Georgia Health Care Innovation Portal


Lance M. Black, M.D.


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The following organizations are available to assist physicians in Georgia who develop novel concepts to enhance the health care system in the state – including medical devices and information technology and the course of treatment. These organizations can help physicians from the beginning of the process (i.e., the idea) to the end – including raising capital and building prototypes.


BioID Masters Program of Georgia Tech

The Biomedical Innovation and Development (BioID) program was created in 2013 by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University to meet a specific market need for multidisciplinary professionals. It is a program that trains and develops the next generation of leaders in the biomedical industry. In addition to taking courses in engineering, finance, management, clinical literacy and leadership development, the students in this program work on real world, clinical projects alongside experienced and insightful practicing clinicians to undertake bench to bedside product development efforts on medical devices for various therapeutic areas. Recent projects include devices for the therapeutic areas of urology, neurology, diabetes, pre-hospital setting, vascular surgery and cardiac surgery. The students work “as if they are fledgling, start-up companies and learn all aspects of product development from making a pitch to investors through classical product development pathways involving pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory approval, manufacturing, marketing and reimbursement phases.” Contact BioID Director and Professor Sathya Gourisankar, Ph.D., at for additional information.

Georgia Bio
Georgia Bio (GaBio) is the state’s life science industry association. Its members include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, medical centers, universities and research institutes, government groups, and other business organizations that are involved in the development of life sciences which are related to products and services. GaBio’s mission is to advance the growth of Georgia’s life sciences industry and foster strategic partnerships that create a healthier world. This is the state affiliate of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed).
Health Connect South
Health Connect South’s mission is to serve the health care community as a sustainable platform for regional health collaborations. It seeks to advance the Southeast as a leader in the nation’s health care system. Health Connect South serves as a gateway between industry silos. It provides unique and meaningful partnership opportunities. Health Connect South consists of some of the region’s top health care leaders and innovators. It facilitates collaborative conversations that are focused on meeting the needs of patients who live in the Southeast using an interdisciplinary approach. Health Connect South is a non-profit, 501 (c)(6) organization.
Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE)/Atlanta Chapter
This is the regional chapter for the global, non-profit biomedical and health care innovation network. Membership is open to medical professionals and other health care stakeholders, including entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and industry representatives. SoPE empowers biomedical and health care entrepreneurs to take their health care concepts from the beginning to the end of the commercialization process. SoPE was founded by physicians and is led by physicians.
Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA)
SEMDA’s mission is to make the Southeast a world-class region for medical technology, devices, and medical data systems companies. It has approximately 200 member companies that employ tens of thousands of employees. Formed in 2004, SEMDA provides unique networking opportunities, industry intelligence, and professional development for medical device professionals, inventors, physicians, and investors who are interested in accelerating the growth of the medical device industry in the Southeast.

Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI)
GCMI is the Southeast’s only comprehensive medical device innovation center. Since it was founded in 2012, GCMI has worked with more than 40 startups, clinician innovators, university tech transfer offices and academic researchers to design, engineer, prototype, and facilitate commercialization of a broad range of innovative medical devices. GCMI’s designers and engineers help to reduce the amount of time it takes to take a concept to market while reducing costs. This independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization features a robust and growing network of experts, including intellectual property, regulatory, quality systems and investors who help bring ideas from concept to market. Between GCMI and its development partner, T3 Labs, medical device entrepreneurs and new product development teams have the critical resources they need to get new products through GLP preclinical studies in an efficient way – without ever having to leave Midtown Atlanta.

Translational Testing and Training Laboratories, Inc. (T3 Labs)
T3 Labs is a non-clinical contract service provider that operates GLP-compliant, AAALAC-accredited facilities. It seeks to improve patient outcomes by accelerating product commercialization with industry and academic collaborators in the biomedical research field. T3 Labs works with sponsors in every therapeutic area to conduct GLP and non-GLP studies in small and large animal models. It also hosts education and training labs for physicians, allied health professionals, and sales representatives using animate or cadaveric models.


Metro Atlanta Chamber (Bioscience & Health IT)  

From recruiting businesses to tackling key policy issues, the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) is focused on “promoting prosperity and growth for you and your business.” It reports that with more than 200 companies, Georgia’s Health IT industry is the largest in the nation. The bioscience industry is also firmly rooted in the state – with more than 100,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of $23 billion. MAC’s Bioscience Leadership Council consists of a number of industry leaders, including Alcon, Bauerfeind USA, Baxalta, CyroLife, and McKesson – as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society and others. MAC is positioning Atlanta as both a center for health care innovation and the “nation’s Health IT capital” in order to attract even more companies and high-quality jobs.


Georgia Tech Capstone  
Looking to turn an idea into a carefully engineered working prototype? Did you know that clinicians and industry leaders can partner with Georgia Tech students to develop solutions that address an unmet clinical project or idea or device. Through a semester-long capstone design project, clinicians can mentor and partner with student engineering teams, which have access to the latest tools and technologies at Georgia Tech. At the end of the semester, these teams showcase their projects and working prototypes at the Georgia Tech Capstone Design EXPO, which is attended by industry professionals, clinicians, and investors. Contact Professor and BME Capstone Director James Rains at for additional information.

Physicians who have questions about these organizations can contact Lance M. Black, M.D., with the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) at 850.218.5259 or Dr. Black formed the Atlanta/SoPE, and he is GCMI’s medical affairs manager. Dr. Black is a MAG member.