Tapping into Medical Devices

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 3:00pm

Dr. Jayson Parker has taken it upon himself to seek the participation of our students in evaluating technologies associated with medical devices and clinical studies as part of student course requirements. This has given our students greater exposure, which we hope will lead to new job placement opportunities, while advertising the value of our students to all.

Just last week, a student team from the Class of 2013 impressed representatives from a leading medical device firm while presenting in the AstraZeneca Seminar Series. As a result, these students have been invited to present to the management team of Medtronic as soon as possible about their elegant modification to an insulin pump that will utilize the smartphone as a new product offering for diabetes patients.

Student teams from the Class of 2012 and 2013 are also currently working on a project with Calgary Scientific, a start-up that is focused on iPhone and iPad medical imaging software and recently received FDA approval, and another team is working closely with Dr. Parker on a project with Crescent Diagnostics, based in Ireland, on a diagnostic tool for the osteoporosis market.

Last year, a team from the Class of 2012 captured the interest of St Michael’s Hospital and presented a possible new research and patient care initiative for biologic drugs to all transfusion medicine directors from teaching hospitals in the GTA.

The MBiotech Program continues to grow in reach and stature.