Health Watch - Medicine and Technology: Technology Development

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the link between medicine and technology. A lot of research goes on at academic medical centers and universities such as UT Southwestern Medical Center, but then the results of that research have to be developed so they can be brought to the market so patients can benefit from them. That includes devices and drugs developed by academic researchers.

Dr. Dennis Stone, vice president for technology development at UT Southwestern, says most biotechnology companies are founded on university inventions. Because of this, more universities are forming partnerships and developing relationships with companies so that the companies have access to scientific innovation and the university researchers have a way of getting their discoveries to patients. UT Southwestern is now developing a biotech park in cooperation with technology companies and medical firms to encourage cooperation and innovation in biomedical technology.

 

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March 2009


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