Director of Translational Research
As Director of Translational Research for The Hartwell Foundation, Richard Smith is responsible for encouraging funded investigators to properly translate research and discovery to ensure that children will have access to the healthcare advances created through Hartwell support. He provides diligence and consultative recommendations to the Foundation on all research programs, including clinical utility, regulatory considerations, competitive potential and technology fit, offering timely support to Hartwell Investigators and their institution technology transfer officers regarding intellectual property requirements. He also offers researchers guidance on sustainable funding opportunities from third parties, including government agencies, foundations, angel investors, venture capital organizations and commercial entities. Mr. Smith is an accomplished business professional with over 20 years of experience in the area of children’s health. Prior to joining The Hartwell Foundation in 2011, Richard held several leadership positions in the biomedical industry, including: Founder of Tutela Industries, a privately held company chartered to assess early stage medical technologies within the state of Maryland with the goal to provide commercial guidance on business plans, product development and funding pathways; Chief Executive of BrainZ Instruments, a biotechnology spinout from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, focused on commercializing research technology in neurological assessment of high risk newborns; and General Manager of Perinatal for GE Healthcare, the market leader for a number of technologies within the perinatal and pediatric areas of healthcare. His prior work experience also included various positions managing business development, marketing and sales. Richard began undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee and received his MBA from Loyola College in Maryland. He holds both a European and U.S. Patent and has Patents pending from the USTPO. Richard resides in Baltimore, MD and is married with two children (twins).
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