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 the APDC 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, 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. Michael Fisher serves as director of Product Development at the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI). Prior to joining GCMI, Fisher specialized in program management and 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.
Jack Griffis, M.S. Jack Griffis serves as director of the APDC Manufacturing Core in addition to being part of the 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.