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Carroll L. Turner, Ph.D.

Dr. Carroll L. Turner

Carroll L. Turner is a community minded professional and was a trustee of the Lanier Technical College Foundation for several years before becoming director of and opening the Lanier Technical College Business Incubator in January 2007.

Carroll is a member of the Northeast Georgia Health System Institutional Review Board. He is founder of Becon Medical Corporation which developed the biopsy punch and Turner Medical Corporation, a leader in the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) field. He also reinvented Carolina Medical, Inc., bringing it to prominence by manufacturing surgical devices, (ultrasound and blood flow meters) for open heart procedures. He served as CEO of Carolina Medical from March 1999 until March 2005, at which time he founded Becon Medical.

While at Carolina Medical, Inc. he served simultaneously as President of Advanced Biosensor, Inc., a start-up (cardiology) company. He was instrumental in commercializing several NASA developed medical monitoring devices. From January 1997 to April 1999 he was Regional Director for the cardiac pacemaker division of ELA* Angeion Corporation.

From 1974 through 1996 he served the medical industry in various manufacturing, marketing/sales, clinical and general management positions with General Electric Medical Systems, Spacelabs Medical (SLMD), Hewlett Packard Medical Group and Endosonics Corporation (ESON). Carroll has more than 40 years, experience in manufacturing, development, sales and marketing of medical devices. Carroll has a great amount of international experience in Europe and Israel from marketing to technology exchange. His experience is supported by a PhD in Allied Health Administration (Medical Ethics), an MBA in Management and a BA in Health Science (Sports Medicine).

As Director of the Business Incubator, he has seen it become a premier business incubator and is looking forward to continuing his work with a collaborative focus in partnership with the University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of North Georgia, Brenau University, and Northeast Georgia Health System within the North Georgia community.