APDC advisors from many engineering disciplines are able to assist innovators on product development ideas and plans. These individuals serve as reviewers, evaluators, mentors and advisors. Their expertise covers a wide range of technical and clinical areas.
Omer Inan, Ph.D. Omer Inan serves as Director of our Technical and Product Core and is an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech. As director of the core, he continues to oversee and advise innovators in all areas of technical and product development, connecting Innovators to subject matter experts both within the APDC and in the overall engineering community, and he will specifically provide expert support on electronics hardware development. This includes providing system architecture and electronics design review, component and manufacturer selection advice, and overall system design and verification support via consulting to investigators. Designing electronics hardware systems involves a complex interplay of many factors including power management, reducing electronic noise and interference, signal amplification and data acquisition, and interactions with the mechanical designers for system packaging and interconnects.
Inan has more than a decade of experience building electronics hardware for physiological sensing and modulation in a variety of clinical applications, including home monitoring of chronic conditions such as heart failure, wearable biomechanical sensing for patients during rehabilitation, and wearable systems for use in extreme environments such as parabolic flights (microgravity) and undersea medicine. Additionally, prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2013, Inan was the Chief Engineer of Countryman Associates, a professional audio manufacturer, where he designed and developed new products for the high-end audio industry including direct interface box circuits and ultra-low noise miniature microphones. Thus, he has the engineering expertise and experience to provide such support to APDC teams at all stages of the technical development, spanning from initial proof-of-concept implementation to rapid prototyping to product development.
Mike Fisher, M.S. Mike Fisher is Director of Product Development at the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI). He has 18 years of experience in R&D and product development with specialization in orthopedics, urology, women’s medicine, cosmetic surgery, adult stem cell pathologies, and tissue engineered dressings. Fisher has worked for start-up companies, academic labs, and $-multi-billion divisions of large medical companies. Fisher is named on more than 15 US patents, brought 3 products into commercialization, and was named a Company Innovator at DePuy Spine. Prior to joining GCMI, he spent significant time in China and Malaysia establishing large-scale manufacturing systems that were compliant with FDA’s quality systems regulation. Fisher earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech and is Board Chairman emeritus for that academic department. He currently serves on the advisory board for Virginia Tech’s new Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) department.
Jack Griffis, M.S. Jack Griffis serves as the Director of APDC's Manufacturing Core in addition to being part of our Technical and Product Core. In recognition for his achievements as a Principle Investigator on numerous NIH and NSF funded grants, Griffis received the 2011 Tibbett’s Award from the Small Business Administration. Over the course of his 23 years in the medical device industry, Griffis has been the recipient of 5 national design excellence awards for medical device engineering and has developed and cleared through the US FDA over 50 different commercial products in a variety of medical specialties. He is listed as an inventor on 36 issued US patents with an additional 16 pending and was recently inducted into the National Academy of Inventors. Griffis holds both a bachelors and masters degree in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently serves as Vice President, R&D, for MedShape, Inc.; a medical device start-up founded by Professor Ken Gall of Georgia Tech.