Niemi has almost 20 years of medical device research and development experience. Prior to joining the Wyss, he worked on implantable glucose sensors for Nova Biomedical. He has also served as Vice President of Research at Afferent Corporation, a start-up venture working to commercialize the stochastic resonance neuro-stimulation technology developed by Prof. James Collins at Boston University. His research interests and prior experience include: neuromuscular stimulation and control, medical imaging, implantable smart sensors and materials, as well as bioreactor and automation design. Niemi received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and his M.S. in BioEngineering from Brown University.