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Novel medical technologies: Principles & product demos

Agenda: 

6:00-6:45 PM - Registration & Refreshments 
6:45-7:00 PM - Introduction and Welcome 
7:00-8:30 PM - Speaker Presentations 
8:30-9:00 PM - Networking w/ Speakers

Speaker Bios

Nicholas Vassilakis, President & CEO, Astute, Inc.

Astute Inc. is dedicated to creating patient monitoring solutions that improve outcomes and lower the cost of providing healthcare to a rapidly expanding and aging population the world over. 

Nick will be discussing and presenting a demo of their home patient monitoring platform: Astute Health Hub.  The health hub looks just like the nightlight in your bathroom, but hidden inside are Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE radios and a cell phone module. When a reading is taken with a connected weight scale, BP meter, glucometer, pulse Oximeter, or a pill bottle, the values of that reading are automatically transmitted to patient's health record. The system pushes data to portals available for viewing on a PC, tablet, smart phone and it also generates alerts via SMS text messaging, so the caregivers will know if their patient up and around, has checked her vital signs, and taken her medication, even if the two live in different parts of the world.


Dr. Jae Son, Founder and CEO, Medical Tactile Inc.

Medical Tactile Inc.'s proprietary technology, SureTouch, is designed to assist health care providers who perform manual palpation breast exams. With the company’s first‐of‐its‐kind tactile sensing device, MTI brings manual palpation exams into a modern era. 

Jae will be demonstrating, through real-word examples, how capacitive tactile sensing technology can be used in medical applications such as cancer detection, pulse-measurement and many others. He will do so by reviewing how this technology improves R&D and product design as well as introducing a variety of capacitive tactile sensing based medical devices. 

Jae has been an entrepreneur and inventor for over 20 years. Previously, he founded Sierra Scientific Instruments, in 2003, which received millions of dollars in government grants and private investment, and was acquired by Given Imaging Ltd (NASDAQ: GIVN) in March 2010. Jae’s corporate engineering experiences include Hughes Space and Communications Sensors Operations, General Motors, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Jae began establishing his expertise in advanced sensor technologies while at Harvard Robotics Laboratory, in the mid-1990s, where he participated in collaborative research with the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, Yale Vision and Robotics Group, and the Stanford Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory, and where Jae developed a new tactile sensor technology that emulates human sense of touch in robots.

In addition to his many peer-reviewed journals, Jae has won numerous academic awards, and holds over a dozen patents issued and pending. He earned his BSME from Michigan State University, in 1990, studied Entrepreneurship at Stanford University, in 1994, and Engineering at MIT, from 1991 to 1996. He earned his Ph.D. in Engineering Robotics from Harvard University, in 1996.


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  • Kat

    I always enjoy learning about new medical technology and products. Interesting presentations.

    October 30, 2013

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    A former member

    Looking forward to chatting with everyone about Healthcare Predictive Analytics.

    October 6, 2013

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