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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 the 2019-2021 leadership team. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect. Join us in welcoming:

  • Director

    NSBE Lifetime Member #356. NSBE Collegiate & Professional Member.

    Expertise: 10+ years in Biotechnology, Biopharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Research and Development, Business Development, Technology Commercialization, STEM Education

    Education: BSE Chemical Engineering, MSE Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

    Position: Associate Director, Global Technical Operations, AstraZeneca

    Arthur L. Edge III
  • Deputy Director

    NSBE Lifetime Member #412. NSBE Collegiate & Professional Member.

    Expertise: 20+ years experience in K-20 academia engineering education, research and industry; Orthopedics and Sports Biomechanics, Biomechanics and Biomaterials Research, and Medical Instrumentation. Industry experience in software development

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

    Employer: Executive Director, Women In Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)

    Dr. Ershela Sims
  • Communications Officer & Secretary

    NSBE Lifetime Member #371. NSBE Collegiate & Professional Member.

    Expertise: Over 25 years of Technical Expertise. 10 years industry experience in Healthcare/Life Sciences, Healthcare Payer/ Provider/ Pharmaceutical/ Vendor Applications, Cloud Technology & Solutions, Application Architecture, Technical Sales, Information Technology, STEM Education

    Education: B.S. in Computer Science

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

    Tony Black
  • Treasurer

    NSBE Professional Member

    Expertise: Over 10 years of innovation in the Medical Device Industry. Medical Device Development, Business Development, STEM Education, Clinical Research

    Education: B.S. in Chemistry, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, and Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering

    Employer: Director of Engineering, EarliTec Diagnostics Inc.

    Dr. Theodore Nicholson
  • Programs Chair

    NSBE Lifetime Member #392. NSBE Professional Member.

    Expertise: Medical affairs, 3D Bioprinting, Biofabrication, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Cell Therapy, STEM Education

    Education: B.S. in Biological Sciences, M.A.T, Secondary Science Education, M.S. in Bioengineering, and Ph.D in Bioengineering

    Employer: Entrepreneur, Biopraise

    Dr. Taneka Jones
  • Academia Committee Chair

    NSBE Collegiate & Member

    Expertise: Neural Engineering, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Biocompatibility

    Education: B.S., MEng., and Ph.D (pending) in Biomedical Engineering

    Employer: PhD Candidate, Michigan State University, W.L. Gore and Associates, Boston Scientific

    Ti'Air Riggins
  • Membership Chair

    NSBE Collegiate & Professional Member

    Expertise: Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology (including Cell and Gene Therapy Based-Drug Product) Quality System Development/ Remediation, Technology Transfer to Commercial Production, Process Validation, Test Method Validation, and Software Validation.

    Education: BSE Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Executive MBA (Cornell University)

    Employer: Managing Principal, S. R. Jones and Associates, LLC

    Sandra R. Jones
  • Director Emeritus

    NSBE Professional Member

    Expertise:  10+ years of Product Innovation in the Medical Device Industry. Research & Development, Product Design, Material Selection, Project Management

    Education: MS in Biomedical Engineering and Dual Degree BS in Mechanical & Materials Engineering Life Sciences

    Employer:Staff R&D Engineer, Becton Dickinson (BD)

    John Thomas