Timeline of the Partnership



The Emory/Georgia Tech Biomedical Technology Research Center is formed to encourage collaborative research, support academic programs, and facilitate interactions between bioengineering and medicine to improve health care and quality of life.



Georgia Tech, in partnership with Emory School of Medicine, is one of just three centers in the country to receive a Whitaker Foundation biomedical engineering program development grant.



Georgia Tech joins Emory’s MD/PhD program with a biomedical engineering component, with the MD earned at the Emory School of Medicine and the PhD earned in bioengineering in the Georgia Tech College of Engineering.



Emory and Georgia Tech create a joint department of biomedical engineering, chaired by Don Giddens, who reports both to the Emory School of Medicine Dean and to the Georgia Tech Dean of Engineering. The department is located in the Woodruff Memorial Building at Emory and the Petit Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering Building at Tech.



The National Science Foundation awards $12.5 million to Georgia Tech and Emory to establish the Georgia Tech/Emory Center for the Engineering of Living Tissues (GTEC).



Emory and Georgia Tech, with support from the Georgia Research Alliance, found EmTech Bio, a biotechnology incubator located on the Emory Briarcliff campus. EmTech Bio offers laboratory space and use of scientific equipment to start-up and early-stage bioscience companies.

The joint Department of Biomedical Engineering establishes a PhD degree program. The department wins a $16 million leadership development award from the Whitaker Foundation.



The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation committed $25 million to the Georgia Tech/Emory Department of Biomedical Engineering, which was renamed the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. The gift provided funds to support a department chair, faculty chairs at Georgia Tech and Emory, laboratories, graduate fellowships, undergraduate clinical education, and the Coulter Endowment for Translational/Clinical Research.



Ground is broken for the U.A. Whitaker Building at Georgia Tech, the new home of the biomedical engineering department on the Tech campus. On the Emory campus, labs and offices are renovated for BME in the Woodruff Memorial Research Building.



Larry V. McIntire comes from Rice University to join Georgia Tech and Emory as the Wallace H. Coulter Professor and Chair of the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards scientists from Emory and Georgia Tech grants totaling nearly $10 million to establish a multidisciplinary research program in cancer nanotechnology and to develop a new class of nanoparticles for molecular and cellular imaging.



The NIH awards Georgia Tech and Emory scientists $11.5 million to establish a new research program to create advanced nanotechnologies to analyze plaque formation on the molecular level and detect plaque at its early stages.

The National Cancer Institute of the NIH selects Emory and Georgia Tech as one of seven National Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE). The new center, awarded approximately $19 million, is named the “Emory-Georgia Tech Nanotechnology Center for Personalized and Predictive Oncology. With the CCNE designation, Emory and Georgia Tech now possess one of the largest federally funded programs in the U.S. for biomedical nanotechnology.

Emory and Georgia Tech hold their first predictive health symposium to launch the new Emory-Georgia Tech Predictive Health Initiative, a collaboration between the two universities aimed at redirecting the focus of medicine from treatment of disease to prediction, prevention, and personalization of health.



The NIH awards more than $31 million over five years to a partnership of Atlanta academic, research and healthcare institutions focused on accelerating the translation of laboratory discoveries into healthcare innovations for patients. The partnership, named the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) is led by Emory University, along with Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The NIH awards grants worth $11.5 million to Emory and Georgia Tech to develop patches that can be applied to the skin to deliver flu vaccine through painless microneedles



Emory and Georgia Tech celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering.



Emory and Georgia Tech celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Georgia Tech-Emory Center for the Engineering of Living Tissues.  After a decade of funding from the National Science Foundation, the Center changes its name to the Georgia Tech-Emory Collaboration for Regenerative Medicine and broadens its focus from engineering replacement tissues to tissue regeneration.

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