI 48130

PHONE

+1 734.995.9089

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