Global Innovation Partnerships
Jamie Mak is currently the Managing Director of the Global Innovation Partnership (GIP) Program at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Drexel University in Philadelphia. As the Managing Director, she launched GIP, an academic program that is focused on enriching the educational experiences of students by building, maintaining, and growing bridges with partner international institutions with an eye towards developing and accelerating life-saving solutions. She co-developed the GIP Medical Technology Innovation course series and is a co-instructor for this innovative course series at Drexel. This course series actively engaged over 100 students, faculty advisors, guest panelists and speakers across 25 academic institutions, science and technology parks, economic development organizations in Turkey, China and the United States. Jamie also launched the GIP MedTech Innovation Workshop series for early stage startups, medical technology development and transfer professionals and academics and researchers engaged in translational research to “on-the-ground” realities of medical technology innovation from concept to commercialization in a global context. This Workshop integrates students to work directly with early stage startups providing student with real world experience and exposes startup workshop participants to a potential student talent pool for their future sourcing needs.
Prior to joining Drexel, Jamie gained over 30 years of business executive experience in the pharmaceutical and the medical device industries. Among her various roles, Jamie was the Vice President of Commercialization at Helius Medical Technologies, a neurotech medical device company and the Head of Strategy & Operations for multiple functions including US Medical Affairs and Information Technology at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company.
Jamie is passionate about cultivating the next generation of students specifically through the intersection of education and medical technology and health services in both a local and global context. As such, she is an active board member of the education foundation in the school district where she resides, the Council Rock Education Foundation where she co-chairs the grant committees which awards grants to fund innovative K-12 educational experiences. She served as a business mentor for the University City Science Center’s U.S. Market Entry Bootcamp advising medtech companies interested in expanding into the U.S. market. She also served on the Executive Advisory Council to the Dean at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University as well as the Health Services Executive Advisor for the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, a non-profit that serves the Philadelphia Chinatown community.