Executive Director, Global Center for Medical Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia
Wayne Hodges has more than thirty years experience in Innovation, Commercialization and Incubation Management.
Hodges is Vice Provost Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute. Prior to retirement, he was responsible for a comprehensive set of Georgia Tech services that help industry, entrepreneurs, communities and economic developers become more competitive through the application of science, technology and innovation.
The Enterprise Innovation Institute was formed in 2006 to bring Georgia Tech’s economic development and business assistance programs together with its expanding initiatives in technology commercialization. The Enterprise Innovation Institute includes five primary units focused on specific customer groups: Entrepreneur Services, Industry Services, Community Policy and Research Services, Commercialization Services and the Strategic Partners Office.
As a member of the team that organized the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) in 1980, Hodges has been actively involved in the management and growth of what has become an internationally recognized technology incubator that helps entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies. Founded in 1980, ATDC is a start-up accelerator that has helped create millions of dollars in tax revenues by graduating more than 120 companies, which together have raised more than a billion dollars in outside financing. ATDC has provided business incubation and acceleration services to hundreds of Georgia startups—most of which are not based on Georgia Tech research, but which benefit from the close proximity to the university. ATDC was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the ten most impactful and important science and technology incubators in the United States.
During his tenure at Georgia Tech, Hodges established and led the ATDC Seed Fund that has invested in more than 75 Georgia companies. He also initiated the formation of VentureLab at Georgia Tech. More than $50 million has been invested in the VentureLab companies that have come through the Georgia Tech VentureLab program. This proactive technology transfer program, now run by the Georgia Research Alliance for Georgia’s research universities, has been the model for similar programs at a list of other U.S. and international universities.
Hodges also served as president of the Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures (GATV), a 501 C-3 organization, formed to manage and develop Technology Enterprise Park adjacent to the Georgia Tech campus.
Currently, Hodges serves as executive director of the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) a not for profit formed to commercialize and develop medical devices in the areas of cardiology, pediatrics, orthopedics and health information technology. The founding members include Georgia Tech, Piedmont and St. Joseph’s hospitals and the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA).
Hodges served on the National Advisory Board for the U.S. Manufacturing Extension Partnership (part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology) and on the Executive Committee for the Southern Growth Policies Board. He also served as liaison to economic development organizations and agencies in Georgia and has been actively involved in the formation of such organizations as the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA). He has also served as president of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) and was on the board of directors for a variety of technology-based organizations, including the Business and Technology Alliance.