MeDical Device R&D Scientist | Patent Agent | Biomedical engineer

Summary

Tamara C. Baynham, Ph.D.
Follow your passions and you will never "work" another day. I am passionate about developing new technologies focused on improving health and healthcare delivery.
Tamara C. Baynham, Ph.D. has extensive medical device R&D experience. Her expertise includes research and intellectual property development in the areas of electrical stimulation and neuromodulation therapies including applications in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, pain management and urology. Dr. Baynham currently holds over 35 patents granted by the United States Patent and Trade Organization and European Patent office and has over 20 patents pending. She is also a patent agent registered at the United States Patent and Trade Organization. Dr. Baynham earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Achievements

  • Published a book chapter and journal articles
  • Registered Patent Agent, #70245, USPTO
  • Networked with other professionals
  • Taught engineering physiology, electrical circuits, and analog electronics
  • Over 20 granted patents at USPTO, EPO, Japan
  • Endorsed by co-workers or clients (see LinkedIn profile)
  • Speaks about areas of expertise including Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Development, STEM topics
  • Donates time to causes or organizations focused on STEM, women's health, and health disparities

Career Timeline

  1. -
    Principal Consultant, Ingenuity Medical Device Research

    Provides scientific and technical services in the following specialties: electrical stimulation, neuromodulation, and rehabilitation therapies.
    - Medical writing service: development of abstracts, posters, oral presentations, manuscripts, etc
    - Clinical study development: clinical feasibility study strategy (go/no-go decisions), study design, etc
    - Pre-clinical study development: pre-clinical feasibility strategy (go/no-go decisions, design, analysis
    - Intellectual property development: ideation session facilitation, IP development
    - Technical assessments: evaluation of clinical and pre-clinical evidence, IP evaluation

  2. -
    Founder and Principal Consultant, Ingenuity Medical Device Research
    Provides scientific and technical services in the following specialties: electrical stimulation, neuromodulation, mobile health and rehabilitation therapies.
    - Medical writing service: development of abstracts, posters, oral presentations, manuscripts, etc
    - Clinical study development: clinical feasibility study strategy (go/no-go decisions, study design, etc)
    - Pre-clinical study development: pre-clinical feasibility strategy (go/no-go decisions, design, analysis)
    - Intellectual property development: ideation session facilitation, IP development
    - Technical assessments: evaluation of clinical and pre-clinical evidence, IP evaluation
  3. -
    Sr. Field Clinical Engineer, , Nevro Corp
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    Fellow, Research Scientist, Boston Scientific

    Provided scientific leadership for pain management pre-market and post-market clinical programs

    - Developed abstracts, poster and oral presentations for scientific meetings

    - Developed and reviewed clinical protocols, clinical study reports and FDA submission documents

    - Developed and delivered protocol training for Investigators, clinical staff, and internal clinical
    operations

    - Developed patents for protection of innovative neuromodulation therapies (2 US patent applications filed)

  5. -
    Staff Scientist, Ethicon Endo-Surgery

    Provided scientific and technical leadership for non-invasive neuromodulation platform including overactive bladder, pain, obesity, and metabolic disease applications

    - Initiated and develops patents for protection of innovative neuromodulation therapies
    (3 published US applications, 2 filed applications)

    - Developed and implemented device training program in support of clinical evaluation of the Verv
    Patient-Managed Neuromodulation System

    - Evaluated feasibility of new therapies by leading the design and conduct of preclinical and clinical
    research studies

  6. -
    Sr. Scientist, Johnson & Johnson Internal Ventures, Selective Nerve Stimulation

    Preclinical and clinical research and development of innovative neuromodulation therapies.

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    Field Clinical Engineer, EnteroMedics

    Provided field support of investigational device exemption trial for an implantable neuromodulation obesity device (EMPOWER study).

    Provided technical support for laparoscopic surgical implantation of neural leads and subcutaneous device placement as well as device testing.

    Provided protocol and device training for clinical sites.

    Provided technical support of device follow-up visits.

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    Clinical Scientist, Schering-Plough

    Supported phase 2 and phase 3 pharmaceutical clinical research studies in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

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    Principal Scientist, Boston Scientific (formerly Guidant)

    Provided technical and scientific leadership in the evaluation of new electrical stimulation therapies to address cardiovascular diseases and co-morbidities

    - Developed patents for protection of innovative electrical stimulation and neuromodulation therapy
    solutions applied to cardiovascular therapies (16 granted US Patents, 20+ US applications)

    - Technical lead on projects evaluating novel pacing therapies applied to mitral regurgitation, post-
    myocardial infarction and cardiac protection.

    - Coordinated and conducted preclinical and clinical research projects to evaluate feasibility of new
    therapy solutions (1 peer-reviewed publication)

    - Assisted in technical assessment of electrical stimulation therapies

  10. -
    Senior Scientist, Guidant Corporation

    Preclinical and Clinical Research and Development for innovative cardiovascular therapies.

  11. -
    Research Associate, New York Harbor Healthcare System

    Optical mapping of cardiac arrhythmias and laboratory research training of cardiology fellows.

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    Temporary Assistant Professor, University of Georgia

    Taught and developed hands-on laboratory and modeling/simulation projects for Electronics, Circuits, and Engineering Physiology courses.

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    PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Study of the effect of cardiac tissue structure on electrical shock-induced arrhythmias.

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    MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Study of the effect of cardiac tissue structure on impedance using epicardial mapping and finite element analysis.

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    BE, Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Questions & Answers

Why did you choose your profession?
I originally planned to go to medical school. After enrolling at Vanderbilt in the Biomedical Engineering program, I fell in love with BME! The enthusiasm that the faculty exhibited fueled my desire to pursue Biomedical Engineering as a career. I knew I wanted a career that focused on improving people's health and quality of life. As biomedical engineers our goal is to do just that!
How do you stay current?
I am an avid reader and believer in lifelong learning. I follow medical device industry news, I am active on LinkedIn and I attend Meetup groups regularly. Additionally, I have completed courses on Coursera. I just completed a class on Gamification that I hope to integrate in future projects. I participate in professional societies such as BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) and NANS (North American Neuromodulation Society).
Who are your main influences?
My parents were very integral in providing me with a foundation of service to others. My father was a minister and he and my mother were excellent role models. That foundation is what fueled my interest in helping others through my professional pursuits and community service.

Experience Highlights

  • Principal Consultant
    Ingenuity Medical Device Research
  • Senior Field Clinical Engineer
    NEVRO CORP
  • Founder and Principal Consultant
    Ingenuity Medical Device Research

Education Highlights

  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • BE, Biomedical and Electrical Engineering
    Vanderbilt University
  • Registered Patent Agent, #70245
    USPTO

Causes

  • President, Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni, 2016-2018
  • Board Member, 2015 - 2018
    Vanderbilt university Alumni Association Board
  • Volunteer Program Evaluator, BMES
    ABET
  • Board of Visitors Member, 2017-2020
    Vanderbilt University School of engineering
  • Reviewer, 2017
    NIH-SBIR Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program
  • Reviewer, 2018
    NIH-SBIR, Neurological Devices Panel

Interests

  • STEM Mentor
    Volunteer speaker to high school and college students; Participant in STEM programming
  • Helping women develop their intellectual property
    Development of a innovation and creativity Community Focused on Bringing Women toGETHER