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Pickens resident, inventor, honored with top Georgia Bio award

Dr. Richard Hillstead recognized for impact in medical industry


Dr. Richard Hillstead, who is now semi-retired from the medical device industry, at the Georgia Bio Helix Awards in Atlanta where he received the Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award. 

He moved to Jasper from Suwanee, Ga. two years ago with his wife. He has two daughters. In his free time, Hillstead enjoys restoring electric guitars, hunting, and fishing.  


Dr. Richard Hillstead Ph.D, FAHA said that while he is humbled to be one of two recipients of the prestigious 2019 Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award, he isn’t sure he belongs with other heavy hitters who have received the life science trade association’s highest honor.

       But a look at Hillstead’s achievements over the course of his long and impressive career in the medical device industry shows that the entrepreneur, investor and inventor is exactly where he should be – rubbing elbows with people who have made a big impact in the field. 


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