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Eric Richardson, PhDDepartment of BioengineeringRice University

Eric Richardson is the founding Director of the Global Medical Innovation (GMI) Program at Rice University. The GMI program studies and creates medical technology for emerging markets. Richardson also teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in design and entrepreneurship, and facilitates academic-industry partnerships. These programs and courses leverage close ties with industry and government, institutes of the Texas Medical Center, NASA, the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK), and the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health. Richardson's efforts in instructional design and course management have been recognized through the Department of Bioengineering's Teaching Award, and his student design teams have placed in over 15 national and international design competitions. In addition to his roles at Rice, he is the Associate Director of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Biodesign Fellowship. The fellowship offers design thinking, product development and venture formation curriculum to create digital health and medical device startups. He actively mentors medical technology startups in the TMCx Accelerator program, and is on the Advisory Board of two medtech companies. Prior to joining Rice in 2013, he was a principal R&D engineer at Medtronic in southern California. There he worked on CoreValve, one of the world's first transcatheter aortic valves, which has been implanted in over 100,000 patients. He also led a project team of several engineers, scientists and technicians working on a second-generation transcatheter tissue heart valve, the CoreValve Evolut R, which now has FDA approval. Richardson, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota, holds several publications and patents related to cardiovascular devices.