Executive DirectorTiffany Wilson joined the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) in 2011 during its startup phase, directing business development activities, building strategic relationships and bringing together core members of the medical device ecosystem. She was quickly promoted to Executive Director, leading all strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the center. Her strong background in medical devices, commitment to fostering innovation and understanding of business strategies have propelled Wilson into a leadership role in the Southeast and brought her into the national spotlight. Wilson joined GCMI from Scientific Intake, where she served as the Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, evaluating marketing and distribution opportunities and driving product development projects for the global obesity market. Wilson served as the 2014-2015 President of the Southeast Medical Device Association (SEMDA) and is the Chair of the T3 Labs Advisory Board. She is a Member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She led the Sponsorship Committee of the 2013 SEMDA Conference and has served as the Co-Chair of the Medical Device Subcommittee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council. In 2015 she received the prestigious Georgia Bio Community Award. Wilson earned a BBA in International Business from Loyola University and an MBA from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
Director, Product DevelopmentMichael Fisher brings 17 years of medical product development experience to the team. Prior to joining GCMI, Fisher specialized in program managementand product feasibility with two large multinational medical device companies, several start-up companies, and an academic clinical department. He has significant experience in urology, orthopedics, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and stem-cell/tissue engineering. In these roles, Fisher was involved in new technology acquisitions, platform product development, sustaining engineering efforts, project team management, tech transfer, and International manufacturing/supply chain. He developed and launched multiple products, achieved four successful 510(k) applications, and is a named inventor on more than 20 U.S. and international patents. Outside of GCMI, Fisher sits on academic advisory boards at Virginia Tech, lectures on engineering ethics, biomaterials and orthopedic product development, and continues to support the development of intellectual properties with his former employers. Fisher earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech with specialization in biomedical engineering.
Medical Affairs ManagerLance Black joined the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) in early 2014 as an apprentice and has since been promoted to medical design consultant and now, Manager of Medical Affairs. His clinical understanding provides critical insight for medical device developers and has already proven to be a vital asset to GCMI. Dr. Black’s background includes 7 years in the United States Air Force where he completed a residency in Family Medicine with additional training in aerospace medicine. He had the opportunity to deploy twice during his service, first as Chief of the Medical Staff at Manas Transit Base in Kyrgyzstan and then as a Squadron Flight Surgeon in Okinawa, Japan. During his time in Manas, Dr. Black helped to create a mobile modular medical facility aimed to uplift the surrounding defunct healthcare system. In Japan, he responded to in-flight emergencies and orchestrated protocols ensuring the safety of F-22 pilots and their crew. Lance Black’s work with wounded warrior amputees during his military career and his background in biological engineering, prompted him to refocus his efforts into the design and development of medical devices. Following the completion of his commitment to the military, Dr. Black completed a Masters of Biomedical Innovation and Development at Georgia Tech to include one year spent in the Masters of Industrial Design program. Dr. Black works to support the local medical device culture through multiple efforts. He holds several positions in Atlanta-based healthcare start-ups, regularly participates in medical device workshops and competitions, and is working to start an Atlanta Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SOPE) chapter. Lance Black earned his BS in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University, MD from LSU Health Sciences Center of New Orleans, and an MBID from Georgia Tech.
Sr. Project EngineerPatrick Strane brings a unique combination of mechanical and biomedical engineering experience, preclinical research and machine shop knowledge to the GCMI team. At Georgia Tech, Strane earned a position as a research assistant in the Matrix Biology and Engineering Lab headed by Dr. Thomas Barker, Associate Professor in the Coulter Department. Strane's research focused on focal adhesion and cell migration and he was involved with a paper on Phage-based molecular probes that discriminate force-induced structural states of fibronectin in vivo, published by Dr. Barker’s lab. For his extensive work in the Matrix Biology and Engineering Lab, Strane was awarded the President’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA). In addition, Strane was one of 19 students to be chosen as part of the 2012 class of Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars, which provides an avenue for determined undergraduates to pursue a high level of academic research with one-on-one mentoring from talented graduate students. In addition to research, Strane was heavily involved with the machine shop guild (BME Guild), which involved training new students to use the machines in the shop, setting up new machines and learning new machine tools to instruct others on their use. He earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with Honors from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Senior Optical EngineerDavid Roberts is an optical engineer who has thirty years of experience in the design, performance simulation, construction, and deployment of advanced electro-optical systems. His experience covers a wide range of optical instrumentation types including night vision and thermal imaging systems, astronomical instrumentation, atmospheric laser radar, and, most recently, ophthalmic instrumentation for precision assessment of human vision. He specializes in lens design, spectroscopic and polarimetric instrument design, radiometric and photometric measurements, photodetectors, focal plane arrays, and opto-mechanical engineering. He received the Optical Society of America’s Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award in 2012 and holds three patents for optical instruments and techniques. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with BS and MS degrees in Physics specializing in optics, David was a Senior Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute before joining the GCMI team. He is also the Senior Optical Engineer at DigitalVision Systems, an Atlanta-based developer of state-of-the-art ophthalmic instruments.
Executive AssistantPenelope Pollard joined GCMI from the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory. She manages day-to-day office operations, scheduling and assists with finance, accounting, and project organization.
Project Engineer, Pediatrics & Quality EngineerDersi Patel joined the GCMI team from Georgia Tech, where she is a biomedical engineering graduate. She leads project management for all pediatric projects and is working alongside pediatric surgeons and clinicians to develop innovative devices for pediatric patients. In addition, she manages complex electromechanical projects, navigating multiple vendors and resources to help move complex concepts through the development cycle. Patel leads the day-to-day activities of the GCMI Apprentice Program and focuses on QMS organization, design sessions, business development and client communications.