Leading the Smithwise product design and development company as Founder and President, Eric Sugalski is responsible for technical leadership, program management, and new business development.
Eric Sugalski is the founder and CEO of Smithwise. With offices in Boston and Philadelphia, Smithwise helps innovators and entrepreneurs advance nascent ideas and technologies into reliable, cost effective and marketable medical devices and instrumentation. Eric started as an engineer in developing minimally-invasive surgical devices, handheld imaging systems, and electrosurgical generators. He has led multi-disciplinary product development teams, including engineers, designers, researchers and clinicians, in the development of novel medical products. In his current role, Eric focuses on new partnerships and business development for Smithwise.
In addition to Sugalski’s work at Smithwise, he is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of PLEXUS Innovation Hub in downtown Philadelphia. PLEXUS is a state-of-the-art health technology facility comprising R&D, fabrication and metrology equipment. PLEXUS provides a launching pad and work space for early stage health technology companies in the Philadelphia area.
For three years, Eric held a Lecturer appointment within MIT’s School of Mechanical Engineering where he taught courses in product development. He is also a frequent lecturer at MIT Sloan on topics related to gaining customer feedback through design methods, prototyping strategies to reduce business risk, and launching new health technology ventures. Eric continues to mentor student teams from MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University.
Eric holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and three kids. During his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and catching up on the latest sci-fi TV series.View Team