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Report Highlights Partnership to Spur Innovation in Southern California

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HTAP Accelerating Commercialization of Cost-Saving Health Technologies

San Diego, Calif., June 19, 2012 – How do you accelerate innovation in the health care field, and other areas, while keeping costs down? A report released today, and co-authored by the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, provides some answers.

The report highlights an innovative collaboration between leading organizations and companies to help Southern California scientists and university researchers turn their health technology innovations into commercial success, helping to address a long-standing need to lower costs and improve access to affordable healthcare.

The program -- the Southern California Health Technology Acceleration Program (HTAP) -- is a regional initiative providing researchers from universities and research institutes in Southern California with funding and business mentoring to commercialize technologies that hold the potential for reducing health care costs and expanding access for the underserved. The report outlines this innovative program while also highlighting common difficulties of bringing a new technology to market and examples of approaches to tackling this problem.

“The program is a great asset to the region,” said Rosibel Ochoa, executive director of the the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. “It’s a platform that can be used to drive innovation.”

HTAP was created by the von Liebig Center in partnership with the California HealthCare Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Booz Allen Hamilton.

“At Booz Allen we are committed to the future of health and medicine, and to finding solutions to meet the industry’s many challenges, including healthcare costs,” said Booz Allen Hamilton Vice President Timi Leslie. “We support programs like HTAP because we believe new health technologies have the power to revolutionize the way people receive and manage their care in communities across the nation.” 

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A web-based treatment planning system is being developped by UC San Diego researchers through the HTAP program.

The organizations in the partnership sought to help researchers and healthcare innovators in Southern California to accelerate commercialization of cost-saving health technologies at a time when the nation is facing immense pressure to control health spending. The von Liebig Center essentially acted as regional technology accelerator, bringing together researchers and the companies that needed their expertise.

To date, four teams of scientists from Southern California have been awarded up to $100,000 each to advance their technologies toward commercialization.

“It’s a model we’ve proven,” said Ochoa. “We can show it works.”

In the future, Ochoa said she hopes the center will be able to grow and fund new initiatives in other areas of technology. The center already has evolved into a platform that is externally funded and regionally focused.

The report also functions as a how-to to replicate the HTAP model, both in the health care field, and in other areas. Important steps include:

-       Increasing awareness for researchers about how convergence across the healthcare, life sciences and telecommunications industry can affect development requirements and regulatory processes.

-       Establishing more targeted program objectives, so that funders and program facilitators can improve the odds of identifying breakthrough innovations in areas of critical need.

-       Universities and funders of acceleration programs should consider the value of regional models and how unique requirements will affect program development.

-       Stakeholders should consider creating an actively managed national referral network that connects new technologies to finding, investment and commercial opportunity. All stakeholders could benefit from such a large-scale referral network for early stage technologies.

-       Industry should work more closely with universities and funders to establish stronger connectivity between academic research and defined commercial needs.

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About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for nearly a century. Today, the firm provides professional services primarily to US government agencies in the defense, security, and civil sectors, as well as to corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen offers clients deep functional knowledge spanning strategy and organization, technology, operations, and analytics—which it combines with specialized expertise in clients’ mission and domain areas to help solve their toughest problems. Health leaders and practitioners count on Booz Allen to help them be ready for what’s next.

About the California HealthCare Foundation

The California HealthCare Foundation works as a catalyst to fulfill the promise of better healthcare for all Californians. The Foundation supports ideas and innovations that improve quality, increase efficiency, and lower the costs of care.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) focuses on the pressing health and healthcare issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and healthcare of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful, and timely change. Projects in the RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio are future-oriented and look beyond conventional thinking to explore solutions at the cutting edge of health and healthcare.

About the von Liebig Center

The von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is dedicated to accelerate the translation of University technologies to benefit society. Through a combination grants for proof of concept, business mentoring and entrepreneurial education, the von Liebig Center guides faculty and university inventors through the technology commercialization process.













Media Contacts

Ioana Patringenaru
Jacobs School of Engineering