The Academy’s Imaging Shark Tank session provides a fun and interactive educational opportunity for researchers to test their skill at pitching new technology or product development ideas to a panel of experts from industry, venture capitalism, and academia. Over the past two years, 6 teams have had 5 minutes to pitch their ideas which were followed by feedback and questions from both the panel and the audience. Fifty academic member departments of the Academy have been invited to nominate someone to pitch their idea at this annual session with our expert panel choosing just three to pitch.
In 2018 we had the pleasure of hearing from three innovators in the field of imaging and radiology. First, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Imaging Informatics and our winner: Dr. Srini Tridandapani presented his pitch for “Camerad”, a patented technology that integrates point-of-care patient photographs with diagnostic imaging studies, which leads to increased detection of patient errors and improved efficiency.
Next, from Stanford University, Dr. Sandip Biswal & Dr. Michelle James presented their product “Painseek”, a pioneering approach to diagnosing and treating the many millions suffering from chronic pain. Their use of highly specific first-in-class PET tracers will help to identify pain generators within their holistic pain clinic.
Lastly, Dr. Jesse Courtier & Dr. Ben Laguna, from the University of California, San Francisco, presented “HoloSurg3D”. Their pitch highlighted a product that provides patient-specific, made-to-order Augmented Reality models for pre-surgical planning, training, and patient education.
Our 2018 expert panel, Ronald Arenson, MD, Chair Emeritus, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF, Bram (Jacob) Stolk, PhD, MBA, Global Research Organization, GE Healthcare, Scott Penner, JD, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP, San Diego, & Christopher Hess, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Radiology, UCSF, judged each presentation using the Likert scale of grading, which was incorporated into a presentation rubric. All participants received a rubric with feedback to take with them and the opportunity to reach out to the panelists individually after the session.
We encourage you to consider nominating someone from your department for this exciting opportunity or inviting members of your department to attend this session! We are now accepting nominations from all member departments of the Academy and for more information please contact Emily Townley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-347-5872.