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Turning Simple Gadgets into Life-Saving Devices

March 11, 2015

Mozzi Etemadi, PhD, is a medical student and electrical engineer who works on applying commercially available electronics and telecommunications technologies to create new, inexpensive medical devices. Mozzi worked with Larry Rand, MD, to develop the Smart Diaphragm, a device to detect early signs of preterm birth, for which Mozzi was named Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30.” The device is similar in size and shape to a diaphragm used for birth control, and can potentially identify early labor signs days or even weeks before contractions. Continue reading

UCSF Program Pushes Innovation in Medical Devices

June 4, 2014

At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, as in all hospitals, patients who lie in bed for hours sometimes develop painful skin sores. To prevent these wounds, nurses must check and move patients every few hours. But Dr. Hanmin Lee wonders if a device would do a better job of predicting and alerting staff to nascent bedsores. On Wednesday, UCSF will open the Rosenman Institute, a program intended to give Lee and other faculty members the resources to turn their ideas for medical devices into real products. Read more here.

ANSYS Hosts Seminar on Engineering Simulation for Biomedical Applications at UCSF

September 26, 2013

ANSYS came to UCSF on September 26 and put on a great seminar on the uses and capabilities of their simulation software for various medical and biomedical applications. It was eye-opening to see how their modeling software can accelerate the development of medical devices. Through ANSYS's academic partnership with UCSF, PDC members are using ANSYS software to optimize their device designs and streamline the prototyping process. 

Magnamosis 1st at ASAIO Medical Device Entrepreneur’s Forum

June 14, 2013

The PDC's Magnamosis project took top honors in the ASAIO 2nd Annual Medical Device Entrepreneur’s Forum, part of the ASAIO's 59th Annual Conference in Chicago in June. The three finalists, all award-winning entrepreneurs with innovative medical device technologies, presented their business plans before a panel with expertise in regulatory, reimbursement, intellectual property, and venture capital. The goal of the forum is to foster interaction and education among clinical, research, industry and government stakeholders toward understanding strategies that accelerate the commercialization of innovative medical technologies.

PDC Project Takes Home First Place at CSU Research Competition

May 20, 2013

San Francisco State University graduate student Shad Kish won first place in the Engineering and Computer Sciences category at the California State University Research Competition on May 10-11 for her presentation, "Miniaturizing RFID for Biomedical Implants." Shad's work with her mentor, San Francisco State engineering professor Hao Jiang, PhD, was inspired by needs for the PDC's Magnamosis device.

Medical Devices Fall Short for Children -

May 6, 2013

“Innovation in medicine is driven by need, but also by the market,” said Dr. Michael R. Harrison, the director emeritus of the Fetal Treatment Center and the director of the Pediatric Device Consortium, both at UCSF. “Big markets have lots of folks developing devices, but small markets like the pediatrics market don’t.” Read the The New York Times' Well blog's coverage of the challenges involved in pediatric medical device development.

Kidney Project Featured in Onward California Campaign

March 21, 2013

Shuvo Roy, PhD, a UCSF bioengineer and the technical director of the UCSF-led effort to create the first implantable artificial kidney, was recently on Capitol Hill to inform congressional staff about the device. The kidney project is now featured in the UC Office of the President's Onward California campaign, which aims to educate Californians about the impact the University has in their lives. Read more and watch the video here.

Four PDC-affiliated Projects Among Finalists in CTSI’s Catalyst Award Program

March 21, 2013

Four devices assisted by the PDC, including a bioartificial pancreas for patients with type 1 diabetes, a mobility device to increase patient ambulation, a biocompatible underwater sealant to prevent preterm birth from fetal intervention, and an intravenous chemotherapy filter, were among the finalists in the UCSF CTSI’s Catalyst Award Program, which aims to accelerate translation of promising early-stage research ideas to patient benefit. Read more about the program and winning projects here.

Recipe for Relevance: Blend Digital Health Developers and Clinical Providers

March 6, 2013

The digital health incubator Rock Health and UCSF's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) co-sponsored a "Meeting of the Minds" on March 5th at the Mission Bay campus. The goal of the meetup, organized by UCSF orthopedic surgeon and PDC member Aenor Sawyer, MD, was to bring together healthcare providers who have specific pain points with technologists eager to develop solutions. Read the article here.

Five UCSF Inventors on Five Inventions That are Changing the Face of Medicine

November 26, 2012

Innovation can be born of necessity, conscience, creativity, luck, or more likely, all of the above, all at once. Whatever the impetus, the active ingredient of invention is collaboration.

The five scientists highlighted here — bioengineers Tejal Desai and Shuvo Roy, MD/PhD candidate Mozziyar Etemadi, microbiologist Joe DeRisi, and physician/surgeon Michael Harrison — trace intersecting paths, tapping each other’s expertise nearly constantly. Read the UCSF Magazine cover story.