Dr. Royce Johnson has driven innovation with patented advancements in biomedical technology and market positioning for three decades, with an emphasis on clinical systems and critical care physiology. After a 30-year career of instigating medical technology nnovation from within industry, Dr. Johnson is now applying his skills and creativity to a broader range of clients.

The focus of his work has evolved from early-stage technology incubation to addressing the front end of innovation with a deep understanding of the customer. As he says, "the technology is the easy part." Trained in biomedical engineering, technology management, and strategic innovation, he is an expert in devising novel solutions to unrecognized opportunities across the clinical workplace domain.

During his 14-year tenure with therapeutic medical device developer KCI, Dr. Johnson advanced through roles as principal scientist, manager/director of new technologies, director of innovation and ideation, and corporate fellow for research. He is the first- or co-inventor of 17 issued U.S. patents, including breakthrough developments revolutionizing wound therapy, tissue engineering, skin grafting, phototherapy, and therapeutic hypothermia.

While with KCI, Dr. Johnson also led the creation and implementation of the entire front end of their commercialization processes, from technology strategy to opportunity portfolio management. These processes were based on the "outside-in" perspectives derived from his ethnographic demand studies and they continue to generate numerous innovations for the firm. Doing more than studies, he ultimately brought the outside-in home: he championed, designed, implemented, and directed the company's acclaimed internal clinical simulation suite (complete with an OR, ICU, conference center, and support spaces) as a core resource for in-context, hands-on education of both clinical customers and the product commercialization teams.

Prior to joining KCI, Dr. Johnson spent his early career with Ohmeda, Inc. (now GE Healthcare) and Baxter Healthcare as a project engineer and manager of advanced development/applied technologies.

Recognized twice by Frost & Sullivan as their "Most Valuable Thought Leader," Dr. Johnson teaches these skills in workshops and as adjunct professor at several universities. He is the first- or co-inventor of more than 20 issued, and numerous in-process, patents, including innovations in wound therapy, tissue engineering, physiologic monitoring, and therapeutic hypothermia. Currently leading a program to commercialize nanotechnology in healthcare markets, he has recently completed innovation projects in corporate innovation process and breath analysis marketing.

Dr. Johnson earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in biology and bioengineering at the University of Utah and holds a certificate in strategy and innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management. Now independently practicing in strategic innovation, Dr. Johnson continues to pursue his professional goal of applying and teaching the skills that enable large companies to innovate effectively.

"Royce is a passionate innovator…He thinks beyond traditional boundaries to uncover potential opportunities hidden from even the most technical minds…"
Chris Weyl, President,
Weyl Consulting

"Royce's passion for innovation coupled with his considerable intellect allow him to engage across a range of disciplines and traverse across culture, technological, and geographical boundaries in a quest to find new and challenging ways to innovate. He possesses a unique skill set."
Keith Heaton, Managing Director,
i2r Medical Ltd

"I worked with Royce to help shift the innovation culture at KCI from being product-centric to being user-centric. Royce was a visionary…It's people like Royce, with both critical thinking and creative insight - and the humility of an open mind! - that are needed to drive and build truly innovative organizations."
Georgina Miller, Regional Planning Director, DDB Hong Kong

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