BRIAN MULLEN, PHD
Innovation Strategy Manager
Brian Mullen is an entrepreneur, design engineer, and researcher with a passion for designing innovative medical products and assistive technologies. Brian holds a B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Brian’s background covers many disciplines, from clinical research exploring the safety and effectiveness of treatments for people with mental illness to human centered design, universal design, design for commercial viability, and teaching new product development. Brian’s work has led to clinical publications, awards, and presentations in multiple fields as well as pending patents.
Previous to joining iHub Brian founded an early stage medical device company, Therapeutic Systems, to translate the technology he developed in graduate school to the market. The mission of the company was to help people across the life spans who are struggling with brain disorders such as autism, ADHD, PTSD and anxiety based disorders by providing them therapeutic wearable technologies that included monitoring and sensory based neuromodulation as an intervention (you can watch his TedX talk on designing for people with mental illness). As CEO, Brian lead Therapeutic Systems in winning MassChallenge in 2011, the UMass Innovation Challenge, a VentureWell E-Team award, raised seed investment, and launched a class I product and generated revenue through sales.
Brian is passionate about supporting early stage innovation and coaches and mentors entrepreneurs and startups in top national programs outside of his role at iHub. Brian’s unique background helps in the early stages for trying to figure out the problem, flush out ideas, develop concepts, create action plans to test ideas and concepts, building business models, and crafting and presenting value propositions and pitches.