Frances Richmond was educated as a neurophysiologist (BNSc, MSc, PhD) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She completed postdoctoral studies at the Universite de Montreal and the National Institutes of Health before joining the faculty of Queen’s University, where she served as associate dean of life sciences (1986-1989). She also served as a policy adviser for scientific labor needs at Industry Canada (1990-1992) and as a clinical scientist at the Alfred E. Mann Foundation, an early-stage device development group (1994-1995). She was the first female to be appointed director of a research consortium funded by Canada’s Medical Research Council (1995-2000).
Richmond joined the faculty of USC in 1999 as director of regulatory and clinical sciences at the Alfred E. Mann Institute, where she served for eight years. Her work there included seven projects in the field of product development which have advanced through the clinical trial stage. Though focused mostly on the BION, an implantable wireless microstimulator, she was also involved in research on other implantables, sensors and prosthetic limbs. Richmond is or has been a member of three large research consortia—the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Engineering Research partnership, NIH Bioengineering Research partnership and the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CSTI). She directs CSTI’s Regulatory Knowledge and Support group for the Los Angeles Basin.