Anagha Jamthe, the Center for Distributed and Mobile Computing, University of Cincinnati, and colleagues discussed potential applications of Wireless Sensor Networks and Body Area Sensor Networks, such as providing real-time monitoring of Parkinson's disease patients and also tracking and gaining a better understanding of sports-related concussions and other injuries that develop or worsen over time in athletes.
According to presenter Gregg D. Givens, Department of Communication Sciences, East Carolina University, and his colleagues, providing hearing health care to patients in geographically remote areas with little clinic access could be accomplished through a cloud-based distribution system where the patient and audiologist are connected by an Internet server. While such a system exists, its acceptance has been slow because of an incompatibility of reimbursement and licensure in traditional health care practice, said Givens.
Babs Carryer, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, advocated the use of a commercialization guide for academic inventors that schematically poses a series of questions to help inventors with the details of commercializing their technology and making strategic decisions. Although academic inventors are usually assisted by their technology transfer offices, her recommendations are aimed at providing helpful insights for those who want to be more proactive in the process.
The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare," has many implications, including those for drug discovery and commercialization. Haskell Adler, senior licensing manager, Moffitt Cancer Center, focused on two aspects: the role played by an Independent Advisory Board and the new rules governing biosimilar products. The first aspect may reduce drug prices while the second aspect may encourage drug development by providing a 12-year exclusivity to a drug,
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University of South Florida (USF Innovation)