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Organizational structures promoting research training and technology transfer in mobility

Organizational structures promoting research, training, And Technology Transfer in mobility

Michael Boninger, Rachel Cowan, B.J. Fregly

Outline Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Needs

  • What we saw / What worked

    • Research

    • Training

    • Technology Transfer

  • Gap Analysis - What was missing

Need Technology Transfer in mobility

Over 40 million Americans live with a disability

Disability in the form of limited activities and restricted participation in social life is not an unavoidable result of injury and chronic disease. It results, in part, from choices society makes about working conditions, health care, transportation, housing, and other aspects of our environment. IOM Report - 2007

Need Technology Transfer in mobility

  • To ameliorate disability we must

    • Conduct high quality research

    • Transfer the research to clinical practice

  • Barriers

    • Lack of well trained researchers

    • Technology transfer

    • Changing clinical practice

    • Small populations with low income

Education Technology Transfer in mobility

Novel educational approach

Novel Technology Transfer in mobilityeducationalapproach

Etienne Burdet, Imperial College

New course at imperial college
New course at Imperial College Technology Transfer in mobility

Director wafa skalli

ARTS ET METIERS PARISTECH Technology Transfer in mobility


Director : Wafa SKALLI

Education Technology Transfer in mobility


  • LBM Education: Msc, PhD

    • Areas: Musculoskeletal, Modeling and clinical evaluation, Biomechanics: Sport, health and safety, Biomechanics and nervous system: motion analysis and restoration

  • International masters degree program in Biomedical Engineering

    • Collaboration between ParisTech and Paris Descartes Medical University

    • Admits half of students with engineering background and half with clinical background

PBL Education at HST Technology Transfer in mobility


  • Medicine 2010

  • KVT - Clinical Science and Technology (2008)

  • Sports candidate (2008)

  • Sports bachellor (2007)

  • Medicine with indus. specialis. (2006)

  • BSc+MSc. in BME (2000)

  • Master in health informatics (1995)

  • Ph.d. i Biomedical Science and Engineering (1993)

  • Medicoteknik: BME MSc (1978)

Problem Based Learning (PBL)

Tell me and I will forget,

Show me and I will remember,

Involve me and I will understand,

Old proverb

Step back and I will act.

Education summary
Education Summary Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Structure to support the highest quality education

    • Multidisciplinary

      • Clinicians & Engineers

    • Proximity

    • Experiential

      • Problem based learning

    • Critical Mass

Technology transfer
Technology Transfer Technology Transfer in mobility

University of twente

University of Technology Transfer in mobilityTwente

Enschede, The Netherlands

MIRA Technology Transfer in mobility

  • MIRA cuts across all departments, gathering expertise from many organizations and assisting them in bringing technology to market

  • MIRA currently has 250 researchers and will likely add 150 more in the next few years.

  • 8 spin off companies to date and plan to have 3-5/year moving forward.

  • Researchers may obtain stake in these companies, that are primarily funded by outside investors

  • MIRA’s role is helping bring research to a marketable point and connecting investors with researchers.

Demcon advanced mechatronics
Demcon Technology Transfer in mobility – advanced mechatronics

  • University of Twente spin off company (1993)

  • Incubator company

    • Brings products to market – up to first run series

    • Typically, a small or medium sized company has a problem and contracts with Demcon to provide a product solution.

RoboNED Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Internal Dutch industry/academic/consumer innovation partnership supported by the Dutch government

    • Develop a strategic robotic research agenda for the Netherlands.

    • identify existing robotic research themes and research themes to pursue

    • ultimate goal of commercially viable products.


Leo center for service robotics notes
LEO – Center for Service Robotics - notes Technology Transfer in mobility

  • The Leo Center for Service Robotics is a newly formed collaborative offshoot of RoboNED. The LEO Center is located at University of Twente and includes a physical collaborative space. LEO has identified three service robotic themes: Medical (surgical, rehabilitation, prosthetics, etc…);



Hocoma advanced functional movement therapy

Structural Technology Transfer in mobility

Hocoma - Advanced functional movement therapy

Peter Hostettler, PhD & CEO, and team, Zurich

Commission for technology and innovation
Commission for Technology and Innovation Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Joint projects between Swiss universities and companies, funded by Swiss government, to support the commercialization of new technologies.

  • Hocoma projects funded and realized through CTI:

    • Lokomat

    • Assessment Tools for Lokomat

    • Backtrainer: Augmented Feedback based Therapy for Low Back Pain

  • Hocoma has multiple relationships with Universities and rehabilitation centers

Handicom new technologies for independence

Structural Technology Transfer in mobility

HANDICOM – New technologies for independence

Prof. MounirMokhtari, Paris

Reciprocal patent relationship
Reciprocal Patent Relationship Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Telecom SudParis and Virginia Tech have a reciprocal relationship whereby:

    • Virginia Tech showcases Telecom SudParis patents in the United States.

