Our Mission

The Global Innovation Institute at HSS transforms musculoskeletal health ideas into exceptional solutions that improve people’s lives. Bringing together physicians, inventors and entrepreneurs, we empower them to do what they do best, helping realize the inventions that will revolutionize patient care and quality of life.

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Our Team

Leonard Achan, RN, MA, ANP

Chief Innovation Officer; Senior Vice President, Innovation and Business Development

Robert N. Hotchkiss, MD

Medical Director, Innovation Institute; Medical Director, Clinical Research; Director. Research in the Hand & Upper Extremity; Director,Translational and External Initiatives

Doug Leach

Managing Director, Biomechanical Innovation

Victoria Malia-Piekarz

Innovation Attorney, Managing Director of Intellectual Property, Contracts and Licensing

Shrijay Vijayan

Director of Innovation and Technology Commercialization

Laurie Holden

Senior Business Leader, Device Innovation

Sandra Bossi, MCM

Associate Director, Care Delivery


Innovation Advisory Committee

The HSS Innovation Advisory Committee (IAC) consists of members of the HSS Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, and leaders from the investment and healthcare communities. The IAC provides oversight and guidance to the Innovation Senior Management Team regarding programmatic direction, partnership development, and project-specific initiatives.

Commercialization Council

HSS is building a Commercialization Council that consists of industry partners focused on accelerating the advancement of innovation at HSS across both Life Sciences and Care Delivery. Membership will include representatives from the business and investing communities, scientific and medical advisors, and experts in regulatory and reimbursement strategies. The Commercialization Council will provide guidance to the innovation Senior Management team in the following ways: provide subject-matter expertise and enhance awareness of relevant markets, value drivers and trends; provide mentorship to HSS Inventors and HSS accelerated startups; provide advice on projects, processes, policies and practices that may impact innovation at HSS and facilitate connections to strategic commercialization and funding partners.