New WPI Center Hopes to Speed Up Medical Device Production
Worcester Polytechnic Institute is opening a new medical and technology development center it hopes will speed up the production of cutting edge medical devices and therapies for patients.
PracticePoint at WPI, a public/private partnership announced Thursday, will include several testing suites to allow clinical researchers, engineers and manufacturers to more easily collaborate and commercialize robotic and other smart devices and systems.
WPI’s Gregory Fischer, the director of PracticePoint, says by placing clinical environments near device makers, the cross-pollination should yield better products.
“We are going to accelerate the development of devices through implementing four suites that are equivalent to various different health care environments,” Fischer said. “From surgical care, through controlled care within a hospital setting, through rehabilitative care, through residential and home care.”
Fischer said products could range from new imaging devices or ICU systems to robotic technology for aging patients who want to stay in their homes. To test new products, Fischer said, the center could draw from volunteer patients in the community.
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