    • Telecom SudParis showcases Virginia Tech patents in France.

  • Goal is to increase patent exposure to other countries so as to maximize the likelihood of product development for improved healthcare.

  • Current focus is on development of wearable systems to improve patient monitoring and safety in the field.

Technology transfer summary
Technology Transfer - Summary Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Structure to support technology transfer

    • Industry, research partnerships

    • Government support

    • Regulatory and business expertise

    • Proximity

  • Gap

    • Conflict of interest/solid research

Cooperation Technology Transfer in mobility

Restoration of human motor function

Restoration Technology Transfer in mobilityof human motor function

J.L. Pons

fromNeurorobotsto Motor Neuroprostheses

European co operation
European co-operation Technology Transfer in mobility

Rehab. Centres: RRD

Rehab. Robotics: UoR

EMG: AAU & U. Maribor


FES: U. Belgrade

Robotics: TUDelft

Motionanalysis: URT

  • Industries:

  • Prosthetics: Ossur

  • Textiles: Smartex

  • FES: UNA Sistemi

  • EEG: gTec

  • EMG: OT Bioelec

  • Hospitals:

  • H. Erasme

  • FSL

Institut for sundhedsvidenskab og teknologi aalborg university aalborg denmark

INSTITUT FOR SUNDHEDSVIDENSKAB OG TEKNOLOGI Technology Transfer in mobilityAalborg Universityaalborg, DenmarK


Innovation Technology Transfer in mobility

Research Dissemination – External Relations


Incubator at HST

Innovation office at HST

Spinn Out’s from HST

Judex Datasystemer

Neurodan – Otto Boch

Ditens A/S


Mermaid Care

”AalQTeq /GE-Healthcare”









Center for ST






Novo Nordisk









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Sensory motor systems lab eth zurich

Sensory-Motor Systems lab, Technology Transfer in mobilityETH, Zurich

Prof., Dr. Robert Reiner

MIMICS Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Multimodal Immersive Motion rehabilitation with interactive Cognitive Systems

    • Funded by European Union – Seventh Framework Program

    • Lokomat multimodal project observed at ETH

MIMICS Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Key structural/organizational property

    • Technical, Clinical, and Industry partners involved

    • Expected to end in a commercial product

    • Pathway from technical development through clinical evaluation and commercialization is well defined

    • 40% non-competitive internal, a part of his faculty package

    • Allows pilot development which translates into external funding

  • Goal is REAL products, so a balance must occur b/t discovery based learning & having to become competent in the multiple fields

Cooperation summary
Cooperation – summary Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Cooperation Needed for

    • Effective clinical trials

    • Specialized expertise

  • Feeds

    • Education

    • Research

    • Technology Transfer

  • Forced by EU funding mechanisms

Cooperation gap
Cooperation - Gap Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Balance of Cooperation and Competition

  • Forced versus real

Research Technology Transfer in mobility

Orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation


Maria Benedetti, M.D. and Alberto Leardini, Ph.D., Bologna

Rizzoli institute overview
Rizzoli Institute Overview Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Surgeon, physiatrist, and biomedical engineer all working in same lab and sharing one office space.

  • Research activities span from before surgery to rehabilitation activities following surgery.

  • Focus on movement analysis of the lower limb and more recently on the trunk for low back pain.

  • Surgeon does a combination of research and clinical duties (50-50).

  • Hospital sees over 150,000 patients per year.

Brian caulfield academic director

Brian Caulfield, Academic Director Technology Transfer in mobility

Tril centre
TRIL Centre Technology Transfer in mobility

  • Looks at the physical, social and cognitive consequences of ageing and develops technologies to address them.

  • Collaboration between researchers in academic, clinical and industry settings (ethnographers, clinicians, and designers).

  • Novel bio-psycho-social cohort data-set & technology platforms. 

  • Ethnographers spend extended time understanding end users day-to-day lives. Helps to identify opportunities to put technologies.

  • Learn from our users – committed to a user-centered approach to technology development.

  • Research summary
    Research Summary Technology Transfer in mobility

    • Infrastructure to support the highest quality research

      • Multidisciplinary

        • Clinicians & Engineers

        • Proximity

        • We need to think of additional disciplines.

    • Gap

      • Multiple groups repeating work

    What was missing
    What was missing Technology Transfer in mobility

    End user input

    End user as investigator

    End user as student

    Many labs were not truly accessible

    Thank you
    Thank you Technology Transfer in mobility