Mark Saab has nearly 25 years of experience in the plastics industry, including 20 years in medical devices, and holds more than 30 patents. In 1989, he and his wife, Elisia, co-founded Advanced Polymers Inc., which produces innovative products, including ultra-thin tubing, catheters and angioplasty balloons.
In 2010, Advanced Polymers merged with the MedTech Group of New Jersey. Saab continues to serve as president of Advanced Polymers, in addition to serving on the MedTech board of directors.
A 1981 graduate of the University of Lowell, Saab and his wife have made generous gifts to help current and future students through scholarships and laboratory sponsorship.
The Mark and Elisia Saab Endowed Professorship supports research in environmentally friendly plastic materials. The Mark Saab Family Scholarship Endowment and the Saab Scholarship Fund benefit students from the Merrimack Valley, with a focus on students of Portuguese heritage and those studying plastics engineering. The Mark Saab Advanced Polymers Physical and Rheological Properties Testing Laboratory was sponsored by the Saabs’ company in 2005. The new Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture will connect the University with the Portuguese culture both in Lowell and abroad.
The University named its new $80 million Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center in tribute to the Saabs. The couple recently made a multimillion-dollar commitment that makes them the largest individual donors to the University.
Saab is the 2007 recipient of the UMass Lowell Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also a member of the UMass Lowell Chancellor’s External Advisory Board, College of Engineering Advisory Board and the Plastics Engineering Advisory Board. Mark Saab served on Chancellor Meehan’s Honorary Inaugural Committee and the couple chaired the 2011 Commencement Eve Celebration.