We sit down with Tif Wilson of Global Center for Medical Innovation, Jason Rupp, of Southeastern Medical Device Association, and Kelley Bennett of T3 Labs to talk about SEMDA’s recent conference and the state of medtech innovation here in Atlanta and the Southeast.
GCMI – The Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) brings together core members of the medical device community, including universities, research centers, clinicians, established device companies, investors and startups, with the goal of accelerating the commercialization of innovative medical technology.
GCMI is an independent, not-for- profit, full-service product development organization — the first and only one of its kind in the Southeast. Launched in April 2012, the Center helps new-product teams enhance their product development, shorten time to market, and potentially achieve significant cost savings throughout the process. This collaborative environment makes everyone’s efforts more efficient and cost-effective.
The Center is located in Midtown Atlanta near Georgia Tech, T3 Labs, and Emory Midtown Hospital, an area thriving with technological innovation and entrepreneurship. It provides easy access to the city, the Southeast and — with the world’s busiest airport only 30 minutes away — the nation and the world.
SEMDA – Created in 2004, the Southeastern Medical Device Association provides unique educational resources to accelerate device development and achieve commercial success with access to funding, education, and networking opportunities for medical device companies, inventors, physicians, investors, tech transfer offices, universities, sponsors, and service providers interested in growing the medical device industry in the Southeast.
In May 2016, the organization held its 10 th annual conference in Nashville, and also launched MedTech Women @ SEMDA, whose vision is to serve as a strong advisory network for mentoring and professional development for female professionals and innovators across the medical technology industry in the Southeast. We want to see more women positioned for executive leadership in the industry and involved in the entrepreneurial process.
T3 Labs – Translational Testing and Training Laboratories, Inc. (T3 Labs) is a preclinical contract research organization (CRO) in Atlanta, Georgia. Medical devices and pharmaceuticals follow well-established paths to make sure that they are safe and effective when they reach the public. This path includes preclinical testing to determine if a product is effective and safe, and bioskills training which allows physicians and other end-users to evaluate or practice in clinical-grade environment.
With 15 years of experience, our mission remains – to provide high-value preclinical testing and training services to medical device, biologics, and pharmaceutical developers and manufacturers. We work with industry and academic sponsors to improve patient care by more effectively and efficiently developing and commercializing their devices and products.