Melissa K. Dobson, ESQ., J.D., M.S.

CEO & Founder

Ms. Dobson is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of the Southeast Innovation Institute (SEII), as well as Founding Partner of the Commercial Capabilities Integration Hub (CCIH). She has worked within the private and not-for-profit sectors serving in capacities such as Strategic Advisor for Healthway United Co., Executive Innovation Officer at Louisiana Tech University, Director, Office of Sponsored Projects, Associate General Counsel, IP & Innovation at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Senior Corporate Counsel at General Electric Company. Recognizing the importance of leadership in large and small business, and the significance of intellectual property in driving innovative solutions, Ms. Dobson provides oversight and strategic advisement as to technology modification(s) and business alignment with funding opportunities for businesses large and small across private and federal sectors.

While focusing legal management practices in business and intellectual property, addressing cross-border legal issues at national and international levels, Ms. Dobson assists individuals, academia, small and large businesses in connecting with the appropriate resources in industry and government. She holds bar licensure with the United States Supreme Court, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the States of New York and Louisiana.

Most recently, Ms. Dobson’s endeavors in the private medical enterprise and the digital transformation of medicine within Air Force Research Labs (AFRL), Department of Defense (DoD) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been appropriately aligned with COVID-19 initiatives as well as supporting digital combat medical needs.

Formerly recognized with outstanding leadership as Senior Counsel with General Electric Company, Global Research and Healthcare, Ms. Dobson has remained connected with large corporate enterprises, medical institutions, and government agencies in technology fields ranging from medical devices, healthcare digitization, software development and licensing, to inspection technologies, aviation, defense, and cybersecurity. Ms. Dobson supports business transactions, government contracts, joint developments, licensing, app development, sourcing, and acquisitions. She has facilitated investigations and compliance initiatives across functionalities including cybersecurity. Further expertise of Ms. Dobson lies in IP (patent, TM, copyright) monetization, IP strategic growth, product clearance, litigation and negotiations globally.”