Global Center for Medical Innovation, Medical Device Innovation Center
The Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) is an independent, non-profit organization that launched the Southeast’s first comprehensive Medical Device Innovation Center. The Medical Device Innovation Center will accelerate the commercialization of next-generation medical devices and technology. The center has the equipment, clean room facilities, engineering expertise, and partner network needed to help bring ideas from concept to market. Designed to meet Federal Drug Agency guidelines and also centralize diverse programs and research centers that were previously scattered across the country, the new facility is considered a significant milestone and the first of its kind. The single-story, 14,000 square foot facility houses design spaces, material and mechanical engineering resources, along with rapid and functional prototyping equipment capable of producing medical devices for development, pre-clinical testing and clinical studies. Cooper Carry designed the project to meet FDA requirements for GMP validation. The project includes ISO 7 and 8 level clean rooms, cGMP clinical production, cGMP sterile packaging, device fabrication, a physical testing lab, assembly areas, education and workforce training spaces, and office space.