Rick Hillstead, PhD, FAHA

Georgia Venture Partners

Rick Hillstead, PhD, FAHA, has been actively involved in the design and development of medical devices since 1983. He held several Product Research and Development positions with Cordis Corporation (Johnson & Johnson) where he pioneered device development in the Cordis Coronary Stent program as a Senior Research Engineer. He then directed new technology development for Novoste Corporation, focusing on intravascular brachytherapy for the treatment of coronary restenosis. He was a founding member of The Innovation Factory (TIF), a private medical device incubator, and a founding member in Accuitive Medical Ventures I and II (2004 – 2007). He is currently a partner with Georgia Venture Partners. He frequently serves as an expert witness worldwide in litigations relating to interventional cardiology devices. Dr. Hillstead also sits on the New Technology Advisory Board at Emory University.


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