--Innovator, Entrepreneur, Bioengineer, and Business Growth Expert--
Jerry is an American entrepreneur, biomedical engineer, and product evangelist with 20 years of experience turning ideas and IP into consumer, medical or military products.
Jerry has a broad and deep range of technical, operational and product commercialization expertise which he gained from several assignments in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) advanced research sector and with a number of medical device startups. Experience raising millions of dollars in private and federal funds, identifying and executing numerous strategic mergers & acquisitions (M&A), and recruiting a world-class team.
Jerry started WiseWear in his San Antonio garage in 2013 after his grandfather passed away due to a fatal fall. On a mission to “right this wrong”, Dr. Wilmink started WiseWear to develop wearable devices that would allow users to alert their loved ones in times of potential danger. WiseWear's mission is to empower people with the tools that they need to lead happy, healthy, safe & productive lives. www.wisewear.com
Wilmink and WiseWear's products have been featured on the TodayShow, FastCompany, Mashable, WWD, Wired, ABC News, USA Today, JCK, Engadget, CNBC, Time, Money, Huffington Post, InStyle and BBC World News. http://www.today.com/video/a-flying-car---see-the-coolest-ces-tech-and-gadgets-600346691534. WiseWear products are available at top-tier domestic and international retail distributors, including Saks, Nordstrom, and other fine retailers.
Jerry's former experience includes founding and growing the first Terahertz biosensing laboratory in the DoD, operating as a startup director and consultant for VC firms and TechStars program, and serving as a program manager for our country’s $3 Billion SBIR/STTR product commercialization program.
Jerry has penned several patents, published over 50 technical manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles, and has delivered over 100 keynote or plenary presentations at leading business and technical conferences including CES, RISE, TEDMED, SXSW, and SPIE. Dr. Wilmink actively serves an advisor or on the Board of Directors at Life Recovery Systems, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, TechStars--#1 startup accelerator in the world, and a handful of innovative startups. Jerry also is an advisor for our country’s National Academy of Sciences NRC, SMART, and NDSEG.
Jerry earned his BS, MS, and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University, a research associateship with the National Academy of Science, and an MBA from University of Texas at Austin.
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