University City Science Center Names Tiffany Wilson as President & CEO
Wilson brings deep experience in scientific innovation to raise the profile of the organization nationally and globally
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (August 24, 2020) – The University City Science Center announced today that Tiffany Wilson will assume the role of President & Chief Executive Officer effective October 1, 2020. This appointment comes at a pivotal time for the Science Center and the Philadelphia region, as the organization focuses on delivering on economic, scientific, and civic impact. It is supporting innovative new health treatments and technologies, delivering equity in access to STEM education and workforce opportunities, and convening the innovation community.
Ms. Wilson brings more than 18 years of leadership transitioning innovative medical technologies from benchtop to bedside, building partnerships across academia, industry and economic development organizations. She most recently served as CEO of Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), an Atlanta-based non-profit dedicated to supporting the development and commercialization of innovative medical products. She joined GCMI in 2011 to lead its startup phase, establishing an overall vision, building strategic relationships and bringing together key stakeholders of the medical device ecosystem. Wilson’s strong background in medical devices, commitment to fostering innovation and understanding of business strategies propelled her into a leadership role in the Southeast and brought her into the national spotlight. Wilson served on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of “17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017” and one of Becker Hospital Review’s “110 Women in Medtech to Know in 2017.”
“The Science Center has built a robust ecosystem that not only harnesses those strengths but fosters economic empowerment by ensuring the workforce of these growing companies is drawing from homegrown talent. I’m honored to lead such an extraordinary organization and eager to get to work.”
“Since joining the Science Center’s Digital Health Accelerator steering committee in 2014, I’ve seen firsthand how Philadelphia’s impressive concentration of assets and stakeholders are deployed to reduce the timeline between ideation and market,” says Wilson. “The Science Center has built a robust ecosystem that not only harnesses those strengths but fosters economic empowerment by ensuring the workforce of these growing companies is drawing from homegrown talent. I’m honored to lead such an extraordinary organization and eager to get to work.”
“Tiffany brings to the Science Center and by extension, Greater Philadelphia an acute understanding of the opportunities and, now more than ever, the responsibility of an innovation and civic-focused economic development organization,” says Science Center Board Chairman Mike DiPiano. “We’re delighted to welcome an experienced and effective leader whose expertise and global network will be an asset to the Science Center and the region.”
Wilson earned a BBA in International Business from Loyola University and an MBA from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Wilson joined GCMI from Scientific Intake, where she served as the Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, evaluating marketing and distribution opportunities and driving product development projects for the global obesity market. Prior to Scientific Intake, she was Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Finance at ACell, Inc., a regenerative medicine and tissue engineering company based in Columbia, Maryland. At ACell, she led a broad range of initiatives including corporate finance, investor relations, strategic and operational planning, business development, regulatory, and reimbursement.
Wilson serves as Past President of the Board of the Southeast Medical Device Association (SEMDA), Founding Member of Medtech Women @ SEMDA, Chair of the Advisory Board for GCMI’s preclinical testing facility, and as a member of the Georgia Bio Board of Directors. She led the Sponsorship Committee of the 2013 SEMDA Conference and has served as the Co-Chair of the Medical Device Subcommittee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience Leadership Council. In 2015 Wilson received the prestigious Georgia Bio Community Award and in 2017 she was presented with the Industry Growth Award, the highest honor bestowed each year by Georgia Bio.
Prior to her official start date, Wilson will appear at the Science Center’s annual Nucleus celebration on September 22nd.
About the Science Center
Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit that commercializes promising technology, cultivates talent and convenes people to inspire action. For over 50 years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development across the emerging technology sectors. As a result, Science Center-supported companies account for one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing the right help at the right time, the Science Center is turning bright ideas into businesses and nurturing a workforce to support our 21st century economy. For more information, visit www.sciencecenter.org.