Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A Piece Of My Mind: Research & Development
In fact, I found out recently from my colleague, +Nita Nayak, that UCLA offers a MedTech Innovation Program for physicians to do exactly this: to work in a collaborative team to develop and innovate medical devices (this is another reason why I love UCLA). Over a course of two quarters, the student learns about technological development and then, work with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, design artists, physicians, etc to create a product. Once the product is developed, the program will help fund and file a patent. This whole process can take less than a year (compared to my clinical research project which averages closer to 4 years (range of 2-5 years)!
I don't have answers to my questions yet but I think others (including UCLA Business of Science Center) are ahead of me in trying to address this question by offering programs to facilitate physicians to participate in technological innovations. I'm looking forward to this.