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 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
  • Deputy Director

    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
  • Treasurer

    Over 10 years of innovation in the Medical Device Industry 
    Expertise: 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: Manager, Research Technology Development & Transfer, at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
    Dr. Theodore Nicholson
  • Communications

    NSBE Professional Member since 2016
    Over 25 years of Technical Expertise
    10 years industry experience in Healthcare/Life Sciences 
    Expertise: Solution Quality and Deliverability for Cloud Solutions, Healthcare/Life Sciences Technologies,
    Healthcare Payer/Provider/Pharmaceutical/Vendor Applications, Application Architecture,
    Systems Engineering, Technical Sales, Information Technology, STEM Education 
    Education: B.S. in Computer Science
    Employer: Executive Cloud Architect, Healthcare/Life Sciences, IBM
    Tony Black
  • Programs Chair

    NSBE Lifetime Member since 2019
    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 Member since 2005
    Expertise: Neural Engineering, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Biocompatibility
    Education: B.S., MEng., and Ph.D (pending) in Biomedical Engineering
    Employer: W.L. Gore and Associates, Boston Scientific, Michigan State University
    Ti'Air Riggins
  • Membership Chair

    Sandra Jones
  • Director Emeritus

    10+ years of Product Innovation in the Medical Device Industry 
    Expertise: Research & Development, Product Design, Material Selection, Project Management
    Education: MSc. in Biomedical Engineering and Dual Degree BSc. in Mechanical & Materials Engineering Life Sciences
    Employer: Engineering Manager, Intent Solutions
    John Thomas