About Us
The Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) brings together core members of the medical device community, including universities, research centers, clinicians, established device companies, investors and startups, with the goal of accelerating the commercialization of innovative medical technology.
GCMI is an independent, not-for-profit, full-service product development organization — the first and only one of its kind in the Southeast. Launched in April 2012, the Center helps new-product teams enhance their product development, shorten time to market, and potentially achieve significant cost savings throughout the process. This collaborative environment makes everyone’s efforts more efficient and cost-effective.
The Center is located in Midtown Atlanta near Georgia Tech, T3 Labs, and Emory Midtown Hospital, an area thriving with technological innovation and entrepreneurship. It provides easy access to the city, the Southeast and — with the world’s busiest airport only 30 minutes away — the nation and the world.


GCMI was one of six winners of the 2010 U.S. Department of Commerce i6 Challenge, a $12 million innovation competition led by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The i6 Challenge was focused on driving commercialization and innovation in the U.S. in an effort to move great ideas from the lab to the patient while creating jobs and economic growth.
GCMI was founded by four leaders in the healthcare and academic community: Piedmont Healthcare, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Research Alliance and Saint Joseph's Translational Research Institute (now T3 Labs). These four founding partners established the vision for GCMI as a resource for building a strong medical device industry in the Southeast.