The Mission of the HISIG is “to promote the development and implementation of innovations that will improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of injury, illness, and disease.

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The HISIG’s Mission will be accomplished through our CARE Strategy.

  • Connect NSBE members interested in Healthcare Innovation with Healthcare Professionals in Academia, Government, and Industry for Mentorship, Professional Development and or Career opportunities.
  • Advance Healthcare Innovation through Research, Development and Commercialization.
  • Recruit & Retain members interested in Healthcare Innovation.
  • Educate & Expose NSBE members and the Black community to Healthcare Disparities, Innovations, and Careers.

Participation in NSBE’s HISIG is open to all active NSBE Members (NSBE Jr., Collegiate, Professional, and Affiliate). We welcome those from all technical backgrounds that are interested in Healthcare Innovation to engage with us through the HISIG Community on My NSBE Connect and our future HISIG events.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please don’t hesitate to email us at We look forward to engaging with you and potentially meeting you in person at our next upcoming event!

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The Healthcare Innovation Special Interest Group (HISIG) is excited to introduce three new additions to the leadership team. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect. Join us in welcoming:

  • Director

    NSBE Professional since 2009

    6 years global industry experience in Medical Device R&D

    Education: MSc. in Biomedical Engineering, BSc. in Mechanical Engineering and Life Sciences

    John Thomas
  • Deputy Director

    NSBE Collegiate & Professional Member since 2006

    6 years industry experience in Process Engineering & Pharmaceutical manufacturing

    Education: B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering (Chemical Engineering emphasis)

    Ta'Sheema Taylor
  • Treasurer

    NSBE Collegiate & Professional Member since 2004

    Expertise: Biotechnology, Bio-manufacturing, Research and Development, Business Development, Technology Commercialization, STEM Education

    Education: BSE Chemical Engineering, MSE Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

    Position: Technology Manger, GlaxoSmithKline

    Arthur L. Edge III
  • Secretary

    NSBE Professional Member since 2016

    20 years of technical expertise in Healthcare and Technical Sales

    Expertise: Management of cost, Solution Quality and Deliverability for Cloud Solutions, Application Architecture, and Systems Engineering

    Education: B.S. in Computer Science

    Employer: Executive Cloud Architect, Healthcare/Life Sciences, IBM

    Tony Black
  • Programs Chair

    NSBE Collegiate & Professional Member since 2001

    12 years industry experience spanning Healthcare, Petrochemical and Industrial Air-gas Industries.

    Expertise: Product & Process Engineering, Manufacturing, NPD Scale-up, Research and Development, Project Management, Supplier Management & Development, Process Excellence, Risk Management and STEM Education

    Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

    Employer: Principal Engineer, Medical Devices & Material, Baxter

    Erika Millon
  • Academia Committee Chair

    NSBE Collegiate & Professional Member since 2010

    Industry experience in software development. Academia experience in Biomechanics, Orthopedics and Sports Biomechanics, and fMRI

    Expertise: Biomechanics and Biomaterials Research, Engineering Education, and Medical Instrumentation

    Education: B.S.E in Biomedical Engineering and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics)

    Employer: Vice President, Accelerate Engineering, South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics

    Dr. Ershela Sims