As co-founder and co-inventor of TomoTherapy, Inc. and a UW-Madison professor emeritus of medical physics, my focus has been exploring and building medical devices with the potential to treat or cure medical conditions in patients and to improve the movement of new devices from research lab to clinical use. Our medical engineering team is closely integrated with UW-Madison and in many ways its translational emphasis has been modeled on the successful Coulter Foundation Program at the university’s department of biomedical engineering. We have developed a facility for rapid prototyping and launched a medical devices consortium through partnerships with companies and academia. The medical devices research effort in Madison and the upper Midwest has achieved a significant critical mass. At Morgridge, we hope to catalyze pivotal translational and transformational research in this field to make medical devices to this region what computers and software have been to Silicon Valley.
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