Michael Fisher

Director, Product Development
Michael Fisher brings 17 years of medical product development experience to the team. Prior to joining GCMI, Fisher specialized in program managementand 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.

Sarah Cohen

Senior Engineering Project Manager
Sarah Cohen joined the design and development team in 2017, bringing more than ten years of medical device experience from the perspective of both large corporations and small startups. At GCMI, she leads full product development projects and supports clients through product testing at many phases. Prior to joining GCMI, Sarah worked in design and evaluation of cardiovascular devices, including an implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and a cardiac electrophysiology mapping catheter. She also has experience in brachytherapy, ophthalmic implants and orthopedic tissues, with a particular interest in tissue-device interactions. Sarah has been directly involved with many aspects of the product lifecycle, from initial concept development to supporting clinical trials.

Patrick Strane

Sr. Project Engineer
Patrick Strane joined the Global Center for Medical Innovation in 2013 during its start-up phase. At GCMI, Patrick developed and manages the Phase Zero process which is a data-driven methodology to efficiently evaluate a new medical technology from multiple vantages critical to product success. Using this methodology, he is also highly involved with GCMI’s hospital partnership programs. In these programs, Patrick works hand-in-hand with healthcare professionals in clinical settings to identify unmet clinical needs. In addition to working with early-stage technology in the Phase Zero program, Patrick also manages full product development projects at GCMI. Strane earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with Honors from Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing his MBA at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business.

Dershika Patel

Engineering Project Manager
Dersi Patel joined the design and development team at GCMI in 2013 as the team was beginning. At GCMI, she leads and supports clients through the various phases of medical device product development. She has experience in complex electromechanical systems engineering (including compliance to the IEC 60601 series) and has worked on a range of products, including diagnostic x-ray systems, catheter development, and single-use surgical tools. She has developed and implemented quality management systems for medical device startups and led the management of the cleanroom manufacturing processes at GCMI. Dersi has also led the GCMI Apprentice (Internship) program for the last five years and has managed over 50 graduate and undergraduate student internships. Dersi earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Georgia State University and is currently working towards her Project Management Professional Certification.

Emily Blum

Medical Affairs Liaison
Dr. Emily Blum began working at GCMI/T3 Labs in August 2017 as a Medical Affairs Liaison. In her role with the organization, she hopes to be a bridge to the medtech ecosystem of Atlanta, bringing in new programs and innovative ideas from local physician entrepreneurs and serve as an internal resource for program development teams to ask relevant medical/clinical questions. With her training as an adult and pediatric urologist, she brings first-hand experience and feedback to aid in the development of medical products. She recently completed the A. Barry Belman Fellowship in Pediatric Urology and the Joseph E Roberts Jr Fellowship in Surgical Innovations at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she completed her Urology residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. She is excited to be in Atlanta working with the forward thinkers at Georgia Urology as a Pediatric Urologist and to help contribute to the brilliant minds at GCMI/T3 labs as they develop game-changing innovations.