CHLA Entrepreneurship

September 10, 2016

Oops, I forgot to post this earlier, but while I summarize the Design Thinking workshop I attended this past weekend, here is other interesting stuff I learned in HTE. This semester I am taking a class on Health, Technology and Engineering, where engineering and medical students take the same class to learn about how to collaborate on projects that can advance medical treatment and care of patients. I’m excited for it.

Our first lecture kicked off with a bang from the program manager of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics. It’s one of the few consortiums in the country that focuses on translating medical research into commercialized pediatric products based on unmet needs. Not only do they do technology transfer of research conducted by their internal clinical investigators, but they also evaluate external projects that could provide pediatric medical device or other health technology solutions.

Some interesting things came up during this speaker presentation:

  • If a USC student does not use significant USC resources, then they own the intellectual property to any original research or invention. This policy strongly favors students, even more than faculty.
  • As an engineer, if I have a broad understanding of the market, then I can help clinicians in defining a solution to a medical problem
  • Don’t get feedback once and then spend months working on a solution. The more iterations of feedback I get from physicians, the quicker I can make a product that actually is helpful

Published on September 10th, 2016

Last updated on August 29th, 2017