Dr. Gruionu is a researcher, inventor, entrepreneur, and technology development specialist.
For the past eight years, he worked at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, most recently as Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of Innovation.
He earned an M.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences from The University of Missouri-Columbia, a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arizona, and has six years of post-doctoral studies in the Departments of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School.
He has extensive R&D experience as a product specialist in the medical product industry at W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. where he supported seven medical products that are commercialized worldwide.
He advised and co-developed new medical products with over 60 doctors, scientists, and residents from Departments of Surgery, Radiation Oncology, and Emergency Medicine at MGH. He taught courses in medical device development based on MGH medical product to 200+ students from MGH, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Business School, Boston University, Suffolk University, and Deloitte Consulting.
Since 2009, Dr. Gruionu became an academic entrepreneur in collaboration with other scientists and clinicians from the Indiana University School of Medicine, NIH, Johns Hopkins University, the Catholic University of America, Georgetown University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He is founder and executive leader of three U.S. medical product and innovation consulting startup companies.
He is the author of 30+ original peer publications and two book chapters on medical innovation (Springer Verlag) and has two awarded and three pending medical device patents. Over the years, Dr. Gruionu gave 50+ national and international invited oral and conference presentations, and has earned $4.3 million in grant funding from 14 grants from the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health, and European funding agencies.
Currently, Dr. Gruionu is Director of Cardiovascular Intellectual Property Development and Research Assistant Professor at the Krannert Cardiovascular Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is developing a computer-assisted surgical navigation and medical robotics platform. He is also a mentor in the Indiana Chapter of the MIT Venture Mentoring Services and the President of the Boston Industry Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society.