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Samsung and UCSF Partner to Accelerate New Innovations in Preventive Health Technology
|By Business Wire
|February 21, 2014 08:01 AM EST
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., and the University of California, San
Francisco (UCSF), one of the world’s premier academic medical centers,
today announced a partnership to accelerate validation and
commercialization of promising new sensors, algorithms, and digital
health technologies for preventive health solutions. The two
organizations will jointly establish the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health
Innovation Lab, a new space located in UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San
Francisco, where some of the world’s leading researchers and
technologists will be able to develop and run trials to validate
exciting new mobile health technologies. The joint innovation lab will
be a first-of-its-kind test bed where entrepreneurs and innovators will
be able to validate their technologies and accelerate the adoption of
new preventive health solutions.
Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer Samsung Electronics (Photo: Business Wire)
“Harnessing new preventative health technologies to help people live
healthier lives is the next great opportunity of our generation,” said
Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer of Samsung Electronics.
“We invite the world's innovators and entrepreneurs to join us to
validate their new sensors, analytics, and preventive health solutions
in a world class setting. Samsung's global Digital Health Innovation Lab
initiative is aimed at enabling great new ideas to be tested, validated,
and commercialized more quickly, thereby making lives better for
millions of people around the world.”
The mobile health field is rapidly evolving. Advances in technologies
such as wearable computing, health sensors, and cloud-based analytics
promise to help people take control of their own health and to improve
the quality of life for millions of people. However, without systematic,
rigorous validation of these technologies, mobile health has struggled
to achieve its potential and gain widespread adoption by consumers and
healthcare professionals. Samsung and UCSF aim to address this challenge
by leveraging UCSF’s deep expertise in medicine and digital health and
Samsung’s leadership in electronics and mobile technologies, to rapidly
develop new, effective technologies.
“There are many new sensors and devices coming onto the market for
consumers, but without medical validation, most of these will have
limited impacts on health. Meanwhile, many practitioners also have
creative ideas for new devices, but they lack the technological
knowledge to fully develop them,” said Michael Blum, MD, UCSF’s
associate vice chancellor for Informatics. “This partnership will bring
together these two very different worlds of expertise with the resources
needed to accelerate new and disruptive technologies that will truly
The UCSF Mission Bay campus is an ideal location for the UCSF-Samsung
Digital Health Innovation Lab and will lead to further collaborations
with the broader healthcare ecosystem. The expansive new bioscience
campus is a vibrant ecosystem of innovation and biotech hub, with more
than 50 bioscience startups, nine established pharmaceutical and biotech
companies and 10 venture capital firms.
The Digital Health Innovation Lab is part of Samsung’s efforts to
partner with leading global healthcare institutions to validate
next-generation preventative health technologies. It also reflects a
strategic goal of the UCSF Office of Innovation, Technology and
Alliances to forge innovative industry partnerships that advance its
work at the forefront of health and medicine. Additional information
will be available at www.centerfordigitalhealthinnovation.org.
UC San Francisco is the nation’s leading university exclusively focused
on health. It is dedicated to transforming health worldwide through
advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life
sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It
includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and
pharmacy; a graduate division with world-renowned programs in the
biological sciences, a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and two
top-tier hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s
Hospital. Please visit www.ucsf.edu.
The Office of Innovation, Technology and Alliances coordinates UCSF’s
efforts in forging collaborations that translate cutting-edge science on
campus into therapies and products that directly benefit patients
worldwide. The office oversees intellectual property, technology
transfer, and innovative alliances with commercial, non-profit, and
government organizations. Visit ita.ucsf.edu.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening
new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation
and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones,
tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical
devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people
across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover
more, please visit www.samsung.com.
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