Jim Niemi is a biomedical engineer with over 25 years of experience researching, developing, and commercializing high impact technologies. Prior to joining the Wyss Institute, Jim was involved in a series of medical device companies, ranging from small start-up ventures to large public companies. Jim has developed products and technologies involving implantable smart materials for cardiovascular applications, endoscopy and advanced medical imaging systems, implantable sensors, process automation, bioreactor design, as well as for human neuromotor control and augmentation. At the Wyss Institute, he initially led teams focused on the translation of electromechanical medical devices. Recently, as part of the Living Cellular Devices Focus Area Jim has been involved in the research and development of synthetic biology approaches to address challenges in biological sensing, computation, and therapeutic delivery. Additionally, he currently supports a wide variety of strategic initiatives across the Wyss Institute. Jim earned his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and his M.S. in BioEngineering from Brown University.