Aiming to transform healthcare through research, development, and commercialization of cutting-edge products and technology, Dr. Eric Agdeppa has focused on molecular imaging of a variety of diseases and other modalities for sensing critical patient parameters for early and effective care. Since 1996, his industrial career includes research, development, product management, business development, and front-end innovation at Hill-Rom, GE Healthcare, GE Global Research, and North American Scientific.
Since 2011 Dr. Agdeppa leads Hill-Rom’s efforts to develop new, game-changing technologies through internal development efforts and relationships with academic and strategic corporate partners. As the Executive Director of Innovation and part of Hill-Rom’s R&D Leadership Team, he leads two innovation groups (the Early Innovation and Global Technology Integration organizations) and one data science team that accelerate the company’s innovation efforts and drive value-added technologies into future healthcare products. Dr. Agdeppa is also the General Manager of Hill-Rom’s first incubated, intrapreneurial startup within Hill-Rom.
Nurturing the broader ecosystem of health care innovation and STEM, Dr. Agdeppa recently served on the Board of Directors for Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS). As an internationally recognized catalyst for change in healthcare, AIHS is made up of national and international research and business leaders whose guidance of the corporation’s strategy and directions in health research and innovation activity yields improved health and well-being for Albertans. He still nurtures future scientists and engineers through his local involvement of a secondary school STEM program and advising master and doctoral students at UCLA. Dr. Agdeppa received his B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA, his Masters in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Physics with a specialization in Biophysics/Nuclear Medicine also at UCLA.