Overheating lighting instruments coupled with human error are a leading cause of intraoperative fires and patient burns. The healthcare system refers to these as “never events” so they should never happen, right? But, data suggests that they occur more than twice a day. This was a red flag for Jackson Medical co-founders James Rains and Kamil Makhnejia.

At the Georgia Institute of Technology, Rains and Makhnejia began conceptualizing GloShield™ to address this safety issue. They then brought on to the team Dr. Spencer Kozinn, a local Atlanta urologist, who not only resonated with the safety issue being addressed, but also provided clinical expertise to the team. Together, the future Jackson Medical team knew they had a great base concept but to successfully commercialize the idea, they would need an additional outside design and development perspective.

“We knew that we had an innovative concept and that there is nothing like GloShield currently on the market, but needed to ensure that we were taking the correct steps that would help us reach commercialization in a timely and cost-efficient manner,” Rains said.

In 2017, the GCMI Phase Zero Program paved a pathway for Jackson Medical to further develop GloShield, an innovative light cable cap that reduces heat emissions in the operating room.

On October 21, 2020 at 12:00PM, Professor Rains, Dr. Kozinn, Mr. Makhnejia will discuss the questions researchers and innovators must answer and what they should anticipate from a funding and development timeline standpoint at the earliest stages of the pathway in their medical product concept’s journey toward commercialization in a webcast presented by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center at Georgia Tech.

Register here.

 Bio: Spencer Kozinn, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, Jackson Medical

Spencer I. Kozinn, M.D., received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Columbia University followed by a medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine where he graduated cum laude honors and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He performed his residency in surgery and urology at Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts and then completed his fellowship in urologic oncology and robotic surgery at City of Hope Medical Center in California. As an experienced urologic, laparoscopic and robotic surgeon, Dr. Kozinn serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Jackson Medical offering clinical expertise to the team.


Bio: Kamil Makhneija, Chief Operating Officer, VP of Clinical Development, Jackson Medical

Kamil is a graduate of Georgia Tech’s Masters in Biomedical Innovation and Development program and co-founded Jackson Medical in 2016. He has since served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Clinical Development, helping to commercialize GloShield in the US. From his previous medical device industry experience, he has worked in New Product Development on a variety of medical device technologies in different specialties.



Bio: James Rains, Professor of the Practice, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Professor James Rains is a faculty member of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. He has 13 years of product development experience working for industry leaders Stryker and Smith & Nephew. Professor Rains has ten issued patents and readily works with industry professionals and clinicians to solve healthcare issues.